Eyes on the PUC as it Considers Deal between Iberdrola/CMP & its Wind Development Subsidiary

Spanish based Iberdrola, the parent company of Central Maine Power Co. is also, through Iberdrola Renewables, developing wind power sites.  It wants to destroy Fletcher Mt. in the mountains around Lexington, Concord and Pleasant Ridge Plantations with a project to be known as West Range Wind.

The staff of Maine's Public Utilities Commission is recommending against allowing Iberdrola to purchase a transmission right of way from Brookfield Hydro that would provide the line from the remote wind site to the grid.  Of interest to us is observing how the PUC acts on this, the first wind power related issue to come before the PUC as it is currently constituted.  Let's hope that a PUC decision to uphold the staff recommendation will be a harbinger of new focus on fair decisions based on fact and public interest--after all, it is the PUBLIC Utilities Commission, not the wind power favoritism commission that it has been since the Baldacci years.

The article in the Bangor Daily News is at this link.  Please go on line and post comments.  http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/13/news/state/puc-staff-cmp-shou...

This is a view of part of the Bigelow Preserve from where the turbines will go.

The group fighting this devastating project are the Friends of the Highland Mountains:  http://highlandmts.org/

A map from the Friends of the Highland Mountains website shows the proposed wind turbines.  Click here to view:  http://highlandmts.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WRW_prelim_USGS.pdf

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 22, 2015 at 6:22pm

I am guessing the top set of turbines looking northwest in this map. Bingham is east across the river from these proposed projects. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 22, 2015 at 6:09pm

This view must be where the next 3 proposed projects may be sited. As from the Bingham project this would not be a view. 

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 14, 2015 at 10:06pm

Corporate incest in order to avoid the law is still incest and should be seen that way ! We ask the regulators to keep cool heads in front of corporate debauchery.
The law says that “an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility may not own, have a financial interest in or otherwise control generation or generation-related assets.”

That restriction only pertains to Emera and CMP, which are the state’s two investor-owned utilities.

The Spain-based Iberdrola S.A. owns Iberdrola Renewables and Iberdrola USA.

Iberdrola Renewables, based in Portland, Oregon, is the parent company of Atlantic Wind. Iberdrola USA, based in New Gloucester, Maine, is the parent company of CMP.
The enslavement of Maine by a Spanish company whose only goal is to destroy our landscape , divide our population and collect American taxpayers money has to be clearly understood by the new PUC commission who needs to reanalyze its role in the facilitation of wind power since 2004 when the legislature ask them to evaluate wind power value for Maine, the PUC then fell pray to a agenda ( decreasing CO2 emissions) which had no connection with its role as a protector of ratepayers pocket book and stable and reliable distribution of power

Comment by Brad Blake on July 14, 2015 at 1:05am

Once again, Iberdrola wants to change the rules, as it wants to reap the ill begotten profits of the wind scam and at the same time increase transmission revenue for CMP. A win-win for the Spanish wind thieves and a lose-lose for taxpayers and ratepayers. Shame on the Public (???) Advocate for not representing the public's interest.

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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