Local wood pellet business succumbs to higher electrical costs

A local Mainer, an entrepreneur, has had to close his business after only two years because he can't pay his extravagant electricity bill. That bill is because CMP has raised our rates so high no real industry can exist unless they are big enough to generate their own power. Without significant gas powered electricity from Pennsylvania, which they have plenty and are willing to send it, we are doomed in Maine. We have to rely on oil to heat our homes and we can't make cheap electricity without gas. 



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Comment by Dan McKay on February 2, 2018 at 2:35pm

The article mentions Maine Wood Pellets of Athens :

August 27, 2013

Request for Proposals for Community Based Renewable Energy Projects (2013 Issuance)

Pursuant to 35-A M.R.S.A. § 3604, we direct Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to enter into a long-term contract for energy from a 7.1 MW wood fired biomass cogeneration system to be developed by Maine Woods Pellet Company, LLC
Maine Woods Pellet bid a fixed price for a 20-year term of 9.9 cents per kilowatt-hour
We direct CMP to enter into a long-term contract with Maine Woods Pellet, for energy only, for 20 years to begin at the commercial operation date of the project, at a fixed price throughout the term of 9.9 cents per kWh.

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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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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