2 CMP-aligned groups spending nearly $17M to persuade voters to back corridor

Bangor Daily News Two company-funded groups opposing the November referendum on the Central Maine Power corridor have spent a combined $16.7 million through the end of June, according to state campaign finance reports. Continue reading

Prospect of Maine utility forcing customers to bear brunt of pandemic costs irks lawmakers

July 6, 2020 Power lines power lines are seen May 28, 2019, in Pownal, Maine. (The Center Square) – A coalition of more than 60 Maine lawmakers has written to the state’s public utility regulators, calling for denial of a Central Maine Power (CMP) proposal that could charge customers for costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Congressman Jared Golden Letter to Army Corps of Engineers

Thank you, Congressman Golden, for sending a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting they complete an Environmental Impact Statement for CMP's Corridor.    To read Congressman Jared Golden's, click here.

7/5/20 Newsletter

Friends -- This week, CMP took their case to prevent our referendum from moving forward to the next level with an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court. Considering the fact that, after spending $10 million on advertising, they are still 20 points behind, it isn't surprising that CMP's foreign stakeholders are willing to take this lawsuit as far as they can possibly go. They know that if the people of Maine are finally able to have a say on their for-profit corridor project, they will lose.  Continue reading

LTE: John Nicholas: What is Hydro-Quebec?

Daily Bulldog What is Hydro-Quebec (see https://www.hydroquebec.com/international/en/investments/)? The spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec has had letters to the editor published in several Maine newspapers to promote the New England Clean Energy Connect project and to criticize Mainers who oppose the NECEC. It is insulting to have the spokesperson for a foreign corporation telling Maine people what is best for them. Especially when the NECEC will increase profit for Hydro-Quebec by $10 billion dollars. Continue reading

CMP parent asks Maine’s high court to strike anti-corridor question from ballot

Bangor Daily The parent company of Central Maine Power asked the state’s high court on Wednesday to overrule a judge’s decision to let a ballot question opposing the utility’s corridor proposal go to voters in November. Continue reading

CMP appeals referendum ruling in an effort to further silence Maine voters

July 2, 2020 - FARMINGTON - As expected, CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola have appealed the trial court's decision on allowing the referendum to the Supreme Court. They are asking for an expedited schedule to get a decision by August 28, which is apparently the deadline for the Secretary to get the ballot language out to the printers. Read the appeal documents HERE. Sandi Howard, Principal Officer of No CMP Corridor PAC responded - "Considering the fact that after spending $10 million on advertising with no push back from the other side, they are still 20 points behind, it isn't surprising that CMP's foreign stakeholders are willing to take this lawsuit as far as they can possibly go. They know that if the people of Maine are finally able to have a say on their for-profit corridor project, they will lose. It's sad they will go so far to silence their own customers."  

LTE: Sam Wainright: Letter to the editor: Hydropower’s environmental, societal costs too high

Press Herald Central Maine Power’s and Hydro-Quebec’s New England Clean Energy Connect project is “clean power.” Really? Hydropower has environmental and societal costs. Continue reading

Attorney Adam Cote discusses poll and referendum on WVOM

Listen here - https://www.wvomfm.com/episode/ghrt-rewind-07-01-adam-cote-no-necec-1400/

As Legal Battle Over Transmission Line Geared Up, CMP And State Agency Quietly Amended The Lease

Maine Public The state’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has signed a revised deal with Central Maine Power to lease a public parcel for the utility’s controversial power line through western Maine. It makes some key changes, but opponents say under the state constitution, the lease still needs to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Legislature. Continue reading