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Northeast Utilities Falls on Lower Power Sales

The outlook for the company’s transmission unit also is “increasingly uncertain,” Weisel says, given potential delays to a proposed 180-mile (290-kilometer) transmission line connecting Northeast Utilities customers to power producers in Quebec, Canada.

Northeast Utilities expects to secure right of way for 40 miles of the line in New Hampshire this quarter, so that construction may begin and the line may go into service by the end of 2016, Leon Olivier, the company’s executive vice- president and chief operating officer, said during a quarterly earnings webcast today.

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

IBEW Union Members Picket Northeast Utilities

Frank Cirillo, Business Manager with the IBEW, local 420, joined about 150 fellow union members at the Northeast Utilities headquarters in downtown Hartford Tuesday

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Northern Pass Surpasses $14 Million In Land Purchases

Northern Pass is continuing its buying of land in the North Country and has recently surpassed $14 million in purchases, according to a review of Coos County property records.

Meanwhile, Northern Pass officials said they are moving closer to declaring a route for the 1,200-megawatt, $1.1 billion hydroelectric transmission line being proposed by Hydro-Quebec and Northeast Utilities, the parent company of Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH).

About 40 miles of new right-of-way in Coos County is being sought.

According to a press statement released Tuesday on the Northern Pass web site, “Northeast Utilities executives today expressed confidence that the Northern Pass project is on track and moving forward.

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

First Meeting For The Undergrounding Commission

Today in room 100 of the statehouse in Concord, the first meeting for the commission to study the feasibility of creating an underground energy corridor through the state of New Hampshire got underway at 10:00 am. The meeting was for organizational purposes only to set future goals and guidelines.

The ultimate future goal: put the Northern Pass and other large scale high voltage transmission projects underground, along already softened roadways and railroad beds that connect throughout the state. It is my understanding that the commission would eventually write binding laws to enforce the burial of future high voltage transmission projects, along the established energy corridor. Projects that may want to bring more energy through New Hampshire and into the southern regions of New England. The bonus for the state is much needed revenue in the form of rent that would help to build and maintain infrastructure within the state. The bonus for the people: no towers, no loss of property value, no health effects from EMF radiation when the lines are buried, no scenic blight.

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math

If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven’t convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the “largest temperature departure from average of any season on record.” The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet’s history.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

America’s Green Summer: From Vermont to Appalachia to Texas, Citizens Say No to Dirty Power

Ever seen a human oil spill? It’s not a lot like the real thing, except in the ways that it is: black, silent and ominously stationary – because these bodies, like crude, aren’t going anywhere.

That was the impression made by hundreds of black-clad activists, young and old, who fell prostrate to the pavement Sunday outside the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont, to oppose a range of mega-energy plans being discussed behind closed doors at the 36th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.

Reacting to proposals including pumping Canadian tar sands through a pipeline across New England to the Atlantic coast, energy giant Hydro Quebec’s Northern Pass, which would demolish 180 miles of New Hampshire forest and install 1,100 electrical towers transporting dirty energy to busy centers like Boston and New York, and Quebec’s 25-year, $80 billion mammoth mining and energy project known as Plan Nord, citizens gathering from across the Northeast sent a clear, unmistakable message to governors on both sides of the border: No.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Andy Martin continues to lead battle against Northern Pass

New Hampshire corruption fighter Andy Martin will announce Tuesday he is continuing his battle against Northeast Utilities’ proposed Northern Pass high voltage transmission system. Andy says “I made a promise to the People of New Hampshire to ‘stay the course’ and I am continuing my battle against Northern Pass. We will resume the statewide march against Northern Pass some time in late August or early September. I plan to announce in September that I am moving to New Hampshire to devote my full-time efforts to leading the fight against Northern Pass and to continue and expand my efforts fighting local corruption in the state.”

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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