Again, we see the media fail to link the building of transmission lines to wind projects.
New England utilities, including CMP, have been on a building spree to upgrade the high-voltage lines that move power from state to state. Some of the construction is meant to upgrade obsolete equipment. Other work is needed to meet new requirements for reliability and security, and to prevent blackouts. Together, they have added billions of dollars to electric bills in the region.
In December, federal energy regulators opened a case to investigate why transmission rates in New England are much higher than other parts of the country. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the region’s rates are “unjust, unreasonable and unduly discriminatory or preferential,” despite the fact that the agency has approved the projects and rates of return over many years.