Tune-in at 1:00PM Today: EUT Committee (Wed, Apr 29)

The importance of having firm generation capacity as opposed to non-dispatchable sources like wind power may be touched upon today in the discussion of LD 1313. As noted in FMM's most recent legislative update,  LD 1313 would remove the referendum requirement for installing nuclear plants that are small. The idea in this Governor's bill is that we need firm generation capacity as opposed to non-dispatchable capacity. Next-generation nukes might provide viable options, so the Administration wants to "expedite" (for lack of a better term) their development.

Listen live on the Web 

After clicking the link below, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of the words "Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee Room (EUT)".

http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Audio/211

Descriptions of the three audio buttons are as follows:

If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air.

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Committee On Energy, Utilities and Technology
Cross Building, Room 211, 287-4143

Public Hearing, Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours

HP0892, LD 1314An Act To Establish Primary Energy Goals for the State
HP0893, LD 1315An Act To Amend Maine's Restructuring Laws
SP0484, LD 1339An Act To Provide Relief to Maine Ratepayers
Work SessionTue, Apr 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM for about 3 hours
HP0833, LD 1215An Act To Provide Lower Energy Costs to Maine Businesses and Residences by Carrying Out the Legislature's Intent Regarding Funding of the Efficiency Maine Trust
HP0839, LD 1221An Act To Enhance Energy Cost Reduction and Facilitate Heating Alternatives in furtherance of the Omnibus Energy Act
Public HearingWed, Apr 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours
HP0887, LD 1309An Act To Create the Central Maine Water District
HP0891, LD 1313An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Nuclear Power Generating Facilities
Work SessionWed, Apr 29, 2015 at 1:30 PM for about 4 hours
HP0382, LD 558An Act To Amend the Community-based Renewable Energy Project Laws for Purposes of the Mayo Mill Project
SP0205, LD 589An Act To Increase the Beneficial Reuse of Waste Materials and To Promote Community-based Renewable Energy
SP0450, LD 1245An Act To Preserve the Efficiency of Transportation Maintenance and Construction Activities
HP0855, LD 1255An Act To Improve Rural Utility Service through the Use of Microgrids
HP0888, LD 1310An Act To Amend the Community-based Renewable Energy Program

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From FMM:

If you're interested in stopping the onslaught of grid-scale wind energy in Maine, this week there will be four noteworthy public hearings and one work session. The hearings are all in the Utilities Committee.  Click here for more information, and to contact committee members.

 

 Back to Nukes? 

 LD 1313 would remove the referendum requirement for installing nuclear plants that are small. The idea in this Governor's bill is that we need firm generation capacity as opposed to non-dispatchable capacity. Next-generation nukes might provide viable options, so the Administration wants to "expedite" (for lack of a better term) their development.

 

 Re-Write the Wind Act

 LD 1314 would make wide improvements to Maine's energy plan, particularly with respect to failed wind energy policies, similar to LD 1329. This is also an Administration bill, and it includes much of what we have sought for years.

 

Re-restructuring

 LD 1315 would allow utilities to own generation in

future (this would appear to exclude a CMP - Iberdrola Renewables pairing) affiliations, subject to strict standards and approvals. Outside of a policy world where fads and unsustainable methodologies get "into the mix" on the strength of their ability to lobby for mandates, the thinking is that utilities will make solid scientific decisions about generation investments. 

 

 Ratebuster

 LD 1339 would give the PUC a legislative charge to reduce the Standard Offer price below 10 cents, even if that requires suspension of renewables mandates. It is likely to hit an army of the lobbyists mentioned in the LD 1315 description immediately above.  

 

 Scenic Impact Legislation

 LD 911 had its public hearing last week, with a work session scheduled for this Wednesday in the Environment Committee. This is an excellent bill that was inspired by a State Energy Office report. It could protect Maine's most precious resources. At the hearing there was strong testimony in favor of Maine finally doing what the writers of the Wind Law never considered.  To read FMM's testimony, click here. For more information on that committee, including how to contact members before they vote, click here.  

 

FMM Seeks to Right the Wrongs of the Wind Law

 

FMM's bill is printed. LD 1329, sponsored by Representative Beth O'Connor, proposes several overdue changes. It has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing. Along with several other bills, some mentioned above, the legislature has some excellent ideas this spring for fixing the mess that is the Wind Law.  

 

Status of the Two Citizens' Rights Bills

 

LD 791 is a Wind Lobby bill that incredibly seeks to expand the abilities of wind developers to run roughshod over rural Maine and its residents. The Agriculture Committee voted last week, with only four of the 13 members in favor. Find out how they voted here

  

LD 828 is a citizen-written bill that seeks to restore the abilities of rural Mainers who need to have some control over wind development in their communities, like other Mainers have. Last week the Agriculture Committee decided to keep the bill alive so that they can continue working on it. To learn more about this important legislation and how you can contact the committee CLICK HERE. You might thank those nine legislators who voted to kill LD 791, and especially thank Senator Tom Saviello, who has been a leader in both the Agriculture Committee and the Environment Committee. 

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Committee On Energy, Utilities and Technology

Members & Staff
 Senator David Woodsome of York, Chair
RSenate District 33
1156 Sokokis Trail
WaterboroME 04061
Phone: , e-mail: David.Woodsome@legislature.maine.gov
 Senator Dawn Hill of York
DSenate District 35
PO Box 701
Cape NeddickME 03902
Phone: 207-337-3689, e-mail: Dawn.Hill@legislature.maine.gov
 Senator Garrett Mason of Androscoggin
RSenate District 22
PO Box 395
Lisbon FallsME 04252
Phone: 207-577-1521, e-mail: Garrett.Mason@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Mark Dion of Portland, Chair
DHouse District 43
45 Allison Avenue
PORTLANDME 04103
Phone: 207-797-6341, e-mail: Mark.Dion@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Christopher Babbidge of Kennebunk
DHouse District 8
84 Stratford Place
KennebunkME 04043
Phone: 207-985-3332, e-mail: Chris.Babbidge@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Roberta Beavers of South Berwick
DHouse District 2
72 Woodland Hills
SOUTH BERWICKME 03908
Phone: 603-781-9529, e-mail: Bobbi.Beavers@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Jennifer DeChant of Bath
DHouse District 52
1008 Middle Street
BathME 04530
Phone: , e-mail: Jennifer.DeChant@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Larry Dunphy of Embden
RHouse District 118
PO Box 331
NORTH ANSONME 04958
Phone: 207-635-2831, e-mail: Larry.Dunphy@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Martin Grohman of Biddeford
DHouse District 12
9 Lisa Lane
BiddefordME 04005
Phone: , e-mail: Martin.Grohman@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Norman Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft
RHouse District 120
PO Box 594
Dover-FoxcroftME 04426
Phone: , e-mail: Norman.Higgins@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Beth O'Connor of Berwick
RHouse District 5
92 Sullivan Street
BERWICKME 03901
Phone: 207-698-7899, e-mail: Beth.O'Connor@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Deane Rykerson of Kittery
DHouse District 1
1 Salt Marsh Lane
Kittery PointME 03905
Phone: , e-mail: Deane.Rykerson@legislature.maine.gov
 Representative Nathan Wadsworth of Hiram
RHouse District 70
PO Box 321
CornishME 04020
Phone: , e-mail: Nathan.Wadsworth@legislature.maine.gov
 Benjamin FrechCommittee Clerk
Legislative Information Office
100 State House Station
AugustaME 04333
Phone: 287-4143, e-mail: Benjamin.Frech@legislature.maine.gov
 Deirdre SchneiderOPLA Analyst
Office of Policy and Legal Analysis
13 State House Station
AugustaME 04333
Phone: 287-1670, e-mail: Deirdre.Schneider@legislature.maine.gov

MORE EMAIL ADDRESSES

Beth O'Connor LIBERTYMOM1@MSN.COM
Christopher Babbidge babbidge@roadrunner.com
David Woodsome dcwoodsome@gmail.com
Dawn Hill dawnhill@maine.rr.com
Deane Rykerson rykersonforkittery@gmail.com
Garrett Mason garrettpaulmason@gmail.com
Jennifer DeChant jdechant@me.com
Larry Dunphy SKIME2@ROADRUNNER.COM
Mark Dion mndion@msn.com
Martin Grohman martin.j.grohman@gmail.com
Nathan Wadsworth NATHANWADSWORTH@HOTMAIL.COM
Norman Higgins NORMEHIGGINS@GMAIL.COM
Roberta Beavers rbbeavers@comcast.net

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Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 28, 2015 at 2:27pm

thank you as always,

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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