Dixfield board votes against extending moratorium on wind projects

Dixfield board votes against extending moratorium on wind projects

August 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

DIXFIELD — The moratorium on wind power projects came to an end at Monday evening's selectmen meeting when the board voted 3-1 against extending it for another 180 days.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the moratorium expired at midnight Aug. 10.

Selectman Norman Mitchell voted in favor of extending the moratorium, while Selectmen Aaron Jamison and Eugene Skibitsky and Chairwoman Norine Clarke voted against it.

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on August 13, 2016 at 8:07am

by Dan McKay

Hosting wind projects is a great way to ruin the economy for your neighboring non wind project towns, while being fooled into thinking your own municipal tax pa...yers reap an economic boost.

Of the money received by wind projects :
50% is from Renewable Energy Credits ( a payment granted for the ill-conceived notion of being green). This is an increase cost on electric customers but with no corresponding increase in electrical production.

26% is from the Federal Production Tax Credit/ Investment Tax Credit with is taxpayer money diverted from funding other national programs and handed over to wind developers.

24% is from the energy markets, where valued electricity from Natural Gas-Fired plants, Nuclear Plants and Hydro Plants get 100% of their compensation for production.

So, 3 out of every 4 dollars paid for wind derived electricity is a gift from the ratepayers and taxpayers, whether the town hosts a wind project or not.

Analyzing the Maine State Revenue Service excel spreadsheet on tax impact with a wind power project valued at $ 43,200,000 for Dixfield between the years 2010 to 2014., the mill rate was $16.75 per thousand dollars of valuation in 2010 and would have been $18.38 per thousand in 2014.

A town that has made the wise move to keep wind power projects out of their community gets no comfort from neighboring towns that welcome them. Their electric bills go up, their taxes are given to the useless and if host town elects to TIF the project valuation, towns without projects have to shoulder more than their fair amount of shared education and county tax costs.

These are the Untangible Benefits your local boards won't tell you.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on August 12, 2016 at 12:08pm

problem is for 5 years a petition has circulated...back and forth...people are confused.  and apathy..some never vote so....village idiots do..

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on August 12, 2016 at 10:45am

They would destroy what sustains them, that which nature provided.

Like Sheep ?

Comment by alice mckay barnett on August 11, 2016 at 11:05pm

no one wants to petition

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on August 11, 2016 at 10:37pm

They, the people should call for a vote on a new, corrected ordinance by a petition call. I believe once a petition drive is underway there is a stay (limited time) then once the petition drive goes stale or if it is verified as to validity the call to vote must be held within a specified time or at the next annual meeting. (check state statutes) 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on August 11, 2016 at 5:10pm

no vote. no second. motion dropped.

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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