PPH: Maine's renewable power is a valuable export

Perhaps the Press Herald should look beyond a single "piece of the puzzle" and heed the Maine Tourism Association's recent warning that wind projects threaten the tremendous Maine economic driver, tourism.

It’s well known that Maine’s high cost of energy is a drag on our economy, but the growth of the state’s renewable power sector is also a valuable export. These are issues that should not be studied with only a single lens.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/27/our-view-maine-needs-vision-m...

Maine needs expanded, higher-level energy office, Republican leader says

“But we really aren’t staffed up to deal with a lot of these issues,” he said, referring to topics that include offshore wind energy, nuclear waste storage at the former Maine Yankee power plant in Wiscasset, and the growing use of solar energy.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/25/republican-leader-proposes-ex...

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on April 27, 2017 at 2:59pm

Boy does this writer who says "Maine needs vision" hit a sore spot with me. As a town volunteer I worked with the State Planning Office on several issues. Along with Eastern Maine Development, these 'planners' can find all kinds of ways to suck up public money. Some nice people worked there, some good things came out of the Planning Office but like the Maine Municipal Association, there's always the political shadow over everything. I got grant money for our town. If the state was going to hand it out, our town might as well get it's share. We got a recycling center that is still there I guess but barely functions and no one cares how economically and environmentally feasible it is. We got a Comprehensive Plan that no town official has ever used for any purpose, and was blatantly ignored when the wind scammers came to town.  We got a Land Use Ordinance that was also ignored and manipulated when it didn't suit the town officials wants. We got digitized tax maps that were never updated and now the town of Clifton has used ridiculous hand drawn sketches for TIF maps. Baldacci created a department to ensure that his wants were taken care of. LePage got rid of that department to get political hacks off the backs of municipalities. And save money from being handed out to towns without enough sense to accomplish something. Oops, guess I'm still miffed. A Planning Office or an Energy Office will be only as good as the governor who oversees it and the people hired to run it. Citizen watchdogs needed everywhere, every day.

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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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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