Sign our new CMP Corridor petition on Election Day!

PLEASE SHARE!! Our volunteers will be collecting signatures outside of polling locations on Election Day for the new CMP Corridor referendum. Even if you have already voted, you can drive up & sign the petition. Click here to find a location near you!https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cCEvuRh6kqsZXvt1Y3bz2aYS6pFNtx1tVEjRPEN79eo/edit?usp=sharing

Update on No Corridor Effort

Franklin Journal I hope this finds you having a wonderful fall. In spite of everything going on I feel so fortunate to be able to live around such natural beauty. The purpose of this e-mail is to update you on the No Corridor effort. CMP is threatening to start construction next month. However, there are several legal battles as well as potentially a new citizen initiative in our opposition toolbox. Continue reading

10.25 Newsletter

Hello friends, As you all know, Election Day is right around the corner, and we’re hard at work gearing up for another successful day of collecting signatures at the polls. While CMP may have sued away our right to vote on this unpopular project this November 3, they haven’t come close to stopping us. Continue reading

CMP goes back to the future in bid to calm customers, short-circuit revolt

Portland Press Herald It was a big evening for “The Nite Show,” Maine’s locally produced version of a late-night, network talk show. Returning to Husson University’s Gracie Theatre in Bangor on Oct. 3 for the first time since the pandemic struck in March, host Danny Cashman welcomed a special guest: David Flanagan. CMP’s David Flanagan on “The Nite Show” with Danny Cashman: “The first thing I want to say is, we’re on the comeback trail.” And when Cashman politely inquired why Maine’s largest utility was so disliked by its customers, Flanagan offered a mea culpa of sorts. He summarized how a trouble-plagued new metering system, outages following a turbulent autumn storm and a frigid winter had combined to trigger high bills and a ratepayer rebellion. The company didn’t handle it well, he acknowledged. Continue reading

CMP parent Iberdrola pushes global growth with $4.3 billion U.S. deal

Portland Press Herald Iberdrola agreed to buy PNM Resources for $4.3 billion, pushing deeper into the U.S. power market as the Spanish utility strengthens its position as a global giant in an industry that’s being transformed. The deal — at $50.30 per PNM share and a 10% premium — valued PNM at $8.3 billion including debt. It’s Iberdrola’s eighth acquisition since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The company bought Infigen Energy in Australia in September. Continue reading

10.18 Newsletter

Hello friends, Long after CMP sued their own customers to silence opposition on their unpopular for-profit corridor proposal, Hydro-Quebec and CMP continued to funnel money into their pro-corridor campaign. They did this because they know that the vast majority of Mainers, and legislative candidates, still know that this is a bad deal for Maine.  Collectively, these two foreign companies have dumped an astounding $20.6 million into their effort to change our minds. Even though they have failed, they are just as determined as ever to cash in on this lucrative deal with Massachusetts, with or without the support of Mainers who will have to live with the fallout of this destructive project. For Hydro-Quebec, a Crown corporation owned solely by a foreign government, NECEC would be their largest long-term contract for exported energy ever, and they stand to profit to about $10 BILLION dollars. That explains why Hydro-Quebec has exploited a loophole in Maine’s campaign finance laws to influence a foreign referendum campaign, even though such behavior is illegal on their side of the border. Continue reading

Op-Ed: Another Way to Understand the Gulf of Maine

The Working Waterfront - November 2020, pg. 11

George Smith: Frustrations everywhere, but some good too

Morning Sentinel Maine people should get a vote on the CMP corridor, politicians should be more agreeable, and more that is bothering the columnist. There’s a lot that frustrates me these days, and I don’t mean my illness, ALS. Let’s start with Central Maine Power’s destructive corridor through western Maine. They know that most Maine residents, and all the folks in western Maine, don’t want them to do this. Continue reading

Hydro-Québec spends millions to influence Maine referendum, sparking questions of election interference

The Globe and Mail Hydro-Québec has poured US$8.3-million into a campaign to influence a referendum in Maine on a controversial new electricity transmission corridor, raising accusations of foreign election interference. The Crown corporation, owned by the government of Quebec, has flooded Mainers' Facebook and Instagram feeds with paid posts, hired lobbyists, commissioned polls and funded a letter-writing drive in a bid to get voters behind the project. Continue reading

10.11 Newsletter

Hello friends, This week, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce held a Business Breakfast featuring Thorne Dickenson titled, “New England Clean Energy Connect: A Project Critical to Our Energy Future”, and they denied a request from our side to hold a similar event to present concerns about the project's negative impacts. Luckily, Senators Russell Black and Scott Cyrway, as well as Representative Dennis Keschl, the local delegation, immediately sent a letter requesting that the Mid-Maine Chamber rectify the situation. Please join us in thanking these lawmakers. It's troubling that the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce chose to put the interests of two foreign corporations before the interests of more than 4,000 area residents who signed our petition last year to bring this issue to a statewide vote. If constructed, the NECEC corridor would have a devastating impact on Maine's renewable energy and tourism industries, which is why it's so important for the Mid-Maine Chamber to allow our side to address their membership with equal time, rather than blindly taking sides. If you reside in central Maine, you can urge them to do the right thing by calling (207) 873-3315 with a polite message. Continue reading