Same Maine Transmission Line - Two Very Different Opinions

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Dispatchable, on-demand power such as Hydro-Quebec is offering to New England and Maine appears to be the best big solution to Maine’s perennial search for an affordable energy supply.

     - The Ellsworth American

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/opinions/editorials/an-energy-tra...

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An issue that troubles me is the statement (often repeated in the Portland Press Herald) that Canadian hydropower is clean, renewable energy.

     _ Rev. Myke Johnson

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/24/letter-to-the-editor-large-s...

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 29, 2018 at 10:09am

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 Dan McKay on March 25, 2018 at 7:54am

The thing about the NECEC line is that Hydro Quebec retains rights to generation up to the full capacity of the transmission line. The line, as a high voltage DC line, doesn't easily allow other generators along the route to tie in without overwhelming expense.

ISO-NE will review this line to determine it meets network standards. Initial engineering evaluations have determined there is grid capacity to receive it's power in addition to simultaneous power from plants upstream.
This additional power, if selected by Massachusetts' utilities, will be paid for by a 20 year contract, much like most the Maine wind projects have with many of the same utilities.
Because power sources that enter the grid is determined by bid offerings to ISO-NE who use complex  parameters to balance prices with the physical interactions of other downstream generation, the generation from the NECEC project will often compete with Maine wind. These resources, both tied to out of market contracts need inclusion into the grid by bid offers to receive contract payments. Whereas this is a matching competitive setup, it will be beneficial to Maine ratepayers as they try to underbid each other.

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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