MUST READ: Behind LePage’s energy policy lurks a foe of solar and wind

LaBrecque’s relationship with the governor is frustrating for renewable-power advocates. LaBrecque has the freedom to promote what they see as an extreme, anti-solar and anti-wind agenda in the name of the governor.......LaBrecque said he’s likely to start a paid, part-time position later this year to formally represent the governor in pushing his energy agenda. He said it would be separate from the Governor’s Energy Office, which is functioning with an acting director since Patrick Woodcock left last fall........

But if LaBrecque’s influence continues as it has over the past six years, expect LePage to dig in against wind and solar, and launch a new push to bring Canadian hydro power into Maine.

“There’s nothing else on the horizon that will be more cost-effective to get us off oil than hydro power from Quebec running heat pumps,” LaBrecque said.

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http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/19/behind-lepages-energy-policy-...

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on February 20, 2017 at 2:23pm

Really? The goal of the UMaine study is to evaluate the platform, not the generation?? That hasn't been my take on past news releases, maybe I needed to read more closely. Devise one damned nice platform for an unevaluated purpose??

Comment by Paula D Kelso on February 20, 2017 at 2:03pm

Critics say this concept ignores several realities. They include the fact that Hydro Quebec exports power at market rates, not the discount given by law to provincial customers; that transmission lines are costly to build and face public opposition; and that it would ship billions of dollars out of the state’s economy that could instead support local power generation.

Huh? Support local power generation? You mean industrial wind turbines owned by foreign marketeers who snarf up tax and rate payer subsidies and tax credits and sell their meager, over

priced generation to out of Maine electric companies? I'd druther support Quebec hydro than Spain, Austrian, and who knows who else, wind scammers.

Comment by Eskutassis on February 19, 2017 at 10:42am

I read the comments section for this article and found it to be OVERWHELMINGLY in favor of the policies Jim LaBrecque is espousing.  It gives me a world of hope that we are finally turning the corner on the whole "Climate Change" settled science argument.  Industrial Wind and Solar will never provide enough reliable power for the grid even if we built 100,000 of them covering every acre of possible land for free.  Physics makes it impossible.  Heat pumps can be an alternative if we have adequate power from Canadian Hydro, and LePage's proposal to extend Natural Gas pipelines into Maine would be another positive source to get oil fired burners converted to gas.  Both would provide older, poorer Mainers with reliable heat in the winter.  Cars and trucks are going to always be part of our environment with the long distances and remote places we have in Maine, and solar can be useful for off the grid locations like remote camps, but the should not be subsidized.  Pay for it yourself.  I did.

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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