LD 1710 "An Act To Require Prompt and Effective Use of the Renewable Energy Resources of Northern Maine " is the biggest, most expensive boondoggle since the passage of the Expedited Wind Law. It forces the ratepayer to fund a major transmission line, perhaps even longer, larger and far more expensive than the NECEC line and, unlike NECEC which is paid for by Southern New England Electric Utilities, this proposed line will be paid for by ratepayers of investor-owned Maine Utilities, CMP and Versant.
This bill opens Aroostook County up for an unlimited amount of wind and solar projects. You can bet all the mega developers will coordinate to offer the world's largest land based renewable project with a transmission line stretching from Houlton to Kittery.
The bottom line of any offer is the price per kilowatt per project. It's volume over reliability. Economically, a larger volume of product lowers the production costs, but the volume of unreliability will overwhelm Maine's electric network at Texas sized proportions.
" It will ruin all of Maine"