Here they go again. Just when you thought Big Wind had thrown in the towel (in Maine).
Just when you thought they can no longer compete.
Just when everybody and his uncle is making more sensible energy decisions.
Big Wind is Back in Maine.
Despite their insidious lobbying efforts, Big Wind's PTC got left out of the Covid-19 stimulus package. Electricity prices are at historic lows. New England States have been choosing nuclear, big hydro, and offshore wind to meet their clean energy mandates. There's a glut of electricity generation collecting capacity payments instead of generating electricity. But the last legislature extended the Renewable Portfolio mandate, essentially ordering the PUC to sign contracts that force us ratepayers to buy unnessecarry, unaffordable, unsustainable electricity so that Maine can stop climate change.
Maine's electricity is among the cleanest in the nation. It is a grain of sand on the beach of climate change. Heating and transportation emit 90% of Maine's CO2, while electricity emits 8%. Maine's ENTIRE electricity sector emits just over 1 million metric tons into a global atmosphere that gets 36,000 million metric tons of CO2. That means Maine owns a 4/10,000ths of one percent share, so Maine is under intense pressure to save the world, right?
Now comes Number Nine Wind "Farm." Looking for special treatment (surprised?).
All the Aroostook countryside north of Baxter Park -- from Route 1 westward through the Allagash and the St. John valley to the Canadian border at Daquaam -- it's all being targeted by Big Wind. Again.
Number Nine is a 600 to 800 megawatt project that would essentially blow away Aroostook County. it's between 10 and 20 Mars Hills. Number Nine has languished in failure for several years for two reasons:
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