Maine wind industry propaganda masquerades as reporting in the Press Herald (Yet Again)

This "news reporting" is extremely biased, for example: (My comments are in bold)

Massachusetts has led the transition, ordering its utilities to purchase 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind by 2027, equal to 10 percent to 15 percent of the state’s annual electricity consumption. Mr. Turkel, do you not see fit to question the concept of the government ORDERING ratepayers to buy a particular product?

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has estimated that offshore wind could create up to 9,850 jobs over the next decade and generate $2.1 billion in spending.  How about telling us about the warped agenda being pushed by the Mass Clean Energy Center? How about discussing the accuracy of these estimates? How about examining the other side of the ledger, i.e., the economic harm from higher prices, lowered property values and lost tourism? How about the gargantuan transmission costs and subsidies swept under the carpet?

The developer, Deepwater Wind, had built a demonstration-scale project off Block Island in 2015. How about pointing out that Deepwater is a spinoff from First Wind, the company that left a wake of destruction, divided communities and false promises in Maine on its way to bankruptcy?

While the price of power from these projects is still being negotiated with utilities, developers and supporters say consumers will save money over time......This industry's lifeblood is "other people's money" and their main product the lie. It's great that Mr. Turkel attributes this bogus claim of projected savings to developers and supporters, but it's unacceptable that he does not offer any of the well known reasons this is an empty promise.

Experts point out that wind farms can’t reliably produce power all the time. Sorry, you don't need experts -- anyone can tell you that because everyone knows it's often not windy. But reporters should point out that related to this is the need for backup power to be burning fuel on standby at all times as well as the growing expense of capacity payments. Where is the reporting? This is supposed to be news reporting?

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/12/breeze-stirs-waters-south-of...

ALSO an editorial from the Press Herald today:

Our View: Maine regulators carry out LePage’s shortsighted energy agenda
The state needs a governor with the vision and patience to build an ocean wind industry.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/13/our-view-maine-regulators-ca...

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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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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