Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting Wind Pieces

The following are the links to the various investigative series on wind power by the Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting. These are all important articles, well worth reading or re-reading.

They are being put here to make them easy to find.

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Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting – Links to Articles (all of the following are functioning as of 1/31/13)

 

First Wind / Kurt Adams Series

 

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/puc-chairman-took-equity-stake-in-w...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/first-wind-sec-filing-change-questi...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/group-asks-ag-to-probe-official-of-...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/adams-investigation-finds-no-conflict/

Note: The first article's date is shown as May 6, 2010, but in fact this story broke on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

Original Wind Power Series

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dul...

Emera Series

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/multi-million-dollar-wind-deal-appr...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/meeting-land-based-wind-goals-not-l...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/puc-releases-confidential-transcrip...

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/puc-staff-no-go-for-energy-firms-wi...

Also see:

Naomi_Schalit_John_Christie_Links-as_of_1-31-13.pdf

 

 

 

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Comment by Martha thacker on April 1, 2013 at 11:03am

Thank you for posting these links. I find the Emera series important 

"Small electricity generators were joined in their objections by industrial energy users such as Verso, Huhtamaki and Madison Paper and the Maine Public Advocate, which represents the interests of utility customers. Some of them, like PUC staff, argued thatelectricity rates would rise; others said the plan would violate the state’s Restructuring Act of 2000, which prohibits utilities from owning both transmission and generation because it was seen as anti-competitive and contributing to high electricity prices."

For those with better research skills than me..(1) Does Maine receive money for Renewable Energy Credits? If so , how much? (2) Since the original stated intent of Maine wind farms to transmit power to Mass. , why were the wind farms even built before the transmission was in place. That was the problem addressed in the hearing of US govt. vs. FERC. pinetreewatchdog has a transcript of that hearing.

First Wind stated under risk factors in one of their SEC reports that regulation of utilities was a possibility. Deregulation was supposed to lower utility bills as a result of competition. Ours have been hiked considerably for the remote possibility that wind farms will supply a tiny modicum of power for a few years.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on February 1, 2013 at 1:04am

It would be nice if one of the newspapers in the state could do a deep dive into how three wind industry connected members of the legislature's Energy & Utilities Committee squashed all 12 citizen initiated wind bills so that they never made it to the legislature.

Details here:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/abstain-for-maine

http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/eut-chair-conflict-of-interest

http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/kleinschmidtassociatesboastsab-1

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From 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?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From 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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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