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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

 

Northern Pass Says It Is Getting Closer To Final Route

Officials for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project say they plan to have their new route through Northern New Hampshire finished this fall.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Northern Pass is making progress buying land for its new route through northern Coos and still hopes to file that plan with the U.S. Department of Energy by the end of the year, says Leon Olivier, an official with Northeast Utilities, which is behind the Northern Pass project.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Cilley: ‘Every tool is on the table’

Ask Democrat Jackie Cilley to explain her plan for New Hampshire and she’ll point to Milton, Mass., a Boston suburb named the second-best place in the country to live last year by Money magazine.

The town, population 27,000, was able to attract new families and businesses only after it spent money on its local schools and services. The upside? A stable real estate market and higher property values. The downside? “Higher taxes,” Money magazine said.

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

PSNH and The Northern Pass

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Northern Pass: Woodstock letter-writers go to the top

WOODSTOCK — Selectmen from Woodstock have joined Stewartstown, Campton and Landaff in sending a letter of strong protest against the Northern Pass project to the premier of Quebec, Jean Charest.

Copies were also sent to top executives of crown-owned Hydro-Quebec of Canada, which is in partnership on the project with Northeast Utilities, parent company of Public Service of New Hampshire.

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Canada energy industry must improve green record – Senate report

OTTAWA, July 19 (Reuters) – Canada will not be able to fully benefit from huge resources of oil and natural gas unless the energy industry improves its environmental record, a Senate report concluded on Thursday.

The report, from the Energy Committee of the Senate, said Canada should do more to persuade the world it was developing its resources responsibly.

“Canada must demonstrate its commitment to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions on a national scale,” it said, adding that firms working in the oil sands industry had to improve their environmental performance.

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Fuel pipelines to North,Northeast under study

Viraphol Jirapraditkul, director-general of the department, said at a press briefing yesterday that the Petroleum Institute of Thailand completed the investment plan for the pipelines which would be extended from the oil depot in Saraburi to Lampang (613km) and Khon Kaen (345km). Oil depots would also be built in Phitsanulok, Lampang, Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima. While the pipelines should cost the investment of about Bt8 billion, oil depots will require an investment of Bt4 billion.

He said that the pipelines would save transportation cost by truck by as much as Bt42 billion in a 25-year period. Plus, it would save the truck maintenance cost by Bt19.5 billion and reduce greenhouse gases at the value of Bt530 million, aside from a cut in road maintenance cost.

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

NH Electric Cooperative and PSNH petition to adjust territory boundaries in the Conway area

According to the joint petition, under existing franchise boundaries, PSNH serves most of Conway while NHEC serves the North Conway area, including Cranmore Mountain Resort, a ski area located in North Conway. The Joint Petitioners stated that the Cranmore Mountain Resort and NHEC would like to extend electric service equipment, to be owned by NHEC, to the summit of the mountain along the Cranmore Mountain Resort service road to provide electric service to one or more communication towers located or to be located at the summit of Cranmore DE 12-137 – 2 – Mountain. According to the Joint Petitioners, although the summit of Cranmore Mountain is currently located in PSNH’s service territory, PSNH has no existing facilities that would allow it to serve the summit of the mountain.

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

NH Business Review Column Champions Northern Pass Benefits

Citing some of the most promising features of the Northern Pass project, such as its deliverance of 1,200 megawatts of clean, reliable and low-cost hydroelectric energy and more than 1,200 jobs during a three-year construction period to New Hampshire, a column in the July 13 New Hampshire Business Review rebuffs many of the baseless claims of opponents to the project. Many of these falsehoods were included in a previous article, which the July 13 column’s writer, Martin Murray, a spokesman for Public Service of New Hampshire and Northern Pass Transmission LLC, clearly and successfully rebukes.

In the column, Martin notes that Northern Pass “will add about $25 million annually in tax payments to New Hampshire communities for years to come.”

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized