"A wake-up call to Maine"

Three Southern New England states want to turn Maine into their wind plantation, and Central Maine Power and Emera Maine appear to be enthusiastic supporters of that plan. Last November, a consortium of agencies and electric utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island issues a Request for Proposals to deliver at least 5,000 gigawatt hours of clean energy to those states with proposals due by Jan. 28, 2016. According to Friends of Maine’s Mountains, developers now have responded with over 51 project proposals that will undergo reviews in the next several months.


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Comment by Kathy Sherman on February 13, 2016 at 4:16am
As always I contend that those southern New England states don't have any idea, but I am writing about LD1513 and LD1315- how confusing is that? In addition to resolving "affiliate" of transmission, your legislature and PUC need to resolve "subsidiary". Remembering that Frirst Wind, then hoping to partner with Emera for their pyramid financing, put forward a test case about the transmission-generation issue to FERC as Frirst Wind Lead Generation, I went looking for FERC by First Wind. I did not get far. Docket Nos. OA10-4-000 and ER09-1549 from 2010 says enough- First Wind Holdings called it all "the Maine project".
The critical issue is that transmission of electrons or fuel are supposed to be "open access". That is the basis for "public good". Neither is true.
Comment by Paul Ackerman on February 12, 2016 at 10:05pm

Great,many thanks--that was the link to the description I recalled with 51 projects. 51?! The PUC will be buried with those for a year or more,and under tremendous pressure from cronies to permit them.

Editor kicked the article back to me --revising to shorten now--

Paul

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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