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................
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.