Three things to think about when looking at Massachusetts and wind power:
1. It is policies in southern New England that are causing wind projects to be built in Maine. These policies mandate that wind electricity be purchased. The average citizen in southern New England has very little awareness how wind power is adversely impacting their electricity bills or northern New Englanders. It is not the average citizen in southern New England that is "demanding" wind power, but rather their state legislatures. The state legislatures vote in these mandates largely due to influence from the wind lobby, political correctness, directives from their party leadership, kleptocracy and media which do not properly inform their audiences.
The citizens of Maine need to directly communicate to the citizens of Mass and Ct. just how much harm their states' mandates are causing Mainers.
2. When the actual citizens of Mass were asked to pay extra for wind power, they refused to.
"Some programs have not been as popular as expected, May added. NStar Green, the program under which consumers can pay a premium to ensure some of their electricity is generated by wind, has attracted only 8,000 NStar customers - less than 1 percent of the company’s 1.1 million electricity consumers, he said. “We were a little disappointed that it was not greater,’’ May said. “Being the greenest state in the land of the free, we have a more educated audience, we have a more concerned, socially conscious audience. So we thought we would do better.’’ --- NStar CEO Thomas May
3. First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor is Mass Gov. Deval Patrick's "green policy advisor".
But Paul Copleman — a spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, which owns Hoosac — says the Spanish company has no plans to build more wind farms in Massachusetts, even though under state law utilities are required to buy an increasing share of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind.
......“The idea looked perfect,” said Brian Allen, general manager of Princeton’s Municipal Light Department. “We had a perfect location. We had plenty of wind. This should be a no-brainer.”
Instead, it was a major headache. First, the price of electricity generated from natural gas plummeted, so Princeton couldn’t find buyers for its more expensive wind energy. Then one of the turbine gearboxes suffered a catastrophic $800,000 failure. The town sued, but the company that built them went bankrupt.
Today Princeton has the second-highest electricity rates in the state.