Maine lawmakers propose dozens of bills, including a "Green New Deal."

The bill would chart a path for Maine to get all its power from renewable sources by 2030, transforming the economy and creating clean-energy-sector jobs. In important ways, it mirrors national aspirations to slow global warming that are embodied in controversial Green New Deal legislation being championed in Congress by another young newcomer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y...............................

More than 60 separate working titles are being proposed for the committee that handles energy and utility matters. At least 10 more are pending for potential hearings in other committees.

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Initial proposals, of course, don’t mean much. Language is still pending on many bills, and most will be modified, combined or withdrawn as the legislative session progresses. But their titles indicate the new direction and broad scope of energy policy debate about to take place in Augusta, where Gov. Janet Mills and majority Democrats will embrace clean-energy strategies both as an economic development tool and to blunt the impacts of climate change.

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/01/20/clean-energy-agenda-sees-pow...

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An Excel file containing several worksheets displaying all 2,042 submitted bills by category, sponsor, committee and party can be downloaded on the following CTFWP page:

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Northeast states target transportation emissions

Nine states and Washington, D.C., commit to a 'RGGI redux' and are hopeful that New York and Maine will join the group.

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/01/19/northeast-states-target-tran...

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Comment by Art Brigades on February 12, 2019 at 7:29am

Excerpt from Governor Mills' February 11 address to the legislature:

The world is changing. We need to define Maine’s place in the new world.

We will work with the private sector and with groups like the Maine Development Foundation to identify our state’s many assets and build upon them to foster and attract:

  • Sustainable farming, diversified fisheries and innovative forest products businesses
  • Clean energy producers
  • High tech industries
  • Data centers
  • Places for people to work remotely, and
  • A quality of life that will attract young working families back to our state.

Climate change is a priority issue. Our Office of Policy Innovation and the Future is preparing a climate agenda which I will announce in the coming weeks.

Suffice it to say, we will make every effort, without additional general fund dollars:

  • to assist the University of Maine in the research and development of offshore wind power;
  • to provide incentives for community and residential solar power;
  • to promote energy efficiency and weatherization;
  • to increase the use of heat pumps;
  • to build charging stations and incentives for electric vehicles;
  • and to help local and state government become “green.”

Right now, Hannah Pingree, who leads the Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, is working with Efficiency Maine to develop a program to promote the installation of 100,000 heat pumps in businesses and houses by 2025.

That alone would save $30 to $60 million annually in heating bills, and lower carbon emissions by 100,000 to 200,000 metric tons a year and wean our state off fossil fuels. We look forward to unveiling the details of this effort shortly.

 

Comment by Willem Post on January 23, 2019 at 9:31pm

The Socialists see their green wave as a grand wealth distribution scheme.

Any luxury goods and services will have surtaxes above certain values.

If you buy a $50,000 car, anything above $30,000 will have a 25% surtax.

If you buy a $500 watch, anything above $100 will have a 25% surtax.

If you travel business or first class, anything above economy will have a 25% surcharge

Any household having too much gross income will have a gross income surcharge tax

The collected tax money will be used to set up programs, energy and other, to subsidize favorite political groups that will vote Democrat forever.

The main goal is redistribution and vote getting

Comment by arthur qwenk on January 21, 2019 at 10:30am

This past November's vote has affirmed that socialism has arrived  almost unconstrained  in Maine.

Overturn this unfortunate occurrence,or leave for the  greener prosperous  pastures to the south and west,  where the "Politicized GREEN Ideology  and Stupidity of Groupthink" is less prevalent.

It is time for non-socialist forces  and businesses    to rebel, or  leave the state  and allow it to foment in its own  stupidity.

Let the socialists of Maine pay for their own socialism which will result ultimately in a   failed state.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 20, 2019 at 3:59pm

Some of the people at the environmental groups and other "NGO's" believe in what they re doing, often having grown up with an education system that pushes socialism and other departures from reality. Their leadership is another story, with fat jobs and pensions reliant upon doing the bidding of not just the wind industry but some real bad people who are dead set on hobbling America.

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on January 20, 2019 at 2:21pm

The fake news is giddy with all the little communists in power in Augusta! By the time two years goes by the state will be bankrupt and so far out that there may not be enough Mainers left to vote out the communists! People will be leaving at an accelerated rate once these loons start upping the tax rates and killing small business!

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

 

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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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