Two firearm manufacturers, H&K is moving outright and Sig Sauer is either moving a production line or building a new one in the southeast. The NH BIA has had several recent new releases, heres one http://web.biaofnh.com/news/newsarti...?ArticleID=260. The reality is NH has shortage of labor in general and skilled labor in particular, southern states are willing to spend millions to entice manufacturers to relocate and train employees at no cost. The only thing that keeps most of Mass and southern NH are businesses who want access to well educated graduates of the regions schools. The days of smoke stack industries in the region are going away as other regions have lower costs.
One of the many cost differences between New England and other parts of the country is that New England voluntarily elected to put in place the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative (REGGI), it has a form of carbon trading at a power company level. This raises the overall costs of power in region and redistributes other costs amongst ratepayers. If you heard of the doomed EPA Clean Power Plan which was part of the US's approach to green house gases, the impact to New England was minimal compared to other parts of the country who didn't have a carbon initiative. Most New England states also have a renewable portfolio standard requiring a certain percentage of power used to be renewable. Renewable power is still at a substantial premium compared to fossil fuels when capacity factor is taken into account so New England States end up voluntarily taken on more costs to be greener than elsewhere. Coal is cheap but very high carbon emitting so areas of the country with lots of coal fired generation have cheaper power. Natural gas is also quite cheap in other parts of the country but due to not enough pipeline capacity into the region, its price can swing wildly as the demand exceeds the supply during very cold or very hot conditions. This drives up the overall costs of gas as the firms that use gas have to "hedge" in to cover times when there is gas shortage. The lack of adequate gas also impacts the overall power costs in the region as the regional grid operator has to pay firms to have generators ready to run when the gas plants cant keep up. These capacity payments also drive up the cost of power as other areas of the country don't do this. The risk is brown outs and forced load shedding (Texas has this problem when the wind stops blowing at the wrong time).
NP does not in and off itself solve the issues out there. Hydro Quebec power is regarded as "brown hydro" that doesn't count as renewable due to the social and environmental costs of the Hydro Quebec hydro system. When VT shut down VT yankee they decided HQ was no longer brown, VT linke to trumpet their commitment to renewable power but right now the majority of it proposed up by HQ. Mass and CT currently also classify HQ as brown but are real close to calling it green and once they do, HQ power is far less expensive than most other renewables when capacity factor is taken into account. Capacity factor is how much of the nameplate of the facility is available at any given time. Solar has a low capacity factor as most plants only produce during daylight hours. Wind only generates when the wind is blowing so the capacity factor is much lower. HQ has no real environmental limits on how quickly they can drain their lake network so they can put 1000's of MWs on the grid in minutes. The only issue is some moron with a rifle can shoot an insulator on the power line somewhere between Northern Quebec and Boston and that source of power goes away instantly so the utilities in New England need local generation to back it up just in case which means more cost. Realistically the Champlain Connect Project is way ahead of NP. They already have permits in place so they will most likely be the first supplier of HQ to New England. Unlike HQ and Eversource ,who are in bed with each other, Champlain Express is separate entity that HQ cant control. Champlain Express is not a non profit and I expect that given the shortage of power in New England they will charge a premium for line capacity. Eversource is quite powerful in NH and I wouldn't be surprised if they are asking their friends in industry to chime in on the need for power. Eversource was one of the major contributors to the new NH governors inauguration and luckily the power lines are running one valley west of the Waterville valley so the Sununu's resort isn't impacted. Do note Pilgrim Nuclear and couple of other power plants in the region are scheduled to close in the next two years if not sooner so the drumbeat for NP will remain.