Please see Mr. Diamon's piece here:
In addition to disclosure, it would be nice to see some hard edged reporting.
For example, the MPBN article used the wholly deceptive and tired wind industry claim that "...the project would generate 186 megawatts of electrcity - enough to power as many as 87,000 homes."
Wouldn't it be nice if this was instead written something like:
"...according to First Wind the project would generate 186 megawatts of electricity. However, it is standard operating procedure for the wind industry to make grossly exaggerated claims as to the benefits it produces and in reality, the project, like most Maine wind projects, would more likely produce only about 25% of that amount. The company also stated that this would be enough to power as many as 87,000 homes. However, due to the aforementioned 25% of capacity production, such a figure is likely overstated by a factor of four. And critics of wind power point out that due to the constantly fluctuating level of the wind accompanied by the fact that the power grid is incapable of storing electricity, not a single home can depend on wind for its power needs."
Will we ever see hard edged reporting on this issue by MPBN when $25,000 (or more) of their revenues derive from First Wind in addition to the fact that the renewable energy happy federal government provides 15% of their funding with grants and other funding? Would MPBN do a story on how the Energy & Utilities Committee failed to read and/or act upon the taxpayer-funded report from Maine's Office of Energy Independence and Security which suggested significant changes to the state's 2008 Expedited Wind Law which is central to many of the problems caused by the expansion of wind power in Maine? Would MPBN ever address the issue that the ratepayer-funded $1.4 billion CMP upgrade was essential to Maine wind power expansion and that Kurt Adams, the PUC chair in place as the PUC considered the project jumped from the PUC to become First Wind's director of transmision? Would MPBN ever cover the fact that the prior EUT Committee that strangled a dozen citizen sponsored wind bills had three of its 12 members working for or otherwise benefiting financially from the wind industry?
There are so many serious things wrong with wind power in this state. The list is very long. Yet we never see MPBN move beyond the game of softball when it comes to their news coverage. They have the word "public" in their name, but are they truly serving the public? On the issue of wind power, the answer is resoundingly no.