Claims of NECEC Scenic Impact Exaggerated

For dramatic effect, the opponents of the NECEC have been publishing scary stock photos of massive power lines from the midwest and elsewhere.  As a result, most of the vocal-local opposition has been focused on scenic impact to Maine's wilderness.  Here are some of their published photos, some provided to media outlets. 

NRCM Photo

Conservation Law Foundation Photo

AMC Photo

Portland Press Herald Photo

Bangor Daily News Photo

Hold on a minute. This link shows that the proposed poles are only 100 feet tall, they are mono-poles, and almost all 800 of them are in existing corridors that already have transmission poles/lines. See here:

Those vocal opponents never want to discuss that an equivalent amount of delivered-electricity using wind energy would require 20 Bingham wind projects (1000 turbines 480 feet tall) or 100 Mars Hill wind projects (2800 turbines 389 feet tall) PLUS GOBS OF TRANSMISSION. 

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Comment by Kenneth Capron on April 28, 2019 at 3:13pm

Does anyone know why the transmission towers are designed the way they are? Is there harm from having the wires closer to the ground or closer together? Maybe if the towers and lines looked more aesthetically appealing, or if the cleared area wasn't so wide, it might be more palatable to some opponents.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on April 28, 2019 at 9:53am

Again, the professional Environmentalists are acting on their own behalf, for their own interests in attempting to get donations.

They are NOT all mono poles, and 36% will be in newly cut ROW which will provide access to new mountaintops for Wind Projects. 

Some questions were asked about expansion for wind, but there was never a denial about wind or solar, or even the future plan to add a second and possibly a third line in the near future.

If they were all monopoles, 150 feet widths would accommodate them. So why the expansion to 600 feet, and for the new ROW a 300 foot needed?  Currently 300 feet accommodates up to 3 Double T bar pole structures with some additional single Street pole style. I have Seen via Google Earth as many as 5 large and small transmission line in a 350 foot ROW.

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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