PPH - Wind power future in Maine is uncertain, experts say (Tux Turkel)

New land-based wind development in the region has slowed, challenged in part by uncertainty over transmission line connections and competition between state clean-energy mandates. The real action is happening offshore, where Northeast states are cutting deals for giant wind farms.

In Maine, specifically, new wind development has largely stalled, held back in part by political opposition and technical challenges.............................. In northern and eastern Maine, a lack of new transmission capacity is keeping potential projects from connecting to the regional electric grid and attracting new clean-power contracts in southern New England.

At the same time, LePage has ratcheted up his opposition to wind power. In January, LePage announced a ban on new wind farms in most of the state, citing potential negative impacts on tourism. He also set up an unidentified study commission to meet privately to make recommendations......................LePage’s term as governor ends this winter. Clean-energy advocates now are trying to assess how wind-friendly the four major candidates vying to replace him might be, to gauge the political landscape after November’s election.

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on June 27, 2018 at 7:54am

Wind power to grow nationally, but its future in Maine is uncertain, experts say


Comment by Eskutassis on June 26, 2018 at 3:27pm

The people of Maine have already given the final review of the crooked wind industry and its cronies. Scientifically wind is a loser and can not provide enough energy to make a difference. The laws of physics prove it, but there are few people backing wind that have anything other than third grade science to lean on. Wind is a very soft provider of power due the lack of density of the fuel. Gas, coal, nuclear and hydro provide a far more dense and continuous fuel for making electricity.
Besides, wind needs miles and miles of transmission lines which is the problem facing wind here in Maine right now. Maine is already producing more than 50% of its energy from "renewables", as Baldacci conveniently forgot to include our huge contribution from hydro power to the renewable list. The whole scheme was a plan to make a bunch of Baldacci's cronies very rich and stick the bill to the people of Maine. We don't need the power and since Mass does not want to help us with our need for Pennsylvania Gas, I say ***** them. If they want wind, have them build their own - - - - oh wait, they won't do that.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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