PPH - Portland councilors want city to use 100% clean energy by 2040

Thibodeau will formally announce the goal Thursday at a 1 p.m. news conference at City Hall, where he will be joined by councilors Belinda Ray and Jill Duson, Mayor Ethan Strimling and Glen Brand, the state director of the Sierra Club.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/20/portland-councilors-want-city...

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Comment by Penny Gray on April 21, 2017 at 7:21am

That's the real answer, Sherwin, but the Portlanders don't want to mar their city skyline with industrial turbines and blinking lights.  They voted in a protective ordinance to ban the turbines, so that rural Maine would be forced to live with them.  Coastal residents are being promised ten mile set-backs.  Rural residents have to live underneath them.  Discrimination?

Comment by Sherwin A. Start on April 20, 2017 at 11:48pm

WEll heres the Answer- PUT 4  of those  BIG  Wind Turbines  on MUNJOY HILL !!

Put a Dozen  in CASCO Bay   and Locate  a dozen or so through-out the city - and U might GET Enough  Power to  supply  the PREBILE Street Shelter !! Or you can in addition put  solar  collection panel of EVERY Building in the City !! The sierra Club then can pick up the MILLONS of  DEAD  BIRDs that the Wind Generators will  kill...PLANT trees along ALL SIDEWALKS ???

  

Comment by Penny Gray on April 20, 2017 at 5:04pm

I know some Amish people who would be happy to mentor Portlanders in how to live green.  Cleaning up the horse manure in the streets would employ a lot of people and provide plenty of fertilizer for agricultural use.  If we carpeted Maine with wind turbines the energy produced wouldn't power all the elevators in NYC.  Not sure how they're going to pull this goal off unless they embrace SMRs or import hydro from Canada.  I like Dan's idea except for the fact that Maine's forests are being scalped.

Comment by Dan McKay on April 20, 2017 at 3:28pm

How about adopting this plan which will kill two birds with one stone. Biomass, a state designated class I renewable resource has the capability of producing electricity and building/water heating simultaneously. An array of -plants sited along the perimeter of the city would be so green and so much of a jobs program for Maine Woodsmen, Portland would earn the blue or green ribbon of environmentalists' envy.  Let's get on board, Sierra Clubbers.

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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