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CMP's Influence On the MPUC
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CMP's key document is published: "Economic and Employment Contributions Of The New England Clean Energy Connect In Maine"
CMP publishes a key document: "NECEC Transmission Project: Benefits to Maine Ratepayers" This document was written for CMP by a former CMP marketing manager and energy consultant.
MPUC Independent Analysis of Electricity Market and Macroeconomic Benefits of the NECEC Project is published.
Western Mountains and Rivers Corporation, founded by people with a financial interest in seeing the CMP corridor project be completed, files as a non-profit corporation.
New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee officially rejects Northern Pass due to impacts on business and tourism.
Vermont's Public Service Board approves the New England Power Link from Quebec to Massachusetts.
Massachusetts chooses the NH Northern Pass power line from Quebec to Massachusetts.
CMP and WMRC sign the Memorandum of Understanding. CMP agrees to pay $250,000 within 10 days, then $50,000 per year for 5 years. CMP will pay WMRC another $22 million if the CMP corridor project is completed.
WMRC Updates their bylaws.
WMRC receives the initial $250,000 payment from CMP
CMP paid $250,000 to WMRC in June 2019. WMRC has $83,000 remaining in June 2020. Where did the $167,000 go?
CMP submits the application for the permits to construct the NECEC power line from the Canadian border to Massachusetts
Joseph Christopher, Director of the WMRC, sends a letter to Jim Beyers of Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Christoper states that: "The local environmental position is that the NECEC powerline needs to prefer the overhead solution to cross the Kennebec Gorge."
Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) publishes their Examiners Report MPUC's Examiners Report takes guidance from CMP's WM&RC, stating on page 37 "WM&RC also asserts that the NECEC will likely provide lower wholesale market prices." When did WM&RC become an expert on wholesale electricity costs, and why would the MPUC take guidance from WM&RC on electricity prices?
CMP pays $35,000 to have a key document written: "Economic and Employment Contributions Of The New England Clean Energy Connect In Maine"
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