Video of last night's MPUC public hearing on CMP Canadian hydropower transmission line

Public Witness Hearing

October 17, 2018

Docket #: 2017-00232

Location: Worster Room, 101 Second St, Hallowell, ME

5:00 PM

The video is archived at the PUC site at the following link:

http://puc-rss.maine.gov/userportal/#/player/vod/R4d503c1491694905b...

Thanks to Eric Tuttle for finding this:

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Public can weigh in on CMP hydropower project tonight at 5PM in Hallowell (10/17/18)

Regulators are giving Mainers another chance to weigh in on a proposed hydropower project.

Maine’s Public Utilities Commission will hold a third public hearing Wednesday in Hallowell. The commission’s examiners’ report on the project is set for release Dec. 7.

The New England Clean Energy Connect aims to bring vast amounts of hydropower from Quebec to meet the needs of Massachusetts energy users. Supporters say the project will save Massachusetts and Maine ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Critics question its economic benefit and environmental impact.

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/10/15/news/state/public-can-weigh-...

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On eve of hearing, business and labor groups say they back CMP power line through western Maine

A number of business and labor representatives assembled for a news conference Tuesday morning on Lincoln Street, where the “Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs” campaign kicked off.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The pro-power line rally took place on the eve the public hearing, set for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the PUC offices in Hallowell.

To build the project, CMP and its parent company, Avangrid, need to win a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, which means they have to convince the commissioners that there’s a need for this new transmission line. To define “need,” the commission will consider factors that include financial harm to customers, economic impact, reliability and the specific route.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/16/coalition-forms-to-support-c...

and

Public Witness Hearing

October 17, 2018

Docket #: 2017-00232

Location: Worster Room, 101 Second St, Hallowell, ME

5:00 PM -

Public Witness Hearing

Contact person: Chris Simpson
Email: chris.simpson@maine.gov
Phone: 207-287-1573

Parking is available on the street near the Commission and in the eight spaces designated for Visitor parking in the lot adjacent to the Commission office building. If the designated visitor spaces are full, there are an unlimited number of parking spaces in the upper lot (accessible off Winthrop Street to the left just above The Bank of Maine, or off Central Street to the right).

REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF CPCN FOR THE NEW
ENGLAND CLEAN ENERGY CONNECT CONSTRUCTION OF A
1,200 MW HVDC TRANSMISSION LINE FROM QUEBECMAINE
BORDER TO LEWISTON (NECEC) PERTAINING TO
CENTRAL MAINE POWER COMPANY.

https://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=puc-otherevent...

and

Massachusetts needs more green power. Should Maine be the conduit?

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/10/16/opinion/editorials/massachus...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 22, 2018 at 10:00am

23% of the combined wind farms Name Plate Rating does not constitute 20% of Maines demand.

Wind, Solar and Geothermal made up 21% of all renewables produced in Maine, with BioMass and Hydro leading the way. 

https://www.eia.gov/state/data.php?sid=ME

Click the Environment tab at the link. 

Comment by Dudley G. Gray on October 22, 2018 at 7:33am

can somebody validate Portland Press Herald's Tux Turkel's claim " Maine is NE top wind producer and the state's 16 commercial wind farms supplied 20% of the States NET ELECTRICITY demand last year"

Dudley Gray

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 18, 2018 at 10:34am

Archives at this location go back as far as Deliberations in June of 2016

http://puc-rss.maine.gov/userportal/#/home/channel/5747c139e4b0f2bb...

There are no fancy images with the titles, but they can be sorted through if you need past

archived materials.

List search method

https://www.maine.gov/mpuc/news/calendar/events_archive.shtml

All Live Video / Audio located at

https://www.maine.gov/mpuc/news/calendar/live_audio.shtml

Click the link in the yellow square with green speaker to the right of the screen.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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