Maine Senate passes large hydroelectric as renewable power bill

Maine Senate passes renewable power bill

Posted April 12, 2012, at 6:18 p.m


AUGUSTA, Maine — In a straight party-line vote, the Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill that lifts the 100-megawatt cap for qualifying renewable power generation such as hydropower.

Supporters have said the bill would allow Maine to buy low-cost energy that meets the renewable energy standard, thereby reducing energy costs for businesses and homeowners.

LD 1863 was one of four energy-related bills submitted this session by Gov. Paul LePage and the one he wanted most.

Just last week, it appeared the bill would not have enough support in the Senate, but the governor’s office lobbied Republicans hard.

LePage called out some lawmakers for not supporting LD 1863 and criticized the lobbying influence of other energy providers during the process.

“I do not support Augusta being in the business of increasing costs on Maine ratepayers to pad the pockets of special-interest groups,” he said in a statement. “I believe it is morally and ethically wrong to take more money from those who can least afford it to line the pockets of those that are politically connected here in Augusta.”

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Comment by Bob Sousa on April 14, 2012 at 7:46am

What a concept, a Governor more interested in the welfare of the taxpayer than lining his own pockets. Thank You Governor LePage

Comment by MaineHiker on April 13, 2012 at 3:22pm

Another thanks from me, Gov. LePage.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on April 13, 2012 at 2:14pm

Thank you Ken fletcher and governor LePage

Comment by MaineHiker on April 13, 2012 at 12:48pm

Remember the important things.!!cid=B6147304A619BE64&id=B6147304A619BE64!225

Comment by Hart Daley on April 13, 2012 at 8:21am

I echo that statement Long Islander! Thank you Governor LePage!

Comment by Long Islander on April 13, 2012 at 6:38am

Running water replenished with every rain, snow, melt and morning dew not counted as a renewable?

Thank you Governor LePage!

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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