Maine Voices: Aroostook County energy projects would power more than electrical grid

Another wind shill's promotion of wind in Aroostook County with all the pat reasons . . . . all lies.  Read my comment following the article.  Seems to be the only way I can get posted in any Maine newspaper.

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/16/maine-voices-aroostook-county...

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/16/maine-voices-aroostook-county...

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on February 17, 2016 at 10:21am
When the contract for Oakfield went before the Massachusetts regulators, Dept of Public Utilities, the Ratepayer Division of then Attorney General brought in experts about the need and cost of new transmission or upgrades, and urged that the contracts not be approved until those costs were evaluated. First Wind, the utilities and Exec. branch of Patrick administration DOER all said that the AG's experts (which ratepayers pay for, by the way) were wrong and transmission is fine. Back then financial backing was Emera deal.
When Connecticut regulators were virtually forced to approve contract for EDP's No. Nine Mountain with their utilities (one of which is UIL now owned by Iberdrola), the regulators stated clearly that there was no transmission path to benefit the environment in Connecticut - the electrons would stay in Maine or go north, where Emera likely hopes to generate wind energy to send south through the conduit of the Maine Renewable Energy Interconnect.
Clearly, the big money is in transmission (and pipelines), and note that rather than a few jobs, this opinion promises 3500!! A much better promise than a fire truck for Oakfield.
A year ago, the Connecticut Attorney General was already raising the issue of energy poverty with real numbers about defaults on utility bills. Southern New England ratepayers are NOT willing to pay more for wind or solar from Maine or Canadian Maritimes--they just don't know.

I would welcome information about the regulatory process for these 51 projects.

The MREI is going to impact south of Aroostook and maybe that will help wake up the rest of Maine. How long has Northern Pass been debated? Heck, even Conservation Law Foundation is against it. Remember Audubon always says transmission lines kill way more birds than wind turbines do.
Comment by Penny Gray on February 17, 2016 at 8:06am

Monique, I don't see your comment on there.

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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