In 2010 NRCM's Dylan Voorhees suggested that by 2012 it would be possible that wind power could be supplying 20% of New England's electricity needs. Don't take our word for it. Simply scroll to the 24 minutes and 45 second mark at the following link. http://video.mainepublic.org/video/1652940404/

It's now roughly eight years later and wind power accounts for only 3.2% of New England's electricity.

2018 is the ten year anniversary of Maine's expedited wind law. It's time for NRCM to take a look back and rethink their position on this law which was written by the wind industry for the wind industry.

Much has changed over this period. Not the least of what's happened is many Mainers have been hurt badly by wind and many other Mainers are increasingly aware that industrial wind in Maine simply has not delivered on its promises. Also, the push for renewables over reliables has resulted in Massachusetts blocking badly needed natural gas pipelines to Maine. Large hydroelectricity has also been blocked.

Economically speaking, the poorer one is, the more the resulting high electricity rates have hurt you. While I'm sure this was not intended, it's what happens when less expensive electricity is thwarted by teams of attorneys and others from Boston, Portland and even more far flung places that care not for Maine.

Here is a table showing wind at only 3.2% of New England's electricity:

Detailed Excel here:

2017_daygenbyfuel_PRE_EMOF%20POST.xlsx

As noted on Guidestar, the Natural Resources Council of Maine seeks to protect the nature of Maine, now and for future generations, by harnessing the power of science, the law, and the voices of people who value Maine's environment. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/01-0270690 ;

Please listen to the growing chorus of voices coming from the people of Maine who value Maine's environment and are asking you to do a rethink about wind power in Maine. Many of us, particularly the poorest among us, have been badly hurt by your advocacy of industrial wind power in our state. 

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 14, 2018 at 7:57pm
Comment by Long Islander on February 14, 2018 at 1:38pm

Does NRCM pay property tax on their headquarters building they presumably own at 3 Wade Street in Augusta? I'd guess many on their staff, particularly management make a lot more money than the poor Mainer who is getting hurt with electricity bills that are unnecessarily high because of efforts to block new natural gas pipelines for Maine. Why are non-profits often exempted from paying the property tax that the poor must pay when they can afford to handsomely reward themselves and sometimes even have headquarters that are above average in grade? 

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 14, 2018 at 1:08pm

I confess I used to contribute money to NRCM. Ain't happening again anytime soon.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 14, 2018 at 1:01pm

Obviously, with the benefit of time, the haste to be a significant part of a movement has led to unintended consequences.

Electric bills are a household misery, scenic areas have been degraded, the regional electric network is in a state of anxiety as base-load generation plants facing severe market pressures from subsidized and intermittent resources retire prematurely.

NRCM has very intelligent people in their group and have come up with valuable ideas to combat pollution hurting Maine's health and special quality of place. But, Wind isn't one of them. With that, I confess I once, too, was endeared with the thought wind power was a magnificent and achievable human endeavor.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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