Letter: Maine PUC, Legislature let citizens’ electricity costs go higher

I am not sure which is worse: the state Public Utilities Commission, whose members authorized an unconscionable 18 percent rate increase (in a period when inflation is less than 2 percent), or the Maine Legislature, which continues to oppose Quebec hydroelectricity, delivered to our homes and businesses at one-third the price we currently pay.


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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 13, 2018 at 10:20am

So Mr. Means and others, support more deforestation of Maine for a Transmission line. Specifically Maine's Western Mountains. Environmentalists you are not. This electricity is NOT for Maine as by news articles it specifically states that it is for Southern New England. Heading to approximately Lewiston then south.

The Legislature and the PUC along with Maine citizens are being held hostage by the likes of ISO-NE, CMP, Emera Maine. Either give them what they want in transmission at the price they demand or suffer the consequences in other areas such as distribution as we saw this October past.

If this new Mega Transmission line is allowed to be permitted it will eventually be followed by a second and possibly third. Along with Wind Power from Canada it would justify more Mountain Top removal for future Wind Farm projects. Should Maine Rate Payers be assessed increases for something they are never to gain any benefit from, No. Will they, most likely. How would we know? There is no TRUE accounting.

Since it is for Canadian Profit and Southern New England's consumption, let them permit the Atlantic underwater project, at their expense outside of Maine's fishing/harvesting grounds . Leave Maine out of this. We Should Not become a Plantation state for Southern New England or others.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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