The rejection of Northern Pass by New Hampshire regulators puts CMP's "Clean Energy Connect" back on the front burner. Even though CMP has publicly stated that their 140 mile direct current line from Coburn Gore to Lewiston has nothing to do with wind power it stretches credulity to not see a direct connection between Nextera's 133 turbine project and this high voltage transmission line.
Even though the LUPC recently rejected Nextera's petition to expand the expedited permitting areas of Chain of Ponds,Seven Ponds,Skinner, T5R6,BKP WKR Townships, I find it hard to believe CMP (Avangrid) and Nextera,two of the most parasitic and incestuous public corporations that I know of, will give up their attempts to continue the ruination of Maine's views and mountaintops.
As evidenced yesterday,Democrats in the Legislature voted in lockstep preventing the Governor's bill, LD 1810 from receiving a public hearing. Unfortunately, six Republicans fell down on their jobs and were absent for the vote,thus dooming the outcome. Among other things LD1810 protected the scenic character of Maine by increasing the sight distance of wind turbines from 8 miles to 40. Were this bill to get a public hearing and a vote perhaps Maine scenic character would have been protected.
Please remember folks, Maine's 6 billion dollar tourism business is of paramount importance for the long term. Another important fact is that Maine does not need the power generated by 133 additional wind turbines nor the power from Hydro Quebec facilitated by CMP's transmission line. All the power from these assets would be shipped to southern New England and beyond with not a dime of rate relief for Maine customers. So, as I have said before Maine is no longer a colony of Massachusetts so they should put their wind turbines in the Berkshires and build power dams on the Connecticut River. Leave us alone!!!!!
Dudley Gray firstname.lastname@example.org