The Free Press: Major Article on Maine Wind Power Transmission

Those of us involved in the wind battle before CMP got to build its "CMP Upgrade" or Maine Power Reliability Project (MPRP) will recall that during the "sale" of this project to Mainers, the media hammered away about the project being needed for reliability -- primarily needed because of "aging lines" and population growth (despite population forecasts of next to nothing for both Maine and New England). What the Maine ratepayer almost never heard from the watchdog turned wind developer lapdog Maine media was that this $1.5 billion project was a ratepayer funded gift to the wind industry, essentially buying this already over subsidized poster child of crony capitalism a free shipping system for its electrons. While Mainers struggled, the Wall Street crowd and often foreign companies picked their ratepayer/tax payer pockets with the help of the media and the Maine PUC, the latter run at the time by Baldacci PUC chief Kurt Adams, who ended up taking First Wind stock options while still at the Maine PUC right before joining First Wind as their director of transmission. 

https://pinetreewatch.org/puc-chairman-took-equity-stake-in-wind-co...

CMP & Others Bidding for New Transmission Lines Across Maine

Under Sea and Over Land —

by Andy O’Brien
Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:51 AM
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“So pardon me if I and many others here aren’t taking your current statements at face value because fool me once,” said Hinchman. “If this project is actually able to solve that constraint and they’re able to move the wind out of Maine into load centers south of us, and you profit from that, do you think CMP owes New England ratepayers any sort of savings from the $1.6 billion we spent on the MPRP that we didn’t achieve on the two primary reasons for building it?”

Burns bristled at Hinchman’s description of the company’s aims, replying, “So MPRP was never sold as fixing constraints. The MPRP was reliability of the system. And where most of the wind is, is not where the load is. The wind is where there is no load. You don’t spend a lot of money on your system and charge all the ratepayers to get to that wind.”

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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on September 14, 2017 at 11:54am

I made a comment without reading it- just to oppose wind bullcrap in any form in the state- I had to view them on my lake today and they still sicken me

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

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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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