Following is a fairly incredible revelation, i.e., that in essence, the $1.4 billion MPRP (Maine Power Reliability Program, aka, the "CMP upgrade") was built, after all, for wind and solar.
From the BDN:
CMP posting BDN refers to:
It's an amazing revelation because at the time CMP and its media hand maidens stressed that our 40 year old lines were aging and population growth (there was relatively none) made the $1.4 billion expenditure necessary.
At the time, wind project opponents warned that the MPRP had little to do with replacing old lines because they were old. Rather, we called it exactly what we thought it was, a free gift to the already heavily subsidized wind industry, without which they couldn't ship their product out of state. And who paid for it? We did, the ratepayers.
It seems obvious that the reason they obscured the real reason for the $1.4 billion ratepayer borne expense was they did not want the average citizen to know the true costs entailed with wind. Also, at the time they told Mainers not to worry as Maine ratepayers would pay only 8% of the $1.4 billion as we only represented 8% of ISO-New England, i.e., the grid. What they failed to say was that perhaps $30 billion of similar projects in New England were likely to materialize (to accommodate renewables) and that Mainers' 8% of $30 billion would be $2.4 billion.That is a lot of money per rate paying household or business.
So they tell us wind is free. And the grid in essence accepts this BS and lets wind bump other bidders like natural gas. But add the transmission cost, the giant subsidies, the capacity payments, the inefficiency of the natural gas plants that have to ramp up and down to infill for wind's skitter (inefficient like a car in stop and go traffic) and the money paid for REC's which ultimately get passed on to consumers, and what we have is a grossly expensive non-dense, non-dispatchable power source raping ratepayers and taxpayers.
From the "green press" - you can't make this stuff up *
".............If humans are going to inhabit the Earth for millennia to come, they will need to either adapt to new climate realities or develop effective measures to mitigate the effects of a warming environment. Since genetic adaptation takes hundreds if not thousands of years while the worst effects of a warmer planet are happening now, relying on adaptation of our species is unlikely to be effective. That leaves decarbonizing human activities as the only sensible path forward.................."
* Name of the article is: "America’s Electrical Grid Has A Transmission Problem — How To Move Electricity From Here To There?"