And this all started when the RPS law designed by Angus King passed in 1999 !!!

Angus King , a man with a vision , passed the first RPS law in the nation in 1999 !!!

Maine was the greenest state in N.E. 

The law was improved  in 2012 , then gave birth to the Expedited law in  February 2008 , just 6 months before, King had started Record HiLL Wind LLC and put on his " the sky is falling , Maine will collapse  by 2020 if we do not jump on the Renewable wagon " dog and pony show on the road and in the media and academic circles " .....gas prices yesterday in South Burlington $2.19 a gallon.

Folks , this history review we are doing on the site should enrage you , nothing comes out of a vacuum, the destruction of Maine with industrial turbines has a clear history , well known actors and perpetrators and a grand design coming from very high in the circles of politics and finances of this Country.

Your Legislature and Law Court Justices  KNOWS this  as well a we do , call them upon it , write to your PUC commissioners who have no connection with the two administrations ( King and Baldacci ) responsible of this scam.

Support Dan Remien and Saving Maine in their efforts to stop this scourge ( see email contact on home page ) , you can still save Maine  

RELEASE: “RENEWABLE ENERGY” LAW FORCES HIGHER ELECTRICITY RATES, JOB LOSSES

By Maine Heritage Policy Center
September 27, 2012

“Renewable energy” mandate will raise electricity prices by $145 million, cost Maine 1,000 jobs

RPS law burdens households, harms Maine’s economy 

Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation, which requires that some of the state’s electricity must be generated by expensive “renewable” sources, will increase the cost of electricity by $145 million within five years and will cost the state nearly 1,000 jobs.

According to the new study, “The Economic Impact of Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard,” the state’s electricity prices will surge eight percent by 2017, thanks to the RPS law.

That means homeowners will pay $85 more a year for electricity—and businesses will pay over $600 more a year—because proponents of “green energy” have mandated that a certain percentage of Maine’s electricity must come from wind power, solar and other “green” energy sources.

Hydropower is a clean, abundant, reliable and affordable form of “green” energy that is readily available to Maine. Using more hydropower could easily reduce electricity costs to consumers and businesses. But it is excluded as a source of “renewable energy” from RPS.

Owners of industrial businesses are hit the hardest by RPS, according to the study. Maine’s largest employers will see electricity costs increase by a staggering $14,350 per year because of the burdensome RPS law

 

http://mainepolicy.org/release-renewable-energy-law-forces-higher-e...

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Comment by Donald Moore on October 26, 2015 at 5:46am
The Citizens Initiative will not succeed unless anti wind folks step forward and gatherers signatures. Volunteers will not be able to get 60,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.
Comment by Barbara Durkin on October 25, 2015 at 9:55pm

Interesting...Thanks, Monique!

What's the relationship between Angus King and Patrick Wood III?

During March of 2010, First Wind named Director Patrick Wood III. 

Wood was Chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission in 1999 when RPS was enacted in Texas. Then Gov George W. Bush of Texas named Wood to serve on the Texas PUC based upon Enron veteran Ken Lay's suggestion.   

DAVID HURLBUT*
A Look Behind the Texas Renewable
Portfolio Standard: A Case Study
ABSTRACT
A renewable portfolio standard (RPS - a statutory
requirement to achieve a renewable energy goal by a certain date- is
the tool of choice for many state policy makers concerned about
climate change and the role played by electric generation. Texas
enacted its RPS in 1999; since that time, it has added the most
renewable capacity of any state and has rapidly outpaced its
statutory goals. [continue reading by link above]

http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/staff/david_hurlbut.html

(2001 to 2005) Patrick Wood III was Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as Ken Lay's pick to then President George W. Bush.

The Foundation For Taxpayer & Consumer Rights (FTCR)

http://cwd.grassroots.com/energy/fs/?postId=3360&pageTitle=FTCR... 

FTCR's Letter to FERC Chairman Pat Wood III

'After Wood's Dismissive Reaction to Enron Tapes Exposing Energy Market Manipulation'

June 16, 2004

Pat Wood, III
Chairman
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20426

Dear Chairman Wood:

We have received a copy your June 7, 2004 letter to Senator Barbara Boxer and are appalled at your indifference to both already established facts surrounding Enron's gaming of California ratepayers and to the suffering of Californians due to market manipulation perpetrated by companies that you regulate.

Most disturbing is the misstatement of conclusions already reached by your agency and that you show far more empathy for the discredited positions of Ken Lay, who first recommended you as a utility commissioner to then-Governor Bush, than for Californians. Despite the revelation by CBS News of taped conversations among Enron employees revealing overtly criminal behavior by Lay's employees (and explicit acknowledgement that Mr. Lay himself was in on the schemes), you have once again dismissed evidence of one of the largest crimes against consumers in our nation's history.

You state: "the Commission found no evidence that there was market manipulation specific to the long-term contract negotiations and no evidence of unfairness, bad faith or duress in the negotiations of the long-term contracts."

In fact, that conclusion contradicts the findings of your own agency. According to FERC's "Final Report on Price Manipulation in Western Markets" of March 26, 2003 the manipulated spot market prices "significantly influenced" the energy prices agreed to in longer term contracts. Your agency found that "forward power prices were distorted" and FERC even developed "a detailed statistical analysis providing estimates of the extent of the distortion based on a certain level of distortion in spot power prices." Your claim that the awful behavior of Enron and its energy generation and trading counterparts did not improperly alter the environment in which California's long-term contracts were negotiated cannot be reconciled with the findings of your agency or the plain history of California's energy crisis.

You also wrote: "The Commission has worked persistently to resolve the issues in the refund proceeding so that refunds may be distributed." You point to an impending $3 billion refund assessment.

But the truth is that your agency has set up roadblocks every step of the way. When the Ninth Circuit ordered FERC to accept evidence of market manipulation in the refund proceedings, you allowed only a 100-day period to produce the documents. And when state agencies supplied you with caseloads of information, you kept the evidence out of the refund proceeding, instead placing it in a series of secret investigative proceedings from which California was excluded. What's most obscene is that the more-than-$3 billion in prospective refunds to which you refer is set to be mitigated by a $3 billion dollar debt you would have California ratepayers refund to the energy companies.

You state: "To date, the Commission has approved, or had a role in other agencies' approval of, numerous settlements that grew out of dysfunctions in California energy markets. These settlements amount to over $3.1 billion."

The clear implication that FERC has played a proactive and significant role in efforts to provide Californians with refunds from the energy crisis, is a rewriting of history. The only money that has actually been secured as compensation for California has come from settlement negotiations between California officials and the offending companies. Californians have been forced to negotiate with these bandits, exactly because FERC has failed to use its extensive powers in the refund process. There is no doubt that the amount recovered so far -- which we believe to be significantly less than the $3.1 billion you allege -- would have been far greater had FERC ever used its wide ranging authority to order refunds or meaningfully suggest that it would severely punish companies that illegally gamed the market or even simply ensured that the entire amount stolen from California was on the table.

California ratepayers remain at least $7 billion short of what they are due in refunds in large measure because the FERC, under your leadership, has failed to protect consumers from the illegal profiteering of energy companies and has refused to enforce the law so Californians can recover billions of dollars stolen from the state.

It is, of course, not just the outstanding refunds that you have withheld, but your unwillingness to bring energy companies to the table for contract renegotiation that is so offensive. The market manipulation began at least as early as June 2000, according to a Department of Justice indictment of Reliant. It continued - as evidenced by Enron's "Fat Boy/Death Star" memo, the conversations about manipulation involving AES and Williams traders as well as the new Enron tapes and a host of other indisputable proof -- through the 2001 blackouts and price spikes. This should provide you with incontrovertible evidence that the contracts must be abrogated or renegotiated.

Although you do not attempt to defend these indefensible tapes, your effort to deflect their relevance in this manner demonstrates your continued allegiance to your long-time promoter Ken Lay. But more importantly, your letter shows that you do not grasp the heinousness of this massive larceny. These tapes are the most startling evidence to date that the environment in which California negotiated over $40 billion worth of long-term energy contracts was illegally skewed to force California to accept unjust and unreasonable terms and prices. It is because California was victimized by crooks who manufactured shortages to drive prices up and threatened blackouts that the state signed the outrageous contracts. Even after three years of bearing the excessive prices of these contracts, these insidious deals still leave the state's consumers with at least $7.38 billion in excessive rates to be paid over the next decade. In other words, you are willing to allow another $7 billion above reasonable market prices to be charged to Californians under these contracts despite the plethora of evidence that the prices were obtained as a result of manipulation. And, of course, this does not include the billions of dollars above market prices that we have already paid on these contracts since 2001.

There is no excuse for your unwillingness to confront the abhorrent economic crimes that gave way to the deregulation disaster of 2000 and 2001. It is time that you stand up for consumers.

Sincerely,

Douglas Heller
Executive Director, Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights

 

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on October 25, 2015 at 8:58pm

it all depends how much money will be spent by the opposition and how much money  will be spent by the proponents.

Remember the arguments from the wind industry each time we testified or one bill or another : jobs. jobs  . If Mainers want their state destroyed so Cianbro and Reed and Reed can continue destroying our mountains it will fail but if Mainers understand that then when their state will be destroyed Reed  and Reed and Cianbro will move onto  non wind projects , which they could do before they destroy Maine , then the CI will succeed. 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on October 25, 2015 at 6:25pm

if citizen's initiative makes it to vote....how do you think the vote will be?

Comment by Long Islander on October 25, 2015 at 1:57pm

Some of the Enron folks are with Sun Edison today. Writing the laws that give them our money, killing Maine and then bribing  as best they can, anyone standing in their way. As U.S. Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) wrote of First Wind in 2009:

Read the congressman's full letter here:

First Wind - "Lie, Cheat and Corrupt"

Comment by Long Islander on October 25, 2015 at 1:46pm

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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