CLEAN ENERGY MADE HERE is First Wind's slogan

CLEAN ENERGY MADE HERE is First Wind's slogan.

But, what about:

1. The Spinning Reserve that each and every industrial wind complex requires? This is the backup electrical generation that must always be maintained in a state of "Hot Standby" for those frequent times that the wind stops blowing. In such standby mode, the backup plants, typically fossil fuel-fired are just staying hot, but are below a boil, so they are not producing any electricity. But they are consuming lots of fossil fuel to stay in this state of readiness. And this also happens to be an extremely inefficient way to operate the backup plants meaning PARTICULARLY HIGH LEVELS OF POLLUTION RESULT. Again, while producing ZERO electricity. That is hardly clean energy.

2. Industrial wind complexes consume a tremendous amount of electricity from the outside grid just to operate and this electricity typically comes from fossil fuel here in Maine. To read about what elements of industrial wind complexes require outside grid electricity, please click on the following link:
http://www.aweo.org/windconsumption.html

3. What about the fact that there is a finite supply of government subsidy money (OUR TAX DOLLARS) and the incessant flow of such gifts to industrial wind companies means that other programs such as weatherization don't receive those funds. Weatherization is clearly the low hanging fruit here in Maine as far as saving energy goes and as far as reducing emissions goes. Maine has the oldest housing stock in the nation and weatherization could produce an instant and permanent 40% reduction in fuel expenditures. 40%. Say it again 40%. Low hanging fruit. 40% Governor - is there something about that which is not clear to you? What if the $114 million stimulus GIFT given to First Wind were used to hire Joe the Weatherizer instead?

4. Geez, made here huh? Then why were the turbine blades for Rollins Mountain in Lincoln shipped from Santos, Brazil? You know folks, when the Stimulus was approved, it was to create jobs. But the jobs were supposed to be here in the USA, not Brazil. Or not in China as Senator Charles Schumer of NY points out:

"“I’m all for investing in clean energy, but we should be investing in the United States, not China,” Schumer said. “The goal of the stimulus was to spur job creation here, not overseas."

http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/record.cfm?id=319695

By the way Senator, please read points # 1, 2 and 3 above.

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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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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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