Central Maine Power (CMP) Corridor

Majority of Mainers Oppose CMP’s Corridor

The vast majority of Maine voters are firmly opposed to CMP proposal, according to a statewide poll. The opposition from Mainers is widespread and growing, especially in Western Maine where the transmission line would be located.

In a stunning rebuke to CMP’s proposal, 23 towns have voted to oppose or rescind their support for the project.
Two major unions and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine are also opposed to the project.
The Maine State Federation of Firefighters has expressed concern about the risk of fires.
In September, 2019, Maine people opposed to the project announced they have a launched a citizen’s initiative campaign for the November 2020 ballot that would overturn a decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve the project.
The following towns have rescinded their support or come out in opposition to the proposed CMP transmission line:

Alna (rescinded letter of support)
Anson (town residents voted (98-12) to oppose the project)
Caratunk (rescinded letter of support)
Chesterville (town residents voted to oppose the project)
Dennistown (wrote letter in opposition to project)
Durham (rescinded letter of support and town residents voted to oppose by 190-8 vote)
Embden (Select Board rescinded support)
Eustis (town residents voted to oppose the project by a vote of 103-4)
Farmington (town residents voted to rescind support and oppose the project)
Greenville (town residents voted (290-58) to oppose the project)
Industry (Select Board and town residents rescind support and oppose the project)
Jackman (town residents voted to oppose)
Jay (town residents voted to oppose)
Livermore Falls (town residents voted (43-5) to oppose)
Moose River (town residents voted to oppose)
Moscow (town residents voted (35-9) to oppose)
New Sharon (town residents voted (82-4) to oppose the project)
Pownal (rescinded letter of support and town voted (76-27) to oppose project)
Rome (town residents voted (27-2) to oppose project)
Starks (town residents rejected motion to support project)
The Forks (town residents voted to oppose)
West Forks (town residents voted to oppose)
Wilton (town residents voted (162-1) to rescind support and oppose the project)
Wiscasset (rescinded letter of support)
Woolwich (town residents voted to rescind support (611-158) and to formally oppose (585-176)

Why the CMP Corridor is Bad for Maine’s Forests and Wildlife

CMP’s proposal would cut 53 miles of new transmission line through undeveloped parts of Maine’s North Woods. The damage would fragment the largest contiguous temperate forest in North America and perhaps the world.

This destruction would clear trees and plants through 263 wetlands, across 115 streams, and near remote Beattie Pond.
It would harm Maine’s deer herd by blocking access to deer winter shelter and feeding areas.
It would cut right through the heart of Maine’s brook trout habitat, including areas where public agencies and private citizens have spent millions to protect brook trout.
Why the CMP Transmission Line is Bad for Our Climate

CMP’s proposal is not about climate. It’s about making CMP more money. It’s a shell game to sell existing hydropower to Massachusetts because they’ve agreed to pay more for it.

CMP’s line would do nothing to reduce climate-changing pollution because there is no assurance it will result in new renewable energy being created.

Back To Top
Got questions? Call or text now!