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Hassan rips Connecticut bill as benefitting Northern Pass

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 08. 2013 9:10PM

CONCORD - Gov. Maggie Hassan has asked Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy to oppose a renewable-energy bill she claims could reclassify large hydroelectric projects such as Northern Pass as "renewable energy" sources.

"Many in my state believe that the impetus for Connecticut's legislation is your state's desire to benefit from the Northern Pass project," Hassan wrote.

The Granite State governor warned the bill has the potential to impact New Hampshire's "most important natural resources.

Malloy's office rejected Hassan's arguments.

"Accessing hydroelectric power is a win-win for Connecticut and the region because it will lower rates for Connecticut residents and increase our supply of renewable energy," wrote chief of staff, Mark Ojakian.

Jane Difley, President of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, praised Hassan's efforts.

"Our biomass industry not only provides jobs in the woods and in our biomass power plants, but also provides a needed market for low grade wood," Difley said.

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