NH Chambers of Commerce opinions on Northern Pass split geographically
The plan to string 1,200-watt transmission lines to bring power from the Canadian border to an existing substation in Deerfield, and from there into the New England grid, is being praised by the business community in the large cities to the south, and panned by chambers in the smaller towns north of Concord that will be most directly affected.
The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce became the most recent business group to take a stand, with a statement issued on Friday that called the project "a detriment to the region," while the Rochester Chamber of Commerce a week earlier endorsed the idea.
"We understand that some chambers of commerce in regions of New Hampshire not subject to any direct impact from this project have chosen to publicly support it," the Plymouth statement read. "As a chamber representing an area where the project will have significant, direct impact - an impact which we feel will be negative - we feel the need to state our opposition."
The statement is a reference to votes by chambers of commerce in Nashua and Manchester late last year endorsing the project. The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce endorsed it on Feb. 22, saying, "We believe planning for a stable, low-cost energy future is critical."
"This new source of power will create tens of millions in energy savings, hundreds of new jobs and millions in new tax revenue for New Hampshire, while diversifying our energy supply at a time when the region is becoming more and more dependent on natural gas," read a statement issued by Chairman of the Board Bruce Boudreau and President Laura A. Ring.
The Plymouth chamber said the project will negatively affect tourism, while putting local power producers at a disadvantage with no guarantee that the imported power will lower electric rates in New Hampshire.
The Littleton Chamber of Commerce issued a statement Feb. 14 in opposition to the project, while the North Country Chamber of Commerce in Colebrook is surveying its members.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- U.S. says Islamic State video of journalist's killing is authentic - 0
- No paper on Monday; check UnionLeader.com for updated, breaking news - 0
- Concord attorney Leahy dies - 0
- Robin Williams’ ashes are scattered in San Francisco Bay - 0
- Syracuse, Iowa crowned top party schools - 0
- Parking fines cause disputes, raise revenues - 1
- Jon Cavaiani dies at 70; desperate stand in '71 led to Medal of Honor - 0
- Meriam Ibrahim, family welcomed as long journey ends in Manchester - 2
- Moose International files suit to claim Claremont lodge - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 0
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 0
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
- Trashed lunches: Brownies, broccoli and bucks - 6
- Hampstead's Suess ready for Whelen Modified race - 0
- College Football: Big Green kick off season vs. Cent. Connecticut - 0
- Son says shooting of mom during DEA raid was a mistake - 10
Supporters eager for Hillary's return to NH
Manchester family heartbroken after finding lost kitten was adopted from shelter, family refuses to return it