Again, the newspaper shills for wind development, ignoring common sense and the people of Maine.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission usually sets prices for electricity, natural gas, telecommunications and water systems. It’s not every day that it also regulates the state’s credibility.
But that’s what will be happening when the PUC reconsiders a power purchase agreement it signed in 2013 with Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private partnership involving the University of Maine that is trying to develop the nation’s first deep-water wind power generator.
The three PUC commissioners, all appointed by Gov. LePage since the power purchase agreement was signed, question whether Maine ratepayers should have to pay higher-than-market prices for electricity that’s produced by the demonstration project, and they’ve hinted that they could pull Maine out of the contract.
They say they would be looking out for Maine consumers, who could save as much as 73 cents a month on their electric bills. But those savings would come at a tremendous cost......................................