Don't worry about the fact that ocean wind will be many times more expensive on your electric bills. Don't worry at all. It is for our own good according to Ocean Energy Task Force member and Utilities Committee Co-Chair Barry Hobbins! Barry Knows Best!
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Maine Public Advocate's Independence Questioned
03/29/2010 10:48 AM ET
Some members of a legislative committee say they're concerned that the position of public advocate in Maine falls under control of the governor.
Some members of the Legislature's Utilities and Energy Committee are questioning whether Maine Public Advocate Richard Davies has represented the interests of the state's consumers -- or his boss, Gov. John Baldacci. The complaints arose as the Utilities Committee struggled with legislation from the Ocean Energy Task Force.
Sen. Barry Hobbins, a Saco Democrat who co-chairs the committee, defended Davies. "Sometimes, what looks like maybe not in the best interest immediately of the ratepayer or the citizens of Maine, in the long term is the best interest, and I think wind-power is one of those issues," Hobbins told Capitol News Service.
Davies concedes that he serves at the pleasure of the governor, but he pointed out that the committee has already said it wants to change the public advocate law to make the appointment more independent of the governor's office.
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