Maine Clean Power Connection could include wind power

Central Maine Power wants to build the corridor to move hydro power from Quebec to Massachusetts......

Somerset County Commissioners, along with local state senators and representatives, previously issued a resolution strongly opposing additional wind turbines in the county. But CMP’s John Carroll, who attended Wednesday’s county commissioners’ meeting but did not speak, has said the transmission line project is for hydro power, not wind power. “This has no wind in Maine associated with it,” Carroll said in September of the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project. He said another, separate CMP transmission project called the Maine Clean Power Connection could include wind power at some point in the future.

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Comment by Dan McKay on January 5, 2018 at 5:50pm

It's even worse than that, Long Islander. Massachusetts won't even allow a pipeline expansion to enter their state where natural gas plants could be built and the electricity would flow throughout New England without a pipeline all the way to Maine. If their air is so precious to them that would they hold the rest of New England hostage to energy poverty, then Maine's exquisite vista is too precious to install wind projects for their advantage.
As the elite stand in solidarity against carbon dioxide by withholding critical natural gas infrastructure, oil is being burned in quantities not seen since the 1970s, spewing CO2 and several other gases into the cold, clean winter skies.

Comment by Long Islander on January 5, 2018 at 5:30pm
CO2 was a powerful tool used to jam the expedited wind law down Mainers' throats. But if you examine EPA data you see that only 9% of the CO2 emitted by Maine is a product of electricity generation. We'll badly mar perhaps 50% or more of the scenic views in Maine with wind turbines and wind-required transmission blight to tackle only 9% of the CO2 emitted. 
http://www.windtaskforce.or...
In a state called Vacationland which depends so heavily on scenery, both economically and emotionally. It's just plain outrageous. And by the way, due to its intermittency and the lack of grid scale electricity storage, wind energy would barely make a dent in that 9%. This is not about CO2 and never was. That's always been just a part of the lies told to the people with huge help from the media and on-the-take environmental groups. No, this has always been about an industry that has written laws which allow it to feed off taxpayer-funded subsidies (since 1992) and unwitting ratepayers. And many of the corporations profiting are from places like the Middle East (Ostensibly Spanish CMP's parent Iberdrola is heavily owned by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar) and Communist China, (EDPR's parent Energia de Portugal is owned by China Three Gorges which is owned by China, who incidentally, is not our friend.)
Leadership in the Mass legislature is crooked and Maine should tell them to get lost. More natural gas would allow Maine to reduce the 9% (as would more hydro), but Mass has formed a natural gas blockade of Maine - they won't let a natural gas pipeline come through Mass to Maine and the Maine ratepayer is being savaged as a result. Yet we're supposed to destroy our state so their crooked legislative leadership can bloat their Swiss bank accounts? I don't think so.
Comment by Long Islander on January 5, 2018 at 3:25pm

It appears that LD 1547 may now be dead. See:

http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280065100

Comment by Dan McKay on January 5, 2018 at 12:26pm

A bill scheduled for EUT committee this session :

An Act To Establish Primary Energy Goals for the State LD 1547
SUMMARY

This bill changes the State's energy goals to establish that the primary objectives of the State's energy policy are to reduce electric rates and costs and to reduce air pollution.
It repeals state policies and goals related to energy generation from renewable resources and to wind energy development.

Comment by Long Islander on January 5, 2018 at 12:15pm

It all comes down to undoing the horrendous expedited wind law. One thing Governor LePage could do right now is use his megaphone to advise every town to pass a protective wind ordinance as the wind law makes it near impossible to stop wind projects. Local ordinances are one of the most potent tools citizens have. An announcement as such from the Governor would get results in the areas that Big Wind is targetting.

Comment by richard mcdonald on January 5, 2018 at 12:08pm

The MCPC line is a loser for CMP - without NextEra's Moose and Alder Stream output, they are DOA in MA. NextEra's request to expand the EWA was denied by LUPC. NextEra will need to request a rezone or get the legislature to expand the EWA. I don't believe LePage would sign that bill if it passes.  

Comment by Long Islander on January 5, 2018 at 11:57am

Make them put it in writing and use all leverage to make sure any other transmission they try to put in is for hydro only.

"He said another, separate CMP transmission project called the Maine Clean Power Connection could include wind power at some point in the future."  TRANSLATION: The Maine Clean Power Connection will include wind power if CMP has any say in the matter.

Remember, CMP are the folks who told us that the $1.4 Billion Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP) or "CMP Upgrade" was due to "aging lines", when in fact its sole purpose was to provide a free electricity shipping system to the wind industry. Without the MPRP and all the liars pushing for it, many existing wind project travesties would not have been built. CMP, a Spanish company (Iberdrola) largely controlled by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is one of the largest rent seekers out there and it owes its existence to taking taxpayer dollars from the U.S. treasury and ratepayer dollars with the backing of the Maine PUC and the Maine Public Advocate.

See: http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-electricity-rates...

Comment by John F. Hussey on January 5, 2018 at 10:14am

Make CMP put that in writing!  "BEWARE THE BAIT AND SWITCH OF THESE CHEATS AND LIARS!!!"

Comment by Dan McKay on January 5, 2018 at 9:34am

I wonder how many opponents have or would change their statements as the Commissioners have.

Comment by richard mcdonald on January 5, 2018 at 9:28am

This is old news. When the Somerset commissioners voted to oppose additional wind development they were very clear they did support the NECEC transmission line. CMP worked very hard to assure them this line was for hydro only. The timing of this is not a coincidence given the pending MA Clean Energy bid decision on 1/25. CMP has been less than forthcoming regarding the resistance to this project by local communities, business intersts and their legislative delegation.  The MA Clean Energy Evaluation Team has been provided a comprehensive package of statements of opposition from the Moosehead region. If anyone wants to send more comments, the email address is MARFP83D@gmail.com.

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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