Governor LePage says push for wind and solar power will require state subsidies

The following is excerpted from an article in today's Portland Press-Herald.

 

While he is continuing to focus on welfare reform, LePage said he will also look to make changes in education, the economy and energy.

He discouraged people from signing a petition that is likely to be found at polling places on Tuesday that would require Maine's utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020. The current requirement is 10 percent by 2017.

"There's a movement on to have petitions signed that say we want to go to renewable clean energy and we want to get away from oil," he said. "Don't be fooled. This is a bad deal."

He said the push for wind and solar power will require state subsidies and will drive up the cost of energy for Mainers.

Dylan Voorhees, a member of Maine Citizens for Clean Energy, said it's important to reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil.

"It paves the way for more clean energy and energy independence for Maine," he said. "This petition just puts the question on the ballot. We think the will of the people is important to listen to on this."

MaineToday Media State House Writer Susan Cover can be contacted at 620-7015 or at: scover@mainetoday.com



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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

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"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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