10.18 Newsletter

Hello friends, Long after CMP sued their own customers to silence opposition on their unpopular for-profit corridor proposal, Hydro-Quebec and CMP continued to funnel money into their pro-corridor campaign. They did this because they know that the vast majority of Mainers, and legislative candidates, still know that this is a bad deal for Maine.  Collectively, these two foreign companies have dumped an astounding $20.6 million into their effort to change our minds. Even though they have failed, they are just as determined as ever to cash in on this lucrative deal with Massachusetts, with or without the support of Mainers who will have to live with the fallout of this destructive project. For Hydro-Quebec, a Crown corporation owned solely by a foreign government, NECEC would be their largest long-term contract for exported energy ever, and they stand to profit to about $10 BILLION dollars. That explains why Hydro-Quebec has exploited a loophole in Maine’s campaign finance laws to influence a foreign referendum campaign, even though such behavior is illegal on their side of the border. Continue reading

Op-Ed: Another Way to Understand the Gulf of Maine

The Working Waterfront - November 2020, pg. 11

George Smith: Frustrations everywhere, but some good too

Morning Sentinel Maine people should get a vote on the CMP corridor, politicians should be more agreeable, and more that is bothering the columnist. There’s a lot that frustrates me these days, and I don’t mean my illness, ALS. Let’s start with Central Maine Power’s destructive corridor through western Maine. They know that most Maine residents, and all the folks in western Maine, don’t want them to do this. Continue reading

Hydro-Québec spends millions to influence Maine referendum, sparking questions of election interference

The Globe and Mail Hydro-Québec has poured US$8.3-million into a campaign to influence a referendum in Maine on a controversial new electricity transmission corridor, raising accusations of foreign election interference. The Crown corporation, owned by the government of Quebec, has flooded Mainers' Facebook and Instagram feeds with paid posts, hired lobbyists, commissioned polls and funded a letter-writing drive in a bid to get voters behind the project. Continue reading

10.11 Newsletter

Hello friends, This week, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce held a Business Breakfast featuring Thorne Dickenson titled, “New England Clean Energy Connect: A Project Critical to Our Energy Future”, and they denied a request from our side to hold a similar event to present concerns about the project's negative impacts. Luckily, Senators Russell Black and Scott Cyrway, as well as Representative Dennis Keschl, the local delegation, immediately sent a letter requesting that the Mid-Maine Chamber rectify the situation. Please join us in thanking these lawmakers. It's troubling that the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce chose to put the interests of two foreign corporations before the interests of more than 4,000 area residents who signed our petition last year to bring this issue to a statewide vote. If constructed, the NECEC corridor would have a devastating impact on Maine's renewable energy and tourism industries, which is why it's so important for the Mid-Maine Chamber to allow our side to address their membership with equal time, rather than blindly taking sides. If you reside in central Maine, you can urge them to do the right thing by calling (207) 873-3315 with a polite message. Continue reading

New England Clean Energy Connect may start construction in November, despite opposition

Morning Sentinel OAKLAND — Pending a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, construction on the New England Clean Energy Connect will start early next month, the head of the NECEC Transmission company told members of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at their October Business Breakfast on Thursday. Continue reading

Opposition to the New England Clean Energy Connect Electricity Transmission Line Project to Massachusetts - Five Indigenous communities take their cause to the United States

PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - In a brief submitted to the US Department of Energy (USDOE) in Washington, the First Nations of Pessamit (Innu), Wemotaci (Atikamekw), Pikogan, Lac Simon and Kitcisakik (Anishnabeg), have once again expressed their opposition to the development of an electricity transmission line from Quebec to southern Maine to supply Massachusetts. Continue reading

LTE: Left in the dark by repeated power failures

Portland Press Herald Once again I am sitting at my desk, powerless, hoping the battery on my aging laptop holds out until I get my thoughts down, praying for the power to come back on and eating Cheez-Its for breakfast. My little corner of South Portland has experienced power outages seven times in the past 365 days. That seems more than a little excessive. In America electricity is a right, not a privilege. I pay a lot for electricity, and I expect the service to be consistent. Continue reading

CMP, Hydro-Quebec kept pro-corridor campaign alive after 2020 referendum fight ended

Bangor Daily News AUGUSTA, Maine — A collective $20.6 million was spent by backers of Central Maine Power’s controversial proposed $1 billion hydropower corridor through the end of September, some of that long after the state’s high court deemed an anti-corridor referendum unconstitutional. Continue reading

The CMP corridor influence campaign continues as candidates grow skeptical

Bangor Daily News The referendum on the Central Maine Power corridor is not on the ballots this fall, but the influence operation continues with a focus on skeptical candidates. A ballot question to undo a permitting rule allowing the construction of the $1 proposed hydropower corridor from Canada through western Maine was ruled unconstitutional by Maine’s high court earlier this year. Groups that were prepared to campaign on the referendum have not given up as the corridor seems primed to continue as a divisive political issue.  Continue reading