Maine BEP: Hearings for the Public on Wind Power Are Just More of the Same Old Same Old" (Bangor Daily News)

Citizen board reverses DEP rejection of wind power project

Posted March 21, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.
Last modified March 21, 2013, at 6:55 p.m.

At least one board member, Tom Eastler of Farmington, said he didn’t want to see the review process started over — particularly if it involves public hearings.“There have already been too many public hearings,” said Eastler. “We know what we’re going to hear. A bunch of the same old, same old.”

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Comment by Whetstone_Willy on March 21, 2013 at 10:38pm

By Executive Order 31 FY 06/07, dated May 8, 2007, Governor Baldacci established the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development whose core duties include examination of the regulatory processes, review criteria and financing options currently applicable to wind power projects proposed in Maine; identification of potential barriers to their development; and recommendation of changes to state policies, regulatory requirements and financial incentives deemed necessary to facilitate siting wind power projects in Maine...

Comment by Brad Blake on March 21, 2013 at 10:04pm

I am absolutely appalled by what I witnessed today. BEP sat as prosecutor and judge, in the demeaning way they treated DEP staff member Mark Bergeron, who managed to maintain his cool against a relentless attack. BEP was adamant that this project get approved. 
They revealed themselves truly as promoters of the wind industry and not interested in any way of protecting Maine's environment. They had their chance to tip the scales in favor of avoiding yet another Maine upland being blasted away, leveled, and scalped to put up, as Eastler referred to them "behemoths" where they don't belong. Shame on the BEP!

Comment by Brad Blake on March 21, 2013 at 9:42pm

Wind Bag Tom Eastler should be immediately removed from this Board.  The temerity of his saying there have been too many public hearings is anathema to open government and democracy.  Is this the government of the citizens?  Or the government of the wind industry? 

Mr. Eastler, when it comes to the "same old, same old", it is the continuous lies, misrepresentations of the wind industry and the blind, unquestioning promotion by people like yourself that is the "same old, same old".

Comment by Martha thacker on March 21, 2013 at 9:34pm

Pertinent editorial in

Congressional oversight needed on production tax credits ..which is at the heart of the overturning of the DEP rejection of wind power project. And why do we even need a DEP..if staff objects to wind farm lies , they are replaced and of course today's very undemocratic ruling..

1. Institute an in-service date for projects.
- Current law only designates a start construction date.

2.  Require project financing and permitting to be secured.
- Projects must demonstrate evidence that all  local, state and federal permits are in place and project financing is secured.

3. Prohibit the safe harbor when determining start construction as used under the 1603 cash grant program.
- Prohibit the counting of monies expended for project components by the developer or by contacted vendors when determining  start construction.

4. Require available transmission.
- Projects must demonstrate available transmission before starting construction.

# 2 and #4 were not in place for the building of Stetson I and II or Rollins wind farms. I am sure there are many others. The very fact that these recommendations are not law proves the deck is stacked against US.

Although LURC did require proof of financing for Stetson I..First Wind admitted that they did not have the money to finance Stetson II, even though it had been approved. 

And of course, the grid was at capacity when Stetson I was being permitted, and there was a hearing between the US govt. and FERC..stating the grid was at capacity and the second wind farm in ME should not be built. Guess there was no problem with Mars Hill since their power was going to Canada..First Wind called that fact a trade secret on their website..while the people of Mars Hill thought the wind farm was for them. Big misconception..


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."


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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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