Some NH Businesses Back Northern Pass, Others Oppose

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About 50 people wore blue pro-Northern Pass Got Hydro? shirts at Site Evaluation Subcommittee hearing in Plymouth last June. The blue shirts were worn by Eversource employees and project supporters.

In response to a recent posting at InDepthNH.org of a news release listing more than 80 businesses demanding the Northern Pass project be buried, Eversource spokesperson Martin Murray emailed InDepthNH.org a list of businesses in favor of the project, including this letter from BAE Systems to the state Site Evaluation Committee along with the list below.

As the adjudicative hearings continue in Concord before the state Site Evaluation Committee, InDepthNH.org will post your comments on our Northern Pass page. Email your comments to Nancywestnews@gmail.com. The SEC will decide by Sept. 30 whether to approve or deny Northern Pass’ application to build a 192-mile transmission line to bring electricity from Hydro-Quebec in Canada to Deerfield starting in Pittsburg.

STATEMENT OF BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR THE FORWARD NEW HAMPSHIRE PLAN

October 2015
The high cost of energy is a major concern for New Hampshire businesses, putting us at a competitive disadvantage with other states.
That’s why we are pleased to support the Eversource Forward New Hampshire Plan. This is a balanced plan, which will help New Hampshire meet its energy challenges with reliable, competitively priced and clean hydro power from Canada. This power will lower energy costs by about $80 million annually for New Hampshire businesses and residential customers.
New Hampshire has made it clear that energy projects must be developed with sensitivity to protecting communities, landowners and views that are important to our state. With the Forward NH Plan, Eversource has shown that it has listened.
Burying the proposed transmission line as it proceeds through the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, Franconia Notch and surrounding areas, and reducing the number of structures and their heights along the route helps to address concerns about impacts to New Hampshire’s landscape and some of our most treasured views.
Establishing a $200 million Forward New Hampshire Fund is a substantial investment in New Hampshire’s future that will allow important community, economic development, and clean energy innovation initiatives to move forward, particularly in the North Country.
This plan will generate significant positive economic activity for New Hampshire, not just from lower electric rates, but from 2,400 construction jobs, a commitment to hire New Hampshire workers, and about $30 million a year in new tax payments. It will also boost dozens of local economies where the line will be constructed.
The time has come for thoughtful solutions to the historic energy challenges we face. Forward NH is a true New Hampshire plan that deserves the support of our state. We urge New Hampshire’s elected officials to join us in supporting this important energy plan and the $3.8 billion in direct economic and unparalleled environmental benefits it will provide to the people and businesses of New Hampshire.
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NH Business Leaders Supporting the Northern Pass
Paul Markwardt, VP/Deputy General Manager, BAE Systems Electronic Systems, Nashua, NH
Jeremy Hitchcock, CEO/Chairman, Dyn, Manchester, NH
Andy Crews, President, AutoFair Companies, Manchester, NH
Tom Boucher, CEO/Owner, Great NH Restaurants, Inc, Manchester, NH
Marian Noronha, President, TURBOCAM International, Barrington, NH
John Morison, Chairman & CEO, Hitchiner Manufacturing, Milford, NH
Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO, Monadnock Paper Mills, Bennington, NH
David Glendon, President & CEO Sprague Operating Resources, Portsmouth, NH
Don Welch, President, Globe Manufacturing, Pittsfield, NH
Jim Teetzel, President, Wilcox Industries, Newington, NH
Paul & Anna Grace Holloway, Holloway Motor Cars, Greenland, NH
Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Operations, Sturm Ruger, Newport, NH
Susan Siegel, VP Corporate Communications Albany International Corp., Rochester, NH
Tim Dining, President, Sealite USA LLC, Tilton, NH
Robert Getchell, Getchell Professional Association, Nashua, NH
Dennis Reed, Wilderness Trailer Sales, Franklin, NH
Rick Lepene,PE Granite State Septic Designs, Tilton, NH
Bryan Rineer Logging & Excavating, Thornton, NH
Michael Kelley, Kel-Log, Inc., Milan, NH
Donald Leveille, Owner, Leveille Trucking Inc., Shelburne, NH
Kevin Henderson, First New England Real Estate, Sunapee, NH
Daniel Mills, President, GI Plastek, Wolfeboro, NH
Chet Homer, Owner,Shawnee Peak Ski Resort, Portsmouth, NH
Suzanne Bresette, Bresette & Company, Portsmouth, NH
Thomas Farrelly, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Manchester, NH
Tom Colgan, Wagner Forest Management, Ltd. and Prime Timber Company LLC
Jim Aberg, Franklin Business and Industrial Development, Franklin, NH
Robert Ouellet, Owner, Errol General Store, Errol, NH
Clark Lindley, CEO, Agricultural Insurance Management Services, Bow, NH
Kedar Gupta, CEO, ARC Energy, Nashua, NH
Linda Fanaras, Millinium Agency, Manchester, NH
Douglas Lang, President, Lang Trucking, Milan, NH
Mike Gagne, Gagne Trucking, Milan, NH
Jonathan Lane, Lane Equipment Rentals, LLC, Errol, NH
Clifford Lane, SB Lane Reality, Errol NH
Peter Cook, Concord Litho Graphics, Concord, NH
Gary Garfield, Principal Engineer, AECOM, Manchester, NH
Tony Giunta, Senior Client Manager, Noblis Engineering, Concord, NH
Bruno Halle, Halle Wood Industries, Milan, NH
John Halle, President and CEO,Cate Street Capital, Inc., Exeter, NH
Thomas Hartley, President, Hartley Transportation, Concord, NH
Randy Paquette, RP Forestry, Colebrook, NH
Pat Gagne, Gagne & Sons Logging, Dummer, NH
Henri Fine, President, Uni-Cast, Londonderry, NH
Lucas Champagne, LJRC Transport, W. Stewartstown, NH
Anthony Bammarito, Manager, Property and Asset Management, Elliot Health System, Manchester, NH
R. Sean O’Kane, Winward Strategies, Portsmouth, NH