NECEC is good for Maine

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The New England Clean Air Connect will provide a major boost for our economy. The project will bring thousands of jobs, and millions in property tax relief with absolutely no cost to Maine. The fact that Massachusetts is paying for NECEC is great news for Maine.

Aside from the jobs and property taxes, Mainers getting clean air . . . decades of it! By delivering 1,200 megawatts of clean hydropower into the New England grid, the project will reduce carbon emissions by 3.6 million metric tons. Think about that. That’s roughly the equivalent of taking more than three quarters of a million cars off New England’s roads annually.

It’s also power that is badly needed. Many older generation facilities are retiring and will need to be replaced in the very near future. New England needs carbon-free energy generation like hydropower because the dangers of climate change are already being felt here in Maine.

Finally, I also appreciate how careful CMP was when it created the route for the NECEC. The corridor avoids scenic and environmental resources. Two-thirds of the route will go through a corridor that already exists. The other third goes through forests that have already been harvested for lumber. The environmental impact will be minimal. It even creates 50 extra miles of snowmobile trails in western Maine.

NECEC is a project which will spur Maine’s economy and provide clean air to Mainers for decades to come. I plan to support it and I think other Mainers should do the same.

Rene Dupont, Auburn

CMP line would bring clean power to New England

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The debate continues over CMP’s proposed transmission line through western Maine to bring Quebec hydropower to Massachusetts.

Opponents of the project usually represent themselves as environmentalists, but I can’t see how an environmentalist with his or her eyes open would oppose this project. New England is a single power market; when a power plant closes down anywhere in New England, it affects us all. This June, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in southern Massachusetts will be going off-line permanently. All the power it has been producing will almost certainly be replaced by natural gas-generated electricity. That will increase the region’s carbon footprint substantially, worsening global warming.

CMP’s project will introduce large supplies of clean, renewable power into the New England market – power that contributes far less to global warming than do feasible alternatives at that scale. Moreover, this power is currently being wasted in Quebec, because Hydro Quebec has built more hydroelectric infrastructure than they can currently use. For example, in 2018, they “spilled” over their dams enough water to power 1.4 million New England homes for a year.

Some argue that this will ruin the landscape it runs through. But the route avoids many of the most sensitive and beautiful areas of western Maine, including Moosehead Lake, Bigelow Preserve, Kennebago, and the Rangeley Lakes region. Plus, 72 percent of the length of the new line would use transmission corridors that already have electric lines running along them.

We have to find big ways to bend the curve of global carbon emissions to head off an environmental catastrophe for today’s young people and their progeny. We have to take bold steps. No project is perfect, but the New England Clean Energy Connect project is a big stride in the right direction.

Nathan Szanton
Portland

Change is always difficult

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Central Maine Power is connected to the New England Power Grid. Through the years, several nuclear power plants have been decommissioned, including Maine Yankee. Also, some oil-fired power plants are off-line and are used only when there is a high demand for electrical power.

There have been proposals to build wind towers, solar panel farms and a dam in eastern Maine. All such proposals are opposed by various groups. Does the opposition have any realistic ideas to generate electricity?

Maine’s economy needs to grow, and electrical power plays a major role in order to create jobs and grow the state’s economy.

The proposed CMP transmission line will create good paying jobs during its construction. CMP has agreed to install broadband on the power line structures. Broadband is a high-speed communications network that creates a system for the transmission of signals such as voice, data or video. That will help many small businesses and residents in rural areas and other parts of the state.

The transmission line would help improve reliability for the New England Power Grid, which will reinforce Maine’s economy and help create more jobs. The communities that the power grid goes through will collect property taxes.

Change is always difficult, but people need to be willing to make sound decisions because we all want our children and grandchildren to stay in Maine and have good-paying jobs.

Richard Grandmaison, Lewiston

NECEC project is a good deal for Maine

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I agree with columnist John Balentine’s conclusion that Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed power line will reduce energy costs and utilize a cleaner power source from Canada. However, I disagree with his assertion that this New England Clean Energy Connect project is some kind of “poison pill.” NECEC is the biggest contribution Maine can make to reducing greenhouse gases right now.

Balentine’s lament that a better choice would have been to keep old dams to generate this electricity has no merit. I’m afraid the only way to generate the additional electricity in the NECEC project in Maine would have included damming up the St. John and Allagash Rivers. Fortunately, steps were taken to preserve these resources.

Canada’s water resources are huge. They’ve built a series of power plants that generate clean, renewable energy with excess capacity. Tapping into this will allow New England to make a significant dent in removing carbon emissions from our air. Hydropower, a cleaner, reliable and less expensive source of generation, will result in lower electricity rates.

This project is a good deal. Every day of delay means tons of dirty greenhouse gases being pumped into our air by fossil fuel burning power plants. Let’s proceed with NECEC now.

Al Howlett
Yarmouth


Time is right for CMP project

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The New England Clean Energy Connect is most likely one of the most important projects to ever be proposed in Maine. While I understand the localized environmental concerns, the benefits this project brings with it are too important to pass up.

Hydropower is also more reliable than the fossil fuels we use. When extreme cold kicks in, prices don’t spike. That is certainly not the case with oil, gas or coal. Stable prices means our bills will be lower in the long run.

The NECEC also means a lot to those of us who would be working on the project. I’ve worked on other major projects like the NECEC and it’s a challenge. I take great pride in the work I do. I know we can build this transmission line safely, and the route of the project absolutely minimizes the impact to the local environment. There is no pristine forest in the path of this line. The new corridor being built is entirely on working forests that have been harvested for at least a century.

Most importantly, it will significantly lower our carbon footprint by removing millions of metric tons of carbon from our air each and every year. The true impact of that won’t be noticed right away, but it is our responsibility to make sure future generations will not suffer the very real effects of climate change. Time is ticking. We need to act now.

Nate Ayers

Augusta

Power line’s benefits to Maine far outweigh its costs

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There has been a lot of debate about New England Clean Energy Connect. The project would build a transmission line from Quebec to Lewiston to bring hydropower to New England.

Every project has good and bad aspects. To me, this project has a lot more positive than negative aspects for the state of Maine. These include:

• If we can help get clean energy south of us, we will get a lot less of their dirty air back over the top of us.

• These pole lines are our open spaces that we all can use free of any charge for snowmobiling, snowshoeing or just walking our dogs.

• Many businesses in Maine will get the work from building this project as well as from carrying out the maintenance of the corridor long term.

• For allowing this project to happen, Maine has to get a long-term income stream from Central Maine Power, as well as a right of way for future utilities.

Any environmentalist who is against this is a hypocrite. If we want to make electric vehicles work, we need to take advantage of all the low-cost power sources available.

Jon Shaw

Shaw Brothers

Gorham

Commentary: Reasons for supporting CMP plan overlooked amid baseless criticism

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Authors: Lloyd Irland of Wayne is a professional forester and former Maine state economist, and Richard Anderson of Portland is a former Maine conservation commissioner.

The author of an April 1 letter to the Press Herald asserts, “Money isn’t everything. Like Gov. Baxter said about Baxter State Park, ‘May it forever be left in the natural wild state.’ ” To the untrained eye, then, Baxter State Park appears a “wilderness,” even as it is managed every day for its diverse values, and for the enjoyment of the tens of thousands of persons who visit it each year

Indeed, the entire 10 million-acre Unorganized Territory of Maine is largely a privately owned working forest, managed every day for its timber, recreational, wildlife, ecological, scenic and other values; and has been such for well more than a century. To this end, it is now crisscrossed by thousands of miles of public and woods roads, as well as by many miles of power lines that serve and accommodate Maine residents and visitors alike.

The three of us – including former Conservation Commissioner Richard Barringer of Portland – are deeply sympathetic to those who value and enjoy the Maine woods and oppose the New England Clean Energy Connect project; we believe their hearts are in the right place. We share with them their love of the woods and their concern for its future, based on our more than a combined century of working and traveling Maine’s deep woods and enjoying them on foot and snowshoes and by snowmobile, skis and canoe.

We believe that NECEC will bring many important and lasting benefits to all present and future citizens of Maine. To refer to the Maine woods as a “wilderness” is to misrepresent its reality as an actively managed working forest. And we find this to be just one of the many unfounded claims and myths offered by opponents to the project.

The writers of other Press Herald letters (and op-eds) have asserted there will be no reduction in carbon emissions to the atmosphere as a result of NECEC, and that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection should now be ordered by the Legislature to do yet another analysis.

But the Maine Public Utilities Commission last year paid fully $475,000 for an independent analysis of NECEC’s impact. In this analysis, London Economics International LLC estimated that NECEC will remove fully 3 million to 3.6 million metric tons of carbon from the New England atmosphere each year, equal to removing some 767,000 vehicles from its roadways, and 57,000 from Maine’s alone. (See Page 30 of “Independent Analysis of Electricity Market and Microeconomic Benefits of New England Clean Energy Connect Project,” available at bit.ly/2VCuRnN.)

These same critics also claim there is no surplus water at present behind Hydro-Quebec dams to generate new electricity for New England homeowners and customers and that Hydro-Quebec will have to divert hydropower from New York and Ontario to New England, replacing this with fossil fuel power.

The fact is that in 2018, because of inadequate markets, Hydro Quebec “spilled” over its dams enough water to produce about 10.4 terawatts of electricity, according to a Dec. 14 Boston Globe editorial – more than the entire amount it now offers Massachusetts to help combat climate change. New England Clean Energy Connect will carry 1,200 megawatts of new power from this spill, from upgrades at an existing dam and from a single new dam.

We believe the well-organized and dark money-funded campaign against NECEC sows fear and misrepresentations that are unworthy of Maine’s civic dialogue. It distracts public attention from what we need do to help the region adjust to new economic realities and grow; from the largest financial investment in western Maine beyond anything in recent times; from the impact that a negative New England Clean Energy Connect decision will have on the business climate across the region and state, and from our shared responsibilities as citizens of planet Earth.

A time to act

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I have spent the past week listening to the DEP hearings on CMP's proposed transmission line (NECEC project). Sadly, many of the organizations that oppose the project and have "educated" us - the general public - on the "bad" things about the project will eventually support it - IF they get more compensation.

From their perspective it really isn't about a bad proposal, it's about getting more compensation.

Some opponents will never be for it but many are just looking for a bigger hand out.
In the meantime, they have "educated" us about how bad this proposal is but down deep they really don't believe it. They just want more.

Hearing the testimony, which included many facts, many half truths and many statements that were just plain false - it is very difficult to sort out what the real truth is.
From my perspective the following points are indisputably true:

1) The 670 megawatt Pilgrim Nuclear plant will cease operation permanently on June 1st, 2019 after operating for over 50 years.

2) Initially, fossil fuel will take its place as ISO-NE (Independent System Operator of New England) dispatchable baseload source.

3) Many older coal, oil, & nuclear generating facilities will be permanently retired in the future.

4) The carbon emission from fossil fuel generation contributes to greenhouse gases.

5) Green house gases are one of the major causes of climate change.

6) Established hydro generation facilities have practically no carbon emissions.

7) Electrical usage will increase in the future as more homes are built, as more electric cars and heat pump technology is promoted.

8) Wind and solar are not truly dispatchable power sources - meaning always available.

9) ISO-NE needs a certain level of base load dispatchable generation always available.

10) All power sources that bid into ISO-NE power pool are chosen based on price and availability.

11) Existing hydros are often one of the least expensive sources of dispatchable electricity.

12) The cost of the proposed CMP line will be borne entirely by Mass. ratepayers not by CMP customers.

13) There is 110 MW of excess capacity in the proposed line and is available to Maine ratepayers when it is needed.

14) The proposed line is sited entirely on private land or in CMP's existing r/w.

15) There will be an electric rate reduction for all CMP customers if power is provided by the proposed line. The amount of rate reduction will depend on the price of natural gas.

16) The projected life of the proposed line is 40 years plus.

17) There are parts of the proposal that will benefit all Maine ratepayers.

18) The proposed settlement already agreed to by CMP and many of the intervenors that directly affects us in Franklin county is as follows:
A) $15M broadband infrastructure for the host communities over 5 years
B) $4M for vocational programs in Franklin & Somerset counties over 5 years
C)$5M to support economic development for Franklin county residence over 5 years
D) $1M for internship & scholarships to UMF over 5 years
E) Approx 3500 jobs at peak during construction
F) Estimated $18M (year 1) property tax to host communities
G) Estimated $400,000 (year 1) property tax to the Town of Farmington

19) If this line isn't built all of the above benefits go away.
We must sort out what the true facts are. This is very difficult given all the half-truths and misinformation that has been distributed.

Central Maine Power has had problems in the past, some with the billing system, some with how they explained these problems, some with smart meters, some with outages and other missteps. Basically, this is a trust issue, however, the proposed settlement is not just CMP's guarantee but is backed by the following parties:

Office of the Public Advocate
Conservation Law Foundation
Industrial Energy Consumers Group
various Labor Groups
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Governor's Energy Group

and it certainly appears that the proposed settlement will be backed by other opposition groups if their concerns for environmental mitigation are considered and adequately compensated.

This leaves many of us out here on a limb. What are we supposed to believe? Some of us are opposed to it because of the info being fed to us by opposition groups who are ready to flip if they get more compensation. Some of us will always be opposed to it and some of us are trying to sort out truth from fiction.

We as Maine people need to step back, take a deep breath and think about the future.
Yes, there will be clearings, there will be towers, but we have clearings and towers in the existing r/w which is all of the line that most of us will ever see in our lifetime.
Most of us don't stop to think about the source of our electricity. We just want it to be there when we flip the switch.

Where will our clean power come from in the future?

ISO-NE is tasked with determining where it comes from and most of that is determined by price and availability - not based on how clean the source is.

If we decide that this dispatchable clean hydro power proposal is rejected, then ISO-NE has no choice but to purchase the next available dispatchable source. It most certainly will be a fossil fuel source.

Please put aside all of the propaganda and half-truths that have been put forth by organizations that are ready to approve this proposal once they have received "adequate" compensation and look to the future.

This proposal really is a good deal for us Mainers not only for today, but for our future as well.

Maybe this proposal could be better, but maybe it is going to slip thru our fingers and be gone forever.

It's almost like when I buy one of a kind of "something". After I have purchased it, I think maybe if I had held out longer I could have gotten a better deal. Sometimes I have held out too long and someone else got the good deal.

We need to get behind this proposed NECEC project.

We cannot afford to hold out for a better deal--our grandchildren are the ones depending on us. Please support the NECEC project.

Delbert Reed
Freeman Township

CMP line a key part of Maine’s future

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The New England Clean Energy Connect is a transmission line that will bring clean hydropower into Maine from Quebec. The power will then feed the entire New England grid, meaning Maine and our neighbors will be breathing cleaner air for decades to come.

Aside from the obvious environmental benefits of the NECEC, the project gives Maine’s business climate a badly needed economic jolt. The project creates 1,700 jobs annually and more than 3,000 during peak construction. NECEC will pump $1 billion into Maine’s economy over the next decade.

There aren’t many projects that come to Maine with a financial impact of that magnitude. It will provide tens of millions of dollars of tax benefits to towns near the transmission line, and thanks to the recent settlement negotiated by Gov. Janet Mills, another $10 million for economic development and promoting regional tourism to host communities.

Promoting these communities will bring more people to western Maine, a part of our state often overlooked by tourists. More tourism translates into more money being spent in these towns and will provide a huge financial boost to mom-and-pop stores up and down the route of the corridor.

Finally, the path of the corridor will likely create more trails for snowmobilers and four-wheeler clubs. It will also provide access to some parts of Western Maine which are very remote and open an entirely new part of our state.

NECEC is a key part of Maine’s future. It’s an opportunity we can’t afford to waste.

Tom Nason

Winthrop

Lots of good reasons to support CMP plan

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I’m a native Mainer now living in Brunswick. I’ve been listening to the arguments both for and against Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy project, which will bring hydropower from Quebec to Maine and New England. I have one question for opponents of NECEC: How can you say this project doesn’t have any benefits for Maine?

Let’s start with the jobs. NECEC will bring thousands of jobs to our state for the next few years. Those against it argue the jobs are temporary. Guess what? All construction jobs are temporary. But there are very few that will provide steady work like NECEC for the next several years and that also pay this well.

Let’s talk about the additional tax revenue and benefits NECEC will have in Maine. Many towns along the corridor will together gain millions of dollars in property tax relief. That’s badly needed money in some of these communities that they can then decide how to use.

But don’t forget the recreational benefits. NECEC will create more than 50 new miles of trails that we can all enjoy. It will also increase access to those trails and other trails that already exist.

There are also many environmental reasons to support NECEC. It will take major amounts of carbon out of the air we breathe every year. Mainers stand to gain so much from the project. That’s why I’m supporting it and I hope others will do the same.

Brett Doyon

Brunswick

CMP project a big win

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Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect project is a big win for Mainers. Think about it — the project will create 3,500 jobs at peak construction and provide clean air by using renewable hydropower.

The jobs this project will create are vital to our economy. Construction workers are constantly having to go out of state to find jobs. Good-paying jobs that will put food on the table for years are not easy to find. NECEC ensures steady work for construction workers for the next four or five years.

Keeping the work in Maine can only benefit the nearby towns where the work is being done. Mainers would prefer to spend their hard-earned money at hotels, stores, shops and gas stations in Maine. The more money that stays in our state, the better our economy.

What about high school seniors looking to get into construction? We talk about training these seniors in Maine colleges and then having them stay in Maine, but they need projects to work on.

NECEC also will make a dent on our electric bills to the tune of millions of dollars a year for decades to come. Whether it’s a major reduction or not, anything that brings my electric bill down works for me, especially since Mainers aren’t paying a penny for it.

We need to support this project. It’s an investment in our future which will put us in a better position both economically and environmentally for decades to come.

Melissa Hall

Gardiner

Support for NECEC

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I am a born Mainer. I grew up in Lewiston and still work there to this very day. I love to hike and fish and care very much about my home state and its environment. That is why I am supporting the New England Clean Energy Connect.

I would argue this project is the most important endeavor to come through Maine in the past century. I have a 10-year-old son. I think it is critical that, when he grows up, he is breathing air which will, hopefully, have somewhat less carbon dioxide.

To achieve that goal, big projects like NECEC are necessary. People can argue the short-term effects the transmission line will have on the environment and the views. But in the long run, there is no arguing the effects climate change will have on Maine’s wildlife and tourism industry.

The project is projected to take 3.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air annually. That is the equivalent of taking more than 767,000 vehicles off roads in New England every year. How can we pass up an opportunity like that?

Mainers must get away from the use of fossil fuels and, instead, invest time, effort and money in renewable energy. This project is an important first step in the right direction.

I will support NECEC and other projects like it because the future depends on it. I urge all Mainers to do the same.

Peter Marcotte, Lewiston

Crazy to oppose NECEC

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Our Canadian neighbors to the north want to sell surplus hydropower through Maine to Massachusetts.

Credit former Gov. Paul LePage for doing the groundwork and Gov. Janet Mills for supporting the transmission line through Maine.

Imagine: a winter heat source, rechargeable car stations, ridding the atmosphere of climate changing emissions and creating new business opportunities. Man, you must be crazy to want things to stay the way they are.

Russell Vesecky

Gov. Mills gets CMP project right

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Since Gov. Janet Mills announced her support for the Central Maine Power transmission line project, there has been a frenzy of politically correct opposition. As usual, CMP and government-owned Hydro Quebec are accused of lying or greenwashing so they can make profits on a project initiated by Massachusetts, not them.

So if this is fake clean energy, why is the biggest funder of the opposition the owners of aging New England coal and oil power plants, along with natural gas plants drawing their fracked gas from leaky wells and leaky pipelines to New England? And the fossil fuels they use are coming from the likes of Exxon Mobil, Peabody Coal, the Koch brothers and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Are the transmission line opponents questioning them? And is it better that these interests continue to make profits than have some of CMP’s profits go to their Spanish parent company, which is active in clean energy initiatives?

Instead of complaining about the leaks of methane shipped here, opponents complain about the small amount of methane released from existing dams in far northern Quebec. The biomass plants oppose the project, but how many carbon sequestering trees do they cut compared with what will be cut on a predominantly existing power line?

The opposition claims that Hydro Quebec will deceive us be rerouting their hydropower from other customers like the state of New York. New York has a more aggressive emission reduction initiative underway than we do at the moment, so why aren’t they complaining? And Massachusetts isn’t smart enough to understand that?

Gov. Mills gets it. The focus should be on global climate change and its threat to all the Maine natural resources the opponents want to protect.

Tony Marple

Whitefield

Say yes to NECEC

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I have a long history living, working, recreating and guiding along the Kennebec River in western Maine.

I strongly disagree with the attitude of those who oppose the CMP corridor, who last week, gathered to oppose the lawful, legal uses of privately owned property, using a snowmobile trail to “raise awareness of what might be lost,” unaware or inconsiderate of the irony of their action.

The 16-mile trip to the top of Coburn Mountain began near a large boulder bearing a plaque commemorating the donation of property from CMP to West Forks, then ran for 3 miles on town and state-owned property before entering private property, traveling as a guest for the next 13 miles to the summit, crossing property owned by CMP numerous times. The rights of private landowners should not be limited to fulfill the desires of recreational visitors with no skin in the game, who may be seeking a particular experience on someone else’s private property.

Their comments indicate a serious lack of understanding of the nature of a privately owned working forest. It’s wrong to impose a “wilderness” designation or expectation on a working forest landscape. The best way to lose public access to private lands is to threaten the rights of the host landowner.

CMP’s corridor will host a transmission line in an area where working forests and logging roads have long been part of the landscape. The line will deliver clean, renewable energy into Lewiston from which all of New England will benefit. Reducing greenhouse gases is a global imperative unrelated to state or national boundaries, and success will require all hands on deck, pulling together. Say yes to this important first step.

Peggy Dwyer

Livermore

YES to NECEC

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by Richard Anderson

The analysis of the impacts of New England Clean Energy Connect will be weighed by the experts the people of Maine employ in the Public Utilities Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Planning Commission. These decisions will not be political but rather based on the best scientific analysis on the impacts of bringing hydroelectric power into New England from the province Quebec. When these decisions are made, I believe they will allow for NECEC to proceed to completion.

Global warming will have massive impacts on our environment and all the plants and creatures that share our world. It is up to us to make the necessary decisions to minimize global warming. This project is part of the solution.

Strong regulations apply to building all power line rights-of-way. Power lines that cross brooks, wetlands and other important wildlife areas are very strictly regulated, and while there will be some impacts, the Department of Environmental Protection will require mitigation.

The positive effects on our Maine environment far outweigh any negative impacts, and at the same time, the project will save Maine electricity consumers money. Present producers of electricity oppose this project because it will likely reduce the price of energy they’re trying to sell us, which is mostly made by burning natural gas.

Power project will bring many jobs, aid towns

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Very few construction jobs in the state of Maine bring the promise of thousands of jobs with them. The New England Clean Energy Connect project is the exception to the rule.

This project promises to bring 1,700 jobs a year to our state during construction and 3,500 at peak construction. And these aren’t minimum-wage jobs. These jobs will pay good money. The work will also be done in a section of our state whose economy could definitely use a shot in the arm – western Maine.

Those jobs will then in turn stimulate the economy in a number of the small Maine towns along the project’s corridor. The workers will at some point want to eat breakfast or lunch or grab a drink. Small businesses along the NECEC corridor will only benefit in the long run from people wanting to spend money in their towns.

I strongly urge the Maine Public Utilities Commission to support this project. It can only help our state, both in the short term and for many years to come.

Nate Boutin

Yarmouth

Power line plan has many benefits

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When I heard about the New England Clean Energy Connect project, I honestly thought it was too good to be true. But the more I’ve looked into it, the more I’m convinced this project needs to become a reality.

The economic opportunities presented by NECEC are nothing short of remarkable. I keep hearing from opponents of this project that there’s no benefit to Mainers and that Massachusetts only will reap its rewards. I find that statement ridiculous.

This project will pump significant hydropower into Maine and New England. When this amount of renewable energy is brought into the grid, the effects are obvious — bills go down for Maine ratepayers. It’s the basic law of supply of demand. The more options we have as far as choosing how we power our homes, the better. But the part of this project that makes it so appealing is that Mainers don’t have to pay a single cent of it. Not a penny. Massachusetts is footing the entire bill. How can we pass up a chance like this?

But the economic benefits don’t stop there. There is also a significant amount of property tax revenue that will help towns along the corridor of the project. This revenue will be used to fund other projects towns have been efforting for years. They simply don’t have the money to get them done now. NECEC will allow them to spend this added revenue however they see fit.

I strongly encourage all Mainers to get behind NECEC. It will ensure clean energy in our state and invest in our economy for years to come.

Rep. Tim Theriault

CMP’s powerline would help climate

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With devastating wildfires in California, an ever-evolving climate, and unstable oil costs, Central Maine Power’s New England Clean Energy Connect is something we should all be embracing as one of many solutions to a much larger problem.

CMP has done painstaking research to pinpoint a route for this plan that will ensure minimal to no impact to our environment. The route from Quebec to Lewiston will go through two main areas. The first is an existing corridor that CMP already owns. The second is forests that have been already harvested and used by our state’s lumber industry. Virtually no untouched land will be affected by NECEC. CMP has now also agreed to go underground instead of over the Kennebec Gorge. That means our pristine views of our state and communities will continue to shine through.

Our time for embracing alternate energy is running out. According to a recent report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have only a dozen years to address this problem before things get even more out of hand. If Massachusetts and the rest of New England are using less oil and more hydropower, that will translate into healthier air for all of us to breathe and add greater relief to our wallets at the same time.

It’s time we stop looking back at how we have traditionally addressed our energy needs and start moving forward to more progressive and innovative methods. CMP’s Clean Energy Connect will provide badly needed clean energy to Maine and New England, providing both a healthier source for energy, as well as more savings for our pocketbooks.

Michael Hall

Augusta

NECEC will lower electric costs

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The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) will lower whole sale electric costs $40 million a year for 20 years. Do the math, that is a lot of savings, which is why the companies selling electricity into the wholesale market are fighting the project.

Retirees like myself pay close attention to electric costs. Maine has the oldest population in the United States, so this matters to a lot of people. We retirees also have grandchildren, many of whom like mine have had to move out of state for good jobs and want to return. Mbaine’s economy stands to benefit from new jobs the NECEC will deliver-3500 in the peak year-as well as cleaner air, but we shouldn’t overlook savings. Lower energy costs will really help Maine.

Walter Anderson
North Yarmouth, ME