Governor LePage takes new swipe at wind power (Sun Journal and BDN)

As Maine lawmakers consider solar energy goals, LePage takes new swipe at wind power

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Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was also urging lawmakers to take action on the energy front this year.

LePage again took aim at Maine’s wind energy industry, saying the growing production of wind power in the Pine Tree State was doing little to lower ratepayer costs, noting energy prices increased significantly in 2013.

“Our energy prices are becoming more expensive for businesses competing across the world, and the Maine people are spending more of their disposable income on energy,” LePage wrote in a message to the Legislature. “Maine’s energy policy has been focused on streamlining wind development that is almost completely contracted with southern New England states. This is not helping Maine lower electricity prices or assisting Mainers with their high heating costs.”

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2014/01/21/bill-pushes-maine-d...

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http://bangordailynews.com/2014/01/21/politics/as-maine-lawmakers-c...

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on January 25, 2014 at 4:25pm

The tissue mill is shutting 2 of 3 tissue machines down for the weekend because of high energy costs. This has happened several times lately. With electricity prices up 57% from 2012 to 2013 it makes sense I guess. It stinks for the workers who are sent home without work. Wait until Maine has 2000 more wind turbines. Our elec. rates will be totally unaffordable. The wind is free but that is a small component of total costs.

Comment by Long Islander on January 21, 2014 at 9:26pm

See the Governor's letter to the Legislative Leadership here:

http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MEGOV/2014/01/21/file_at...

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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