800 Words of Renewables Propaganda - How Often Does the PPH Give Us 800 Words?

Natural gas is piped in from faraway states, and our money runs right back out the same way.........There are viable alternatives today. Electricity from wind and solar is already cheaper than coal and oil.................


Paul Potvin, M.D., is a resident of Hampden and a member of the Public Health Committee of the Maine Medical Association.



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Comment by John F. Hussey on April 21, 2018 at 12:08pm

WIND energy is a complete crock of crap!  "...The costs for a utility scale wind turbine range from about $1.3 million to $2.2 million per MW of nameplate capacity installed. Most of the commercial-scale turbines installed today are 2 MW in size and cost roughly $3-$4 million installed..."   The number is greatly slewed by the use of "name plate capacity".  Most wind turbines only produce 40% of the time and at less than 40% of capacity.  Add to that cost is the cost of 100% conventional power backup.  They don't work!  As for Solar, grid scale solar doesn't work!  I completely agree with Solar being decentralized and installed throughout Maine, decreasing transmission and infrastructure costs with savings passed on to ratepayers. Those currently in control of our state government, however, are impeding progress in that direction by proceeding with the likes of the costly and obstructionist gross metering rule, which gives utilities the right to charge customers with solar arrays for power generated and consumed at home.  Nation wide Wind and Solar collect 64% of all energy subsidies and produce on average only about 4.3% of the nations electricity.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on April 21, 2018 at 11:41am

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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  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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