BDN Plays Down The Effect of Maine's Expedited Wind Law

The BDN writes that in SOME cases Baldacci's expedited wind law has boosted wind generation. The fact is that this law has had a tremendous effect on the proliferation of wind factories in Maine. Although the article attempts to be wide in scope, explaining the Governor's work on energy, it ignores many, many factors. For example, every citizen initiated attempt to protect Mainers from wind proliferation was stonewalled by a wind industry controlled EUT Committee majority and it's also a documented fact that then Senate leader Justin Alfond relied on the state's top wind industry lawyer to write his bills. Or how about how the Maine Power Reliability Project ("CMP Upgrade" or MPRP) was a ratepayer funded gift to the Maine wind industry, without which they would have not been able to move their electrons to southern New England. Having been told the lie that this $1.4 billion project was needed to replace aging lines, ratepayers unwittingly bought the already heavily subsidized wind companies a free shipping system for their product. Why is there no reference to the coming wave of Massachusetts wind and transmission applications that are right around the corner and will have extraordinary impact on Maine's "quality of place" like we have never seen? What about the likelihood that some of the possible future transmission lines which are being touted for their ability to bring in Canadian hydro may well be trojan horses which will actually enable dramatic wind power proliferation?

BDN: LePage can’t lower energy prices by himself, but that won’t stop him from trying

It’s not the only time outside forces have trumped LePage’s wishes. For example, wind power tax credits and renewable standards in other states boosted wind generation dramatically during his time in office. In some cases, expedited permitting passed during Gov. John Baldacci’s term made that easier.

For most residential customers in Maine, the cost of delivering electricity outstrips the cost of electricity itself. Massive system upgrades have contributed to that and could pile more on in coming years...........“One of the governor’s primary frustrations has been the other Northeast states’ roadblocks to moving these pipelines forward,” Monroe wrote................

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/06/news/lepage-cant-lower-energy...

PPH - LePage picks oil industry veteran for energy czar

The past chief financial officer of Downeast Energy Corp., replaces Patrick Woodcock.

Steven McGrath of Cape Elizabeth, a former executive in Maine’s oil industry, has been chosen by Gov. Paul LePage to head the Governor’s Energy Office.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/05/lepage-appoints-new-energy-czar/

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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

 

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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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