Former Governor John Baldacci is of course vice chair of Avangrid, although the media in Maine refuse to report on this.
Town Supervisor Susan Wood says she can’t be bought and questions tactics used by wind developer Avangrid in its attempt to build a 27-turbine wind farm in her town.
Wood was responding to claims in the Sound Off “Misleading Supervisor” which appeared in the June 6-12 edition of North Country This Week that she has been misleading and is making Hopkinton the laughing stock of St. Lawrence County.
In a letter to North Country This Week Wood says, “this person states that the town deserves ethical leadership and how I am making Hopkinton a laughing stock of St. Lawrence County. I am assuming that this person is the same one who feels it is ethical for a board member to vote on wind related issues although there is a clear conflict of interest due to his father holding a lease valued by Avangrid in October 2017 to be worth between $100,000-$250,000. This could also be the same person that stated at the March 2017 board meeting ‘…if it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. You can trust these people; they are going to make the right decision. You gotta trust your board. You gotta trust your wind advisory board.’ I have to think that this person must have his ‘ethics’ confused.”
The supervisor did not have kind words to say about her relationship and professional dealings with Avangrid.
“Avangrid is the one that signed a lease with a board member’s father and did not disclose this until they were questioned on it,” she said in the letter. “Avangrid attempted to sweeten the pot with the offer of contributing 75 percent toward electric bills for full time residents. Avangrid attempted to stop the vote by claiming an illegal meeting and at the same time informed the board they were requesting an increase in height to 600 feet.”
Wood said she has given both sides a fair look and listened to what the majority of residents who reached out to her want.