NECEC New England Clean Energy Connect Cmp bait & switch

Thank you,Christopher Hyde for explaining so well why dams are bad and contribute to...not help eliminate...unclean power and are just no damn good!
1. NO hydroelectric dam is without environmental consequences. One reservoir, the size of Connecticut (about the size of some built by Hydro Quebec) displaces entire forests of CO2-absorbing trees.
2. No fish grown in these waters are edible, because of mercury contamination.
3. Hydro-Power can replace some fossil fuel generated power. We gave all of Maine's away to Florida Power and Light about 20 years ago. Solar and wind would replace still more without the harmful effects of dammed-up lakes; There are a lot of people in Quebec who don't like the monster to their North. Here in Maine there is new evidence to suggest that HQ reservoirs are warming the Gulf of Maine and destroying our fisheries, Do we want to contribute to that?
4. No other transmission lines can be connected to NECEC because it is High Voltage Direct Current, which requires multimillion dollar substations to connect to a normal power grid.
6. Turning NECEC into a "transportation corridor" thereby destroying the Maine Woods experience, is a good reason to be against it. What kind of "transportation" is that? Snowmobiles, in case anyone wants to fry their brains riding under an HVDC line.
Economic growth? Unlimited growth is the philosophy of the cancer cell.

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Comment by Art Brigades on October 25, 2018 at 10:42am

It is very true that all development comes with impacts. But development that has benefits exceeding the impacts is the sort of development that we condone, accept, embrace. Same principle applies for electricity generation and transmission.

That said, it has been calculated that it would take 100 wind projects the size of Mars Hill (2800 turbines plus scores of power lines) to equal the power delivered by NECEC. Or it would take 190 times ALL the present 4108 (both rooftop & grid scale) solar installations in Maine. Even then, neither wind nor solar would fill the pending New England void for reliable generation.

So the statement (#3) about wind and solar should be avoided, lest we wish for that and get it! Yes the NECEC would have impacts. Yes Massachusetts ought to be siting its own reliable generation. But the PUC and DPU are pretty good at sorting out fact from fiction, possible from impossible, etc.  Likewise the DEP is good at impact vs benefit analyses. 

Comment by Art Brigades on October 25, 2018 at 10:38am

https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/maine-solar

42 MW total installed Maine solar, operating at 15% capacity factor = 6.3 MW

6.3 MW X 190 = 1200 MW 

Mars Hill is 28 wind turbines with 42 MW capacity, operating at 28% capacity factor = 11.76 MW

11.76 MW X 102 = 1200 MW

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

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(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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