PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 211






Sen. David Woodsome, Senate Chair

Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair

PUBLIC HEARING: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 211

(L.D. 1699) Bill "An Act To Revise the Renewable Portfolio Standard Laws To Allow Certain Hydropower Facilities To Qualify as New Renewable Capacity Resources" (HP1179) (Presented by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery) (Cosponsored by Senator KEIM of Oxford) Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 203.

(L.D. 1729) Bill "An Act Regarding Compensation by Large Transmission and Distribution Utilities" (SP0628) (Presented by Senator KEIM of Oxford) (Cosponsored by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham) Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 203.

(L.D. 1732) Bill "An Act To Protect Maine Citizens from an Out-of-state Entity's Misleading Use of In-state Telephone Numbers" (SP0631) (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock) (Cosponsored by Representative VACHON of Scarborough, Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Senator WOODSOME of York, Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford, Representative COREY of Windham, Representative ORDWAY of Standish, Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor, Representative STETKIS of Canaan) Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 203.




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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 11, 2018 at 11:17am

The last bill, I believe is to prevent out of state telemarketers or foreign telemarketers from using Your phone number to enact their fraud as if they were one of your neighbors or living within your community communicating at times what seems to be important information in hopes to get people to respond. Some of these can cause you to incur charges if you respond to the call. 

I have contacted phone companies and our cable company who offer VOIP services, and they are aware of this fraudulent use of phone numbers, however, there are no current Maine laws to prohibit this activity.

If you receive these types of calls, do not respond, and if possible call the persons phone # and notify them that their number is being used, so they may lodge a complaint with their phone service provider. Though it will not provide satisfaction currently, the complaints will have been recorded. (hopefully)  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 10, 2018 at 1:56pm

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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 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?" 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.”

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