Maine Wind Developers and Their Enviro Cronies File Arguments Against Canadian Hydropower Transmission Line

Opponents of a plan to build a 145-mile transmission line through western Maine filed their objections with state regulators Monday in a bid to kill or at least reshape the major regional energy project proposed by Central Maine Power’s parent company............At issue is the future of the New England Clean Energy Connect, a $950 million high-voltage transmission line proposed by Avangrid, CMP’s parent company.............Opponents of the project have deep pockets and strong interests in retaining and growing their share of Maine’s energy market...................New renewables also would be at risk because the project’s direct-current design restricts in-state generators – such as wind or solar farms – from hooking up economically. At the very least, NextEra’s consultants say, the PUC should order CMP/Avangrid to switch to an alternating-current line. That would provide the on-ramps for wind and solar projects in western and central Maine..................“The testimony finds that because Hydro-Quebec is not actually producing any additional hydroelectricity, there are no greenhouse gas savings,” said Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. 

Similar concerns were voiced by the Conservation Law Foundation.

“In order for NECEC to be approved,” the group said, “CMP must demonstrate that it will not negatively impact these existing resources and that it won’t stifle Maine’s clean energy potential.


NOTE: The PPH article does not list the opponents. However it does provide a link, which with a little effort, sheds light on who the opponents are, such as "RENEW Northeast, Inc."  If one looks at the website for RENEW, their membership can be seen, for example:

- Vestas

- Record Hill Wind

- Reed & Reed


- EDP Renewables

- Pattern Energy

- Apex Clean Energy

- Patriot Renewables

- GE Renewable Energy

- Deepwater Wind (First Wind spinoff company)

- CLF (Conservation Law Foundation)

- Sierra Club

- National Wildlife Federation (NRCM is their Maine affiliate and 

RENEW's website:


RELATED: Examples of Where Maine Environmental Groups Get Some of Their Funding

Example: Cash grants from NWF to NRCM:

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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 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?" 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.”

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