Camden Herald letters to the editor Feb. 25

Feb 25, 2021

Response to CMP’s grid costs increase

[Editor’s note: A group of officials representing Maine towns and educational organizations this week sent a letter to Governor Mills and Maine's legislative leadership to express concern over Central Maine Power's efforts to increase grid interconnection costs for solar projects after contracts were already signed.]

We have put considerable time and funding...toward incorporating lower-cost, clean, renewable energy into our energy mix by engaging with solar project developers who are now being told by CMP that additional delays and costs may be added to these projects. Some of these solar projects are already constructed, some are far along in the planning stages, and all of them involve already-executed net energy billing credit agreements or power purchase agreements to which we — the purchasers of this new source of renewable energy — are parties and on which we are relying to reduce and stabilize our electricity costs and transition to renewable energy.

Maria Libby, Superintendent Maine School Administrative District No. 28 and Five Town CSD

[Fourteen additional public officials signed the letter.]

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