Maine Land Regulators Deadlock, Postpone Critical Decision On Proposed CMP Powerline

State regulators deadlocked Wednesday on whether Central Maine Power's proposed powerline through western Maine would have unreasonable impacts on a remote pond in Beattie township.

Everett Worcester is Chair of the Land Use Planning Commission, which acts as a zoning board for Maine's unorganized territories.

“At this point I think we're comfortable with the Kennebec Gorge, I think we're grudgingly comfortable with the Appalachian Trail, and I think we have sort of a deadlock on Beattie Pond,” Worcester says. “Rather than proceed at this point with a lack of five votes one way or the other, I am going to move this issue to the October meeting.”

CMP's 141-mile transmission line would bring hydroelectricity produced in Canada through Maine to serve customers in Massachusetts. It still needs permits from the land use panel, from the state Department of Environmental Protection and from federal authorities.

Opponents, meanwhile, are seeking a statewide referendum that aims to kill the billion-dollar project.

https://www.mainepublic.org/post/maine-land-regulators-deadlock-pos...

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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on September 13, 2019 at 11:32am

And to add insult to injury, the fire hazard of isolated wind projects are a hundred times more likely than from the power line, and a thousand times more likely if the power line is buried!

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on September 13, 2019 at 11:29am

Maine should be receiving power from the hydro line instead of these useless wind projects. And all these people that are having a fit about the corridor, are for the most part the drooling lap dogs for the wind projects(not all) that destroy more wilderness than the corridor will ever destroy! Matter of fact these wind projects already have destroyed more wilderness than the corridor will and destroyed the pristine mountain tops of many of our mountains!  This is just more bait and switch politics that takes your eyes off the real destruction of wilderness with the accelerated validation on wind permits! 

Comment by Willem Post on September 12, 2019 at 9:01pm

Jim,

You are right.

Have them negotiate a contract with HQ, and after that build the transmission line.

Super clean steady, 24/7/365 hydro does not require babysitting by the other generators, but heavily subsidized, expensive, variable, intermittent wind and solar do.

Comment by Willem Post on September 12, 2019 at 8:56pm

That transmission line should be buried.

That way it has minimal visual impact.

Stop dicking around with this way or that way.

It just never ends.

Put up the money to bury it and be done with it.

Electricity could be transmitted in one or two years.

Comment by Jim Wiegand on September 12, 2019 at 7:36pm

They say this 141-mile transmission line would bring hydroelectricity produced in Canada through Maine to serve customers in Massachusetts.  I think they are lying and want to put it in for future wind projects that will further bleed tax payers. Smoke them out by making any Powerline approvals contingent upon no wind energy ties ins ......ever. 

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/

 

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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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