Maine legislators once again contemplate setting state renewable goals - this time for solar

There you go again.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Lawmakers_looking_for_Maine_s_place...

The article references the German experience. Here's some more on that:

Economic impacts from the promotion of renewable energies:The German experience

 

Excerpt: "Although Germany’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed in the media as setting a “shining example in providing a harvest for the world” (The Guardian 2007), we would instead regard the country’s experience as a cautionary tale of massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic and environmental benefits."

 

Download PDF: Germany_Study_-_FINAL.pdf

Source: http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/germany/Germany_Study_-_F...

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on January 16, 2014 at 9:36pm
What I did not say yet is that the private investors of utilities are guaranteed a return. They had to divest generation, and your blog on Emera and VT blogs does indicate how inseparable generators are from 'utility'. Generartors want a guarantee, the new merchant transmission companies want a guarantee, and the only guarantee we have is death, taxes and we are screwed, not in that order (& the last, not in a good way). Most of you are probably enough like me that you were never really 'political'. It shows the values that we do desparately care about.
Comment by Kathy Sherman on January 16, 2014 at 9:24pm
The irony to me is that all of the above 'tax' or more accurately, sometimes called 'system benefit surcharge' is done in the name of DEREGULATION. I was a frequent flier when Reagan 'deregulated' airlines and air traffic safety, yet today it will be up to govt. whether the passenger seated next to you can yammer on their cell. I do wish there was still a common-sense, civil code of conduct.

The rationale for state and interstate-intrusion into the electricity business, and promoting non-competitive renewable sources such as wind are: Stabilize price- even supporters are asking what that 'stable' price is, and in Massachusetts what they want is 30¢/kWhr above and beyond price of electrons supplied MINIMUM, and up to twice that. Not sending our energy dollars out-of-state. Massachusetts and Connecticut are fairly committed to sending billions to Maine for wind electrons that will go to Canada. There is a great deal of talk about the billions invested in Maine wind energy infrastructure, yet what you ask of that investment went to Maine? Where were even GE, brings good things to life, turbines made. Lately we hear that the foundry and construction companies are desparate for jobs that wind energy provides. So was the mill that cheated about demand management and the larger New England land owners, who own, not large flat agricultural land on which maybe happy cows, and corn or soy, don't mind turbine noise. Paper and publishing went to China. Extraction and waste- the picture of rare earth miner slogging a load on his back, the amount of radioactive waste and the news that composites in the blades are not recycleable should wake everyone up. Sorry, tonight I got called a loony because I do not support wind plants in Maine, MA, New Engl.
Comment by Dan McKay on January 16, 2014 at 7:09am

They tax our electric bills to boost wind power, Then they tax our electric bills to store nuclear waste in Wiscasset, Then they tax our electric bill to reduce carbon emissions, Then they tax our electric bill to subsidy energy savings for a select few, Then they tax our electric bill for the University’s pet project, NOW, a tax for solar. How about those who want all these things, pay for all these things and those of us who were happier with our electric bills before taxation, not be forced to pay.

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

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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