This mammoth transmission project uses as rationale: "Reduce Maine’s consumption by at least 30 percent from 2007 levels of oil by 2030.....". One logical question would thus seem to be -- how can wind electricity projects reduce oil consumption if we do not use oil to make our present electricity supply?
The quoote on oil consumption can be seen on slide # 13 of the following presentation in pdf format.
For more information on this project, visit the Northeast Energy Link website
Clean Energy & Transmission - As previously announced in a press release dated July 7, 2014, Emera Maine and Central Maine Power (CMP) signed a memorandum of understanding for joint project development to improve links between southern New England and northern Maine.
Posted October 24, 2012
The Northeast Energy Link would primarily serve wind farms to be built in Maine, as well as hydro, wind and other generation sources in Atlantic Canada.......
......It would transmit energy from wind farms in Maine to be built by First Wind Holdings. Last summer, Boston-based First Wind and Emera closed a $361 million deal to jointly own and operate wind projects in the Northeast......
............The line is being proposed to satisfy the need for renewable energy in New England, primarily in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Those states have aggressive laws to reduce their shares of electricity generated from oil, coal and natural gas, and increase capacity from wind, hydro, tidal and other regional sources, through policies known as renewable portfolio standards..................
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