PPH - Companies wants to build multimillion-dollar power lines through Maine

Do ratepayers think that the extraordinary costs of this possible transmission build-out will not somehow end up hitting their pocketbooks? Is it not time for the formation of a New England ratepayers association?

Will we allow the kleptocracy to keep handing everything we have to the rent seekers?

And why does Maine have any obligation whatsoever to satisfy "policy and legal demands in southern New England"?

March 25 

Companies wants to build multimillion-dolar power lines through Maine

An expected request-for-proposals from New England’s governors is attracting interest.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com
Staff Writer


The high-voltage, direct-current line also would link major wind farms in Aroostook County that are under construction or being proposed.

One of the partners in the venture would be Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield, the state’s largest heavy construction company.

....... The partners in Northeast Energy Link are Emera Inc., the Nova Scotia-based parent of the two largest utilities in eastern and northern Maine, and the American arm of British energy giant National Grid, which owns power companies in New York and New England.

....... Krapels said. It would satisfy policy and legal demands in southern New England for renewable power....

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 26, 2014 at 9:02am

Exporting their stupidity into Maine is not a winning formula for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Really, A billion dollar transmission to ship power from the heart of Canada and Northern Maine to these Southern New England States to cut out some generating plant emissions. How about you change out your coal plants to natural gas, or erect a nuclear plant or two, or go gangbusters with solar. This thing is becoming ludicrous. Come November, let sanity rule.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on March 25, 2014 at 11:52pm

Maine should pass a law that energy made here stays here, like it used to be before the Wyman dam and political chicanery changed it .

Comment by Kathy Sherman on March 25, 2014 at 8:33am
Unbelievable gall, how many days after the Maine Supreme Court decision to uphold the appeal of the Public Advocate about the Emera-First Wind deal? How many weeks after the Mass DPU denied the Attorney General's request to delay approval for First Wind's contracts with Massachusetts utilities until the ratepayer impacts of new transmission were assessed? How many months after VT, RI and NH PUC's along with Vt. Power appealed to FERC that they don't want to pay transmission costs for stupid policies of other states on top of $5 BILLION or so of new transmission for reliability?

How much additional environmental damage is this going to do, including aesthetic so the kids of tomorrow can live in a virtual world?


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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 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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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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