Great news in Maine! Common sense prevailed in a UNANIMOUS court decision in favor of the New England Energy Connect (NECEC) line. A decision based on FACTS, not green ideology! This line would be delivering 1200 MW of hydroelectricity 24/7/365 to the ISO New England grid already if asinine opposition based on misinformation, outright lies and hatred of CMP hadn't thrown numerous roadblocks at a project that had played by the regulatory rules and earned all of the necessary permits.
Now the opposition needs to just shut up and walk away. Nextra only needs to sharpen its focus of maintaining market share and NRCM will just continue pushing wind and solar to keep the money rolling in from those industries.
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Comment by Dan McKay on April 20, 2023 at 4:44pm

NRCM has a credibility issue. Claiming to be against fossil fuel while standing with fossil fuel plant owners. 

Maine wins twice, with NECEC and the natural gas-fired plant comeback in Maine. The trifecta would be the purchasing of NextEra's oil-fired plant by the would-be Pine Tree Power Authority and become a true consumer asset.

Comment by Willem Post on April 20, 2023 at 4:26pm

Transmission lines typically are about 60% loaded

This line will be used for counteracting the ups and downs of wind output.

During high demands, or snow storms, or low winds, etc., Quebec may decide to first serve its own customers, before serving foreigners

transported electricity = 1200 MW x 8766 h/y x 0.60 MWh/y

Comment by Richard McDonald/Saving Maine on April 20, 2023 at 4:21pm

The defeat of the referendum was preordained once the MESC sent it to Judge Murphy for a final ruling. Instead of making a ruling based upon the law, Judge Murphy abdicated her judicial responsibilities and put it up for trial in Cumberland Co. This case is far to complicated to be heard by a jury off the street. Murphy did not want to have the decision on her hands either way - she punted and took the bogus ruling by the MESC and handed a very complicated series of legal issues to a jury. Don't see how you can get an impartial jury on this issue in Cumberland Co. Should have been heard in Somerset Co. where it will have a lasting, negative impact.   

Comment by arthur qwenk on April 20, 2023 at 3:18pm

F..K NRCM and the  other lefty lunatic NGOs in Maine!

Send them to Florida, "Where Woke Goes to Die"!

Comment by arthur qwenk on April 20, 2023 at 3:01pm
NECEC is DC line, not alternating current AC line as needed by wind turbines. This adds much added expense to utilize it by any  wind project.
“Working on a DC transmission line is an exciting challenge for the engineers who help designed the new section of the corridor,” said NECEC project manager ..
Comment by Brad Blake on April 20, 2023 at 2:26pm

Of course the NRCM had to say "called out the King Pine wind project being proposed for Aroostook County, which would deliver power into the New England grid via a new transmission line along a yet-to-be-determined route. The NRCM said that project would be “a better path forward” than the NECEC line."
A better path forward to NRCM is hundreds of wind turbines and hundreds of acres to solar arrays spoiling Maine's quality of place to make up the 1200 MW of hydroelectricity coming from NECEC.  Better path, a multi-billion dollar transmission line paid for by Maine ratepayers instead of one paid for by MA and including other benefits to Maine.  But shameless NRCM has been the mouthpiece for the wind industry ever since they started taking money from the industry when the heinous "Wind Energy Act" was shoved down our throats in 2007.


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


(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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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