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Letter to the Editor: Give us the power

When the issue of CMP & the Corridor surfaced, Mainers from across the state came together in an unprecedented non-partisan manner, to the likes as never seen before.

70K petition signers and 25+ towns have said loud and clear, "NO NECEC"!

We now call on our legislators to work diligently, in the same non-partisan manner, to give us, the citizens of Maine, the power. CMP has shown their true colors as a corrupt, foreign-owned monopoly incapable of putting their customers before profit.

It’s time for the people of Maine to have a say. Not Governor Mills, not former Governor Lepage, not to the PUC, not the LUPC, not to anyone/entity. This can be accomplished by:

#1. Vote on revoking the illegal Public Land Lease to CMP

#2. Vote in unity to send the referendum to a statewide vote.

#3. Work together to re-writing LD 1646, where the bill would state that the citizens/ratepayers would directly elect the board from equally proportioned districts. Or one per county. Then Pass this bill, giving our Power to the People!

#4. Go public loud and often with your opposition to CMP and the Corridor. Make your position well known, without doubt.

#5. When you have done that, pass legislation that would make PUC and LUPC board members elected positions for short terms, same as board members of a ratepayer owned utility

Rene P Guay
Dennistown, Maine

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  1. If people would pay as much attention to Augusta as CMP and Emera, they would be buying stock in Generac and Honda, because on site power generators will soon be cheaper than the renewable dominated grid.         

    95% of proposed new generation for New England is solar, wind and batteries. The momentum is growing to exit ISO-NE, the agency responsible for keeping the lights on when the sun isn't shining, the wind isn't blowing and the batteries are discharged. 

         Imagine a grid no longer regulated by commissions assigned to see that power is available at reasonable costs

         Imagine a grid no longer operating in a competitive manner. 

        Imagine a grid where ratepayer money is gleefully given to inconsistent renewables.

          CMP and Emera may have a monopolistic control on the delivery of electricity, but are regulated closely and are under demands of the legislature. Demands that have added significant costs to electric customers. Giving control of the delivery of electricity to government will remove the firewalls of CMP, Emera and the PUC.     

           Handing over the transmission and distribution to renewable freaks creating Maine laws is a surefire path to overwhelming energy poverty overtaking the whole state.Giving up on ISO-NE will  mean assured blackouts. 

          Radical transformation of the grid without any coherent plan beyond "go green" will undo years of economical growth and stability. Progressive ideas will stop progress in it's tracks.

         Support NECEC if you want a stable grid. Reject The Maine Power Delivery Authority , if you would like stable electric prices.

  2. Mr. McKay; I believe you are missing the point of Mr. Guay's argument.

  3. The rhetoric is incredible.
    Facts derived and interpreted to support the narrative.
    Both sides are doing it, and this is normal.

    I "believe" the corridor is a scam for Mainers, only to benefit others.
    I "KNOW" the corridor is bad for Maine based on the changes it brings to Maines most prized possession,, Maines Natural Beauty".

    Send a message to these Crooked corporations that says, "if you can't respect us, go away.

  4. Clayton, You make the same mistake that others do by making an unsubstantiated assumption that NECEC opponents are all left leaning crazy tree huggers. In the state wide poll taken a little more than a year ago, the percentage of Republicans opposing it was higher than Democrats. Generally speaking, I’d say most people who have to live around these wind turbine towers are sick of them. If you want to pepper the whole northwestern Maine woods with them, then vote for the NECEC. If they get this corridor, a hundred or more wind towers will dot that area. We look to stop an unnecessary corridor, through a poor choice of a place to put it and the subsequent development that would take place after it. If you value Maine’s beauty or are sick of wind mills or CMP / Avangrid, vote AGAINST the NECEC. — What Maine really needs is a separate set of rules for “commercial” “for profit” transmission lines that are not needed for Maine’s electrical needs or reliability. This bad deal for Maine is getting pushed through the commissions by appointed (i.e unelected, “government”) bureaucrats.

  5. Mr. Guay, of course you know that 70K signatures is less than 8.5% of the state voting population, so I’d be careful about counting your chickens, as the saying goes. I’m concerned that the political conversation tends to get forced into the false dichotomy that we can be involved in the electrical grid development of incorporating Canadian Hydro, OR we can have Maine’s natural beauty. On the other hand, the policy conversation seems to examining how to limit the negative effects on the environment while enhancing the benefits to the state from having the power access. Environmental apocalypticism doesn’t seem to me to move the state forward into the energy environment shaped by climate change and technological evolution.