by Jessica Piper July 29, 2021
Updated July 30, 2021
AUGUSTA, Maine — A referendum aiming to take down the Central Maine Power corridor will appear as one question on Maine ballots this fall after the state’s high court rejected an attempt to split it into three separate questions.
Opponents of the CMP corridor project, which aims to connect hydropower from Quebec with New England’s electric grid via a transmission line in western…Continue
by Fred Bever, Maine Public July 29, 2021
The Mills administration is partnering with a commercial wind energy company, New England Aqua Ventus, to seek a lease of 16-square miles of federal waters south of for a wind farm of up to 12 wind turbines tens of miles south of Bremen, with a goal of researching novel “floating platform” technology and its effects on ecosystems and fisheries.
“It’s positive that the Biden Administration is examining these questions, and we…Continue
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CMP parent Avangrid is locked in a bitter dispute with rival NextEra over the upgrading of equipment at the Seabrook nuclear station, without which the 145-mile corridor can’t connect to the New England grid.
By Colin Woodard Staff Writer
A heated dispute between Central Maine Power’s parent company and rival energy giant NextEra is threatening to delay the completion of CMP’s controversial 145-mile transmission corridor.…Continue
The governor calls the performance of Maine's electric utilities 'abysmal' but says the bill to form a consumer-owned utility was 'hastily drafted' could create more problems than it solves.
Supporters already have begun laying the groundwork for a separate, statewide referendum on whether to force Central Maine Power and Versant Power to sell their assets to a new Pine Tree Power Co.
The bill’s chief sponsor, Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of…Continue
Updated July 13, 2021 at 12:42 PM EDT
Governor Janet Mills’ energy office has just released its preferred site for a 16-square mile offshore wind farm of up…
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New Maine law prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters
Two Australian wind projects fined $1+ million for their role in blackout…Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments
Three miles is nothing. But why is the setback on inland wind turbines only 1.5 times the height of the turbine, i.e., less than 1,000 feet?
Mills signs new law that prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters
Credit: By Fred Bever | Maine Public | July 7, 2021 |
Gov. Mills has signed compromise legislation to permanently bar future development of offshore wind projects in state waters.…Continue
Unfortunately, when a wind turbine catches fire hundreds of feet above the ground, fire personnel often cannot reach the fire and simply wait for the fire to burn out. That might be adequate on the Great Plains, but what happens in remote and bone dry Maine forests?
Maine’s prolonged drought, now more than 16 months long and impacting the whole state, has exacerbated the threat of wildfires by creating an earlier…Continue
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Former two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage filed with the state to kick off his long-awaited 2022 run against Gov. Janet Mills, officially beginning the race between the two political archrivals.
It is an expected step for LePage, who battled often with the Democratic governor during his tenure in the Blaine…Continue
Bangor Daily News | June 30, 2021 | bangordailynews.com ~~
MADAWASKA, Maine – Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill to give Aroostook’s renewable energy industry a boost Tuesday afternoon.
LD 1710, which passed through the Legislature with bipartisan support, looks to connect the Northern Maine energy grid to the one powering the rest of New England. The hope is to facilitate renewable energy exports, which are costly right now as northern Maine’s power has to be wheeled through New…Continue