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Last month, AVANGRID Inc., parent company of Central Maine Power Co., announced that its networks division is developing a comprehensive $2.5 billion plan to address the impact severe storms have on infrastructure throughout its utilities' service territories in Maine, Connecticut and New York. The 10-year “grid resiliency” plan — which includes an existing $500 million proposal in New York for the full rollout of smart meters (which CMP already has installed in Maine) — includes measures such as more aggressive tree-trimming near power lines and accelerated replacement of wood poles deemed to be nearing the end of their useful life. Avangrid said details of the plan would be refined in the months ahead, but Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins already has said he's skeptical about the scope of the proposal and whether its cost should be borne by ratepayers. “They have a long way to go to prove to me that they need that kind of money,” he told the Associated Press in a July 4 story published in the Bangor Daily News.
Do you support Avangrid’s proposal to ‘harden’ Maine's power grid so that it’s better able to withstand severe storms like last October's that left more than 400,000 CMP customers without power?

07/26/18 AT 01:53 PM
Maine is very vulnerable to major storms due to its dispersed population and mostly above-ground power distribution grid. Whatever the outcome of this debate, both CMP and Emera should start putting more lines underground. The old excuses of water infiltration and cost don't add up. Most power lines in Scandinavia and The Netherlands are underground and repeated repairs after Maine storms are no less costly.

07/26/18 AT 08:04 AM
Avangrid should look to invest in more distributed renewables, paired with energy storage, to build Maine's energy resiliency.

07/26/18 AT 07:39 AM
Yes and no. Yes to being able to withstand storms better than last year's October storm...NO to that much money and NO to the ratepayers having to pay the full amount. Time for the stockholders to step up.

07/25/18 AT 04:40 PM
Skowhegan has had a hardened 3-phase for decades, thanks to 1960's selectmen wheedling the deal. As a result, full-fledged power outages are rare in town. Why not the whole state?

07/25/18 AT 04:04 PM
Yes, to some extent. There needs to be some oversight and accountability in the process, however.

07/25/18 AT 02:49 PM
Yes, but they should encase their lines and bury them in conduits along the sides of roads and under sidewalks. And - the conduits in which the lines are run should be owned by municipalities. And those municipalities should charge to have the cables run through their conduits. This could raise enough revenue to offset property taxes.

07/25/18 AT 01:47 PM
Why the emphasis on tree trimming and poles? Why not bury everything?

07/25/18 AT 01:12 PM
The grid needs to be "hardened"

07/25/18 AT 12:44 PM
They make their money on power transmission lines; that's why they always want to build more lines and are anti-solar.

07/25/18 AT 12:44 PM
They should bury the lines like most civilized countries/states/towns!