We couldn’t have said it better than the Keene Sentinel did in a recent editorial:
“Our society is not going to willingly reduce its energy consumption any time soon. If we in New England also refuse to increase local generation or the means to import energy, we’ll simply drive the cost higher.
Very soon, we are going to find out how high a price we’re all willing to pay for continuing to say no.”
Despite significant energy conservation and efficiency measures, our demand for power is only projected to increase over the next generation. At the same it’s becoming increasingly critical that we turn to low-carbon, renewable sources to meet our energy needs and address concerns over costs and climate change.
This is why we’re seeing so much activity around energy development in our region. Pending legislation in Massachusetts is prompting several companies to draft plans for new transmission lines that would deliver Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. The agreement among New England’s governors for expanded natural gas pipeline is drawing similar proposals.
Nearly every new energy project seems to be controversial. Citizens are right to be informed and take the welfare of their communities to heart when major projects are proposed in their area. But when we’re already paying a high price for energy, it’s incumbent upon us and our leaders to continue to allow the thorough vetting of projects to move forward. Whether it’s the Department of Energy or New Hampshire’s own Site Evaluation Committee, these oversight agencies are tasked with gathering public input and reviewing the impact of energy projects. We trust that both proponents and opponents will be heard during this process.
The question we all must answer is this: What more are we willing to pay if we keep saying no?
(The below links are included in the above communication)
Sentinel Editorial On energy, we’re not supplying our demand
Is energy market volatility a sign of things to come?
(New Hampshire Business Review)
For Northeast, a harsh vision of climate change
Bringing more clean energy to New England
Power Surge: Vermont Sees Boom In Transmission Proposals
(Vermont Public Radio)
Here’s why a Canadian hydropower company is betting on Massachusetts
(Boston Business Journal)
Northampton City Council to debate Tennesee Gas Pipeline opposition measure
Record high power prices continued in March
(Hartford Business Journal)