MaineBiz - Need for clean energy spurs wind farm development — and opposition

The word "need" in the title is bogus. What it really should say is government mandates. Just as the wind industry has "gotten to" key legislators in Maine to put in the fix, they have done the same with key legislators in southern New England with regard to mandating ratepayers buy wind.

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O'Neil counters: "Utilities are thrilled to build new transmission and get their guaranteed 12% return on equity. When you add it all up, building wind is essentially an extravagant waste of money, so ruining the hills and mountains isn't worth it."

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Comment by Eskutassis on April 20, 2016 at 7:12pm

If your blood pressure is really low, just remember this quote and use it on the "warmers" that say we "need" renewable energy.

"The former co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015, Ottmar Edenhofer let slip that, “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole. We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy.”"

That should get you to the point where your heart will explode.

 

Comment by Penny Gray on April 20, 2016 at 8:09am

"Clean Energy" is also an assumption based on greenwashing.  This entire agenda of greed has morphed into a religion.  Heretics will be burned at the stake.

Comment by Paul Ackerman on April 19, 2016 at 9:29pm

In a conversation this evening with an acquaintance,the subject of how much bullying goes on by the proponents of "Green Energy",the nature of their criticism of people who oppose their dogma is outright hostility. This sort of article reflects the larger push to indoctrinate the public thru incessant propaganda pushing the "need" for such bogus programs,as if to question them is outright heresy.

I'd like to see a list of the subsidies paid out to the various big proponents of wind and solar in Maine.I'll bet they are far from grass roots supporters.

Comment by Barbara Durkin on April 19, 2016 at 2:41pm

Developers and investors "Need" is for public subsidies, tax credits, loan guarantees, and other free stuff.   

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

 

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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