Gov LePage: "Time for Maine ratepayers to be represented in Augusta"


Weekly Message


Governor Paul R. LePage


January 7, 2012

Radio Address: Lowering Energy Prices Creates a Path to Economic Growth and More Jobs for Mainers

January 7, 2012

Hello. This is Governor Paul LePage.

The State House halls are filled with policymakers, the bell is ringing and debates have begun.

Once again, Maine’s Legislators are in the State House, working for you. I stand by my promise to put people before politics and pledge to do what’s best for Maine people.

During the next few months, you will hear the word “jobs” from both Democrats and Republicans.

In the first year of my administration Maine’s unemployment rate has gone down from 7.6 percent to 7 percent. However, there is more work to be done. Nearly 50,000 people are still out of work and many are worried about job security.

Democrats and Republicans alike have similar goals this session but, we have different ideas on how to achieve them.

I believe we can improve our economy and lower the unemployment rate by first addressing Maine’s high energy costs.

Mainers currently pay 42 percent above the national average for electricity. High energy costs are putting job killing demands on Maine’s private sector job creators.

I am going to work hard this session to lower energy costs for Maine’s ratepayers.

However, there is a proposal before the Maine people that will force ratepayers to pay higher electricity prices.

The Maine Citizen’s for Clean Energy Coalition is collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative that would tremendously increase costs on Maine’s ratepayers, while padding the pockets of a select few special interest groups in Augusta.

The question would ask voters if they want to require that at least 20 percent of Maine’s electricity come from new renewable energy sources by 2020.

The proposal would force ratepayers to use and pay for higher priced electricity. This will place an enormous burden on Maine people - adding approximately $50 million annually to people’s electricity costs.

Rather than let the free-market decide, the coalition’s proposal would mandate that certain sources of generation must be used regardless of the cost impact to ratepayers.

My approach is to allow ratepayers to have choices in energy sources rather than having a government imposed requirement. Ratepayers will have the choice, in the first quarter of this year, to select renewable energy through a new offering from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

I support all forms of renewable energy sources that are cost-effective and sustainable. I do not support ratepayers being forced to buy certain types of alternative energy, against their own will – especially if it’s more expensive.

I believe it is time for the Maine ratepayers and taxpayers to be represented in Augusta. They should no longer take a back seat to a select few special interests that benefit from government imposed mandates.

The coalition’s proposal would add hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers’ electricity bills for the benefit of a few select developers and generators. These same developers and generators have come to realize that their technologies cannot compete in the free market and therefore must receive subsidies to survive.

While my Administration continues to work tirelessly to lower Maine people’s electricity and energy costs, it is disheartening to see that there are still groups that want to raise energy costs on already overburdened Maine ratepayers, for the benefit of their own special interests.

I do not support giving unelected bureaucrats a “blank check” to tax, spend and reduce transparency similar to what happened with the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Maine’s elected officials need to focus on promoting job creation by reducing energy costs for Maine businesses and residents. We can no longer afford to miss out on economic opportunities here in Maine.

Maine people deserve the opportunity to be prosperous again. Maine people deserve more and better paying jobs.

This coordinated effort will be harmful to Maine people.

So, if you are asked to sign this petition, please, take the time to understand this important issue. After all, you’re the one paying the bill.

Thanks for listening this week. Ann and I hope you enjoy the weekend.

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 7, 2012 at 1:36pm

The government has been subsidizing renewable energy development at the cost of Maine ratepayers. As a result, energy prices have skyrocketed over the past decade and we can no longer expect Maine people to foot the rising bill.



1. Reliability Maine;  8% of $30 billion for Maine would be $2.4 billion in expense for Maine ratepayers.  = rate hike = 2.400,000,000 / 560,000 = $4,2857 per household.

2. Efficiency Maine , a program that places a surtax on everyone's electric bill. That's an increase = rate hike.

3.Add a cent of stranded cost(biomass 1980's) to your per kilowatt hour charges—‘cha-ching’.

4. Shutting Maine Yankee before its expected lifetime added one cent to two cents to your bill--"cha-cjing'

5. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) pushed by the NRCM——add another cent.--‘cha-ching’

6. Capacity payments, the payments made to standby-on-demand industrial and commercial electricity producers, yep, pushed by these environmentalists. One cent more—‘cha-ching’.

7.  Long-term contracts to the wind industry and conservation charges lobbied for by NRCM employees—another cent, ‘cha-ching’.

Comment by Dan McKay on January 7, 2012 at 12:58pm

Last year, I sat in on the Energy, Utility and Technology Committee public hearings, feeling timid, and  very small within this great hall of power. I was so startled when one of the committee members pointed to me and asked my opinion, all I could say , in my small feeble voice, was " Gee, I would just like to keep my money in my pocket , please. "   

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


(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 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?" 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.”

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