Gov LePage: "Feds will not stand in our way to allow Mainers to be profitable people"

Governor LePage says his goals are simple. "I hope to get four governors to agree that we need a pipeline and we move together to get a pipe line, and that we get together to buy cheap energy from Canada."

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Gov LePage and Other New England Governors to Meet in Hartford April 23 to Discuss Ways to Reduce Energy


April 20, 2015
Governor's Office


Roundtable session next step in developing cooperative strategy to bring cleaner, affordable, and more reliable power to the six-state region


For Immediate Release: Monday, April 20, 2015
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531


AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage and other New England governors will meet in Hartford, Connecticut April 23 to pursue next steps in their efforts to develop and implement a cooperative strategy to address energy infrastructure challenges facing the region. The Governors will meet at the Connecticut Convention Center for a private roundtable organized by the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG).


The Governors will explore common solutions to energy challenges facing the region in an effort to combat the high cost of electricity in New England, the lack of infrastructure to bring natural gas to power plants, growing concerns about reliability, and the transmission challenges of integrating power from renewable energy sources into the grid.


The Governors first outlined a strategy for regional energy cooperation in a joint statement issued in December of 2013.


“It is imperative Maine lowers its energy costs in order to be competitive,” said Governor LePage. “As other New England governors begin to address our energy crisis, we must all work together now to bring stability and competitiveness by adding pipeline capacity and stable clean energy to New England’s energy market. I look forward to working with my colleagues in New England to move our region forward.”


Prior to the Governor’s working session, a “Northeast Regional Energy Forum” for energy stakeholders will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center from 8:15 to 10 a.m.


At the forum, a panel will address regional infrastructure issues and will feature special guests Richard Levitan, president & principal of Levitan & Associates, Inc., and Gordon van Welie, president and chief executive officer, ISO New England Inc. A second panel will feature state energy officials who will discuss state initiatives and regional collaboration that is already underway.


The “Northeast Energy Forum” will be available live for public viewing on the website of the Connecticut Television Network at www.ctn.state.ct.us . The public will also be able to follow the forum discussion on Twitter @neenergysolutions and to also Tweet questions for panelists.


At their roundtable, the Governors will discuss a variety of resources to address the energy challenges facing the region – including cost-effective investment in new natural gas infrastructure, the continued integration of clean energy resources, aggressive investment in energy efficiency and distributed generation. The Governors will be focused on regional solutions and individual state efforts that can help the region reduce energy costs, reduce carbon pollution, and ensure the economic competitiveness of the New England region.


In their December 2013 energy joint statement, the New England Governors said, “We believe that by working together we can expand economic development, promote job growth, improve the competitiveness of our industries, enhance system reliability, and protect and increase the quality of life for our citizens. Expanding our existing efforts will ensure that we are on a course toward a transformed energy, environment, and economic future for our region that offers a model for the nation.”


All six New England Governors are expected to attend the April 23 session: Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut; Governor Paul R. LePage, Maine; Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts; Governor Margaret Wood Hassan, New Hampshire; Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island; Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont.


NOTE TO EDITORS:
For your planning purposes:
• The “Northeast Regional Energy Forum,” which will run from 8:15 to 10 a.m., will be open to media coverage and arrangements have been made with the Convention Center to provide camera locations and audio for electronic media.


• The New England Governors Roundtable discussion will be a private, working meeting for the Governors. The Governors do plan to brief the media following the conclusion of their discussions. The briefing is expected to take place at the Convention Center at about 12:30 p.m.

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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."

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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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