LePage Seeks to Remove Cap on Maine Hydropower

The cap was put in place several years ago to encourage renewable energy generation, and it exempts wind power. LePage says the cap prevents Maine from accessing cheaper power from Canada, and he's trying the get the Legislature to agree.

http://news.mpbn.net/post/lepage-seeks-remove-cap-maine-hydropower

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Wind power, energy security and CO2 - Are Mainers being swindled by the Wind Energy Act? Just follow the money.

by Paula Moore

http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/opinions/letters-to-the-editor/win...

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Taking a second look

Since former Governor John Baldacci successfully pushed the Maine Wind Energy Act through the Legislature in 2008, wind developers have enjoyed a special fast track status. Until now, the wind industry has garnered sufficient legislative and government administrative support to repel all attempts to restore the power of citizens to affect where the giant wind turbines are located.

http://www.mdislander.com/opinions/editorials/taking-a-second-look

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Orland selectmen caution planning board against revising wind ordinance

Describing Rankin’s communication as “uncalled for,” Johnson said, briefly raising his voice, “I don’t think he’s got a thing to say to this board except apologizing for disrespecting us the way you have. 

http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/more-headlines/orland-selectmen-ca...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 20, 2015 at 6:19pm

 Paula Moore is piecing it together, using the government's own data to prove how we in Maine are being taken once again. We are quickly becoming a Plantation State. No Vacationland for Mainers, and soon to become an undesirable destination for others. Another drain on our economy by killing tourism for anyplace that is not coastal Maine. Soon that will be undesirable too if Offshore wind is not in excess of 8-14 miles out.

Green Energy, itself is a scam. Energy is Energy is Energy..... It is not free. It is only a matter of "when" the CO² gets released or what other types of toxins or pollutants are created in these new technologies. Most importantly on the commercial scale, how much land can be taken from the forests or farmers, of corporate control so long as we allow them.   

Comment by alice mckay barnett on March 20, 2015 at 4:51pm

the Governor sends Patrick Woodcock into EUT committee with one message.   Lower Electricity costs to Mainers.   bravo governor

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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