Inaccurate and misleading information from CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola has been the hallmark of their campaign to promote the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project. For example, CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola claimed that the NECEC project would create hundreds of permanent jobs when the official record with the Maine Public Utilities Commission shows only 38 permanent jobs after construction.

A recent ad from CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola now claims that all of the 1,600 temporary jobs that will exist during the two-year construction period will be filled by Maine workers. That claim contradicts the official record, public comment and sworn testimony from officials representing CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola. At the public hearing before the PUC in Farmington on Sept. 14, 2018, a spokesperson for CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola stated that the 1,600 temporary jobs would be filled by out-of-state workers. He later qualified that comment by stating that CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola would give priority to Maine workers wherever possible based on qualifications.

Honesty is the best policy. CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola should adopt that guiding principle in the debate about the NECEC project.


John Nicholas


Related Headlines

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.