Maine’s about to get a look at what its own Green New Deal would look like (LD 1282)

Presented by Representative MAXMIN of Nobleboro.
Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and
Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, EVANGELOS of Friendship, HEPLER of
Woolwich, HICKMAN of Winthrop, INGWERSEN of Arundel, Senator: CHENETTE of
York.

A copy of the bill in PDF may be downloaded here:

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Reference Committee Energy, Utilities and Technology
Last House Action 3/14/2019 -  Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Last Senate Action 3/19/2019 -  The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY in concurrence

 

Maine’s about to get a look at what its own Green New Deal would look like

By Alex Acquisto and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff • March 21, 2019 9:02 am
Updated: March 21, 2019 12:10 pm

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Good morning from Augusta, where Democratic lawmakers later today will introduce what they’re calling Maine’s Green New Deal.

It looks a lot different from the national plan that has drawn a lot of attention. Unlike the federal Green New Deal proposed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman progressive from New York, which aims to make the country carbon neutral by 2030, Maine’s bill, from Rep. Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro, is less extensive. It sets some goals, such as requiring 80 percent of electricity sales be from renewable resources by 2040, but it’s more focused on providing a framework from which the state can build and leaving major decisions to committees set up in the bill.

Read the full article here:

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/03/21/politics/daily-brief/maines-...

 

Key CMP critic introduces bill to stymie $1 billion hydro corridor

An emergency bill introduced today by Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, would neuter the project in one key way: It would make every town along the corridor’s path accept it by referendum, while also making the commission find “tangible public benefits” before approving it and delaying any final decision on it until at least the late summer.

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/03/21/politics/key-cmp-critic-intr...

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 21, 2019 at 1:38pm

Berry's bill is DOA. See MPUC denial of Kessler's motion to delay NECEC docket no. 2017-00232

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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