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Business steps up: Stressing the need for power

August 22. 2015 9:35PM

The benefits of Northern Pass electricity for New Hampshire businesses and consumers should not be underestimated. Although the big news last week was the new plan itself (see above editorial), what businesses old and new had to say about the plan should not be overlooked. It is, after all, businesses that provide the jobs for Granite Staters.

So when the CEO and chairman of Dyn, Manchester's innovative and fast-growing tech support firm, and a spokesman for BAE Systems, one of the state's largest employers, both applaud the plan, it is worth noting.

Paul Markwardt of BAE said the Northern Pass plan provides “unmistakably clear benefits to New Hampshire by bringing low-cost electricty directly to the state's residents and businesses.''

Jeremy Hitchcock of Dyn added, “This isn't just about the bottom line, it's about the future. If businesses like mine hope to grow and expand here, we need to see lower energy costs. It's that simple.''

Don Welch, president of Globe Manufacturing in Pittsfield, which hosted the plan's unveiling last week, said balanced solutions are needed, “solutions that bring us the energy we need, diversify our sources of energy, deliver clean engery to replace older technologies.''

It should be noted that all of these business leaders live and work in New Hampshire. These aren't the absentee timber barons of the 19th century or mill owners of the early 20th century who clear-cut our mountains and befouled our rivers. They are responsible leaders who see the need and have stepped out to support a solution. Good for them.


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