As legislators got to their desks an hour ago, they received a piece of legislation which would order the PUC to reverse its decision that granted a “certificate” to the NECEC. 

This is even more brazen than the Wind Act.

Never mind that this year's entire session is devoted to emergency bills.
Never mind that today’s session is the last of the year.
Never mind that they are meeting today to pass the supplemental budget and set in motion some state pandemic responses.
Never mind that this legislation will not go to a committee and will not get a public hearing. 
Never mind that the PUC adjudicated the case over two years, with hundreds of thousands of documents, evidence, expert witnesses, cross exam, rebuttal, etc.
Never mind that none of the parties unhappy with the PUC decision chose to appeal it.
It will be interesting to see how all those legislators vote.  Many of those legislators still parrot the NRCM wail that the last governor “interfered" with the PUC on the Statoil boondoggle (which would have us today paying 25 cents / kwh while the wholesale market price is 2.5 cents).

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Comment by Bob on March 23, 2020 at 7:03am

Perhaps someone else has already pointed this out, but the piece of legislation Art Brigades mentions is what is known is an Initiated Bill.  It is sponsored by the people who signed petitions to get the anti-corridor question on the ballot.  Its introduction has nothing to do with high-paid lobbyists, is required by the state constitution once a sufficient number of signatures is certified by the Secretary of State.  The legislature has two choices:  1) enact the bill as written (no amendments allowed) or 2) send it to the voters.  The legislature cannot prevent its going to the voters if they don't enact it themselves.  Please, no more conspiracy theories on this question.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 19, 2020 at 9:59am

Both the NECEC line and the MCPC line require major transmission upgrades almost to the New Hampshire border. Once built, NECEC will preclude any further significant generation projects unless gas-fired plants of Livermore, Veazie and/or Westbrook shut down. The only western Maine wind project currently in the ISO-NE interconnection queue is RoxWind. 

Comment by Richard McDonald/Saving Maine on March 18, 2020 at 9:36am

Eric Tuttle is correct - NECEC is the Trojan Horse for developing wind power in the Moosehead Region. It's spelled out in CMP's bid to Mass for the MCPC line in 2016. Engineering study was completed to support running another line in the NECEC corridor for wind/solar. 

Comment by arthur qwenk on March 18, 2020 at 6:10am

Left Wing Progressive  (CPC Socialists) of the WCPC movement, know no boundaries and have no ethics.

Augusta is a cesspool of left wing socialists intent on "The Green New Deal" , at any cost .

The same modus operandi as PL-661, Emergency Wind Act of 2008 .


Comment by Kenneth Capron on March 18, 2020 at 1:09am

Good find. Slick politicking by someone and I'd wager someone got a kickback for doing this.
Hope someone else has the balls to block this from passage.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 17, 2020 at 10:09pm

Never Mind that the NECEC is a pathway to more Wind Turbines in Western Maine Mountains, as it now replaces the MCPC who's sole purpose was Wind Power. 

Comment by Bob Stone on March 17, 2020 at 8:25pm

Who is the sponsor?


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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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"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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