Do Everyday Massachusetts Residents Really Know How Their Legislature is Duping Them?

My guess is the average person doesn't wake up each day and ask "how can I have more wind power"? However, I would guess there are a number of key legislators in Mass who may. Lots of money to pocket. They plan and plot for years. Nothing quite like free money.

The following, from several years ago, may be very revealing as to how much the everyday citizen in Massachusetts cares:

Some programs have not been as popular as expected, NStar CEO Thomas May added. NStar Green, the program under which Massachusetts consumers can pay a premium to ensure some of their electricity is generated by wind, has attracted only 8,000 NStar customers - less than 1 percent of the company’s 1.1 million electricity consumers, he said.

“We were a little disappointed that it was not greater,’’ May said. “Being the greenest state in the land of the free, we have a more educated audience, we have a more concerned, socially conscious audience. So we thought we would do better.’’

Read more at: http://archive.boston.com/lifestyle/green/articles/2010/01/20/nstar...

I would guess the every day resident of Massachusetts:

1. Probably hasn't given wind power much thought because they feel it has not threatened them personally; this is understandable as it's near impossible to be truly informed on every issue

2. Probably thinks wind is good based on all the propaganda coming from the wind industry, the government, the paid off environmental groups, schools K-12 & colleges and the Pravdaesque media

3. Clearly does not want to pay extra for wind as shown in this article where the NStar CEO says as much

4. Probably has no clue as to the long term cost ramifications of industrial wind and transmission

5. Almost certainly has no awareness that their fellow citizens in northern New England are overall very opposed to industrial wind; this is because every wind project or transmission line project tells Bay State residents that we are hungry for their business in Maine and we very much support these projects. (Who is "We", Justin Alfond?)

The government might also be called "Bufferment". How can Mass residents learn the truth if they are buffered from Maine residents' voices by corrupt legislators and their cabals in both states? It's like the Mafia and the Mafia probably takes lessons from the way it's done in government.

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Comment by Dan McKay on October 27, 2016 at 11:37am

Massachusetts has two bureaucratic policy avenues to procuring energy to reduce greenhouse gases. They have a renewable portfolio standard that favors wind and solar. They also have a policy that includes hydro as an energy resource that reduces greenhouse gases.

    In the near future, Mass. will probably be soliciting a RFP for the second policy energy resources.
   Realizing that hydro is as effective at reducing greenhouse gases as wind and solar, one hopes the elites take note on the costs associated with each resource and amend their policies to give the customers more bang for their buck.
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 27, 2016 at 10:46am

"May, who described himself as an advocate of wind energy in general, said he also questioned whether Cape Wind’s planned 130 turbines could provide energy at a reasonable price to customers. He predicted energy prices would remain stable in the next few years, but would ultimately be driven upward by the cost of renewable technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels. Massachusetts already has some of the highest electricity prices in the country.

“Clean energy isn’t cheaper energy,’’ he said. "

[Opinion based on past knowledge]

Essentially those along the coast of Mass. do not want the view of Wind Turbines obstructing their coastal view from their expensive homes. Like the objections raised off the East Coast of Florida over temporary drilling rigs when it was discovered there was sufficient Gas reserves off their coast to power this nation for approximately 100 years.

"May said the state’s best bet is in conservation. Massachusetts has long been a leader in energy efficiency, he said, and needs to continue its focus on helping residents and businesses cut their energy usage through home energy audits, weatherization, and so-called smart grid programs, in which technology is used to more efficiently distribute and monitor power use."

[Opinion for thought]

We should be engaged in using our energy to develop systems where for every kilowatt of power increase in need also results in an equal amount in reduction through efficiency.

We Americans are wasteful and will remain so, so long as we believe all things can be had for free without consequences either now or into our children's future. The National Debt is but one example.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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