Quebec proposes to meet Massachusetts’s renewable energy needs with wind

Massachusetts' energy NEEDS? I don't think so. Rather the "need" is simply a government mandate engineered by politicians and regulators while the average ratepayer in the state, lied to by the Massachusetts media is oblivious. Anybody think any of those politicians are ON THE TAKE?

Given Quebec’s excellent wind resource and the willingness of dozens of its communities to host wind farms, incorporating wind energy into electricity transmission projects has come to be a cost-effective solution. Thanks to Eric Tuttle for finding this.


CMP CEO: An approval of CMP Transmission Bid Will Enable More Wind Development in Maine

In Maine, wind energy development has stalled after years of growth, because the transmission system here has reached its limit for interconnecting major new generation sources to the regional power grid. A bid by Central Maine Power, says CEO Sara Burns, could change the picture.

“If we win one of these, and we build this — I’m going to call it [a] platform — the next solutions are easier, because we’ve created at least one stronger line,” she says.


Daily Bulldog: CMP submits project bids that include western Maine transmission line

Following the passage of An Act Relative to Energy Diversity in 2016, Massachusetts issued an RFP to bring up to 9.45 terawatts of clean energy power into the state. CMP submitted their proposals Thursday, the final day of the RFP.

The first proposal, the New England Clean Energy Connect, would link the New England grid with a Canadian hydroelectric company, Hydro-Québec. A new transmission line would begin at the Canadian border in western Somerset County and run 145 miles to a new AC/DC converter station in Lewiston. That line, in addition to small improvements to other Maine facilities, would deliver 1,200 megawatts of power to Massachusetts.

The second proposal, the Maine Clean Power Connection, would partner CMP with NextEra. The line would begin at at a new substation in Skinner Township in western Somerset County near the Canadian border and run 140 miles to Lewiston substation. That line would deliver between 460 megawatts and 1,110 megawatts of clean energy from a collection of wind, solar and storage facilities in eastern Canada and western Maine.

RTO Insider: Hydro-Québec Dominates Mass. Clean Energy Bids

Mainebiz: CMP proposing new transmission line to tap Hydro-Quebec power


Of course not a word about this that we could find in the Massachusetts news outlets, although there's lots of news there about Justin Bieber, sports, beer and restaurants. Meanwhile, Mass-folk, the Press Herald reports that the approximate billion dollar cost would be paid by Massachusetts electric customers. Similarly, there's never a word in Mass or Ct about how northern New Englanders are furious about wind for southern New England being planned beyond their backyards in ME, NH and VT.

PPH, BDN & SJ - CMP wants to build 145-mile transmission line through western Maine

It would carry hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts under a plan that's competing with others in New England for developing clean-energy projects......The 145-mile line would follow a corridor owned by CMP from Beattie Township, on the Canadian border north of Route 27 and Coburn Gore, through Farmington and Jay to Lewiston, where it would connect to the regional electric grid.........It’s also possible that a similar line being proposed by CMP and a partner could carry power from new solar and energy-storage projects in western Maine, as well as wind turbines on both sides of the border.

More here:


BDN - CMP unveils plan that could quench LePage’s thirst for Quebec hydropower

Sun Journal - CMP bids for project that would create 145-mile transmission line

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 28, 2017 at 9:01am

This may be a driving force behind part of this proposed project of destruction of Maine.

"Quebec proposes to meet Massachusetts’s renewable energy needs with wind"

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 28, 2017 at 8:40am

Probably even Cianbro does not want this size of a project coming into Pittsfield, ( the point where the gold  & green were to meet blue.) 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 28, 2017 at 8:37am

It is obvious that they have now found the path of what they figure to be the path of least community resistance. Or least expensive payoff. 

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on July 28, 2017 at 5:50am
Stop the madness
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 27, 2017 at 12:01pm
Maybe CMP has changed its older (green) course to the Pittsfield location due to some resistance by landowners on the MEPCO project (orange) Then maybe they are hoping to pick up more wind turbine lead in transmission lines. I believe R McDonald stated last year, 1200-1400 foot ROW was being cleared.


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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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