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