At the EUT Public Hearing on 1/14/16 on LD 1513, during testimony by Ben Smith, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott counsel representing Houlton Water Company, EUT member Representative Larry Dunphy asked Mr. Smith, in essence, if the MPRP ($1.4 BILLION CMP transmission line upgrade) was built in anticipation of moving electrons for future wind projects. In essence, it would appear that Mr. Smith responded in the affirmative. You can decide for yourself by viewing the YouTube video at the link below.
Folks, I believe, along with many who have studied this, that this was an unwitting ratepayer funded GIFT to the wind industry but almost all of the corporate communications "selling" the public on this project cited its raison d'etre as "aging lines" requiring enhanced reliability:
That was BUNK. It was all about increasing reliability for planned wind power projects. Wind doesn't produce much electricity but on the windiest day, it can create electricity surges that will thermally overload the lines and take down the grid. There was a bottleneck at Orrington stopping wind produced feelgood electrons from being sent to the power thirsty McMansions in Connecticut and Massachusetts which thus stood in the way of immense profits for the wind companies. This is like tripling the number of lanes on the interstate solely for the one day a year when a wide load truck must use it. They couldn't tell Mainers that there was to be a $1.4 billion price tag on top of all the other price tags for wind. So a big lie was formulated and they made the PR effort primarily about upgrading our 40 year old lines.
It also made a fortune for CMP.
It is refreshing that the sunlight is finally beginning to shine on this huge lie. Information wants to be free and these facts will be well known and accepted one day.
The MPRP's supporters have told us that Maine ratepayers will pay "only" their share of the grid, 8%. But what they don't tell us is that we will also have to pay the same 8% on all the potential similar upgrades across the New England grid (ISO-NE), estimated by some to cost $30 BILLION. In other words, under the guise of aging lines and anything but the real culprit - crony phony wind "farms", Maine ratepayers could get stuck with a wind power transmission bill of $2.4 BILLION. And they won't even know what caused it.
If there are say, 500,000 ratepayers in this state of 1.3 million people, that's a cost per ratepayer of $4,800 to unwittingly gift the wind industry so they can play three card monte with their crony electricity game.
Ben Smith's testimony on this can be seen starting at about the 43 minute mark of the following video, graciously filmed by Eric Tuttle on Thursday. Thank you Eric.
Note: Eric Tuttle's full video of the hearing is at:
It is high time that the people of Maine are told the true costs of wind "farms". The legislature must stop doing the bidding of this feelgood politically correct industry and start serving the people on this matter.
Sweeping wind's transmission price tag under the carpet was part of the plan
"The task force ignored the need for massive new transmission line construction to move wind energy from turbines to market, which could be costly to ratepayers, disrupt habitat and landscape and engender significant opposition from towns and conservation groups."
"Kurt Adams: When the governor’s task force was doing its work, Adams was head of the state’s Public Utilities Commission, although he had already had communication with wind developer First Wind about possibly going to work for them. In their report, task force members wrote “PUC Chairman Kurt Adams and agency counsel Mitch Tannenbaum, and DEP Commissioner and Task Force member David Littell were particularly helpful to the Task Force in developing and presenting information regarding the regional energy system, electric transmission, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and other renewable energy policy issues as they relate to wind power. Adams left the PUC to take a high-level position with First Wind in May, 2008; in April, he had received 1.2 million units of equity in First Wind — akin to stock options — while he was still at the PUC. An investigation by Attorney General Janet Mills determined Adams had done nothing wrong."
"Task Force Chairman Giffen likewise had no idea how the omission occurred, and told the Center he knew of no plans to correct it.
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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