PPH: Quebec hydro line could leverage new pipe for natural gas

This PPH position is what many of us have been saying for some time. 

Massachusetts wants to put a transmission line across Maine, but won't allow a gas line at home.

Plans to bring low-cost natural gas to New England stalled when Massachusetts courts turned down a financing scheme for pipeline projects that would have connected with gas reserves in the West. That decision keeps Maine manufacturers from taking full advantage of the gas boom that is lowering energy prices for their competitors in other parts of the country.


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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on March 6, 2018 at 1:30pm

Ken Fletcher proposed it in 2011 for LD 1786




The State of Maine Comprehensive Energy Plan provides a long-term framework to promote energy efficiency, the development of renewable energy, and upgrading energy infrastructure in the State. Currently, State efforts are underway to establish energy infrastructure corridors to provide for efficient energy transport.


Energy infrastructure corridors would provide the conduit for the siting of oil, natural gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electric transmission and distribution to meet the energy transport needs of the State.


These energy infrastructure corridors would provide greater certainty in energy infrastructure planning, siting and permitting, thus fostering new economic development opportunities for Maine’s renewable resources.


LD 1786 An Act Regarding Energy Infrastructure Development, enacted as Public Law 2010, Chapter 655, sets up a process under which companies/developers can apply to the State to build pipelines, transmission lines or other energy infrastructure along Interstate 95 and two other statutory corridors owned by the state.


In return, the State would receive lease payments for reinvestment in energy efficiency, development of renewable energy and efficiency in the transportation sector. The purpose is to increase Maine’s development, supply and transport of reliable, clean and secure energy, create new economic development opportunities, and attract investment. This will allow Maine to have a cleaner and more energy independent future and will help transform Maine’s energy economy.


However, co-location of energy transmission systems within designated energy corridors may result in interference or other hazards that exist due to the physical proximity of these energy infrastructure. Careful consideration should be given to the issues affecting co-location of energy-infrastructure.


The following are the issues laid out in this report:

  • Coincident Construction
  • Risk of Natural Hazards and Human Threats
  • Fire Hazards
  • Electrical Interference
  • High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Lines
  • Utility Accommodation Rule


Regardless of the type of infrastructure, there is always concern over natural and/or man-made hazards. These hazards potentially could cause harm to pipeline components, such as pump stations, pipelines segments, and storage tanks, and other energy infrastructure located in the designated right of way (ROW).


The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security (OEIS) recommends consideration of the following policies, initiatives and action items:


  • Developers should consult with the Maine Emergency Management Agency with their development plans prior to submission for approval by the Interagency Review Panel to ensure safety concerns are addressed.
  • Adequate separation of lines and facilities, adequate insulation and fire protection should be required at sites where pipelines exit the ground.
  • All applicable codes and standards should be followed for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of collocated energy infrastructure in the State. Co-Location Report ES-2 May 2011 Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security
  • Developers should adhere to all Federal policies regarding co-location of energy infrastructure in the State.
  • Guidelines should be developed for maintenance procedures of co-located energy infrastructure in the State.
  • The Interagency Review Panel should communicate with the Federal government to determine all Federal policies on co-location of energy infrastructure development prior to soliciting proposals for energy infrastructure”


Ken made it a private/public partnership with revenue. That’s another benefit as well as facilitating the transfer of HYDRO QUEBEC power through 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."



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


(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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