Some much needed perspective on the terrible bill of goods that was sold to the legislature in 2008 by the Enron-spawned wind industry.
In 1988 Stephen Rice wrote "Some Doctors Make You Sick: The Scandal of Medical Incompetence." In the book, Rice explored the concept of iatrogenic illness, which roughly translates to "the cure is worse than the disease."
We all want clean energy that is useful, necessary, sustainable and affordable. But that does not dictate an "all of the above" so much as an "all of the sensible" approach. This week's update explains one more reason why Maine's wind power goals are iatrogenic: a prescription possibly worse than the illness it seeks to cure.
In 2008 the Maine Legislature made it the state's policy to aggressively pursue a staggering amount (2700 megawatts) of grid-scale wind power. On a typical day, our entire state uses less than 1500 megawatts. The law eliminated barriers to industrial wind development, and even forced regulators to approve projects simply because the applicants can show how they are fulfilling the statutory goals.
Now that we know how ineffective and unnecessary all that wind generation would be, we have submitted legislation asking the Legislature to reform the policy that is so adversely impacting Maine's people, environment, and economy.
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