LUPC staff say CMP corridor project complies with rules

The Land Use Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Jan. 8 to render a decision on the controversial power corridor.

In a Dec. 30 memo, staff from the Land Use Planning Commission said the power line, called New England Clean Energy Connect, is an allowed use in development districts as planned, as long as CMP follows plans to limit impact on wetlands and recreational areas.

In the protected Kennebec River Gorge and Appalachian Trail, CMP showed there were no alternative building sites and has plans to buffer the power line to limit negative impact to the environment and other uses in those areas, staff concluded.

Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the proposal at a Jan. 8 meeting in Orono.

An endorsement from LUPC, which oversees land use regulations in Maine’s unorganized townships and other remote areas, is among the remaining approvals CMP needs to build a new $1 billion transmission corridor to deliver hydro power from Quebec to Massachusetts.

It is also waiting for a decision from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and other regional and federal approvals.

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Another regulator signals approval of controversial CMP hydropower project

On Monday, staff of the state’s Land Use Planning Commission released a 34-page draft recommendation and a memo to commissioners and intervening parties that proposed approving CMP’s use of land for its controversial New England Clean Energy Connect project, which would pipe hydroelectricity from Canada to Massachusetts through Maine.

The draft recommendation said CMP’s project overall complies with the commission’s land-use standards, although it requires CMP to remove and in some cases add vegetation, assure emergency vehicles can get into the planned hydropower corridor and get applicable construction permits.

It is the second regulator, behind the Maine Public Utilities Commission, to consider a permit for the project. The public utilities commission granted its permit in April.

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Comment by Penny Gray on January 1, 2020 at 3:58pm

And the ultimate irony of that would be that all the people so passionately opposing the Hydro-Quebec corridor would just as passionately embrace the buildout of hundreds of wind turbines, the destruction of Maine's mountains, wildlife, rural landscapes and tourism for the sake of southern New England.  All of the arguments, and more, about how the corridor would defile Maine could be made about industrial wind, and should have been, but never were.  This baffles me.

Comment by Dan McKay on January 1, 2020 at 2:28pm

I can tell you one thing, if this project with Hydro-Quebec doesn't happen, CMP or a successive owner  will still own the land that encompasses the corridor and can open it up for 1200 megawatts of wind turbines slicing out even more corridor from turbines to transmission, carving out miles of mountaintops and accelerating the costs to ratepayers of Maine.

Comment by Penny Gray on December 31, 2019 at 5:22pm

Let's hope 2020 brings clear vision and science-based energy solutions that offer far greater protection to Maine's mountains, rural communities, woods, waters and wildlife.  


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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