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

Contributions exceed $46 million to campaigns surrounding Maine electric transmission lines initiative

BallotPedia News In November, voters in Maine will decide a ballot initiative designed to stop the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), a 145-mile long, high-voltage transmission line project. NECEC would transmit around 1,200 megawatts from hydroelectric plants in Quebec to electric utilities in Massachusetts and Maine. Continue reading

Protect the North Woods. Stop the Transmission Line.

Environment Maine Central Maine Power is proposing to transport energy from a Canadian energy company, Hydro-Quebec, in a 145-mile long transmission line which would cut through the ecologically valuable wilderness in Maine. Building this proposed transmission line would require clear cutting areas of the largest temperate forest in North America, the North Woods. This is a bad deal for Maine and would permanently scar our land. Continue reading

Allen LTE: Constituent knocks Rep. Caiazzo’s support for CMP

Portland Press Herald I’m writing to express disappointment in my representative Chris Caiazzo (D-Scarborough) for voting in lock step with Central Maine Power during his first three years in the state Legislature. Rep. Caiazzo has gone out of his way to support CMP’s interest over the interests of his constituents. Continue reading

7.18.21 Newsletter

Hello Friends, This week was a very big news week for our cause. The Governor called CMP’s performance ‘abysmal’ just days before the company was granted a massive rate hike that Maine Public’s Fred Bever described as “the biggest electricity bill increase in recent memory.”  Continue reading

Samiljan LTE: Power corridor wrong for rural Maine

Sun Journal I empathize with Lewiston’s fiscal woes and understand that CMP’s substation generates helpful financial relief to taxpayers and supports necessary municipal services. However, the speech’s touted climate benefits, much resembling CMP’s false advertising for the corridor, were mischievously skewed. Truthfully, environmental experts, including Massachusetts’ attorney general, testified there is no reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions or scientifically-proven climate benefits from the transmission line itself. Continue reading

Egan LTE: Rep. Poirier right about big corporations

Kennebec Journal Kudos to Jennifer Poirier for her article regarding the state government taking over the electric systems in Maine (“Profit-driven utilities not working for Maine,” June 26). We have got to rid ourselves of multinational corporations running our state; from Hannaford to Brookfield to CMP, these folks don’t give a damn about Maine or its citizens. Continue reading

PAC spending on CMP power line referendum hits $15.2 million in 2021

Portland Press Herald Supporters and opponents of a 145-mile power line expansion through northern and western Maine have spent more than $15 million so far this year in their efforts to sway voters ahead of a statewide ballot question in November. Continue reading

Justice: LePage And Mills Administrations Kept Lawmakers “In The Dark” On Public Lands Lease For CMP Powerline

Maine Public A superior court justice suggested today that the administrations of Governor Janet Mills and Paul LePage deliberately kept the Legislature in the dark regarding a lease of public lands for Central Maine Power's controversial power corridor through western Maine. The validity of that lease, which is being challenged, could upend the billion-dollar powerline project’s progress. Continue reading

Spending in the political fight over the CMP corridor exceeds $42M

Bangor Daily News Energy companies gave more than $6.8 million to groups on both sides of the fight over the Central Maine Power Co. corridor ahead of a November referendum in three months as total spending in the past two years surpassed $42 million. Pro-corridor spending continued to far outpace anti-corridor money, but the flow on both sides highlights how the project aiming to bring hydropower from Quebec through western Maine stands to benefit business interests and hurt others. The fight about the corridor has extended for more than 18 months after a ballot question last year was declared unconstitutional. The spending between April and the end of June was led by NECEC Transmission LLC, the company responsible for constructing the corridor that is affiliated with CMP’s parent company, Avangrid. It gave $4.9 million to Clean Energy Matters, the chief pro-corridor political committee, according to filings submitted to the Maine Ethics Commission on Thursday. Clean Energy Matters also spent more than $5.5 million during that same period, with advertising and outreach making up the bulk of its spending. A second group affiliated with the provincial energy company Hydro-Quebec, which will supply power to the corridor, spent $2 million more during the quarter, likewise with the majority of its spending on advertising. Hydro-Quebec’s continued presence in the referendum fight is dependent in part on Gov. Janet Mills’ decision last month to veto a bill that would have blocked companies with foreign government ownership from spending on referendum campaigns. A group opposing the corridor, Mainers for Local Power, got a $1.6 million contribution from NextEra, the Florida energy company that owns the oil-fired Wyman Station plant in Yarmouth and was accused by CMP last year of impeding the corridor’s development. The group also got smaller in-kind contributions from Calpine and Vistra, two companies that own natural gas plants in Maine, and primarily spent money on ads during the second quarter. Construction on the CMP corridor is ongoing despite a planned November referendum that could require the Legislature to assess the project’s permit. The fight has made for odd political allies within Maine, as both business and labor groups have mostly supported the corridor while environmental groups and lawmakers from both parties have split.