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New Hampshire Podcast Tackles Impacts And Challenges Of Hydro Power12:00

Betsiamites River dam in Quebec, Canada. (Courtesy NHPR)
Betsiamites River dam in Quebec, Canada. (Courtesy NHPR)
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To get to the state's greenhouse gas emissions benchmark, Governor Baker's Administration has said they want to add more "clean energy" capacity, in the form of hydro power from Canada.

Yesterday, hydro power in New England got one step closer to reality: the U.S. Department of Energy granted a permit to the "Northern Pass," a nearly 200 mile long proposed powerline that would slice through much of New Hampshire. The Granite State still needs to approve the project.

The hydro energy that would flow through the Northern Pass is fraught with a deep history in Northern Canada, and has impacts beyond the environment and our energy needs in New England. A new podcast series, "Powerline" on, "Outside/In" looks at this history and the challenges.


Sam Evans-Brown, host of "Outside/In" podcast by New Hampshire Public Radio. He tweets @samebnhpr.

This segment aired on November 17, 2017.


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