Quebec power company hires second PR firm to sway Maine vote on transmission line Quebec’s public utility has hired a second public relations firm amid fierce opposition to its plans to build a transmission line through the Maine woods. H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.), a subsidiary of Montreal-based Hydro-Quebec, hired Forbes Tate Partners of Washington on July 7 to conduct “research, surveys, polling, and message development,” according to a new filing with the US Department of Justice. The contract is for a maximum of $329,000. Continue reading

NRCM: Zoom In - CMP Corridor: Putting Profits over Maine People

July 9, 2020 NRCM The CMP corridor is a bad deal for Maine. It would cause permanent damage to the forests and wildlife of Western Maine and would do nothing to fight climate change. Watch the webinar HERE. Read our latest blog post to learn more. CMP cannot be trusted with this project because it has shown time and time again that the company cares more about its profits than the priorities of Maine people. CMP and Hydro-Quebec, solely owned by the Province of Quebec, have already spent nearly $17 million in a desperate attempt to convince Maine people to support the project. Thankfully, Mainers will have their say at the ballot box on November 3.

LTE: Gary Lachance: No interest in “moving quickly”

In a recent op-ed published in your paper, CMP's (seemingly) only two allies, Rumpf and Irland, make the case that CMP's unpopular corridor project is necessary to reduce the effects of climate change, and they argue that "we must move quickly." They left out an important detail- CMP's project is one of 45 applicants to fulfill Massachusetts' new clean energy quota. This amount of so called clean energy, will be added to the New England grid to supply Massachusetts ratepayers: and it is not Maine's' burden to bear! Continue reading

LTE: Richard Aishton: A formal comment on a recent letter

Daily Bulldog I am writing this letter to more formally comment on a recent letter to the Daily Bulldog, authored by Lynn St. Laurent of Hydro Quebec. Her letter was in direct response to a piece in the Daily Bulldog ‘penned’ by J. Nichols. Let us not forget, right from the start, that HQ stands to make ~$500 million PER YEAR from the NECEC. No sense in beating around the bush to showcase HQ’s motivation for putting a large amount of lipstick on this NECEC pig. Continue reading

7.12 Newsletter

Friends -- This has been a great week for No CMP Corridor!  On Monday, Congressman Jared Golden sent a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers asking that they conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) so Mainers can fully understand the impacts of CMP’s proposed corridor. It's heartening that a member of our federal delegation recognizes the extensive environmental damage CMP's proposed corridor would bring to Maine's undeveloped forest. Opponents of the project have been calling for this study from the start.  Continue reading

Statement of North American Megadam Resistance Alliance on Governor Mills Announcement on CMP Hydropower Corridor

7/10/2020 NAMRA Press Release - Contact: Meg Sheehan, Coordinator, [email protected] Governor Mills’ latest deal with the Government of Quebec and Avangrid/Iberdrola demonstrates a shameful lack of transparency – this alone should make all Mainers suspicious about these hollow promises of lower rates and benefits for the state. Continue reading

Maine amends wording of CMP corridor ballot question

Maine amends wording of CMP corridor ballot question It was altered by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap based on feedback received during a 30-day public comment period. July 9, 2020 STAFF REPORT Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has amended the wording of a question on the upcoming Nov. 3 ballot that, if approved by voters, would require the Public Utilities Commission to reverse its prior approval of a planned Central Maine Power Co. transmission corridor through western Maine. Continue reading

Campaign spending against CMP corridor referendum soars

Press Herald Campaigns supported by Central Maine Power and Hydro-Quebec have spent nearly $17 million to fight a referendum intended to scuttle CMP's corridor project. Continue reading

Mass. becomes dirty word in Maine referendum fight

Commonwealth Magazine CORPORATE SURROGATES for Massachusetts have spent close to $17 million so far battling a referendum question in Maine that seeks to block the importation of hydroelectricity from Quebec using a power line running through wilderness areas in the western part of the state. Continue reading