LISTEN: Mike Violette Show interview w/ Tom Saviello

Click here to listen 1160AM WSKW The Mike Violette Show, "Former State Senator Tom Saviello from Farmington and Wilton joined me representing the No CMP Corridor to talk some poll numbers regarding the Corridor and just how much Mainers are against it. The numbers are pretty stark and show just how deeply Maine people are committed to stopping CMP and the project."

Conrad LTE: Vermont and HydroQuebec at a racist crossroads

VT Digger This commentary is by Ross Conrad of Middlebury, who serves on the town’s energy committee and the energy committee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. The VTDigger article Feb. 17  Is Vermont’s use of HydroQuebec power “greenwashing”? stimulated some interesting comments among folks I know. To summarize, there appeared to be general agreement that the destabilization of the climate creates an urgent need to quickly build out our renewable energy portfolio while at the same time eliminating fossil fuel use and decommissioning fossil fuel infrastructure. As such, sacrifices such as those endured by some Canadians are a necessary evil.  While I understand the thinking behind this position and agreed with it at one time, I now realize this line of thinking ignores a big part of the equation. Continue reading

Nicholas LTE: NECEC would be harmful to environment

Lewiston Sun Journal A letter to the editor entitled “NECEC won’t tarnish Maine’s woods” (Alex Titcomb, Feb. 24) is woefully inaccurate. The forests of the western Maine mountains are not pristine, but nonetheless are beautiful and worth preserving for future generations. Approximately 37,000 acres are owned by the Nature Conservancy and private individuals and families — not commercial timber harvesters. The transmission line corridor would pass through a rare Jack Pine Forest and the habitat of rare and endangered birds, Bicknell’s Thrush and Rusty Blackbird. The area also includes the rare Roaring Brook May Fly, that was not known to exist outside Baxter State Park until the NECEC project. Continue reading

2.28.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, As those of you who joined us this week on our campaign update know, there are many moving parts on the CMP Corridor issue right now, and I’m pleased to say that the momentum is well in our favor.  Continue reading

Bilodeau OpEd: Local logger questions CMP corridor

Lewiston Sun Journal I own a small business in Livermore Falls, and do mostly selective cutting of wood lots the old way, with a chainsaw and cable skidder. In planning to build a new power line through our state, Central Maine Power claims that the project will bring money to the local economy. While there may be some jobs for Maine people while it’s under construction, just how many is the question. Furthermore, how many jobs will be permanent and have a lasting effect on Maine’s economy? For starters, the winning bid for the clearing of all the trees was granted to an out-of-state company. I know there are plenty of competent land management and land clearing companies right here in Maine. Many are already listed as vendors with CMP. Continue reading

York LTE: CMP can’t run Maine grid, shouldn’t add NECEC

The column by David Flanagan, Central Maine Power’s chairman, that recently ran in your paper (“CMP is on the team for Maine’s renewable-energy future,” Feb. 23) was truly something else. My first thought, when reading it, was “Dear God. They can’t manage the grid they have now, yet they want to cut our state in two with a major for-profit corridor to deliver power through our state to benefit Massachusetts?” Continue reading

Costly power grid upgrade to boost renewables will test Maine’s commitment

Maine’s ambitious goal of cutting carbon out of its economy by the mid-21st century is facing a harsh reality: The network of wires and substations built to feed power from central generating stations to homes and businesses isn’t up to the job of handling the two-way, intermittent flow of energy from solar and wind farms to electric vehicles, heat pumps and giant storage batteries. It’s one thing for politicians to enact aggressive laws and policies, such as Maine’s goal to cut carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. It’s another matter to figure out exactly how to do that on the ground, and how the billions of dollars in costs to upgrade the system are going to be shared among developers, utilities and customers. An overall strategy was outlined in December in Maine’s Climate Action Plan, but not at the granular level of grid planning. RELATED Maine’s bold climate action plan will require money, commitment It’s becoming clear that achieving Maine’s climate goals is going to require a makeover of its electric grid on a scale that hasn’t happened since the 1970s. A process is ramping up to assess what will be needed to make it happen, and who will pay for it. Continue reading

Tiny Maine community divided as construction on CMP corridor begins

Bangor Daily News THE FORKS, Maine — The drive south on Troutdale Road along the western shore of Moxie Pond runs through the heart of what Denise Rancourt loves most about this remote area of Somerset County. Rancourt lives some 2 miles up the single-lane road populated now by mostly snow-covered seasonal homes. She and her husband are here year-round, snowmobiling in the winter, boating in the summer, hunting in the fall and enjoying the quiet. Something new rose right across the road from their property last Tuesday: the first pole of the controversial Central Maine Power corridor project. For the past several weeks, trucks and equipment rumbled past the Rancourts’ house to clear 75 extra feet for the new project in an existing electric corridor. The traffic was noisy, she said, and disrupted travel for snowmobilers and the small number of year-round residents in the plantation of 23 people as of 2019. She didn’t expect the first pole to be raised until next year, and seeing it took her by surprise. “We were pretty devastated,” said Rancourt, a vocal corridor opponent who is town clerk, treasurer and tax collector in bordering West Forks. “I just feel like every special part of this area is going to be taken over by power lines and that is just very sad.” Continue reading

Haynes LTE: A losing proposition

The Ellsworth American Dear Editor: CECEN is New England Clean Energy Connect spelled backward, which is exactly how Massachusetts has approached this project. Let us say you had a billion dollars to spend on a project: wouldn’t you want to know the quality and characteristics of the item to be purchased before making the investment? As you do when buying online, you check out the product reviews. Let’s define that product as 1,200 megawatts of electricity purchased from Hydro Quebec for simplicity. Continue reading

Groups Urge 1st Circ. To Keep $1B Energy Line On Hold

Law 360 The U.S. government is ignoring extensive evidence that a Maine segment of a proposed $1 billion clean energy transmission project would cause irreparable damage by not considering environmental harms, green groups told the First Circuit.In a brief filed Wednesday, the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Appalachian Mountain Club said the district court erred in rejecting their motion for preliminary injunction on the project — and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now recommitting those same errors at the appellate court despite serious concerns about environmental impacts of the project.The groups said the injunction should have been granted to stall part of the renewables project that would connect Canadian hydroelectric power to the Massachusetts energy grid after passing through Maine, since the Corps' environmental analysis was less than thorough and irreparable harm is likely if the project gets the green light while the case is ongoing. Continue reading