Virginia Allen / @Virginia_Allen5 / June 29, 2023
New England fishermen are facing growing regulations—from the amount of fish they are allowed to catch to large sections of ocean they can no longer work because of “offshore wind development.”
“The New England fishermen are the most regulated fishermen in the world,” Jerry Leeman says. Leeman has been fishing in Maine his entire life. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all fishermen.
The National Oceanic…Continue
June 26, 2023
The bill originated from the governor's office but was amended on the Senate floor this month to include a requirement that future projects include bargaining argreements, something she opposes.
BY ERIC RUSSELL STAFF WRITER
Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed her first bill of the 131st…Continue
BY KAY NEUFELD
U.S. Rep. Jared Golden has introduced a bill that would bar commercial offshore wind energy development in a key fishing area along the coast of Maine.
The bill would prevent the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from potentially hurting the fishing and lobstering industries in Maine, said Golden, D-2nd District. The legislation would ban wind energy development in Lobster Management Area 1, which is the…Continue
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by Billy Kobin
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Democratic-led Maine House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to pare back Maine’s generous solar incentives amid increasing utility rates, an issue that has pitted the solar industry against the state’s public advocate.
The bill from Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-Eliot, won House approval in a tight 69-65 vote after also passing the Senate in a mostly party-line vote…Continue
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Longroad continues to take taxpayers and ratepayers for a long ride. See the old First Wind crony capitalists here: https://www.longroadenergy.com/about-us/team/
If wind projects are the crime, the extraordinarily high price tag transmission is the getaway car.
The construction of a high-voltage transmission line connecting northern Maine to ISO-New England got…Continue
Maine regulators approved another big hike to electricity bills Tuesday for customers of the state’s major utilities, driven by solar subsidies that have been criticized by the state’s ratepayer advocate in recent weeks.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission said the $135.7 million in new increases it approved from July 1 through mid-2024 cover so-called stranded…
......lawmakers are considering legislation that furthers the development of not just wind energy generation, but also perhaps, growing an industry to build the components and technology used for that generation, including port facilities.
Rather than leave decisions about the siting and growth of the industry to private companies or the federal government, this legislation would give the state more control over the location and growth of the…Continue
Maine Public | By Kevin Miller
Published June 9, 2023 at 6:44 AM EDT
A proposed transmission line connecting Aroostook County to the New England power grid has passed another hurdle at the State House.
The Maine Senate voted 24-9 on Thursday to give preliminary approval to a bill authorizing construction of a 1,200-megawatt transmission line. The $2 billion project would carry electricity from a…
So the Maine legislators who worry about new dams needing to be built - let me guess, they don't worry about new wind projects I'll bet. Follow the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Some New England lawmakers, including in Maine, are questioning the wisdom of plans to construct new transmission lines across their states, despite Hydro-Québec's insistence it can still meet its energy obligations.
BY SUSAN HAIGH AND WILSON RING ASSOCIATED…Continue
Maine Public | By Murray Carpenter
Published June 8, 2023 at 2:38 PM EDT
A legislative committee on Wednesday approved a bill to boost offshore wind power.
The measure sets a goal for the Public Utilities Commission to contract for 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy installed by 2040.
It has the support of a coalition of environmental groups. Eliza Donoghue, of Maine Audubon, says the threats posed by climate change are far greater than those posed by wind…Continue