Governor Janet Mills and the legislature are heading towards expropriation  of CMP (Avangrid) 145 mile transmission line from Hydro Quebec to Lewiston.

During a six hour stipulation hearing before the PUC not one intervenor asked the commissioners about this, yet the Governor had categorically stated on 03/01 "importantly, the stipulation creates a new special purpose entity (euphemism for State Owned Enterprise) not CMP to build and operate this transmission line".

CMP created a new entity named NECEC,LLC to accomplish this ,indicating the fix was in. As soon as Reps.Seth  Berry  and Nicole Grohoski (who delineated the plan in an editorial in the Ellsworth American on 02/20) introduce this bill to the full legislature ,the vote to expropriate the asset or assets from CMP and Emera will be an accomplished fact, albeit at a very high price. But why stop there ? Put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Lets just buy CMP, EMERA ,dams from Brookfield and Nextera and we will be back where we were before 1999 when our wise legislature copied Montana and forced the separation of each of our two utilities generating assets from their less valuable transmission assets. Bangor Hydro and CMP insiders and stockholders got rich on the sale of CMP to IBERDROLA (Spain) and Bangor Hydro to EMERA (Canada) while we ratepayers, voters and residents got the usual shaft.

Now, twenty years later we will be told to do it all over again in the name of renewables, climate change, EV's(charging stations from Jackman to Lewiston). This Public Power grab will end up costing us multi billions, create a new bureaucracy, enrich the IBEW workers and bankrupt the taxpayers. The Transmission line and corridor alone are priceless. Only 150 feet of the 300 ft width is going to be used. But I'll bet a Natural Gas pipeline from Montreal to Searsport will eventually be built. Take that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker!!!

So, to finish this rant, between Ranked Choice Voting,and the election itself we Mainers have really shot ourselves in the foot except for two unintended consequences. The first, Nextera won't build their 133 turbines in the Franklin and Somerset Counties and just maybe Peter Mills will run against his sister in four years.

Dudley Gray

Rangeley Plantation

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Comment by Nancy Sosman on March 10, 2019 at 12:48am

No matter what it's name isn't it still an Avangrid/Iberdrola project ?  Or, does the name change indicate that if the plan to purchase Cmp by consumers catches hold, the corridor will still be built and owned by Spanish entity ? Why is it a bad move, after all we're being royally screwed already.  I'm confused.  

Comment by Willem Post on March 9, 2019 at 9:13am

Dudley,

Mills, governor, is total drunk on the Kool-Aid.

She spouts all the right RE noises/mantras, has a good speech writer, is supported by the Governor Page-frustrated RE 100 percenters, who have NEVER technically and economically analyzed any energy system, on an hour by hour basis, to determine if 100% electricity from renewables is even feasible without TWh-scale storage.

The LLC would be a limited liability corporation, A PRIVATE entity owned by multi-millionaires, family, friends, and allies of Mills.

FOLLOW THE MONEY, $BILLIONS, AND SEE WHERE IT IS GOING 

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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