This article talks about the growth of "public demand for clean energy". What a complete crock that is. Horrible biased reporting. The people of southern New England states don't demand "clean" energy. Rather, their legislators (many CORRUPT) pass laws, like thieves in the night, that create this "demand" in the form of mandates. Rest assured, the average person in Mass, Ct. and RI has little clue they are being forced to buy this and even less of a clue that they are paying through the nose on their electricity bills and killing their neighbors to the north,
Two of the bid proposals include transmission projects through Maine, which aim to bring power down from Aroostook County as well as the western foothills where there are a number of wind projects in development. The Maine Renewable Energy Interconnect, proposed by Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, would help deliver about 1,200 MW from northern Maine to power at least a quarter-million homes in southern New England demand centers.
CMP has also submitted the Maine Clean Power Connection proposal that would transmit 550 MW from wind projects in Johnson Mountain Township along a new 66-mile transmission line to Pittsfield. Both projects will be able to transmit power out of state via the recently upgraded 345,000-volt “backbone” transmission network that runs from New Brunswick, Canada, to southern New England. According to CMP, ratepayers in the procuring states would pay for the projects.
“I can see Maine having a very important role as a host, both to wind generation and the transmission needed to support it,” said former Maine Public Utilities Commission Chairman Tom Welch at the AWEA conference. “But I think it’s unlikely that there’s going to be substantial support, certainly in this administration, as a buyer of energy in future solicitations.”
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Note that even though the people of Mass may pride themselves as green, when they are asked to voluntarily pay more to have wind electricity, they are nowhere to be found:
Less than 1% of people are willing to pay more for "green" energy. This was in the Boston Globe on January 20, 2010 and comes from the CEO of one of Massachusetts' largest utilities, NStar. Please see:
Here's a choice quote from NStar's CEO, Thomas May:
"Some programs have not been as popular as expected, May added. NStar Green, the program under which consumers can pay a premium to ensure some of their electricity is generated by wind, has attracted only 8,000 NStar customers - less than 1 percent of the company’s 1.1 million electricity consumers, he said. “We were a little disappointed that it was not greater,’’ May said. “Being the greenest state in the land of the free, we have a more educated audience, we have a more concerned, socially conscious audience. So we thought we would do better.’’
I'm willing to bet that if the people of Mass were asked to vote by referendum for what their legislature just passed, they'd soundly reject it. I think that if the media ever told them they are harming their neighbors in Maine, they'd be even more against it. This is probably not the people of Mass as much as it is their legislators who are owned by those who give them money. I'd love to be able to look into their Swiss bank accounts.
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