Greenville’s Sherman honored with NRCM 2020 Leadership Award

The Piscataquis Observer An ecologist, clean energy entrepreneur, community activist and long-time North Woods advocate have been recognized by Maine’s leading environmental advocacy group, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), for their significant, long-lasting contributions to protecting the nature of Maine. On Oct. 22 NRCM celebrated its 2020 Conservation Leadership Awards at a special online event that featured remarks from each awardee and a poem by Kristen Lindquist of Camden. “This year’s award winners have done remarkable work to protect what we all love and value about Maine,” said NRCM CEO Lisa Pohlmann. “Each of these individuals demonstrates the power of Mainers to make a difference by speaking up, organizing, and advocating for a better future.” Among the four individuals honored by NRCM at the 2020 Conservation Leadership Awards was Eric Sherman of Greenville. Sherman was presented with the People’s Choice Award for his tireless efforts on the No CMP Corridor campaign ranging from gathering petition signatures to delivering signs to fundraising and keeping others informed, and for his dedication and hard work for the greater good of Maine’s North Woods. Sherman is a schoolteacher and during the summer is a whitewater guide for Moxie Outdoor Adventures. Continue reading

11.22 Newsletter

Hello Friend, This week, J.D. Power and Associates announced that Central Maine Power is once again ranked dead last for customer satisfaction among the 88 power utility companies in the United States. This means that, for the third consecutive year, they ranked even worse than the California utility that went bankrupt after causing deadly wildfires. Continue reading

Opponents of Maine power transmission project gearing up for new attempt to block construction

The Center Square Maine Opponents of a 145-mile hydropower transmission corridor that would run through some of Maine's most pristine forests are gearing up for another ballot fight to block the project. Continue reading

CMP Earns Worst-In-Nation Customer Satisfaction Marks For Third Consecutive Year

Maine Public Radio For the third year running, Central Maine Power Co. has received worst-in-the-nation consumer satisfaction marks in a J.D. Power survey of electric utility business customers. On a 1,000 point scale, CMP received 692 points — the only mid-sized or large utility to rate less than 700 points. Continue reading

CMP ranks last in nation for customer service for third consecutive year

NEWS CENTER Maine PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power ranked among last in the nation for customer service for the third year in a row, according to a new survey released by JD Power Wednesday. Maine's largest utility company also placed last on the list nationwide in 2018 and 2019.  Continue reading

WATCH: Mike Violette Show interview w/ Sandi Howard

WATCH on Legacy 1160, WSKW: CLICK HERE -----> Mike Violette Show. Be sure to start the video at 2:35:40. Listen for updates on our effort to collect signatures for the new No CMP Corridor referendum and other reasons why the corridor is not a done deal.

WATCH: Three years after launch, CMP still fixing defects with new billing system

Watch here on: WGME AUGUSTA (WGME) - It's been three years since Central Maine Power launched its new billing system, but monthly reports filed with the state show problems persist, and the company is still working to fix defects with the system. Continue reading

Methylmercury Poisoning: Another Gift from Hydro-Quebec?

Cultural Survival An analysis of some species of fish in the Smallwood Reservoir has shown dangerously high levels of organic methylmercury. Although mercury is a naturally occurring substance, industrial activity greatly increases its levels in the atmosphere. Studies have shown that on a global scale, approximately 2,000 tons of anthropogenic (human-produced) mercury are released into the atmosphere each year from activities such as burning of fossil fuels, treatment of waste, and metal production. (Krabbenhoft, 1997; Kratzer, 1999) Flooding large areas creates conditions in which naturally-occurring and anthropogenic mercury is made available to aquatic life in an organic form, methylmercury. Continue reading

11.15 Newsletter

Hello Friend, During our first referendum effort to stop CMP's unpopular corridor project, Hydro-Quebec, a Crown Corporation owned by the Province of Quebec, exploited a loophole in Maine law to funnel more than $8 million into a PAC to sway Maine voters. As reported this week by ForeignLobby.com, HQ plans to increase their spending considerably in light of our second referendum effort.  Foreign interference is strictly prohibited in Maine for candidate elections, but state law currently draws a blind eye to referendum efforts. Should this effort happen in Quebec, this sort of foreign interference would be illegal. Hydro-Quebec stands to make $12.4 billion off of CMP's unpopular corridor project, which is why they're willing to spend whatever it takes to force this unpopular and destructive project on the people of Maine. But if the project were even half as good as they claim, Hydro-Quebec's previous spending, coupled with CMP's $10.6 million campaign, should have been more than enough to win over the hearts and minds of Mainers. Continue reading

CMP corridor is bad policy

Morning Sentinel While I typically avoid judgmental generalizations like “bad policy” as used by David Vail and Barbara Vickery in Maine Compass on Nov. 6, I shall respond in kind. Many aspects of the corridor proposed by Central Maine Power are “bad policy.” Cutting a brand new 53-mile-long corridor across Maine’s western mountains is “bad policy.” This area is important wildlife habitat. Our forests need be preserved and protected. Having trees that provide a canopy is crucial. Maine is the only state with extensive intact populations of wild, self-reproducing brook trout. These trout are cold water fish. Also reliant on these trees for habitat protection are the indicator species: spotted salamander, blue-spotted salamander, and wood frogs. Indicator species determine the health of an area. Since cutting these trees would have adverse environmental impact on these critters, it is definitely “bad policy.” Continue reading