As part of its outreach, National Grid and its Granite State Power Link sponsored the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic, an annual show that draws 15,000 for exhibits and workshops on hunting and angling. Photo by John Dillon for VPR

On Thursday, Massachusetts will select bidders to supply thousands of megawatts of renewable, carbon-free electricity. Two of the competing proposals call for new power line infrastructure through Vermont in order to bring energy south from Canada into the Bay State.

Even though the decision is being made in Boston, the leading competitors are using money and lobbyists to win local support.

The Yankee Sportsman’s Classic is a mid-winter must-see for hunters and anglers in Vermont. Held in the state’s largest expo hall, the show has dozens of exhibits, seminars, and vendors.

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