Why Mainers Should Be Outraged Over Worst Power Outage In State's History (in Forbes)

The CMP Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP) certainly did not keep the lights on in Maine despite the program’s $1.4 billion price tag........“If we don't do this, the lights will go out in southern Maine,” said Sara Burns, the former CEO of CMP, in 2008......To put the scale of this transmission investment in perspective, only about 1.3 million people live in Maine, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This means CMP spent about $2,500 for every single customer it serves in Maine on a single transmission project.

William Pentland is a Partner at Brookside Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm in Portland, Maine that focuses on issues in utility regulation, market strategy and energy policy.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2017/11/05/why-mainers...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 7, 2017 at 7:21pm

In Hancock County and RBO (Penobscot may follow suit) for the entire county is underway. Presented to the commissioners with a potential request for a public hearing. 

Part of a communication via e-mail concerning Wind

Maine politicians are beginning to take notice of the impending statutory rape of the state's environment, economy, and iconic lifestyle being brought on by the corporate development of wind farms and transmission corridors designed to satisfy the green energy demands of the southern New England region.

Somerset County commissioners issued a resolution in September opposing wind turbines and transmission lines in the county and the Moosehead Lake region.

Piscataquis County commissioners issued a letter in October that unanimously opposes new wind turbines in the county and the Moosehead Lake region.

Opposition to wind farms and transmission line corridors in the Moosehead Lake region comes from legislators in Somerset and Piscataquis counties: Sen. Paul Davis, R- Sangerville; Rep. Joel Stetkis, R-Canaan; Rep. Chad Grignon, R-Athens; and Rep. Paul Sterns, R-Guilford.

The legislators issued an October 8 letter to Judith Judson, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The legislators stated that wind farm and transmission line development would detrimentally impact the Moosehead region's natural and cultural attributes; the recreation and tourism industry, the Moosehead Lake aquifer, and viewscapes on the wilderness ridges. Wind turbine illumination would have a permanent adverse impact on the night sky. Development of a year-round sustainable tourist industry in the Moosehead region would be in jeopardy.

Comment by Eskutassis on November 7, 2017 at 7:06pm

Do you think Mr. Pentland might have a dog in the show? Maybe a little biased? You are absolutely right Arthur. Gov. LePage has made a difference, and now DJT will make the rest of the difference. Wind investor Warren Buffett said it best. "You can't make money on wind without the subsidies." I hope they will dry up with these new tax proposals. Except for our ridiculous "Republican" Senator, it should be a slam dunk.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 7, 2017 at 1:31pm

To put the scale of this transmission investment in perspective, only about 1.3 million people live in Maine, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This means CMP spent about $2,500 for every single customer it serves in Maine on a single transmission project.

19.6% of Maine's population is under age and would not necessarily be a customer. According to a quote from within the EUT committee (though hard to believe) 43% of Maine homes are not grid connected. So it is plausible that the price per customer is much greater.

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 7, 2017 at 12:47pm

Maine is a cesspool of high level vested interest wind power elites, from the Senator called King (look up Record Hill wind from which he profiteered) to ex governor Baldacci ,now working for Avangrid (CMP) who initiated the heinous 2008 Wind Law that thwarted citizen rights to push through wind power and transmission costs, increasing power costs for the whole low income state.
It was never about "power line" upgrades, it was about RGGI, wind power PTC and political graft and crony capitalism at the highest levels. Lepage should be congratulated for his efforts to end the graft and power cost increases by self serving shysters in the state. See www.windtaskforce.org and www.friendsofmainesmountains.org for the real facts about this Maine graft.
Forbes , do your research. Power graft in Maine from "renewables" is rampant, and LePage is right on to oppose them.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 7, 2017 at 12:17pm

Now they will look to infrastructure reliability as an excuse. WE HAD THE POWER (well sort of) but the infrastructure lead south. CMP's Maine Power Reliability investments all lead south with nothing for Maine other than destruction of Maine's lands for others. Emera Maine is yet another culprit. But we get what we deserve when we elect those that allow this or benefit now or later after leaving their entrusted positions. --- Criminals be they all? Punitive damages after the fact? --- Halt CMP and MEPCO projects currently on the table.  

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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