CMP could have hard 2021 in Augusta as legislative hopefuls turn against corridor

Bangor Daily News AUGUSTA, Maine — A wide majority of legislative candidates who responded to a Bangor Daily News survey indicated opposition to the proposed Central Maine Power corridor, making it likely the utility will find a less-friendly environment in Augusta in 2021. The Nov. 3 election is the first in which the $1 billion project is one of the top-tier issues in state politics. While Maine’s high court struck down a referendum this year aiming to block the project as unconstitutional, opponents have launched a second initiative and a separate effort would buy out CMP and the state’s other dominant utility to establish a consumer-owned utility. Continue reading

NY's proposed Canadian hydropower subsidy draws concerns from all sides

Politico New York City is pinning many of its hopes to cut energy emissions on imported Canadian hydropower, but the fate of the long-delayed project may rest on a new state subsidy that has drawn significant opposition. Continue reading

Power grid could bring value

Maine Compass Each year, the Canadian federal government lays out its policies in a parliamentary event known as the Throne Speech. Last week, just two words in that speech set off what could be an energy revolution for the four Atlantic Canada provinces and Quebec. The words were “Atlantic Loop.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed up with a more detailed explanation. The Atlantic Loop would be a new series of electric transmission interconnections tying all five provinces together, allowing Labrador and Quebec hydropower to reach other provinces and eliminate their use of coal. Continue reading

New York and New England Need More Clean Energy. Is Hydropower From Canada the Best Way to Get it?

Inside Climate News As the sole residents of unorganized territory T5 R7 deep within Maine's North Woods, Duane Hanson and his wife, Sally Kwan, have watched the land around them—known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and recreational fishing—transformed by decades of development.  But what troubles them most is what could happen in the next few months. State and corporate officials are pushing for construction of a 53-mile-long power line corridor cutting right through the woods and abutting the wild lands surrounding Hanson's property.  Continue reading

10.4.Newsletter

Hello friends, A few weeks ago it was reported that in addition to their record-smashing $11.3 million investment to defeat our last referendum effort, CMP also funneled an undisclosed amount of dark money into the campaign through the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. This means that the only group supporting this disastrous project, aside from the two companies who stand to make billions, is on CMP’s payroll! Continue reading

LTE: Dismayed by NECEC support

Daily Bulldog I was dismayed to learn the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce is supporting the CMP Corridor without polling its members or giving corridor opponents equal time at their meetings. The Chamber can do better than allowing itself to become a mouthpiece for a foreign-owned company at the expense of local Maine businesses, and should resist being played as a pawn in Avangrid's ongoing campaign to make deceptive connections between this ill-conceived corridor project and "regional economic improvement. Continue reading

Everything Mainers need to know to vote in the 2020 election

Bangor Daily News This year, Mainers will pick a president, decide three other federal races and turn over a new Legislature. Between absentee ballots and social distancing requirements at polling places due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting will be different during this consequential election. We’ve been asking you all year about the subjects you care about. We used those responses to ask pointed questions of the candidates. The result is this voter guide, which distills the positions of top-tier candidates while putting questions to every candidate for Maine’s 186 state legislative seats. Here is everything you need to know before casting your ballot in the 2020 election. Click HERE to go to find how you can type in your address to find your candidates and where many of them stand on the issues, including the CMP CORRIDOR!

LTE: In support of Senator Russell Black

Daily Bulldog Dear Editor, I am writing today to offer my support for Senator Russell Black’s re-election. Over the past 10 years I have been very please with how he has represented our community. He knows what his constituents want and acts accordingly. Let me give you three examples: • He supported health care expansion to the poor. He did this and continued to provide support even under tremendous pressure to change his vote.• He was one of four Senate Republican’s that voted for the State budget. He knew a State shutdown would not benefit his Senate District. Again, he cast this vote under tremendous pressure to change his mind.• He has worked tireless to protect our public lands from the CMP corridor. He worked against all odds to get the bill introduced and passed by the Ag committee. Continue reading

LTE: New referendum to put NECEC to statewide vote

Daily Bulldog Earlier this month, opponents of CMP's NECEC project (the corridor), filed a second citizens referendum to bring this wildly unpopular project to a statewide vote. This is after the Supreme Court found the language in the first referendum unconstitutional ahead of the vote. This new referendum, which has taken the court's suggestions into account and been scrutinized by a number of well qualified attorneys, seeks to engage the legislature in large for-profit industrial projects like this one in order to give the branch of government that is closest to the people a say. Continue reading

Politics & Other Mistakes: Overlooked races

Daily Bulldog The thing I hate about big disasters – climate change, the death of a U.S. Supreme Court justice and her possible replacement by a religious fanatic, a pandemic that’s killed over 200,000 Americans, the inability of the president to connect with reality – is they distract me from the little disasters that can have significant – and even nastier – effects on life in Maine. How am I supposed to figure out whether it makes sense to launch another referendum to stop Central Maine Power’s plan to cut up western Maine so it can deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts when my attempts to focus on that rather parochial issue are disrupted by the opioid crisis, not to mention terrorism, homelessness, racism, government corruption and the weird format for the Major League Baseball playoffs? Continue reading