Does Rep. Janice Cooper not recognize that wherever wind "farms" are built the world over, mammoth new transmission lines must go in? Why are wind transmission lines good but hydro transmission lines bad Ms. Cooper?
While I think Massachusetts should get their electricity without running roughshod on other states, if the hydro line is to go in, I agree that this should be done in a manner that maximizes benefit for Mainers and avoids all possible desecration of Maine's landscapes.
Although big hydro is a high value dispatchable form of electricity whereas wind power is not dispatchable and thus essentially useless, the so called environmentalists have been quick to pile on hydro while doing everything in their power to blight Maine with thousands of 500-600' tall wind turbines and their requisite transmission. Why is that I wonder.
Rep. Janice Cooper piece in the BDN today
When supposedly local interests compete with a regional or national interests, there is bound to be pushback. But this is not a local issue and not an example of NIMBYism. More reliance on clean, renewable energy is needed, but in the process we cannot sacrifice other core values.
I’m used to power lines; they are all over the place in Yarmouth. But the woods, streams and rivers of western Maine and the creatures that live there cannot be restored once they are desecrated. Maine’s unique sway over our imagination must remain intact. It is who we are.