12.13 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This week, Clean Energy Maine, a PAC funded exclusively by Central Maine Power, released a television ad intended to mislead Maine voters about our referendum effort, and distort the facts about their unpopular NECEC project. Their main objective continues to be to spread confusion and fear about our referendum, because they are desperate to keep everyday Mainers like you from voting on their destructive corridor project.

As we go into the weekend, please keep in mind that they spent time and resources on the production of this deceptive, self-serving ad while many Mainers were sitting in their cold, dark homes. Mainers across the state were unable to work or attend school due to the widespread power outage. Please use this as motivation to get out there and collect your 35+ signatures for the week. 

And to add insult to injury, Dave Flanagan, who returned to CMP with the impossible mission of restoring their tarnished reputation, joined WGAN this week to tout their great “success” in restoring power while 80,000 customers remained without power. By his own admission, some of their customers faced a 5-7 day power outage, yet he wanted Mainers to know that CMP was on their A game. 

Also this week, a new report showed that, because CMP’s foreign stakeholders continue to prioritize profits over service, Maine earned the dubious distinction of having the most frequent and extended power outages in the country, with the average outage lasting 40 hours. 

CMP’s inability to serve their existing customers, being the least reliable and lowest rated power utility in the country is a problem. So perhaps, rather than spending tens of millions of dollars on a PR campaign in support of a project nobody wants, they should focus on improving reliability and customer service to the customers they already serve right here in Maine.

Featured Story of the Week

Judge Denies Motion by CMP/Avangrid to Dismiss Customer Bill Case

Speaking of CMP’s need to focus on serving their existing customers, they now may be subjected to a class action lawsuit after a judge denied a motion by CMP/Avangrid to dismiss a case filed by customers who received inaccurate charges from CMP’s flawed billing system. CMP allegedly tried to cover up the billing defects rather than make them right.

This lawsuit comes after CMP was issued a $10 million penalty by the PUC for mismanagement of their new billing system, which they launched knowing full well that it was flawed.

So as you view CMP’s despicable new ad, please remember who we are dealing with here. The movement against their for-profit NECEC project is powered by a strong network of volunteers from all across the state who care deeply about protecting our environment, our livelihoods and our way of life, and we won’t be intimidated by their well-funded smear campaign.

Featured Letter to the Editor

Help Gather Signatures to Give Mainers a Say on CMP Corridor

Please help us spread the word, and build our coalition of everyday Mainers by sharing the following letter that I published this week in the Portland Press Herald:

For more than a month now, No CMP Corridor and our grassroots volunteers have been hard at work, collecting petition signatures in communities all across the state to finally give the people of Maine the right to vote on Central Maine Power’s unpopular New England Clean Energy Connect corridor project.

We’ve been collecting signatures primarily outdoors, following all COVID safety guidelines, at markets, in parking lots and in other public spaces. But as you can imagine, the current times pose some unique challenges, both for our volunteers and our supporters.

That’s why I’m writing now to ask for your help. We need your help now, more than ever, to make this referendum a reality. If you’re willing to help us collect signatures, please email us at [email protected] sign up.

Whether you’re able to collect 10 signatures from your immediate friends and family network, or you’re willing to do more, please reach out today to join the team. As the saying goes, many hands make light work, so the more volunteers we’re able to recruit, the more likely we are to make the November 2021 ballot.

Mainers know that NECEC is a bad deal, and it’s about time to hold CMP accountable for this destructive for-profit project. Sign the petition here.

Featured Activist of the Week

This week, we'd like to recognize grassroots activist Brian Olas of North Yarmouth. Brian has been a Registered Maine Guide for 20 years and has first-hand recreation experience on the Kennebec River and in the western Maine region the corridor is slated to blaze through. He's been with us since the start by providing public comments to state approval agencies, writing letters to the editor, and teaching people across Maine about the irreplaceable natural resources that would be lost if the destructive corridor goes through Maine. 

Brian was an active volunteer signature collector during the first effort. For our current referendum effort, Brian is gathering signatures around Cumberland County and also recruited 10 new volunteers to help us meet our goal to bring this to a statewide vote!

Thank you, Brian! With volunteers like you, it’s no wonder that CMP is quaking in their (Spanish) boots.

This week, we would like our volunteers to make the most of this Christmas season by making a plan to collect signatures, with a friend, in the parking lot of a busy store near you. As you all know, there’s no minute like the last minute with so many Mainers hitting the stores to pick up some last minute gifts for their loved ones in the coming weeks. Please use this as an opportunity to collect your 35 signatures this week and let us know where you’ll be collecting and we’ll add it to our event list.

ROUND 3 PETITION TURN-IN DEADLINE: We would also urge everyone to have all of their petitions, and affidavits, notarized and turned in to the campaign by Tuesday, December 15 for the Round three petition turn-in deadline

Our mailing address is:

No CMP Corridor

PO Box 471

Farmington, ME 04938

Donate by mail: Check made payable to No CMP Corridor sent to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04398

Secure online: Donate at www.NoCMPCorridor.com/donate

To stay up to date and receive text message alerts, text NOCMP to 474747.

Sandi Howard

PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04938.