Governor LePage nominates Portland lawyer as next public advocate

LePage nominates Portland lawyer as next public advocate

Posted April 01, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.
Last modified April 01, 2013, at 6:56 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has tapped a Portland lawyer who has represented electric and natural gas utilities to serve as the state’s next public advocate.

LePage on Monday named Timothy Schneider, an associate with the Portland firm Pierce Atwood, to replace Richard Davies, who had served as public advocate since 2007. Davies’ term expired Feb. 1.

As public advocate, Schneider will be charged with advocating for ratepayers’ interests before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, which regulates utilities and telecommunications in the state, and before regional and federal regulators. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the Legislature’s Energy and Utilities Committee and the full Senate.

A confirmation hearing has yet to be scheduled.

“I am really honored to be nominated and excited to advocate on behalf of Maine ratepayers,” Schneider said late Monday afternoon.

In announcing his choice of Schneider, LePage reiterated an emphasis on lowering electricity prices in Maine in an effort to make the state more appealing to business.

“We must find ways to make Maine more competitive, and part of that includes expanding access to broadband and lowering electricity prices,” the governor said in a statement. “Today, Mainers are burdened with some of the highest energy prices in the nation, and the cost of doing business in Maine is a huge jobs killer. We must have a strong advocate who is working toward job opportunities that will enable Maine to compete in the global market.”

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on April 1, 2013 at 11:42pm

Portland lawyer...RED FLAG !

Comment by Brad Blake on April 1, 2013 at 10:34pm

I hope Mr. Schneider will actually represent the Maine citizens' interests far more robustly than his predecessor.  Especially when it comes to testifying to the PUC regarding the true costs of overbuilt transmission lines (see MPRP 345 kv line), mergers that are financial rescues (see First Wind/Emera) and the true costs of wind (see prohibition on 100 MW+ hydro to protect wind).  The Governor has been persistent in his push to lower electricity rates in this state and he should supported in that effort, not blocked by the wind industry lobby and its blind supporters in the Legislature.

Comment by Long Islander on April 1, 2013 at 7:55pm

YES to natural gas. NO to wind.

See "What every Maine ratepayer needs to know"

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-electricity-rates...

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/

 

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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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