The State wants to make over the electric generating industry just 10 years from the last make-over and their reasoning is so the state will  be in a jobs available market.

    Realistically, the electric market serves customers best when certainty for many more years than ten years is offered them  The last make-over in generation occurred in 2000-2001 when 5 new natural gas plants came online in Maine, just after Maine Yankee retired and electric restructuring took hold.
       The State is making laws to change over a huge percentage of Maine generation with wind and, maybe, solar, but has shunned imported hydro from Canada because it would replace jobs available wind and solar, the only proven reason left for the make-over.
   Augusta, we have a problem. Wind and solar can not replace other generators on a one to one scale and Augusta is well aware of this. But, wind and solar can place other generating units in peril. Dispatchable generators like biomass, hydro and natural gas units bet their economic life on selling enough energy over the course of their expected operating time span to pay costs( capital, construction, maintenance, operation and fuel ) If this doesn't happen, they shut down( bet lost). If they shut down, wind and solar goes it alone. Do you see a problem with this, Augusta ?
     Once the biomass and the hydro and the natural gas plants go adios, will Augusta look to make a make- over that makes sense and get Canadian hydro into the state to supply the state with electricity for it's proper use, as a reliable and integral part in manufacturing and commercial operations that will create a jobs available market set on a solid foundation providing far better future than the present 10 year program, from Augusta. 

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Comment by Penny Gray on March 21, 2015 at 6:34pm

Carpetbagging?

Comment by Dan McKay on March 21, 2015 at 1:57pm
Jeremy Payne( Maine Renewable Energy Association ) Testimony to EUT Committee March 19,2015 on LD 132
 
"If large scale hydropower were made eligible for the RPS, it would do little to supply Maine with lower cost power and it would discourage investment in renewable power in Maine. But having large hydro in the Maine RPS would most certainly make the program totally ineffective by oversupplying the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) market, thereby making the incentive virtually worthless."
Jeremy acknowledges that hydro will lower power costs and can do so at any given value tacked on for renewable certification. It can do it at a REC value of $67 per megawatt-hour ( the highest Value allowed ) or at $0 per megawatt-hour. The lower the value, the lower the electric rate to Maine customers. Wind, on the other hand requires a high value REC to simply survive and that is why they sell their RECs in Massachusetts and Connecticut where the value is over $50 per megawatt-hour compared to Maine REC values at $4 per megawatt-hour. Maine Wind, the renewable Maine gets no credit for.
Comment by Penny Gray on March 21, 2015 at 1:08pm

It would be interesting to stack the actual jobs figures against each other; i.e. how many year round full time local jobs are created per MWH with each type of electrical generation plant?  Not counting the jobs created  in the construction phase, only jobs in operations after the plant is functioning.  Get the real figures on the table.

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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