Mass ends talks with Northern Pass, clears way for CMP project

The Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP issued a statement saying that the state’s electric utilities had terminated the conditional selection of the Northern Pass project and are now working to conclude negotiations with Central Maine Power for its New England Clean Energy Connect line.

The action comes after a siting committee in New Hampshire rejected the Northern Pass proposal, and the developer was unable to gain approval by a March 27 deadline set by Massachusetts.

The result is placing new scrutiny on CMP’s plan to build a $950 million, 145-mile line along a corridor it already owns. The line would run from Beattie Township, on the Canadian border north of Route 27 and Coburn Gore, through Farmington and Jay to Lewiston, where it would connect to the regional electric grid.

..............................Environmental groups have had mixed views about CMP’s proposal, but on Wednesday, the Natural Resources Council of Maine came out against the line.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/28/massachusetts-ends-talks-wit...

BDN:

$950M Maine power grid project now the frontrunner for Mass. deal

“My governor is an action-oriented-guy,” McGrath told the Bangor Daily News previously. “This will happen quickly.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2018/03/28/energy/950m-maine-power-grid-...

Mass. utilities reject Northern Pass powerline through NH; pivot to Maine for Hydro-Quebec transmission

Eversource said in a statement that the project is not dead.

"We understand today's decision by the Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) to terminate the conditional selection of the Northern Pass Transmission hydro proposal, given the status of the New Hampshire permitting process. Despite recent delays, we continue to believe that Northern Pass is the best project for the region and New Hampshire, and we intend to pursue all options for making it a reality," the corporation said. 

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/03/mass_utilities_rejec...

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 29, 2018 at 10:07am

To make comment/question to the PUC about the NECEC project :

From the PUC website, locate and click on " Online Filing, Docketed Cases, Forms & RFPs " from the left hand column.
Click " Public " in the "Online Filing " Box
Click " Submit a comment in a case/docket "
Enter   2017-00232  for the case number and Click " go " 
Comment by Long Islander on March 28, 2018 at 5:57pm

AVANGRID Subsidiary Central Maine Power Chosen in Bid to Deliver Clean Energy to New England Grid

Massachusetts agrees to the company’s New England Clean Energy Connect from among 46 proposals as the sole solution in Commonwealth’s clean energy initiative

https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/businesswire/press_releases/Mass...

Comment by Long Islander on March 28, 2018 at 11:58am

The problem is that many of Maine's environmental groups have become addicted to donations from large environmental bundlers and foundations which require them to talk about climate change and push wind & solar.....and oppose all that is not wind or solar.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/examples-of-where-maine...

and

http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/supposed-enviro-groups

Comment by Dan McKay on March 28, 2018 at 11:48am

"Environmental groups have had mixed views about CMP’s proposal, but on Wednesday, the Natural Resources Council of Maine came out against the line."

"It said, in part: “Just like Northern Pass, CMP’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect power line across Maine would significantly harm Maine communities and the environment. And, just like the Northern Pass proposal, there is absolutely no evidence that the Maine power line would reduce climate-changing emissions at all.” "

This statement, which I assume came from Voorhees is an immense example of how stupid this man is. This project is 1090 megawatts of no emission generation that, because it will enter the grid in Maine, will probably offset natural gas plant output. But, I'm sure Voorhees, the wind lobbyist, is more worried it will displace Maine wind, existing and proposed. 

70 % of the corridor for this project is in existing right of ways, all of it in the populated towns. The new corridor is North of Concord and sparsely populated.

This Voorhees is disingenuous with his energy policies and an bitter enemy to Maine ratepayers  

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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