Gov LePage's wind advisory panel will be identified once the body is prepared to meet (PPH & BDN)

“The governor will release the names of the members of the wind commission when their first meeting is scheduled, which will likely be later summer or early September, after the public comments have been received,” McGrath replied via email.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It is known that McGrath will chair the 14-member panel. That fact is disclosed in a sworn statement filed by McGrath on June 4, as part of a lawsuit by the Maine Renewable Energy Association. Maine’s wind energy industry is challenging the constitutionality of the moratorium. It accuses LePage of “unconstitutional executive overreach in creating a moratorium of indefinite duration that is contrary to the will of the Legislature.”

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/19/energy-official-refuses-to-i...

and in BDN:

McGrath didn’t respond to further questions about the commission on Monday. Wind energy opponents are mobilizing to send comments to the administration, and Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, said questions around the makeup of the panel make it difficult for him to tell members how to respond.

“To me, if it’s really just a group of people who are known to hate wind, it’s not worth everybody’s time and effort to put together a very detailed set of comments,” he said.

http://stateandcapitol.bangordailynews.com/2018/06/19/lepages-wind-...

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Gov Baldacci's Task Force on Wind Power Development

Before Maine created its "Expedited Wind Law", Governor Baldacci created his Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development.

In December 2015, the former governor would be named vice chair of wind company Avangrid's board.

The following looks at the task force which created a report which greased the skids for the wind industry to run roughshod over Maine.

These are the task force members. Publicover was an alternate.

R. Alec Giffen (Chair), Director, Maine Forest Service
Senator Phillip Bartlett
Juliet Browne, Verrill Dana LLP
Pete Didisheim, Director of Advocacy, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Judith A. Dorsey, Retired Lawyer
Representative Stacey Fitts
Senator Walter Gooley
Jody Jones, Wildlife Ecologist, Maine Audubon Society
John Kerry, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy Independence & Security
Kathleen Leyden, Coastal Program Manager, State Planning Office
David Littell, Commissioner, Dept. of Environmental Protection
Representative W. Bruce MacDonald
Milton McBreairty, Business Manager, IBEW Local Union 567
Patrick McGowan, Commissioner, Dept. of Conservation
Dave Publicover, Appalachian Mountain Club (alternate member)
Steve Timpano, Environmental Coordinator, Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
David Wilby, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers of Maine

Read their report right here:

http://www.ppdlw.org/articles/wind_power_task_force_rpt_final_02140...

or by clicking on: wind_power_task_force_rpt_final_021408.pdf

Be sure to read the Alec Giffen letter to Karin Tilberg on drawing up the expedited wind area:

http://www.ppdlw.org/documents/giffen-memo.pdf

or

giffen-memo%20-%20Copy.pdf

From the report:

"Maine has a significant wind resource that will increase the reliability of the region’s electricity supply. "

Does anyone in their right mind or with a straight face consider wind as something that increases reliability?

This report, creating rationale for the expedited wind law, will be 10 years old in one month. What have we learned since it was assembled? Read it again now with 10 years of learning.

So where are the task force members now, 10 years later? (1/1/18) Perhaps there are some who with ten years of learning might feel differently now. Or for some, perhaps not. As best we can tell:

R. Alec Giffen (Chair), Director, Maine Forest Service

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Senator Phillip Bartlett

TODAY

Attorney

From the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting:

Baldacci’s statement about dependence on imported fossil fuels – and many others he made both before and subsequently, including one reference to the “tyranny of foreign oil,” one reference to the need to “free ourselves from foreign oil” and two references to Maine’s “dependency on oil” in his final State of the State address – implicitly tied wind energy production to the goal of reducing the use of foreign oil, with its volatile prices as well as its documented contribution to climate change.

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.

“Maine uses very little oil to produce electricity,” says Mark Isaacson, a dam owner, a founding member of the industry group Independent Energy Producers of Maine and an active player in the restructuring of Maine’s electric utility industry.

John Kerry, the governor’s energy czar and a member of the task force, acknowledges that oil is used to fuel vehicles and to warm Maine buildings.

“Today we don’t use electricity to run our cars or heat our homes,” said Kerry in a recent interview.

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?

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/

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Juliet Browne, Verrill Dana LLP

TODAY

Chair of Verrill Dana Environmental Law Group (has represented the wind industry for probably the full ten years)

ALSO - from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting: 

Juliet Browne: An attorney at Verrill Dana who heads the Portland law firm’s environmental practice, Browne has guided wind power developer First Wind and TransCanada through the state’s regulatory system. She is married to Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, who at the time was co-chairman of the Legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee, which unanimously approved the wind power legislation based on the task force’s report.

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/

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Pete Didisheim, Director of Advocacy, Natural Resources Council of Maine

TODAY

Senior Director of Advocacy NRCM - a group that often testifies on behalf of wind

NRCM: "Power plants remain the single largest source of global warming pollution in the region."

https://www.nrcm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/windpowergeneration...

Sorry NRCM, but electricity production accounts for only about 10% of Maine's CO2 output while transportation accounts for over 50%!

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Judith A. Dorsey, Retired Lawyer

TODAY

Not sure

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Representative Stacey Fitts

TODAY

Director of Asset Management Novatus Energy, a firm which took over wind projects such as Bingham, Oakfield and Hancock; as Co-Chair of the Maine EUT Committee, he killed 12 citizen initiated wind bills in a single session. While he was Co-Chair, his then employer Kleinschmidt, boasted on their website that one of their engineers in Maine was developing state regulations while sitting on the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force

http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/kleinschmidtassociatesboastsab-1...

Fitts’ connection to the wind industry has made him an easy target for opponents of wind power proliferation. He dismissed the perceived conflict when asked about it this week.

“Everyone wants to find the conflict, the snake in the grass,” Fitts said. “But every legislator in the building is conflicted if you were take that same standard and apply it to everyone else. It’s the nature of being part-time legislators.”

http://www.sunjournal.com/political-pulse-conflicts-interest-expert...

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Senator Walter Gooley

TODAY

Former Maine senator and rep; otherwise not sure

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Jody Jones, Wildlife Ecologist, Maine Audubon Society

TODAY

Executive Director, Midcoast Conservancy

A quote from Jody Jones in 2010: "Now, as wind turbines are sprouting on Maine’s mountains accompanied by heavy machinery, roads, transmission lines, substations, wells and concrete plants, that certainty is yielding to doubt for some. “I think people didn’t have a good appreciation of this, including us, for what the whole thing entails,” said Maine Audubon’s Jody Jones, a biologist who served on the task force."

“This process was another step to better environmental policy, but there were clearly flaws.”

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-...

https://protectmaine.org/maine-epc/

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John Kerry, Director, Governor’s Office of Energy Independence & Security

TODAY

President, John Kerry Energy Solutions and possibly wind project financer Lexden Capital 

http://www.johnkerryenergysolutions.com/about.html

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Kathleen Leyden, Coastal Program Manager, State Planning Office

TODAY

Maine Dept of Marine Resources Coastal Program

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David Littell, Commissioner, Dept. of Environmental Protection

TODAY

Principal, The Regulatory Assistance Project

http://www.raponline.org/blog/the-inexorable-shift-of-the-us-power-...

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Representative W. Bruce MacDonald

TODAY

Former Maine rep; otherwise not sure

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Milton McBreairty, Business Manager, IBEW Local Union 567

TODAY

Director of Renewable Energy at Larkin Enterprises (not 100% sure if current)

ALSO - from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting:

Milton McBreairty: He was business manager for the electrical workers’ union while on the task force. McBreairty subsequently went to work as director, renewable energies for electrical contractor Larkin Enterprises, which had the contract for electrical power and grounding installations at TransCanada’s Kibby wind farm.

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/

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Patrick McGowan, Commissioner, Dept. of Conservation

TODAY

Not sure, but surely someone must know

ALSO - from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting:

Patrick McGowan: The Department of Conservation commissioner, who left that position to run for governor, had been at the center of a significant controversy over his advocacy for a wind power project while he was commissioner. That’s when he contacted Land Use Regulation Commission member Ed Laverty, in the middle of the commission’s deliberations over the controversial Redington-Black Nubble wind power project, to ask, as Laverty reported, “if I would poll the other commissioners to determine if there was a way to get the majority to vote for the proposed project. I told him as this was an ongoing regulatory process, I felt for me to do so might be improper.” While an investigation by the attorney general’s office determined McGowan’s intervention had not risen to the level of illegal “ex parte” communication, he was required to undergo training on proper procedure by staff in the attorney general’s office.

http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/

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Dave Publicover, Appalachian Mountain Club (alternate member)

TODAY

Senior staff scientist and assistant director of research at the AMC Pinkham Notch

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Steve Timpano, Environmental Coordinator, Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

TODAY

Possibly retired

http://www.maineenvironews.com/Home/tabid/97/mid/628/newsid628/1688...

May have been Maine State Wildlife Agency Energy Development Contact

ftp://ftp.manomet.org/WildlifeandEnergy/WAOF_web_files/Manomet%20Ea...

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David Wilby, Executive Director, Independent Energy Producers of Maine

TODAY

President, Wilby Public Affairs; previously VP State Policy at First Wind

http://www.wilbypublicaffairs.com/

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Comment by Art Brigades on June 20, 2018 at 10:54am

A group of interested Mainers is going to meet to discuss the effects of a disastrous law that was railroaded through at warp speed (with much secrecy) before anyone would criticize it. Well, it's about time we undo the damage.! See how quickly the damage was done here: PL661Timeline.jpg.pdf

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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