NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects

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While the CMP/HQ 1200 MW HVDC line is seeking approvals at the Maine DEP and PUC, it is also seeking approval of a power purchase agreement at the Massachusetts DPU (the equivalent of our PUC).  This attachment explains that if the CMP/HQ project is built, it will "foreclose" upon Western Maine hosting loads of wind turbines built by NextEra. And this is just one of many wind developers that are opposed to the project.  

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NextEra ... is developing renewable projects in Maine (“NextEra’s Maine Renewable Projects”), which intend to use the same transmission corridor as NECEC. In fact, certain NextEra renewable projects are so close to NECEC that the Project literally proposes to route through the project boundaries of the NextEra projects, and because of this a landowner has sought NextEra’s permission to grant NECEC authorization to encroach on a NextEra easement.

Further ... NextEra’s ability to interconnect to the grid is directly impacted by NECEC. NECEC is a proposed high voltage direct current (“HVDC”) transmission line that NECEC asserts can only be used by Canadian entities (see Attachment 1 CMP’s Response to IEGC Data Request),1 despite the fact that NextEra is developing renewable projects in and around the transmission line. Id. NECEC’s position of foreclosing Maine-based renewables from using the transmission line is also in conflict with Maine statutes that encourage the development of solar and mandate for the development of Maine-based wind.2 Such an impact on NextEra’s Maine Renewable Projects goes beyond mere economic harm to a blocking of NextEra’s opportunity use the same transmission corridor or interconnect to the ISO-NE gird, but further directly impacts NextEra’s opportunity to support the renewable goals and policies of Massachusetts and Maine ...

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Comment by Eskutassis on August 22, 2018 at 5:02pm

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Comment by Art Brigades on August 22, 2018 at 10:57am

Look at all the 200+ public comments at the PUC file here:  https://mpuc-cms.maine.gov/CQM.Custom.WebUI/Common/CaseMaster.aspx

Suddenly people are rising up against big infrastructure that scars the Maine brand for Massachusetts.  Same exact objection you've seen in this space for ten years about wind energy.  Welcome to the fight folks.  

Comment by Eskutassis on August 21, 2018 at 2:35pm

This is a good thing for us. If the Quebec Line is put in, it will preclude wind farm connections. The only problem is that will mean that any wind development will need to clear MORE land for transmission to get wind to a distribution point, doubling up the land clearing. We can only hope ALL the transmission lines will be kept out of the State of Maine.

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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