See attached list of wind projects (Many in Maine) - Ct. Mandate Aims to Ruin Maine

Please see the attached document (PDF and Word copies) listing listing responding wind projects.

Connecticut%20DEEP%20Renewable%20Procurement.doc

CT%20Mandate%20Aims%20to%20Ruin%20ME%20Mountains.pdf

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Recent changes to Connecticut's Renewable Portfolio Mandate Law now require that 4% of CT's electricity load be met with long-term power purchase agreements for Class I renewables (read: wind projects which would mostly be built in ME, with some in NH & VT.

 

CT issued an RFP for 175 megawatts (MW) almost immediately after the bill became law on July 8. The responses were posted on the State's DEEP website Aug 5th.  Below is a list of projects seeking to fill the mandate.  This is significant to Maine (RED) because possession of a power purchasing contract is helpful to the applicant in the permitting process and helpful in their securing equity investment.  On July 19, when temperatures were reaching 100, the ISO-NE load was nearly 28,000 MW. Despite strong breezes, our $1.5B “investment” in wind power was able to contribute less than one percent of the grid’s power that day. Given recent wind news about curtailment, transmission constraints, socialized costs, as well as revelations about overall low benefit and high impact, Maine needs to object to what is tantamount to southern New England colonizing the Pine Tree State as an electricity plantation, thereby destroying Maine’s brand.

  Demand Protection. Contact Maine’s Public Advocate today by clicking here. Also CC the Maine Energy Director and the DEP.

Public Advocate:  tim.schneider@maine.gov    Energy Director:  patrick.c.woodcock@maine.gov      DEP:  patricia.aho@maine.gov

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Comment by Long Islander on August 9, 2013 at 10:13pm

I suspect that when we hear "Connecticut wants wind", it's not the people but rather the heavily lobbied legislature. If the media serves the people of Ct. as bad as the media does up here, the people are not likely even aware of this 4% law. Maybe the people of Maine need to take out an ad in the Hartford Courant - an open letter to the people of Ct. People to people. I think some would be empathetic and some would be hearing about their electric bill futures saying WTF.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on August 9, 2013 at 9:20pm

Major impact for Maine. If Conn. wants wind they should put the sprawl in their own state ...or back yards. 

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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