Northern Pass at SEC

This letter signed by two New Hampshire Senators, the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader and 11 other Representatives calls on Gov. John Sununu to back an alternative to Northern Pass, the Granite State Power Link (a National Grid proposal).

Click here to read a pdf of the letter sent to Gov. Sununu. The text of the letter is below.

February 5, 2018

The Honorable Chris Sununu

Office of the Governor

State House

Charlie Baker seems ready to bypass Northern Pass.
But before we move on, the question remains: How did a bidding process overseen by the governor’s people pick a project that was dead on arrival?

DRIVE ALONG the Trans-Canadian Highway to Quebec City, and you will understand why the people of northern and central New Hampshire have fought so hard for years to stop Northern Pass.

As Republicans, we often talk about the need for an “all of the above” energy strategy for our state and our country. I have always advocated for developing all of our energy resources — oil, gas, clean coal, nuclear, solar, wind and hydro — to power our communities and our economy.

The stunning action – a formal decision was not required until February 23 – throws the clean energy procurement of Massachusetts into disarray.

By picking the Northern Pass project to import electricity from Canada just last week, the Baker administration gambled that officials in New Hampshire would support building 192 miles of transmission lines across their state.

That bet turned out to be badly misplaced.

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee has voted unanimously to deny a permit to Eversource's controversial Northern Pass project.

On Thursday, the panel was in its third day of deliberations on whether to let the 192-mile transmission line proposal move forward.