CMP’s 11th Hour Filings Raise Serious Questions
Statement of Sue Ely, Clean Energy Attorney, Natural Resources Council of Maine
“The PUC’s decision to delay hearings on CMP’s proposed transmission line is a welcome acknowledgement that this process has been moving too fast for a thorough analysis of this massive, incredibly complex and flawed project. After months of delay by CMP, at the eleventh hour the company finally submitted tens of thousands of pages of documents that are critical to understanding the climate and rate impacts of the proposed power line. Some of these documents contradict statements in the record that have been made by CMP.
“The documents that are just coming to light raise serious questions about where this power will actually come from and what the real impact on the climate and Maine electricity rates will be. Unfortunately CMP has asked the PUC to keep its communications with Hydro-Quebec confidential. But what we have reviewed so far reinforces our concerns that this project will cause significant harm to Maine’s environment while failing to reduce harmful climate pollution at all. Maine people deserve a PUC decision based on facts, and that requires due process not a rush to judgment.”