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The NIMBY State: Saying no to new energy

August 14. 2018 10:25PM

The rolling blackouts probably aren’t going to happen this winter.

In fact, planners at ISO-New England, which runs the region’s electricity grid, estimate that such severe measures won’t be necessary for six years. Of course, they won’t be necessary at all if New England figures out a way to get more power into the grid.

Tom Sullivan, chairman of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, wrote in Sunday’s Business Perspectives column that “New Hampshire has, unfortunately, developed a reputation for antipathy toward energy infrastructure projects.”

The Kinder-Morgan pipeline is dead. Northern Pass is appealing its loss at the Site Evaluation Committee to the state Supreme Court. The “Not In My Back Yard” crowd has set its sights on the Granite Bridge pipeline, which would connect existing pipelines in Manchester and Stratham with a liquefied natural gas tank in an abandoned Epping quarry.

Generating more electricity would help blunt the price spikes on peak energy days. But in the not-so-distant future, we will need new generation just to keep the lights on. Aging power plants are going offline, and a growing economy needs more electricity.

If we are to power the New England economy and bring down electric rates, “Just say no” cannot be our energy strategy.

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