Central Maine Power wants to build the corridor to move hydro power from Quebec to Massachusetts......
Somerset County Commissioners, along with local state senators and representatives, previously issued a resolution strongly opposing additional wind turbines in the county. But CMP’s John Carroll, who attended Wednesday’s county commissioners’ meeting but did not speak, has said the transmission line project is for hydro power, not wind power. “This has no wind in Maine associated with it,” Carroll said in September of the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project. He said another, separate CMP transmission project called the Maine Clean Power Connection could include wind power at some point in the future.
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It's even worse than that, Long Islander. Massachusetts won't even allow a pipeline expansion to enter their state where natural gas plants could be built and the electricity would flow throughout New England without a pipeline all the way to Maine. If their air is so precious to them that would they hold the rest of New England hostage to energy poverty, then Maine's exquisite vista is too precious to install wind projects for their advantage.
As the elite stand in solidarity against carbon dioxide by withholding critical natural gas infrastructure, oil is being burned in quantities not seen since the 1970s, spewing CO2 and several other gases into the cold, clean winter skies.
It appears that LD 1547 may now be dead. See:
A bill scheduled for EUT committee this session :
An Act To Establish Primary Energy Goals for the State LD 1547
This bill changes the State's energy goals to establish that the primary objectives of the State's energy policy are to reduce electric rates and costs and to reduce air pollution.
It repeals state policies and goals related to energy generation from renewable resources and to wind energy development.
It all comes down to undoing the horrendous expedited wind law. One thing Governor LePage could do right now is use his megaphone to advise every town to pass a protective wind ordinance as the wind law makes it near impossible to stop wind projects. Local ordinances are one of the most potent tools citizens have. An announcement as such from the Governor would get results in the areas that Big Wind is targetting.
The MCPC line is a loser for CMP - without NextEra's Moose and Alder Stream output, they are DOA in MA. NextEra's request to expand the EWA was denied by LUPC. NextEra will need to request a rezone or get the legislature to expand the EWA. I don't believe LePage would sign that bill if it passes.
Make them put it in writing and use all leverage to make sure any other transmission they try to put in is for hydro only.
"He said another, separate CMP transmission project called the Maine Clean Power Connection could include wind power at some point in the future." TRANSLATION: The Maine Clean Power Connection will include wind power if CMP has any say in the matter.
Remember, CMP are the folks who told us that the $1.4 Billion Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP) or "CMP Upgrade" was due to "aging lines", when in fact its sole purpose was to provide a free electricity shipping system to the wind industry. Without the MPRP and all the liars pushing for it, many existing wind project travesties would not have been built. CMP, a Spanish company (Iberdrola) largely controlled by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is one of the largest rent seekers out there and it owes its existence to taking taxpayer dollars from the U.S. treasury and ratepayer dollars with the backing of the Maine PUC and the Maine Public Advocate.
Make CMP put that in writing! "BEWARE THE BAIT AND SWITCH OF THESE CHEATS AND LIARS!!!"
I wonder how many opponents have or would change their statements as the Commissioners have.
This is old news. When the Somerset commissioners voted to oppose additional wind development they were very clear they did support the NECEC transmission line. CMP worked very hard to assure them this line was for hydro only. The timing of this is not a coincidence given the pending MA Clean Energy bid decision on 1/25. CMP has been less than forthcoming regarding the resistance to this project by local communities, business intersts and their legislative delegation. The MA Clean Energy Evaluation Team has been provided a comprehensive package of statements of opposition from the Moosehead region. If anyone wants to send more comments, the email address is MARFP83D@gmail.com.
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