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

Rangeley Plantation

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 4, 2018 at 10:23am


If all residents of Maine went to Off Grid power (self-generation via Home Solar or Home wind) what would we have left? A Plantation State of Grid Wind, Grid Solar, Grid Hydro, Grid BioMass and Grid Pass-Through for the profit of Canada heading to the Masters of Southern New England and beyond. 

Very few if any, have sufficient knowledge to be making decisions for Maine's Energy Needs when they do not have a Comprehensive Energy Plan for the State to which they can use to achieve the Goal.

They look at the Carrots offered in the Mix (stew) then pick and choose what seems to be the best offer of the day, while ignoring the overall tragic results imposed upon the land of the state, the needs and will of the people as a voting "final voice" in these decisions. The People, after all, are the final decision makers when not suppressed from that ability.

Since it seems that our legislature, with its committees, have no solid true vision, they are at an impasse and any decision as to whether or not we are to continue down the road as an Energy Plantation should be put to direct vote by the people on any project proposal that involves more than one UT or Community.

Both sides of the aisle seem to be incompetent in their allowing both the green objective and the fossil fuel objectives to pass through Maine while holding its citizens hostage to a Life of submission to the needs or desires of States and a Nation that surrounds them. Nature is free but profitable if preserved without scars and blemishes.   

Maybe as prices increase, the price of appreciating Nature from those that are not the caretakers should increase as well. Those $10 a day camping lots or those $35 a day vista view lots should increase exponentially as they shrink. 10 > $100 and 35 > $3500. After all, it may be equal to a quality hotel room with the desired view over a Smoggy city.  


Comment by Dan McKay on February 4, 2018 at 8:47am

It's simply obnoxious that a representative from Western Maine would side with wind developers to reject this bill, effectively stifling testimony from his constituents' voices.
John Madigan, District #115, Roxbury, Rumford, Sumner and Woodstock, plus the
unorganized territory of Milton Township, is now a lame duck politician.

As for all the other Democrats who couldn't see fit to allow LD 1810 to move forward, are you kidding me ? Where are your loyalties ? Do you even care for the electric ratepayers in this State ? I'm sure there are people in your district that dread receiving their monthly bill and many who wonder how they can pay it.

More wind development in Western Maine means less tourist interest, period. It
also means more transmission infrastructure would need to be built. Do you want to be responsible for the decline of economy in Western Maine and the hike in rates for your own represented folks ?

It is a sad moment in Maine and for Mainers when a political party comes first and the people second.

Revote LD 1810 and assign it to the EUT committee for public hearing.

Comment by Steve Thurston on February 3, 2018 at 9:17pm

Well said, Dudley.  Will Maine's media report on the un-democratic demise of LD 1810, or remain silent so that people unaffected by turbines remain uninformed about the travesty that continues to unfold in Maine?  Do Maine voters know where Baldacci ended up?  Not because the media reported his hiring by Iberdrola's wind turbine spinoff, that's for sure.   The bias of Maine media toward the wind industry is sickening. 


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(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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