Penobscot Nation Opposes CMP Transmission Project

Maine Public The Penobscot Nation is coming out in opposition to Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through Maine’s western woods. Continue reading

Commentary: Don’t fall for CMP, Hydro-Quebec climate change claims

Press Herald Maine cannot afford to make mistakes in the fight against climate change. We need to move aggressively to eliminate fossil fuel use by building new, local clean energy sources, such as wind and solar generation, that result in real reductions in carbon pollution. We also need to use less energy through efficiency and conservation. The Central Maine Power corridor that will be the focus of a public vote in November provides no new energy and does nothing to encourage energy efficiency or conservation. It is just a power line allowing CMP and Hydro-Quebec to make billions by selling electricity to Massachusetts, which is willing to pay a premium. Continue reading

LTE: Vote against CMP corridor project

Daily Bulldog There are many reasons Mainers are against this proposed CMP corridor project. Their assertion this will reduce overall greenhouse gases has shown to be false. This project is solely a for-profit venture which will only pad the bank accounts of HQ and CMP, Avangrid, Iberdola. Continue reading

7.26 Newsletter

Friends -- While I’m often talking about the irreparable harm CMP’s NECEC corridor would have on Maine’s most wild and rugged landscapes and natural resources, it’s important to also consider the negative impacts this project would have on western Maine’s economy and way of life. This week, the Press Herald featured a story about the difficulties faced by Maine’s logging industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For those with roots in rural Maine, the very notion that this key industry is under such strain is unnerving. The industry serves as an economic driver, and it’s played an important role in Maine’s landscapes and forest management for decades. Continue reading

LTE: CMP shouldn’t profit off Maine lands

Morning Sentinel Kudos to Rick Bennett for his recent op-ed (“Lawsuit only way to stop illegal land grab by CMP,” July 15) highlighting Central Maine Power’s illicit land grab from the people of our great state. A common misnomer in the debate about CMP’s NECEC transmission corridor to deliver power from Quebec to Massachusetts is that CMP owns all of the land along the route. That simply isn’t true. This line would cross (and substantially impact) public reserve land, and as Rick explains, the closed-door negotiations CMP engaged in with two administrations were a direct violation of the Maine Constitution. Continue reading

Sandra Howard, in rebuttal: CMP project a bad deal for Maine

Sun Journal Recently Jon Breed, Central Maine Power Company’s hired gun to push its unpopular NECEC Corridor project, wrote a guest column (July 19) that was ripe with mistruths. Quite frankly, it was insulting to the hundreds of Mainers who delivered tens of thousands of signatures to qualify the referendum for the ballot. Our volunteer effort was impressive, covering nearly every single municipality in Maine, and it was driven by the determination of everyday Mainers who want to protect this beautiful state from greedy foreign corporations. Continue reading

LTE: Lines crossing lines

Daily Bulldog A common misnomer in the debate about CMP’s NECEC transmission corridor to deliver power from Quebec to Massachusetts is that CMP owns all of the land along the route. That simply isn’t true. This line would cross (and substantially impact) public reserve land, and as Rick explains, the closed-door negotiations CMP engaged in with two administrations were a direct violation of the Maine Constitution. Continue reading

Why CMP corridor opponents are pressing forward with a legally uncertain referendum

Bangor Daily News AUGUSTA, Maine — A referendum aimed at killing Central Maine Power’s proposed hydropower corridor project may be unconstitutional, but that has done little to deter opponents and supporters in one of the most high-profile Maine campaigns of 2020. Continue reading

LTE: CMP project not the only hydropower option

Press Herald In a recent op-ed published in your paper, CMP’s (seemingly) only two allies, Tom Rumpf and Lloyd Irland, make the case that CMP’s unpopular corridor project is necessary to reduce the effects of climate change, and they argue that “we must move quickly” (“Maine Woods would benefit from power line project” June 29). They left out an important detail – CMP’s project is one of 45 applicants to fulfill Massachusetts’ new clean energy quota. This amount of so called clean energy, will be added to the New England grid to supply Massachusetts ratepayers: and it is not Maine’s’ burden to bear! Continue reading

7.19 Newsletter

Friends -- This week, reporter Steve Mistler uncovered that Hydro-Quebec has hired a second firm to track the effects of their PR blitz on public opinion here in Maine. This new contract will cost $329,000, in addition to the $6.2 million they’ve already spent on defeating our referendum this November. As a corporation owned solely by the government of Quebec, spending to influence voters of this country is usually illegal, but Hydro-Quebec found a loophole in Maine law and is exploiting it to the fullest to influence Maine voters on a project they stand to make a killing on (for more information, view this recent webinar from our partner, NRCM). Continue reading