Hachey LTE: What’s wrong with that?

Mount Desert islander To the Editor: I subscribed to the Islander in preparation for a fall camping trip to Blackwoods. My thoughts of another wonderful visit to Acadia National Park took a bad turn when I read a letter in my first Islander extolling the virtues of the electric transmission line slated to cut a scar in Maine woods to service a contract signed by Massachusetts utilities.  I am one of those customers who will be forced to pay for this $15 billion purchase.  Continue reading

7.25.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, After being cut out of the public lands discussion by multiple administrations for years now, the Legislature has spoken on the issue of CMP’s misuse of Maine Public Reserve Lands in a clear and powerful way. With overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers, a Joint Order memorializing the Legislature’s position on CMP’s lease to bisect (and destroy) Maine public reserve land garnered overwhelming bipartisan support with a vote of 28-6 in the Senate and 66-52 in the House. Continue reading

Fight between rival energy companies threatens to delay CMP’s $1 billion energy corridor

Portland Press Herald A heated dispute between Central Maine Power’s parent company and rival energy giant NextEra is threatening to delay the completion of CMP’s controversial 145-mile transmission corridor. CMP’s parent – Avangrid, which is itself the subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola – has been locked in a bitter disagreement with Florida-based NextEra Energy, which it accuses of intentionally obstructing the transmission project by failing to perform a necessary safety upgrade of a piece of equipment at the nuclear power plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Until NextEra upgrades this circuit breaker in Seabrook, CMP can’t connect its $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect line and the 1,200 megawatts of Quebec hydropower it would carry to New England’s primary electricity grid. Continue reading

Pulse Newsletter: Full-time employment for consultants

Maine Public By now Maine voters are probably numb to the millions of dollars that supporters and opponents of Central Maine Power’s transmission corridor have spent on the upcoming referendum aimed at derailing the project. How the money has been spent might be more intriguing. Continue reading

Sen. Black OpEd: Corridor clear-cuts far wider than advertised

Our natural resources are our brand here in Maine and must be protected to ensure that future generations of Mainers can continue to enjoy and benefit from the unparalleled and vast beauty of our great outdoors. The Upper Kennebec region provides critical habitat for heritage fisheries and are an integral part of Maine, and as legislators, the job entrusted to us by the people of this great state is to ensure that the stewardship of these lands is taken seriously. Continue reading

Attorneys argue over whether CMP power line referendum should be 1 question or 3

Portland Press Herald Maine’s highest court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the secretary of state should split the multipart referendum opposing Central Maine Power’s transmission line project into three separate questions on the November ballot. A lawsuit filed by Rep. Christopher Caiazzo, D-Scarborough, contends that the November ballot question contains three distinct issues that voters should decide separately. Specifically, the question asks whether voters want to prohibit “high impact transmission lines” in part of western Maine, whether similar projects statewide should require legislative approval, and whether lease agreements through Maine’s public lands should require a two-thirds vote from the Legislature. Continue reading

Howard LTE: Public lands belong to Maine people

Bangor Daily News On behalf of thousands of grassroots activist members of Say NO to NECEC, I would like to thank the state senators and representatives who voted in support of the Joint Resolution expressing the sense of the Legislature regarding the use of public land leased by the state. Regardless of one’s stance on the CMP corridor, we must remember that Maine Public Lands belong to the people of Maine, and that the Constitution was amended in 1993 to require a 2/3 legislative approval for any lease that would cause substantial alteration to public lands. To date, the required vote on CMP’s 33-acre lease in the West Forks for installation of a high-impact transmission line has not occurred. Continue reading

Aishton LTE: CMP corridor: The Not So Divine Comedy

If Maine’s environmental integrity wasn’t at stake I would be laughing in my Moxie. I mean, the whole NECEC (New England Clean Energy Connect) debacle is just a perverted comedy of errors. Back room deals about Maine Public Lands – check. No need to involve the legislators because clear cutting Public Lands doesn’t qualify as a significant change in use? Continue reading

Seeking To Influence Lawsuit, Maine Lawmakers Declare CMP Corridor Lease Unconstitutional

Maine Public In one of its final votes of the session, the Legislature approved a joint order asserting that a lease negotiated between the state and Central Maine Power for the utility's transmission corridor should have been approved by a vote by state lawmakers. While nonbinding, the order could affect a lawsuit brought by project opponents who say the lease agreements violated the state constitution. The 28-6 vote in the Senate and the 66-57 vote in the House on Monday centered on a key claim in the lawsuit that's currently in superior court. Continue reading

Lawmakers muster symbolic opposition to CMP after legislation aimed at utility fails

Bangor Daily News Both chambers of the Legislature approved a joint order opposing the Central Maine Power corridor late Monday after bigger policy efforts failed this session. In the final vote of the night, lawmakers approved a resolution arguing that the transmission project constituted a “substantial alteration” of public lands and should have been subjected to a two-thirds vote in the Legislature. Continue reading