WORK SESSION AGENDA
ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

1/9/2018
2:30 PM
Cross Building, Room 211

(L.D. 822) Bill "An Act To Ensure Fairness among Large Consumers of Natural Gas" (SP0267)
(Presented by Senator DION of Cumberland)
(Cosponsored by Representative HARVELL of Farmington,
Senator BREEN of Cumberland)

(L.D. 1515) Bill "An Act To Reduce Electric Rates for Maine Businesses by Amending the Laws Governing Spending from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund" (HP1039)
(Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram)
(Cosponsored by Representative HARVELL of Farmington,
Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick,
Representative HANLEY of Pittston)

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Comment by arthur qwenk on December 30, 2017 at 10:10am

Indeed, letting the Fox tend the Chicken Coop , but wind plays by its rules unless their hands are held on the coals, by "We the People". 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 29, 2017 at 4:10pm

I notice that they use the word presented by, rather than the old term, Sponsored by. Is the Sponsor trying to hide any culperability should the bill become unpopular or have an unforeseen negative impact?

Presented as if they had no part in yet another scheme?

Comment by Dan McKay on December 29, 2017 at 3:13pm

"However, we continue to need governmental help in reducing our energy costs — whether it is in supporting additional pipeline infrastructure for natural gas in New England or maintaining commitments made to reduce the impact of energy cost on our operations." Testimony of Richard Abradi, Catalyst Paper.LD1515

A TROUGH VISITOR TO ROOM 211

Comment by Dan McKay on December 29, 2017 at 3:11pm

"This bill(LD1515)preserves the existing unfair allocation of Maine’s revenues from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to just 16 large industrial customers, at the expense of all other ratepayers."
Public Advocate Timothy Schneider.

RGGI: JUST ANOTHER TAX ON MONTHLY ELECTRIC BILLS TO SERVE THE ESTABLISHMENT

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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