Len Greene

FirstLight: our commitment to the Connecticut River is extraordinary

Concerns are to be expected — and they will be addressed as the license application move through FERC’s comprehensive review process

Hydroelectric power generated by the flow of rivers like the Connecticut is an excellent energy solution for New England. Hydropower is clean, renewable, and emissions-free, and it sustains local jobs, municipal tax revenues, and reinvestment in local communities.

Hydropower does have some environmental impacts - vastly fewer than producing electricity from coal, natural gas, or nuclear generation - and depending on how they're constructed, fewer than wind or solar farms. But they are impacts to be mitigated.

And when power providers are granted licenses to use river power, they have a responsibility to exercise prudent, balanced stewardship of the river and its banks and wildlife for the benefit of all its stakeholders.

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