MEPCO Wind Line.... Chester to Pittsfield (their propaganda)

"System Reliability ?
For a New 5.2B line ?
Build Out for Future Wind ?"

The region needs a new transmission line from the Keene Road substation in Chester, Maine to a new substation in Pittsfield, Maine. This project will relieve congestion, reduce line losses, boost reliability and accommodate new generation from renewable resources. It is a collaborative effort of Central Maine Power and Emera Maine and will be developed as a MEPCO project.

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"And what of that to the Northwest ?
1200 foot wide to ¿ Nowhere."

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 21, 2016 at 11:43am

My source to the fact it was stated to be for Wind, specifically for the Chester to Pittsfield portion and north, came from a MEPCO public meeting when possibly not by choice, when asked by a citizen potentially effected attending it was stated by one of the presenters. Though my self having recorded some of these meetings it was not reveled on video.  The Northwest project into Maine's Mountains, without any Hydro power available in the region and without any committed Canadian  power projects revealed allows any person of reason to realize that only Wind could create a demand for such an expansion.  Transparency ? or Build Out in Secrecy, like the Pittsfield Dogleg advance planning ?  Fool us once, shame on you - Fool us twice, shame on us. 

Maine as a sovereign State should NOT become a power production state for others nor a profit only resource state for nations, nor a corridor state for Canada or Puppet state for Southern New England.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 21, 2016 at 10:58am
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 20, 2016 at 11:03am

The last Build out as MEPCO called it, was $5.2 billion to Pittsfield from Canada. This new expansion of part of the $5.2B line ROW with a new but separate line for Wind / Solar or both, has yet to be announced. That particular project went for more than 2 years as I worked in Pittsfield passing it for some years out of the 9 there in the clearing to finish construction in the area. That dogleg to Pittsfield was Advance Preparation for a project, this expansion for wind, which they were planning for many years in advance. They did not just Guess.... they Knew. I am not up to date on the $1.8 Billion project. The 19% increase came after the completion of the $5.2B project I believe, or there abouts. Maine's 8% use resulted in that 19% increase.

We are also taking the hit on the increased consumption of Fossil fuels to generate electricity to send down those lines either as a direct makup for Wind, or as a displacement source.

DJT can, through Congress put a stop immediately of funding, however projects in progress that have cost a company money may hold standing in a Court, (as always) and prevail to completion.

We need to attack the law that allows these, as well as the funding that provides them with their welfare. If investors are to make the profit, then investors should risk "Their" money (Spain - Canada) but NOT on the lands of Maine. Remember, Wind nearly bankrupted the Nation of Spain to provide for itself and Europe.  

Comment by Eskutassis on November 20, 2016 at 10:13am

Let's see . . . . The last build out in 2012-2013 cost $1.8 billion and raised rates for CMP customers 19%.  $5.2 billion spent to meet Wind requirements for only this small section of turbines then extrapolated out should raise rates roughly 60%.  And this is for energy that goes to ISONE for distribution to Mass, Conn and RI.  It's time to put our foot down.  We are taking the hit for destruction of property, property devaluation, loss of viewshed and wildlife, getting no power and we have to foot this bill.  My only hope is that the loss of subsidies by DJT can be done quickly and it is on his list for the first hundred days.  Keep repeating, "A pen and a phone, A pen and a phone, A pen and a phone."

Comment by Long Islander on November 19, 2016 at 9:03pm

Why was Tim Schneider, the so called "Public Advocate" involved with First Wind?

Downeast Maine Renewable Energy Work Group

A relatively small group was invited to participate in a short series of three focused

discussions. Not every member of the Working Group attended all three meetings, but the

following 17 participants contributed to a least one meeting in the autumn of 2013:

Jon Calame, Coordinator for Thermal Efficiency: Eastport, Working Group moderator

Harold Clossey, Executive Director for Sunrise County Economic Council

Ken Daye, Program Manager for Sunrise County Economic Council

Mike Eisensmith, Regional Planning Director for Northern Maine Development Commission

John Ferland, V.P. of Project Development for the Ocean Renewable Power Co.

Scott Hallowell, CEO for the Eastern Maine Electric Co-op

Wendy Harrington, Program Director for the Maine Sea Coast Mission

Matt Kearns, V.P. of business development for First Wind

Neil Kiely, Director of Development in New England for First Wind

Glen Marquis, Director of Operations and Planning for Ocean Renewable Power Co.

Tim Schneider, Public Advocate for Maine State Government

Mark Seavey, Manufacturing Executive for Fulghum Fibers

Matt Smith, V.P. of sales and marketing for Xpress Natural Gas

Jeff Thaler, Visiting Professor of Energy Policy, Law and Ethics at UMaine Orono

Jeff Tounge, V.P. of Sales and Development for Xpress Natural Gas

Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Asher Woodworth, research assistant

Comment by Long Islander on November 19, 2016 at 8:57pm

"We can’t solve the Commercial Wind issues; i.e. transmission and development

costs. Might be more worthwhile to focus on smaller Community Wind projects
that look to export the energy so as not to compete with existing biomass/green
energy electrical production."


Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 19, 2016 at 11:58am

They have if they wish, Utility Poles along our streets capable of supporting smaller Solar Array Panels. Though not all will have access to sunlight, they combined with all of the Transmission poles through Maine's Woods, have sufficient ability to support and produce at minimum into the thousands of Megawatt hours of power at today's poor efficiency. More if Solar is truly to get more efficient. Micro Turbines are possible, though not much work has been done on the noise, but can be caged to avoid incidental kills. These are not massive sources but collective sourcing with the transmission probably already there, and if not, then the poles and paths already exist for any additional requirements.

Maybe I am dreaming, but there must be at least ONE intelligent Engineer out there that can put this concept forth given the advance technology of micro electronics. Imagine our power consumption if our computers worked on Vacuum tubes and the Global Warming from the heat of those Vacuum Tubes.

The next Bill Gates is out there somewhere.......... on this issue.  Meanwhile we loose our land and pristine environment (what remains) 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 19, 2016 at 11:45am

I corrected the 5.5B back to the 5.2B as stated in the Media, sorry for the Typo.

All of this is but corporate expansionism, by Spanish interests and Canadian interests.  Spanish in the Transmission lines, and Canadian in their ability to supply power. They currently can not do the supply and transmission as businesses in Maine though through CMP and Emera Maine owning the transmission, with seemingly independent companies like Avangrid (wind) by Iberdrola justifying the Green Need (and others, closely examine them all including Solar) they are manipulating around Maine's statute.  Net Metering is a generating source (collectively) which now they are attempting to either exclude access to Maine's transmission gridwork or price access to the point of non affordability. (Though things may change this may be the end goal) Meanwhile through all this is they obtain permanent access and control of all this land piece by piece. A No return, for a chump change investment.  

Comment by Pineo Girl on November 19, 2016 at 11:36am

Propaganda - I just cant imagine that they could be dumb enough to make the investment knowing that it is highly possible that there is no wind energy development for at least 16 years!

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on November 19, 2016 at 6:32am

so sick of the deception 


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


(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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