EDP Renewables, Emera Maine and Central Maine Power advance Northern Maine wind

Companies from three foreign countries picking pockets of ratepayers - Portugal, Spain (also UAE and Qatar) and Canada. And First Wind started in Italy. Maine as third world country.

EDP Renewables (EDPR), Central Maine Power (CMP) and Emera Maine, a subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA), announced today they have reached agreements that will enable clean energy from a new wind project in northern Maine to reach southern Maine and New England. The agreements advance the first of several transmission projects CMP and Emera Maine are jointly pursuing to address transmission congestion issues affecting the overall development of renewable generation in the region.

http://www.emeramaine.com/about-us/news-and-press-releases/news-det...

See comment below (with map) on Bridal Path route.

Baldacci Vowed to Fix Maine's Law on Transmission and Generation for Iberdrola

"Baldacci also says the state is planning to change local regulations to allow Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola Renovables to invest in wind farms there.

Iberdrola is unable to invest in generation because of the transmission and distribution assets it owns in the state through Central Maine Power; however, Baldacci says legislation being proposed in the state legislature would change the rules for renewable generation".

http://www.rechargenews.com/news/policy_market/article1281411.ece

NOTE: If this link does not link to full article, simply google: "Baldacci also says the state is planning to change local regulations to allow Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola" 

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PPH: Conflict looms over CMP sister company’s wind farm

Plans to build a major wind project in the western Maine mountains could again test the legal separation between power generators and distribution utilities, a bedrock rule of deregulating the state’s electric industry 15 years ago.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/29/conflict-looms-over-cmp-paren...

The race is on: PUC Commissioner David Littell's term expires in March 2015

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Bangor Daily News coverage of same:

Iberdrola advances Fletcher Mountain wind project in Somerset County

A sister company of Central Maine Power Co. is moving ahead with a wind power project that may include as many as 50 turbines near Fletcher Mountain in Somerset County......The companies need regulatory approval for the transaction as a 2000 change in state law required power companies, such as CMP and Bangor Hydro Electric Co. (now Emera Maine), to divest of all power generation......The Maine Public Utilities Commission will hold its first conference on the interconnection proposal from the companies on Jan. 7, 2015.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/12/29/energy/firm-with-ties-to-cmp-...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 9, 2015 at 5:24pm

http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content...Proximity of the Bridal Path to the Oakfield Proposal. This appears to be an abandoned ROW.

Once they get these ROW's they just never die....... All of this is but a corporate land grab. After the Turbines die off, the land still comes under corporate control. Green is the Bridal Path route. 

Comment by Mike DiCenso on December 30, 2014 at 9:16pm

UAE could be funding terrorist groups and we would never know it. Why welcome them to the USA?

Comment by Martha thacker on December 30, 2014 at 10:21am

This post reminds me of horror movies where the main character kills the monster and then turns his/her back. Monster rises  up again. Like nothing ever happened. First Wind is the monster. They will go down finally by a group effort , not one hero. The group = Banks. And their affinity for money. 

Comment by Long Islander on December 30, 2014 at 8:09am

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on December 30, 2014 at 1:21am

Iberdrola, S.A., the world’s 4th largest electricity company, energy sector leader in Spain and world leader in renewable energy, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA).

The MoU, that was signed today in Abu Dhabi by Ignacio Galلn, Chairman of Iberdrola, and Peter Barker-Homek, CEO of TAQA, is a commitment to explore co-investment and development opportunities in power generation, renewables and upstream assets in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America.

A Joint Development Committee will be created to manage the relationship, consisting of senior representatives of each company.

Established in 2005, TAQA is a diversified international energy group headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA).

http://www.taqaglobal.com/media-centre/press-releases/2008/25-05-20...

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, PJSC (TAQA) (ADXTAQA) is a government controlled energy holding company of Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates. The company is 75.1% indirectly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. The government of Abu Dhabi through ADWEA owns 51%, ADWEA transferred 24.1% of its shareholding to the Fund for the Support of Farm Owners in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.[citation needed] The balance (24.9%) is traded publicly on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAQA

Q: Can foreigners buy shares in TAQA?

Currently TAQA’s shares may only be held by UAE nationals.

http://www.taqaglobal.com/investors/investor-faqs?sc_lang=en

The largest shareholder in Iberdrola was, in 2013, Qatar Investment Holding.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberdrola

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 29, 2014 at 7:43pm

Iberdrola S.A. indicates it (Iberdrola) is still Owned by a South African outfit. Which goes with (confirms) some investment information I inquired about 10-20 years back. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 29, 2014 at 4:51pm

Please provide me any knowledge about this project. State file locations on their website and other locational information. I am currently mapping all Wind Projects existing and proposed.               http://www.stopthecorridor.com/Maps.html ..... Thanks.  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 29, 2014 at 4:41pm

I believe Iberdrola USA is the owner of Central Maine Power. 

http://www.cmpco.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberdrola_USA

I also believe they were involved in Transportation Corridors in Indiana. Though I could be wrong on that, as it has been 2 years since STEWC did some research. 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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