In his State of the State address today, NH Governor John Lynch reiterated his support to bring more renewable energy to New Hampshire, and mentioned The Northern Pass specifically.
From his prepared remarks:
“We should not dismiss out of hand hydro power from Canada. We should be open to exploring approaches for accessing this power,” Governor Lynch said. “But the proponents of Northern Pass need to listen better. This project cannot happen without local support. And it should not happen with eminent domain.
We agree with Governor Lynch that New Hampshire needs to diversify its power sources and bring more renewable energy to the state.
The Northern Pass will bring that diversity, in the form of renewable energy that actually helps reduce energy costs here and across New England.
We amended our project application last year, after listening to public concerns, and we are now working successfully with property owners to purchase land or easements to develop an acceptable route in that area of the North Country where there is no existing transmission right of way.
The project currently has property rights to the vast majority of the land necessary for building the transmission line within existing rights of way, and we reiterate our position that The Northern Pass is not predicated on the use of eminent domain.