29 August 2010

Maine’s energy future

Maine Governor John Baldacci can easily list off the elements of his state’s energy future.

“This year Maine signed a Memorandum of Understanding on tidal energy with Premier Dexter of Nova Scotia, on offshore energy research. There is a huge development in Eastport with the Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company. We can learn from each other and share our experiences with each other.

“We are working collectively as a region. It’s important that we are in sync, especially with the issues surrounding Hydro-Québec and New Brunswick’s nuclear plans.

Newfoundland and Labrador didn’t make the cut.

Wonder why not?

Maybe it has something to do with the current administration’s obsession with a $15.5 billion wet dream for which there are neither markets nor money.  There are plenty of other generation and transmission opportunities, smaller and more financially feasible, even on the island of Newfoundland. 

None will be developed  - including a connection from the island to Nova Scotia – unless it involves the Great White What of the Lower Churchill.

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