Governor LePage challenges backers of Maine renewable energy initiative (and he's right)

LePage challenges backers of Maine renewable energy initiative

Gov. Paul LePage speaks Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at an anti-abortion rally in Augusta, Maine as part of the annual &quotHands Around the Capitol" rally and march.

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Gov. Paul LePage speaks Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at an anti-abortion rally in Augusta, Maine as part of the annual "Hands Around the Capitol" rally and march.
Posted Jan. 18, 2012, at 8:34 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 18, 2012, at 9:06 p.m.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine — A battle is under way between the governor’s office and supporters of a citizens’ initiative that seeks to expand Maine’s renewable energ... and focus more on energy efficiency.

Maine Citizens for Clean Energy held an event Wednesday at the State House to announce that the group is nearly ready to submit the necessary signatures to force a statewide vote in November .

If signatures are approved, Maine voters will be asked whether the state should require its utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020 and require them to invest in energy efficiency.

The group also touted a recent poll of 600 Mainers that indicates roughly three of every four Mainers support the ballot initiative. At the news conference, the group said a survey of 601 likely Maine voters conducted in early October found that 76 percent of respondents support the ballot initiative, with 17 percent against and 7 percent undecided. The poll also showed support from a majority of voters enrolled as Democrats, Republicans and independents, as well as support from both sportsmen and nonsportsmen.

Beth Nagusky, representing Environment Northeast, a partner with Maine Citizens for Clean Energy, said the initiative is smart because it is both environmentally sound and cost effective.

Gov. Paul LePage has come out strongly against the proposal, both in a recent weekly radio address and at public events.

“The way I look at it is this proposal, this whole referendum issue is nothing more than a scam to make a few people wealthy,“ LePage said in an interview with Capitol News Service. “I think it is shameful and it’s immoral that some of these folks would come and put this kind of price tag on Maine people.”

He said a study done by the Public Utilities Commission estimates the cost of the initiative would be between $40 million and $80 million a year and that Mainers cannot afford any increase in electric rates. He said he will do what he can to convince Mainers the proposal is bad for the state and should be defeated should the petitions be validated.

“They are short-circuiting the system because their facts don’t hold up,” LePage said, “and they know they have to go and mislead the populace in order to get this passed. “

He said he will speak about the problems he sees in the measure as part of his State of the State speech to the Legislature next week. He flatly rejected the assertion by supporters of the bill that ratepayers would benefit from the legislation.

“They are lying to you,” LePage said.

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Comment by MaineHiker on January 22, 2012 at 7:50am
We need to remove these leaches from ME.; and their turbines.
Comment by Dan McKay on January 19, 2012 at 10:59am

"Sorry, me  and my (thin) wallet can't afford this initiative!"

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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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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