California, which is far more advanced than we are here in the backwoods of Maine, is trying to find a way to keep their grid from crashing as they fund more and more Wind and Solar facilities. Their experts relate that it will cost BILLIONS to make the grid stable enough for renewable power and that cost will be handed over to the ratepayers. That folks is you and me. More traditional power generators don't need the massive upgrades, as their power is stable and constant. In most cases it has also been made clean. The sad part is that no matter how much we build Wind and Solar it still has to be backed up 24/7/365 by traditional power plants.
So you see, there really is no reason to try and make our grid totally renewable as there is no way to depend on it when it is needed. In California, when the wind is blowing hard and the grid is filled up, they have to PAY the wind companies NOT to produce power. Now isn't that about the most wasteful use of taxpayer and ratepayer money?
It comes down to letting the States control their own destiny in this morass or handing it over to the Federal bureaucracy to make the rules. We can all attest to the fact that whatever they put their hands on gets more expensive and in most cases does not work for the little guy out there. It works for the Baldacci's, King's, Pingree's and many of the other elites in this state, but not for us!