Here was my comment to this absolutely bogus report about wind in Maine.
Statistics! The writer has picked and chosen minuscule data from a government statistical report on energy in the State of Maine. It is possible to make any single month look good for any industry by using statistics. This term was popularized in the United States by Mark Twain (among others), who attributed it to the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
While we have ample energy production from hydro, gas and biomass to fill the needs of Mainers, we have now taken on the role of supplier of energy to Southern New England. And that comes at an enormous cost to our environment and energy transmission costs. We also have the second cleanest energy production in the US here in Maine and would be the cleanest if we were allowed to put adequate gas lines from Pennsylvania for electricity and home heating. Wind can NOT heat your home in winter, and that is where we lose out. We are still heating mostly with fuel oil throughout most of Maine and because the rules say we have to divert gas for those homes and businesses that have gas away from electricity production, we have to fall back on what wind there is when it blows. It makes our system very unstable. WE DON'T NEED MORE WIND, WE NEED MORE NATURAL GAS!!
Fuel for electricity in Maine is about 9% of our total fuel usage. Transportation and home heating are far bigger users of fuel. The fact that wind is taking 23% for one month of electrical production is minuscule in the whole scheme of things, especially when there is virtually NO gas powered electricity because of fuel diversions. BIG DEAL!!! We do not need to become the industrial wasteland for Southern New England. We need to preserve what has made Maine "Vacationland", our pristine waterways, lakes, mountains, hiking trails and wildlife. That is the "environmentalism" Mainers should be chasing, not phony wind and solar.