Touts its bid to build transmission line through
The state's largest utility says its
proposal is the cheapest alternative to supply Massachusetts with hydroelectricity from Canada.
“This project does nothing good for Maine – it’s being built for Massachusetts utilities and shareholders of Avangrid/CMP,” said Richard McDonald, president of Saving Maine. “Destroying tens of thousands of acres of pristine landscape for corporate profit is the bottom line for this project – Maine gets used again.”
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Massachusetts holds a lot of the cards when it comes to the makeup of the electrical generation market in New England, with far reaching impacts. We, in Maine, can attest to that. Most wind projects installed in Maine were developed from money guaranteed by power purchase agreements with Southern New England Utilities. Power purchase agreements that have added considerable costs to electricity bought by customers of these utilities.
Before even one wind turbine went up on Maine Mountains, we had all the in-state electrical generation capacity needed to serve the state. And if everyone of the turbines standing in Maine were to be taken down, the state would still have all the power it needs and more.
Maine lawmakers, like Massachusetts lawmakers emotionally embraced wind and according to a recent NextEra statement : "On May 8, 2007, the Task Force on Wind Power Development in Maine (the “Task Force”) was established. The Task Force was charged with identifying policy changes that could help achieve three underlying objectives: a) Make Maine a leader in wind power development; b) protect Maine’s quality of place and natural resources; and c) maximize the tangible benefits Maine people receive from wind power development. The Task Force membership included legislators, state employees, nongovernmental organizations, and representative of the wind power industry. The recommendations of the Task Force were accepted by all members and subsequently enacted into law pursuant to 2007 Public Law, Chapter 661 (the “Wind Power Act”). "
Some facts worth disclosure: The DEP, which is Maine's primary siting agency for wind projects has not approved a wind project since September 8, 2014. The Department has no wind projects currently under review. All wind projects are in the development stage in Maine and won't be moving into the DEP permitting stage without acceptance of their bids offered to the Massachusetts Clean Energy(MCE) RFP.
To the people of Massachusetts, Maine residents are taken back by the thought of multitudes of wind turbines compromising the State's landscape for energy laws enacted beyond their control. But what the people in Massachusetts should really consider is the costs they pay for Maine Wind. It's exorbitant and one of the reasons the previous request for renewable energy contracts from MCE shunned Maine Wind.
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