Eight Republican Reps: "Running water is not a renewable"

The following eight Republicans went against their party's leader, Governor LePage and agreed with the wind industry that running water is not renewable. By effectively banning large inexpensive Canadian hydro power as a renewable, they have granted yet one more subsidy in kind to the parasitic wind industry that is harming Maine and Mainers. 

BURNS of Whiting
CROCKETT of Bethel
KNAPP of Gorham
STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland
TILTON of Harrington
WILLETTE of Mapleton
Please contact them and ask them why they are voting against ratepayers.
P.S. - It should be noted that 100% of Democrat votes also agreed that running water is not a renewable. (Emphasis added on 4/19/12 after Representative Dunphy's comment).

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on April 28, 2012 at 6:10pm

John Patrick I did not believe it was the best option that we had. The majority report would of allowed everyone to be part of the energy mix.

Alice Mckay Barnett ok?     Hydro Quebec can supply southern New England.   We do not have enough mountains for Wind Turbines to satiate Boston.    Hydro is Green.   Should satisfy RPS.     What is a good option???
I am such a mess......amb

Comment by alice mckay barnett on April 28, 2012 at 6:08pm

Why did you not support the Governor's initiative to lift the ban on hydro in LD 1863? 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on April 28, 2012 at 6:06pm

Why did you not support the Governor's initiative to lift the ban on hydro in LD 1863? 

Comment by freemont tibbetts on April 21, 2012 at 4:35pm

    Thanks Larry,   I surmised one was in Stratton. 

Comment by Larry Dunphy on April 21, 2012 at 11:25am

One of the plants is in Stratton ... one is in Bucksport, a couple are up north ... and a couple are down.


Comment by freemont tibbetts on April 21, 2012 at 11:20am

   Larry, would you mind telling the name of the towns that the 2 Biomass place are at.                      Thank You.       Freemont.

Comment by larry sherman on April 21, 2012 at 9:38am

Thank you Congressman Dunphy for writing in and willing to hear our thoughts on the wasteful government spending on the wind industry.

I think its time for the wind industry to be self-sustaining and no longer reliant on massive government (i.e. tax-payer) bailouts like the Production Tax Credits.  They've been getting billions of dollars in governmnet hand-outs and have been saying all they need "is a little more time and subsidies" to be competitive with other energy resources (renewable and non-renewable). Well, they've been getting massive subsidies for over 20 years and they say they still need government hand-outs to be competitive.  Enough is enough.  They were uncompetitive when gas was $1 per gallon and they are just as uncompetitive now that gas is $4 per gallon.  Something stinks about all this - and that smell is the smell of corruption.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on April 21, 2012 at 8:49am

Jon Hinck, Alex Cornell du Houx and Stacey Fitts - 25% of the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.

The following is the definition of Conflict of Interest from the Maine Government website:

"The Legislative Ethics Law lists several situations involving a conflict of interest. These include situations in which a Legislator or a member of the Legislator’s immediate family has a unique and distinct interest in legislation, or accepts or engages in employment that could impair the Legislator’s judgment. In some cases, a conflict can exist if the employer or client of a Legislator — or another person or organization in close economic association with the Legislator — has a direct financial interest in legislation."

Jon Hinck is married to Juliet Browne who is a lawyer and partner at Verill Dana whose main practice deals with the defense of wind power companies .She has been extremely busy in the past few years representing wind developers on the local level, before Maine DEP ,and LURC and defending the companies in numerous appeals and lawsuits . She has represented First Wind, TransCanada and Independence Wind and is quite possibly the wind industry’s leading attorney in Maine.

Alex Cornell du Houx, an avid supporter of wind power, is the outreach coordinator of the Truman National Security Project. This organization states a deep philosophical belief that climate change is a national security threat. On that subject one of their position papers includes the following statement concerning the threat of climate change to our country’s national security, "Even if you do not have complete information, you still need to take action! Waiting for 100% certainty during a crisis can be disastrous." That sounds awfully like, “Shoot first then ask questions “. A sister organization of the Truman National Security Project is Operation Free, where Mr. Du Houx serves as Campaign Director. Operation Free lists as its first core motivational principal “get America running on clean energy”. In fact, the organization’s logo prominently features industrial wind turbines.

Stacey Fitts, co-chair of the Joint Standing Committee on
Energy, Utilities and Technology, works for Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, licensing, environmental service firm offering specialized technical services to the renewable industry. Kleinschmidt’s wind focus is primarily off -shore wind power, but the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee makes decisions on offshore wind and decisions made for offshore wind will benefit onshore, such as anything that helps along large transmission projects. Co-Chair Fitts was quoted in the February 7, 2011 Sun-Journal as saying "Everyone wants to find the conflict, the snake in the grass. But every legislator in the building is conflicted if you were to take that same standard and apply it to everyone else. It’s the nature of being part-time legislators."

But what happens when the legislator’s employer actively approves of its employee’s work as a legislator and perhaps encourages such legislative endeavors to exceed simple part-time work? As can be seen above, Kleinschmidt’s website brazenly boasts, “we have been very active in the development of state regulations in Maine where one of Kleinschmidt’s engineers is a member of the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on April 21, 2012 at 8:30am

I think many people may have thought supporting green was good but was there much of it before the wind criminals got into the State? I did not really become aware of anything until then and until the Wind Task Force started informing me- The FEDs throw around the word green with no real energy policy it looks like to me..and the general public likely have no real understanding of all this or how they can influence it I would think..which is of course unfortunate. Without the wind task force and others telling me who to write in the legislation etc I would be lost and our fight in Oakfield still seems to be not listened to by those who could change it.,.DEP, BEP and the government...actually they have that darned expedited wind law which is so subjective when it comes to scenic but I still think these organizations are NOT protecting the environment and we are back to the corruption thing again.

Comment by Larry Dunphy on April 21, 2012 at 8:17am

I believe the biomass issue is a straw man ...  One of the plants who indicated they would be put out of business had not even applied for the class 1 RECs... but will be doing so NOW... another has a 5 year contract with a MIN. price guarantee , and an option for another 5...  This is the same group who wanted 2 cents given to them ( Rep. fitts bill) in addition to the RECs .... but didn't want the amended version ( Sen. Thibodeau).  The 3 % class 1 RPS requirement cost Maine rate payers $8.6 MILLION in 2010,  with Residential customers payiny $3.3 Million. The projected cost to comply with a 10% Class 1 RPS could be $39.6 MILLION per year at a $33.00/MWh price ( per LEI Report) The report goes on to state that if 625 MW of wind were constructed in Maine .. the annual savings to Maine rate payers from reduced electricity prices would be $4.5Million, but rate payers would pay $39.6 Million in higher costs to comply with the RPS mandates. ( net higher cost of $35.1 Million/yr.) Interesting report .  Did any of those posting here support the RPS and " GREEN ENERGY" PROGRAMS PRIOR TO THE WIND PROJECTS??   From what I can find, this hasn't been "green" since it started, but has been a great way to pick the pockets from day one ... NOT just wind projects!! I would be interested in your thoughts!!


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."



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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 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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