Join us in Stowe, Vermont, August 12-14 to Protest the Regional Governors’ Conference
Governors from all the New England states and Eastern Canada’s premiers are meeting in Stowe to continue their annual conversations on our region’s energy future and related issues. The meeting is sponsored by big energy companies like Hydro-Quebec, Nextera Energy, Eversource, Exxon Mobil and Excelon, along with allied institutions like TD Bank, the American Gas Association, and the Edison Electric Institute, which represents electric utilities. http://northeastmegadamresistance.org/news/
Support the opposition in Maine to the proposed New England Clean Energy Connect.
Central Maine Power (CMP) is proposing to build a 145-mile, high-voltage, direct current transmission line, called the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), from the Quebec-Maine border to an interconnection with the existing New England grid in Lewiston. About 53 miles of NECEC’s proposed route would create a brand new transmission corridor; requiring clearing of a large, currently undisturbed, swath of Maine’s North Woods.
.Under the proposal CMP would also expand the other 92 miles of transmission line, requiring clearing more vegetation and undertaking additional development within existing corridors. CMP’s proposed line includes above-ground transmission lines across the Kennebec River Gorge, the Appalachian Trail, 263 wetlands, 115 streams, 12 inland waterfowl and wading bird habitat areas, and near Beattie Pond, a Class 6 remote pond.
What you can do:
The Natural Resource Council of Maine is opposed to this transmission line because it would harm Maine forests and wildlife, suppress Maine’s renewable energy industry, and could actually increase climate change emissions, all without any clear benefit to Maine or Massachusetts.
Sign the NRCM petition:
For more information, go to: https://www.nrcm.org/projects/climate/cmp-new-england-clean-energy-connect/#_ftn1
•Sign our Statement of Support:
Imports of hydroelectricity are not the right choice for New England
We understand the need to shut down fossil fuel and nuclear plants, but do not accept that imports of electricity from large dams hundreds of miles away is the right alternative for the northeast. We acknowledge that free-flowing rivers are an endangered species requiring protection; that they are vital to ecological health; that floodplains and primary boreal forests are needed for climate resilience; and that large dams do irreversible damage to communities and ecosystems. The right alternative—which is also the best job creator – is energy conservation and efficiency, and small-scale, appropriately sited renewable energy development here at home. We believe that only by relying on local energy resources, where we will have to live with the consequences of our consumption, will we learn to practice conservation. We are opposed to the construction of long distance transmission corridors from Canada – including the proposed Champlain Hudson Power Express, the New England Clean Power Link, and the Northern Pass – that will encourage more dam construction in the north and degrade landscapes here at home. We recognize that the silent support of destruction caused by large dams is still a form of support, and that an honest discussion of the impacts of large dams is needed.
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•Sign the Muskrat Falls petition.
•Oppose the construction of new transmission links designed to bring dirty hydro power from Canada. These proposed corridors include the Atlantic Link, New England Clean Energy Connect, Champlain Hudson Power Express, New England Clean Power Link, and the Northern Pass. Send comments to regulators, attend public hearings, write to your legislators, and write letters to the editor. (Scroll down to find specific information on legislation in your state.)
•Promote energy efficiency and conservation at home. Encourage thinking about how we can use less energy, rather than looking for a mythical “pollution free” source.
•Advocate for public transportation; job creation that will allow people to live closer to their places of work; and work to build interconnected, low-energy-consuming, resilient and self-reliant communities at home.
•Identify potential allies in the legislature, in town governments, in environmental or advocacy organizations, and journalists. Educate your friends and neighbors.
•Learn about the negative impacts of dam construction around the world by going to www.internationalrivers.org.
•Watch out for new energy-demanding technologies, like bitcoin, blockchain, and crytopcurrency, which undermine our efforts at conservation. (One bitcoin transaction uses as much energy as the average American household in a month.)
•Join our Alliance: stay up to date on Muskrat Falls and other developments, legislative issues on energy, and upcoming events around the region. Contact us at email@example.com