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

9.27 Newsletter

Hello friends, This week, No CMP Corridor held an informational forum with guest panelists Roger Merchant and Tom Saviello and this was one of our best sessions yet! Click here to view the Zoom meeting Roger Merchant, a professional photographer and retired forester, demonstrated the lasting visual impacts of CMP's proposed transmission corridor, as well as the permanent forest fragmentation that would occur in Segment 1 (the first 53.5 miles) of the proposed corridor route. His compelling slide show clearly demonstrated that CMP is lying in their advertising when it portrays this beautiful, remote section as a wasteland.  Continue reading

LTE: Hold up corridor until decision on CMP

Kennebec Journal Since it seems the Legislature is going to engage in a study for the viability of purchasing Central Maine Power to make a true public utility, I think there should be a moratorium on the new, hotly debated, destructive and ugly power corridor through Maine’s forest. The moratorium should last at least until the Legislature has decided whether or not to proceed with and complete the purchase of CMP’s assets. If Maine decides to purchase CMP then the state will be able to decide what needs to be done, not investors in Spain. If Canadian power still wants the corridor, they can surely bury the contentious portion of the corridor. Continue reading

Is New England’s Biggest Renewable Energy Project Really a Win for the Climate?

The Revelator Is renewable energy always sustainable — or just? Today we launch a two-part series looking at the role of Canadian hydropower in helping the U.S. Northeast meet its climate goals. Construction could start soon on New England’s biggest renewable energy project, a 1,200-megawatt-capacity transmission line to deliver renewable energy to Massachusetts customers. The proposed project, New England Clean Energy Connect, has cleared most of its significant regulatory hurdles. But it hasn’t been without opposition. Some of the fiercest challenges have come from environmental groups, who question the purported green benefits. That’s because this isn’t a wind or solar project — it’s big hydro imported from Canada. The power would come from a massive network of 63 hydropower stations and numerous large dams owned by Hydro-Québec, a monopoly utility run by the province. Some of this energy could travel more than 800 miles from turbine to light switch. Continue reading

Anti-transmission-corridor activists take 2nd swing at Central Maine Power

S&P Global Market Intelligence Rather than let the disappointment of their unsuccessful citizens' ballot initiative deter them, opponents of a planned Central Maine Power Co. transmission line are gearing up for a second crack at stopping the project. Continue reading

9.20 Newsletter

Hello friends, I am so pleased to share with you all that, after a whole lot of hard work and consideration, we filed ballot initiative language with the Secretary of State on Wednesday to bring a new referendum forward for the voters of Maine to consider. So please, dust off your clipboards and get ready for yet another massive grassroots effort this fall. Click here to listen to Tom Saviello’s interview about the new referendum on WVOM. Continue reading

Opponents Of CMP Transmission Line Try — Once Again — To Get The Issue On The Ballot

Maine Public Opponents of a 145-mile proposed transmission line through Western Maine are launching a second effort to let voters have a say on the project. Several opponents filed paperwork this week for a new referendum against the controversial Central Maine Power proposal. Earlier this year, the groups gathered enough signatures on a ballot measure requiring the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reverse its approval of the project, but the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Continue reading

WATCH: Opponents launch two new efforts to block CMP transmission line

WGME-13 Click HERE to watch. AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Two new efforts are underway this week to try to block Central Maine Power's proposed transmission line, but supporters are confident it will move forward. "I want Mainers to have a choice," No CMP Corridor group leader Tom Saviello said. Continue reading

CMP corridor opponents launch second referendum effort

Portland Press Herald Opponents of the planned New England Clean Energy Connect electric transmission line through western Maine are launching another effort to try to defeat the project at the ballot box. Continue reading

New referendum bid guarantees CMP corridor will be lasting issue in Maine politics

Bangor Daily News The political conversation around the controversial hydropower corridor proposal will not be going away anytime soon. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling last month that a 2020 referendum effort to block Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect project was unconstitutional was a major blow to opponents. Before Wednesday, it seemed as though the narrow path for opponents of the project went through the Maine courts. Continue reading