CECEN is New England Clean Energy Connect spelled backward, which is exactly how Massachusetts has approached this project. Let us say you had a billion dollars to spend on a project: wouldn’t you want to know the quality and characteristics of the item to be purchased before making the investment? As you do when buying online, you check out the product reviews. Let’s define that product as 1,200 megawatts of electricity purchased from Hydro Quebec for simplicity.
If such a review were conducted, it would have revealed that:
1.) Flooding 6 million acres of vegetated land creates an immense amount of methane gas, displaces indigenous people and creates severe problems for wildlife migration.
2.) Release of this warmed stagnant, impounded water when the demand for power is high (and the price) creates havoc with cold water into which it is released, resulting in the warming of the Gulf of Maine.