IN THE NEWS
A SAMPLING OF PROJECT ENDORSEMENTS
"Clean energy, investment in rural New England, innovation and enhanced technology, and connecting something as crucial as our electric grid throughout the region are all reasons for us to support CMP's proposal."
- Shiloh LaFreniere, Town Manager, Town of Jay
"We are next door to the largest hydro project in Maine - Wyman Dam. We have a front row seat on the expansion of renewable energy in New England, and we like what we see. If there is to be a project chosen to bring clean power from northern New England and Canada down to the market, then that project should run along the path of least resistance. This project follows an existing transmission corridor for the most part, and the host communities along that line appear to be enthusiastic about this proposal."
- Board of Selectman, Town of Bingham
" New England Clean Energy Connect appears to be an excellent proposal. It utilizes existing commercial forest land that is available for expanding business opportunities. It also follows an existing transmission corridor, which currently runs through Farmington. The use of this ROW for another major project is the right way to develop the grid, rather than forging new paths over environmentally sensitive or highly populated areas."
- Richard Davis, Town Manager, Town of Farmington
"We have a long history of providing services, through a number of our members, to Central Maine Power (CMP) and know them to be an experienced, reputable, and highly professional company that holds excellence and safety as priorities. When CMP develops major projects, as they did with the recent Maine Power Reliability Project, they do so on time and on budget, which appears to be of utmost importance in this competitive process."
- Matt Marks, CEO, AGCMaine
"We have found Central Maine Power an excellent organization with which to work. They are knowledgeable and professional and always strive to do the right thing on projects such as this."
- E.J. Carrier, President, E.J. Carrier Inc.
"The path from Lewiston to the Canadian border is an excellent route as it utilizes existing commercial forest land and a well-established transmission corridor. This corridor already knows Central Maine Power to be a very good neighbor, who always takes into consideration landowner concerns and environmental integrity."
- Alan Hahnel, Chair, Board of Directors, Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council
"The Selectmen in Moscow, Maine write to you today in support of the proposed New England Clean Energy Connect project, being developed by Central Maine Power. We already have a corridor to Quebec through Moscow, moving lumber and tourists in both directions, so it seems a good thing to expand that to electricity!"
- Board of Selectman, Town of Moscow
"The City of Lewiston has a long and very positive working relationship with Maine's largest utility, Central Maine Power. We consider CMP to be an excellent business partner and service provider. Our city is fortunate to have worked very closely with CMP during its recent reliability expansion project - the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP) - and, throughout the development process, we were extremely pleased to see CMP respectfully negotiate with Lewiston residents and design solutions to mitigate any issues or concerns."
- Mayor Robert McDonald, City of Lewiston
"We see the economic benefits as something of great interest to Maine communities, and we also recognize the benefits that this project will bring to other parts of New England, including lower wholesale electric prices and a cleaner environment. These are all important to us."
- Androscoggin County Commissioners
"Greater Franklin Development Council has taken a leading role in advising and supporting clean energy projects that bring sustainable economic development to our county. Central Maine Power's proposal to construct a new transmission line from the Canadian border through western Maine and Franklin County is just such a project.
We want to salute the residents of Massachusetts for your far-sighted plan to increase clean energy in the regional energy mix."
- Greater Franklin Development Council
"Our town would welcome the opportunity to host this project as it would certainly bring local benefits to our community. We also support the effort to develop more clean energy resources and to allow a cleaner, energy future for our entire New England region."
- Board of Selectman, Town of Durham
"This is a company that knows its business well. They have a proven track record from which our entire region has benefitted. When it comes to complex projects such as the one, Central Maine Power can be counted on to deliver on-time and on-budget."
- Board of Selectmen, Town of Embden
"Over the past year and a half, a consortium of people related to the recreation and economic development industry has been meeting with CMP to identify ways the NECEC could contribute to our nature-based tourism industry here in Somerset County. [...] This is exactly the kind of collaborative work the Somerset County Commissioners are proud to engage in."
- County Commissioners, Somerset County
"Anson would welcome CMP's Clean Energy clean energy pathway for many reasons. We believe in positive economic development and taking steps to ensure a clean, healthy future for the entire region. [...] Maine residents and business owners have been able to count on CMP for many years, and many of us have come to realize they are, indeed, a leader in the electric transmission industry. "
- Board of Selectman, Town of Anson
"Clean energy, innovation, an efficient use of an existing right-of-way, and a solution to the region's call for a better future are some of the reasons we support this project."
- Board of Selectman, Town of Alna
"Chesterville has a power line that CMP owns and we appreciate the fact that our town is well served by Central Maine Power. We know that there are numerous proposals in front of you; that this proposal is the shortest route (from Canada); that is incorporates overhead construction methods and therefore it costs a lot less than some of the others you are reviewing. "
- SelectBoard, Town of Chesterville
"CMP has a lot of experience doing this kind of project. Our town is part of the upgrades that took place several years ago, along the Maine Power Reliability Program which CMP was able to develop and construct in a timely fashion. We also believe that if this project is chosen, it will tap into a state-of-the-art converter station in Lewiston, Maine which is efficient."
-- Board of Selectmen, Town of Leeds
"We are hoping that CMP's project, New England Clean Energy Connect, will be selected by the committee so that we and many other towns can benefit from the new opportunities this project will bring to both Maine and Massachusetts, not to mention the cleaner environment that the entire New England region will experience. "
- Board of Selectmen, Town of Greene
"Their proposed New England Clean Energy Connect, which would go through Starks is a very solid proposal - in that it follows along an existing transmission corridor and the company is doing everything it can to avoid scenic areas and minimize environmental impacts."
-Board of Selectmen, Town of Starks
"Pownal is supportive of an energy future that taps clean, renewable power. We understand the economic benefits this project would bring to both Maine and Massachusetts as well and the environmental benefits it would offer the entire New England region. This is a very good project, built largely in existing corridors to keep down costs for Massachusetts and impacts for Maine."
- Board of Selectmen, Town of Pownal
"Woolwich, Maine is a coastal town that welcomes a clean energy future, and we encourage any infrastructural improvements that promote clean energy. We salute you for moving ahead with procuring a large amount of clean power and we hope to be part of the regional solution. "
-- Selectboard, Town of Woolwich
"Wiscasset has a history of being an energy hub in Maine. We are proud and pleased to think that we will continue in this capacity, and be an important part of this clean energy proposal. We hope to help in offering a solution to New England's need to tap into clean, renewable power. "
- Town Manager, Town of Wiscasset
"We believe it is important for you to know just what a good neighbor Central Maine Power has been to the Town of Livermore Falls. We have benefitted from our relationship with CMP, Maine's largest electric utility, as they own and operate a transmission line that spans our town, and we appreciate the increased tax revenue that comes to Livermore Falls as a result of their property, as well as safe and reliable power. "
- Board of Selectmen, Town of Livermore Falls
"CMP is part of our community, and a good corporate neighbor. We strongly support CMP's
proposal for the New England Clean Energy Connect Project. "
- Board of Selectpersons, Town of Wilton
"Our organization’s 8000 members spend time enjoying Maine’s abundant natural resources. We believe that CMP’s proposal offers a reasonable hydro-power transmission route through Maine, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and we appreciate your efforts to avoid many scenic and special areas. "
- Sportsman's Alliance of Maine