NU Reaches Agreement To Bring Hydro P...

NU Reaches Agreement To Bring Hydro Power To Connecticut

There are 14 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 21, 2009, titled NU Reaches Agreement To Bring Hydro Power To Connecticut. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Berlin-based Northeast Utilities and a Massachusetts utility have received approval from federal energy regulators to spend $1 billion to build a high-voltage power line to a hydroelectric plant in Quebec, allowing the export of 1,200 megawatts of "clean" power to New England.

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Newington, CT

#1 May 22, 2009
More projects like this need to happen.
Providing safe reliable energy is the way to go

Hartford, CT

#2 May 22, 2009
How about using the dam at Mansfield Hollow to generate electricity? There is already a dam holding back the water for flooding & recreational use. Seems like a good fit to add electricity generation and its in our own back yard.

Tolland, CT

#3 May 22, 2009
I guess we should ignore the cost, environmental damage, and increased carbon footprint that building a 500 mile power line will cause. A bunch of hypocrites. If we allowed NU to build power plants here we wouldn't need this line. We won't even allow Millstone to re-fuel without major protests.

Suffield, CT

#4 May 22, 2009
What about all the Canadian wilderness that's destroyed by these dams? I guess it doesn't matter if we can't see it from here.

NU is having trouble upgrading a line between West Springfield and Bloomfield from the NIMBYs. How are they going to sneak that 1,200 MW line by?

We need to get planning on a Millstone 4 nuclear plant. If Dubai needs one, certainly Conn. needs it.
Another Kim

Leominster, MA

#5 May 22, 2009
The need the power in CT. to power all the shopping and strip malls. Those girls in CT. know how to spend their retirement money, especially when hubby is bringing home the bacon.

San Javier, Spain

#6 May 22, 2009
If we want electricity, something has to be spoiled to supply it.
Same goes for any other service.
You get nothing for nothing.
Plan 2 Fail

Higganum, CT

#7 May 22, 2009
Every long distance high voltage power line is a further enslavement to a fixed energy policy for the NU monopoly.

NU/UI is the biggest lobbying influence in our State government.

Ignore the future, stick with NU - I'm so glad they don't make beaver hats and buggy whips.

Manchester, NH

#8 May 22, 2009
When I read this headline I thought I was going to read an article that a plant was being built in Connecticut, New York or Massachusetts. Instead I read about more idiot Greens. Ever hear of MTBE ? That worked nicely. Now Massachusetts is shoving bioheat / biofuel down throats as part of next seasons fuel deliveries.

What will the heavy gauge copper line cost to make, transport and install ? How about the huge transformers containing oil I assume, the poles, connectors, and insulators. Now throw in transportation and installation ranging from holes being dug, to concrete bases being poured to trees being cut ? Throw in a chopper stringing the lines for good measure.

Like the Prius (that no one seems to want now) battery production ruining an area in Canada according to a Connecticut professor's study, this is a fad driven farce. Why ? Because as usual the same Greens who demand what may in fact be logical such as water, wind and solar then go to the other pole in the brains and fight the siting of these facilities.

United States

#9 May 22, 2009
Instead of importing green power from the Canadians, we should be thinking about building transmission lines from the windfarms in the midwestern US states.
Old Gold

Waterville, ME

#10 May 22, 2009
A line is in the planning stages to run from New Brunswick through Maine and they tell us to supply the lower New
England States..Irving Oil the Monopoly for oil in Canada wants the exclusive
rights to the new line.
Gov Rell better get on the phone with the Machine politician Baldacci from Maine and get the stories straight.
It has become a fight of the Bohemoths,
we are the slaves..All the lawyers involved in this fight should be made public. The lawyer in Maine is an adviser to the Guv..
Angry Voter

Newington, CT

#11 May 22, 2009
Yeah! Hope they can get the line built.
A Hartford Native

Hamden, CT

#12 May 23, 2009
My problem with the whole deal is, that New England ISO will have their grubby little hands on the end product. For which they did nothing to recieve.
Alexander Lee

Nashua, NH

#13 May 27, 2009
Transmission and distribution losses in the USA were estimated at 7.2% in 1995 so that is one major problem with this proposal.

When you flood an area to create a reservoir, you submerge organic matter which hastens decay and releases methane. In Alberta or Manitoba, they even neglected to clear-cut on a major reservoir site. Methane is often talked about as having 32 times the global warming potential as carbon dioxide ( ), but over a twenty year period (the critical time period during which we need to lower our CO2 to below 350ppm) it has somewhere around 72 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide. This methane issue has been studied in the tropics, where the vegetation is such that on a per kWh of production basis, hydro ends up being worse for the climate than coal and other dirty fuels. See .

Further, the pooling of water in new and concentrated locations could, honestly, some geologist believe, affect tectonic activity (e.g. China+ dams = earthquakes).
Alexander Lee

Nashua, NH

#14 May 27, 2009
Dave wrote:
How about using the dam at Mansfield Hollow to generate electricity? There is already a dam holding back the water for flooding & recreational use. Seems like a good fit to add electricity generation and its in our own back yard.
The dams that they have up north have reservoirs the size of Delaware and produce a ton of power. You could not milk that much from Mansfield...

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