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Hydropower plan, critics say, could backfire

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Proposed state legislation that would bring large amounts of Canadian hyropower to Massachusetts could crash the regional power market and kill off other needed energy-generating resources, according to some local environmental advocates.

“It’s too much, too fast, too risky,” said Susan Tierney, a former assistant secretary for policy at the US Department of Energy and one-time state secretary of environmental affairs. She estimates that Canadian hydropower could end up costing ratepayers billions.

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