CMP touts its bid to build transmission line through Maine

CMP

Touts its bid to build transmission line through
Maine

The state's largest utility says its
$1 billion
proposal is the cheapest alternative to supply Massachusetts with hydroelectricity from Canada.


“This project does nothing good for Maine – it’s being built for Massachusetts utilities and shareholders of Avangrid/CMP,” said Richard McDonald, president of Saving Maine. “Destroying tens of thousands of acres of pristine landscape for corporate profit is the bottom line for this project – Maine gets used again.”

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Comment by Dan McKay on December 10, 2017 at 8:40am

Massachusetts holds a lot of the cards when it comes to the makeup of the electrical generation market in New England, with far reaching impacts. We, in Maine, can attest to that. Most  wind projects installed in Maine were developed from money guaranteed by power purchase agreements with Southern New England Utilities. Power purchase agreements that have added considerable costs to electricity bought by customers of these utilities.
  Before even one wind turbine went up on Maine Mountains, we had all the in-state electrical generation capacity needed to serve the state. And if everyone of the turbines standing in Maine were to be taken down, the state would still have all the power it needs and more.
  Maine lawmakers, like Massachusetts lawmakers emotionally embraced wind and according to a recent NextEra statement : "On May 8, 2007, the Task Force on Wind Power Development in Maine (the “Task Force”) was established. The Task Force was charged with identifying policy changes that could help achieve three underlying objectives:  a) Make Maine a leader in wind power development; b) protect Maine’s quality of place and natural resources; and c) maximize the tangible benefits Maine people receive from wind power development.  The Task Force membership included legislators, state employees, nongovernmental organizations, and representative of the wind power industry.  The recommendations of the Task Force were accepted by all members and subsequently enacted into law pursuant to 2007 Public Law, Chapter 661 (the “Wind Power Act”). "
   Some facts worth disclosure: The DEP, which is Maine's primary siting agency for wind projects has not approved  a wind project since September 8, 2014. The Department has no wind projects currently under review. All wind projects are in the development stage in Maine and won't be moving into the DEP permitting stage without acceptance of their bids offered to the Massachusetts Clean Energy(MCE) RFP.
   To the people of Massachusetts, Maine residents are taken back by the thought of multitudes of wind turbines compromising the State's landscape for energy laws enacted beyond their control. But what the people in Massachusetts should really consider is the costs they pay for Maine Wind. It's exorbitant and one of the reasons the previous request for renewable energy contracts from MCE shunned Maine Wind.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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