Eversource has a judgment problem
February 18. 2018 10:31PM
To the Editor: Eight years ago, Eversource and Northern Pass rolled into New Hampshire threatening eminent domain if we yokels did not embrace their solution to our energy problem. They didn’t do their homework and found that we could stop their eminent domain strategy with law.
That lead to a $80 million graft strategy disguised as a community outreach and ratepayers savings plan. Sounded good, until the adjudicative hearings showed those savings to be $5 per year per average ratepayer. So where did the other $70 million go?
They said full burial was not viable, but then miraculously, burying 52 of the 192 total miles would be viable for $1.6 billion. Full burial, however, would cost an additional $1 billion and therefore not viable.
After months of testimony and cross examination, their lowest bidding, high priced discredited experts failed to convince the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee that this project would not significantly impact property values, tourism, local businesses, and regional development.
They have been denied by unanimous vote. Calling for a revote in the next weeks will not change the outcome of months of deliberations. It is also laughable to think that Supreme Court judges would sift through thousands of documents and nullify the decision of seven dedicated committee members.
While the New England Clean Power Link, Maine Green Line, and the National Grid projects gained public acceptance, Eversource became a laughingstock and a colossal example of how “not to get it done.”