Major Coalition Forms to Oppose CMP/Avangrid’s Massive Transmission Line

Posted on September 27, 2018

“New England Clean Energy Connect” Will Hurt Maine’s Environment and Economy

Proposed Corridor Will Travel Through Pristine Maine Woods and Cost Maine Jobs

WESTBROOK - Stop the Corridor, a group of Mainers concerned about the massive impact that a proposed power project would have on our state, today announced its official formation and intention to oppose efforts to build the project.

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Under fire from all sides, CMP losing the power of its word

Posted on August 27, 2018

Never before in Central Maine Power’s 119-year history has the company been under assault from more directions. CMP is facing a storm of attacks for how it treats and bills its customers and whether it’s telling the truth about problems at the utility.

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CMP will give $50 million to help low-income customers in Massachusetts

Posted on August 15, 2018

Press Herald - Central Maine Power has agreed to give $50 million to energy-assistance programs that will benefit low-income electric customers – in Massachusetts.

CMP will provide $50 million over 40 years to several programs and initiatives in Massachusetts, as a condition of winning the bid to build a high-voltage transmission line from Quebec through Maine that will carry hydroelectricity to the Commonwealth.

The disclosure comes as CMP is under multiple investigations and lawsuits over allegations it overcharged Maine ratepayers.

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CMP project won’t benefit Maine

Posted on August 15, 2018

Press Herald - In his July 1 letter to the editor, “Mainers will benefit from CMP line project,” Robert Harradon, a former employee of Central Maine Power, paints a rosy picture of the proposed CMP power line project known as New England Clean Energy Connect. In reality, nothing about the CMP project has anything to do with providing benefits to Maine.

The only reason it exists in the first place is because it’s a lucrative investment for two huge foreign utilities — Hydro-Quebec and Avangrid, CMP’s corporate parent. This project is all about serving Massachusetts politics. Based on a carved-out contract from Massachusetts, Hydro-Quebec touts that the transmission line and electricity sale is worth $10 billion to them. Wall Street analysts estimate CMP-Avangrid will earn around $60 million per year.

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Fish and Wildlife Department Critical of CMP Plan

Posted on August 15, 2018

George Smith - Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has stepped up big time to criticize Central Maine Power’s proposal to construct a massive new transmission line through Maine to move electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. The good people of New Hampshire rejected CMP’s proposal, so they’ve moved it to Maine.

“Clear and compelling information is necessary demonstrating New England Clean Energy Connect’s efforts to avoid and minimize unreasonable adverse impacts to natural resources,” wrote Robert Stratton, DIFW’s Fisheries and Wildlife Program Support Section Supervisor, in a June 29 letter to CMP.

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CMP to Provide $50 Million for Low-Income Mass Residents as Part of Transmission Deal

Posted on August 15, 2018

Free Press - Central Maine Power will provide $50 million over a 40-year period to help lower electricity bills for low-income residents of Massachusetts. The deal was struck as part of CMP’s application before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to approve its $950 million electrical transmission line from Lewiston to Quebec. 

The 146-mile New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), a joint effort of CMP and Hydro-Québec, would send 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydro power to Massachusetts through the existing regional grid to comply with the Bay State’s renewable energy goals and replace retiring power plants. 

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