ANOTHER SELL-OUT OF MAINE TO THE WIND INDUSTRY ... this time BY MAINE PUBLIC ADVOCATE !!!

Maine public advocate withdraws opposition to wind energy deal

Posted May 05, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state public advocate’s office, which represents the interests of utility customers in Maine, has withdrawn its opposition to a multimillion-dollar transaction to build wind turbines across Maine and the Northeast.

Public Advocate Timothy Schneider said the move was made after his office reviewed its previous position and decided that the deal would not undermine state utility regulation or threaten ratepayers with higher energy prices.

“We have a mandate to protect ratepayers,” said Schneider. “That’s what we did,” he said, referring to the legal brief filed on Friday.

The public advocate was a key opponent of the proposed deal when it was considered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission in 2011 and 2012, saying that it would violate the state’s landmark electricity restructuring act and hurt ratepayers by raising prices.

Despite the opposition of the public advocate and several other parties, the PUC approved the transaction in 2012. The public advocate then filed an appeal with the state’s highest court, as did the other parties that opposed it, and the court dealt a blow to the deal by vacating the PUC’s approval and sending it back to the agency for reconsideration.

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Comment by Long Islander on May 6, 2014 at 2:52pm

Please also see today's Press Herald story on the Maine Public "Advocate's" change of tune on the First Wind Emera deal. Since when is an advocate for the public an ACTIVIST for corporations? How did they get to him? Reminds me of the government star witness in the Godfather suddenly changing his mind. No better than a third world country.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maine_s_public_advocate_reverses_po...

Comment by Martha thacker on May 6, 2014 at 9:19am

Mike..it is the  system that we would need to sue. public advocate ...AG office ..entire legislature that passed the expedited wind law.

 

We need to support candidates in the next election that are not in this horribly destructive system.

 

Comment by Harrison Roper on May 6, 2014 at 8:30am

Big money gets what big money wants.  I hate to be cynical, but that's what's happened in this situation.  It's shameful, but true.  Harrison Roper   -Houlton/Danforth

Comment by Mike DiCenso on May 5, 2014 at 10:42pm

Lawsuit time against the people who are supposed to be on the citizens' side.

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

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(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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