Electric Delivery Simplified Versus the Way Seth Berry Sees It.

Berry lies about CMP being a monopoly. They are a regulated monopoly. The regulatory agency in charge of overseeing CMP and Versant is the Maine Public Utilities Commission(MPUC)   

The MPUC has great powers to make sure the investor-owned utilities are transparent about their management and operating systems. Consumer-owned utilities mostly operate in a single town or city and local control is within a single municipal governing board. The MPUC has minimal say in the conduct of consumer-owned utilities because management of their conduct crosses no borders, therefore has many less operating and maintenance factors. 

    CMP and Versant operate, maintain and manage systems that cross through many towns, often having distribution lines passing through very remote regions to get to towns they serve.    

They must maintain the transmission lines from substation to substation, which are the lines that deliver electricity to consumer-owned utilities.    

Companies as large as CMP and Versant are far more complex than consumer-owned utilities and rely on many decades of experience to keep the system running.  

 Glitches in new software is not unusual, remember the government's online rollout of Obamacare? People like Berry will jump all over CMP for problems that are eventually solved by the utility, not the government. 

 And Berry as a government lacky transformed CMP and Versant into collection agencies transferring ratepayer money to other government agencies like Efficiency Maine Trust, RGGI, ISO-NE, the Public Advocate and all the committees planning the green future.

And if you use beyond a certain amount of electricity per month as many with heat pumps have discovered, CMP and Versant must collect a sales tax from you to give to the State Government. 

 And the transfer of ratepayer money doesn't stop at government bureaucracies. Many solar and wind developments get payouts from your monthly electric bills by way of long term contracts, net metering( One of Berry's favorites) and renewable energy credits   

 Is it any wonder Berry wants you to pay billions of dollars to battle CMP's and Versant's lawyers in an unconstitutional takeover. He gets to promote the rape of the ratepayer without MPUC oversite.  

 If you think electric rates are high now, watch out.   

By The Way, CMP and Versant are state mandated for collecting the electric supply( most have the Standard Offer) rate and the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission's transmission rate. These two rates amount to 75% of your bill. 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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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 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

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