I recently received solicitation from Smart Energy Inc. for a six month trial using so-called renewable energy for my electricity supply. In exchange for my gullibility, ignorance and naivete, I would receive a $200 dollar visa gift card. Still being able to do sixth grade math from the great education I received at B. E Moore school in Ellsworth some 64 years ago I dug. out sixth months of CMP bills.
Usage-CMP supply only 3373 KWH X.1181 =$398.35
Smart Energy supply offer 3373 KWH X.249 = $839.98
Smart Energy Visa gift card bribe $(200.00)
My additional cost to use energy supplied by wind and solar $241.53
In exchange for the destruction of Maine's mountaintops, ridges and vistas for industrial wind and the waste of precious farmland for solar farms, we get to reward the same investors who developed Record Hill Wind (former Governor Angus King) Kibby Mountain Wind (Trans Canada Corp et al),and Bingham wind (Onward Energy). Moving on to solar farms, we have 490 acres of farmland destroyed in Farmington, (Nextera) with 300,000 panels, then renewable blueberry land in Hancock destroyed and owned by BNRG of Dublin, Ireland.
There is nothing renewable about wind turbines and solar panels. They are not recyclable and will require new landfills after they have filled the pockets of their investors while the same time fleecing the public with subsidies,accelartated deprecation and investment tax credits.
Lastly , we had a minority of voters turn out last November to halt CMP's NECEC hydroelectric corridor from Hydro-Quebec which would have supplied electricity at between five and seven cents per Kilowatt hour (KWH)
This Smart Energy scam along with the continuing fiasco in our University of Maine System should make Maine voters finally wake up and say enough of this!!