Madison Sheppard: The electricity corridor is a “false source of green energy”


I’m sure people have seen advertisements and signs supporting the New England Clean Energy Connect project.

For context, the corridor is a project implemented by multinational corporation Avangrid to help Massachusetts fulfill its renewable energy contracts. The corridor uses hydroelectricity from Canada, building a transmission line across 145 miles of Maine, including 53 miles of new corridor in logged forest land.

This corridor violates Indigenous rights, written in a press release to the White House and the Prime Minister of Canada by Indigenous communities in both countries. Information was shared that “the electricity supplied by Hydro-Quebec will be produced by 33 hydroelectric power stations which are unconstitutionally located on the ancestral territory of the Innu, Atikamekw and Anishinabek First Nations in Quebec”.

That’s not all; this project also has a negative environmental impact. Large hydroelectric dams produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is accelerating the effects of the climate crisis. Large hydroelectric dams also cause environmental destruction such as flooding, deforestation and habitat loss.

Hydroelectricity is a violation of the Endangered Species Act, as claimed in a letter written by the Center for Biological Diversity on behalf of the Innu Nation of Labrador regarding the Champlain Hudson Power Express project in Vermont. People shouldn’t be fooled; hydropower is greenwashed.

In conclusion, hydroelectricity and the corridor are false sources of green energy and are not solutions to the climate crisis because they have been marketed as by Hydro Quebec, CMP and NECEC. As a youth from Maine and Massachusetts, it is important to me that our beautiful states and communities are protected.

Madison Sheppard, Waterford

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