Cote LTE: CMP not committed to renewable energy

Kennebec Journal In a recent op-ed, Central Maine Power’s David Flanagan was trying to make the case that his company is all behind a renewable energy future (“CMP chairman: CMP is on the team for Maine’s renewable-energy future,” Feb. 23). If that is the case, I wish his company would spend more resources getting the huge demand for local solar generation safety and efficiently tied into the grid rather then going door to door and producing commercials selling the NECEC. It’s ironic that he touts Maine’s “natural beauty” and “unspoiled outdoor recreational opportunities” as a treasure, while his company pushes a power line project that will be an eyesore to one of the largest tracts of wilderness east of the Mississippi, a unique place offering some the best trout fishing, snowmobiling, hiking and whitewater rafting anywhere in the region. Continue reading

Judge’s ruling adds another hurdle to CMP transmission corridor project

Portland Press Herald The state Bureau of Public Lands should not have leased about a mile of state-owned land to the utility for the project without determining if the lease would substantially alter the land, says a Superior Court judge. A Superior Court judge ruling’s Wednesday may have created another hurdle for the builders of a 145-mile energy transmission corridor through northwestern Maine. Justice Michaela Murphy ruled that the Maine Bureau of Public Lands did not have the authority to lease public reserve lands to CMP affiliate NECEC Transmission LLC, which is building the corridor, without first determining whether the lease would substantially alter the land in question. If a review finds the state-owned land would be significantly altered because of the lease, the question would go to the Legislature, Murphy ruled. Continue reading

Legislature May Get A Say On CMP's Lease Of State Land For Power Line After Court Ruling

Maine Public Radio Central Maine Power's controversial power line project took a hit in court on Wednesday, with a superior court judge ruling late in the afternoon that the state did not follow the law when it leased state lands for the project. That ruling could put the fate of that lease in the Legislature's hands. The case concerns public reserve land that the state Bureau of Parks and Lands leased to CMP for the project without first making a formal determination that it would not "substantially alter" use of those lands. Continue reading

WATCH: President of Hydro Quebec tries to stop three Maine legislative bills

NewsCenter Maine Click HERE to learn how President of Hydro Quebec, Sophie Brochu, tried to stop three bills that would prevent foreign companies from putting money into Maine political campaigns.

LISTEN: Senator Rick Bennett on WSKW

Legacy 1160AM Click HERE to listen. Listen to this interview on the Mike Violette Show with Senator Rick Bennett, as they discuss efforts before the Maine Legislature to ban foreign contributions for a Maine referendum.

Patten Column: Should Canadian meddling get a pass?

Village Soup Bennett bill takes aim at foreign interference You might not think so looking at my rap sheet, but I’m a guy who takes foreign influence on our country seriously.  There was a time when America essentially ruled the world, and we extended our influence far and wide.  But those days are over, as both Hollywood and the NBA take their marching orders from Beijing these days.  Maybe it’s just globalism.  But when it strikes close to home, it’s harder to simply ignore or write off as the way of the world. A foreign power spent millions in Maine recently to sway votes and it was all perfectly legal. That’s right, the Canadian government-owned Hydro-Quebec plowed some $10 million into advertising supporting the CMP energy corridor at the polls last year.  Is it because they are great neighbors and want us to have lower-cost power? No, it’s because they stand to gain $12 billion from the project. Continue reading

New England power fight foreshadows divisive clean energy future

Axios Mar 1, 2021 - It wasn’t his first choice, but Sean Mahoney isn’t fighting a 150-mile proposed power line sending Canadian hydropower to New England as part of the region’s climate-change goals. Why he matters: Mahoney, a senior expert at the nonprofit Conservation Law Foundation who lives in Maine, is seeking to compromise in a bitter battle over the proposal. Expect more fights like this as President Biden and other political leaders pursue zero-carbon economies over the next 30 years. Catch up fast: Last week, opponents of the $1 billion project got state approval to move forward with a referendum that would effectively kill the power line, if approved by either the Maine legislature or voters. This development poses “significant risk” to the project, according to ClearView Energy Partners, a nonpartisan research firm. Continue reading

Legislation that would silence foreign companies during Maine ballot campaigns gets first look

Portland Press Herald Several bills that would make it illegal for Hydro-Quebec to spend money on a powerline referendum campaign in Maine drew conflicting testimony in a public hearing before the Legislature on Monday. The three bills, offered by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, would prohibit foreign companies from spending to influence the outcome of a state ballot question. That includes a measure on the November ballot that would require the Legislature to approve the $1 billion powerline-expansion project spearheaded by Central Maine Power Co. and Hydro-Quebec, the energy company owned and operated by the Canadian province of Quebec. Continue reading

Maine Lawmakers Again Seek To Limit Foreign Influence In Anti-Power Line Referendum

Maine Public Radio Central Maine Power's controversial transmission project is again the target of another referendum that could scuttle the project, and the issue of foreign influence in the campaign has also surfaced once again. A new slate of bills in the Maine Legislature could sideline Hydro-Quebec, a major financial beneficiary of the power line that's already spent an estimated $10 million promoting its purported benefits to Maine residents. Continue reading

Bills aimed at foreign money in Maine elections yet another front in CMP corridor fight

Bangor Daily News Bills preventing foreign entities from spending money in Maine elections and referendums are another front in the battle over the corridor. A trio of bills up for a public hearing on Monday in Augusta are squarely aimed at Hydro-Quebec, Central Maine Power’s partner in its controversial powerline project that will run through Maine. The company is owned by the province of Quebec. Continue reading