Baldacci was elected vice chair of the board of Avangrid, then the nation's second largest wind company, in December 2015 and only now --- for the very first time --- does the Portland Press Herald announce this. Why was this never done before. Baldacci is the creator of the state's horrendous 2008 expedited wind law that makes it near impossible to stop a wind project, except for local ordinances. Prior to the law, which the legislature simply rubber stamped, Baldacci had created a wind task force which had a purpose of getting rid of any obstacles in the way of the wind industry running roughshod over the people of Maine. The law was written by and for the wind industry. More to be read here:
Maine Sunday Telegram/ Portland Press Herald: 8/26/18
(Press Herald Acknowledges Gov Baldacci on Avangrid's Board for First Time - 985 Days Late)
TWO MAINERS ON AVANGRID BOARD
Avangrid also has two Mainers serving in board positions, one with a strong background in business and the other in government.
Betsey Timm is an independent, non-executive member of the board of directors. A former president of Bank of America in Maine, she sits in the board’s Audit and Compliance panel.
Some of CMP’s detractors see a sinister element in the presence of Baldacci, who has an annual compensation of $200,000. They say he was rewarded for supporting CMP’s $1.4 billion transmission system upgrade in 2009, the Maine Power Reliability Program.
Avangrid says Baldacci, who has served on the board since 2014 and now is vice chairman, was selected for his deep experience in government relations and economic development.
Under fire from all sides, CMP losing the power of its word
Of course there is no mention in this article about CMP parent Avangrid's vice chairperson being none other than ex-Governor John Baldacci. http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/corruption-in-maine-1 Nor has there every been any reference to this in the past. Nor has there been any reference in the Press Herald to Baldacci's PUC commissioner Kurt Adams. Under Adams' leadership, the PUC greased the skids for the $1.4 billion ratepayer funded Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP), also known as the CMP upgrade. With the help of a hand maiden media, the CMP upgrade was sold into ratepayers as needed due to "aging lines" as well as predicted population growth when in fact both were nonsense. The sole reason ratepayers were conned into paying for this (beyond simply the PUC mandate) was so that they would buy the wind industry a transmission line for shipping its electricity from northern Maine wind "farms" to southern New England, without which the wind projects couldn't be built. A $1.4 Billion outright GIFT to the wind industry by unwitting misled ratepayers. Adams then jumped to First Wind to become Director of Transmission after receiving over $1 million in First Wind stock options while still PUC commissioner according to the nonpartisan Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.
And Baldacci in December 2015 became Vice Chairman of the second largest wind power company in the U.S. That's right - Gov Baldacci who created Maine's expedited wind law, a 2008 special interest law written by and for the wind industry that makes it near impossible to stop wind farms, now sits near the top of the wind industry.
Doug Herling, Central Maine Power president and chief executive officer, and a native Mainer, says mistrust of the state’s largest electric utility is linked to snowballing social media attacks, unfavorable news coverage and skepticism of CMP’s foreign ownership. The 119-year-old company operates as a subsidiary of energy companies Avangrid and its Spanish parent, Iberdrola.