PPH: Foes renew challenge of joint wind-power venture

A spokesman for First Wind declined comment.


BDN: First Wind - Houlton Water to appeal investment from Emera

Houlton Water said that it plans to challenge the PUC decision on six different points, including whether the decision violated the Legislature’s intent in deregulating power production, whether the PUC went beyond its bounds in making certain stipulations in the case and whether the evidence in the case satisfied an earlier ruling requiring further scrutiny from regulators.



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Comment by Martha thacker on October 29, 2014 at 11:01am

BDN might just report half of wind farm news, but the comments are telling the real truth. From Karen Pease "Iberdrola Renewables...a subidiary of Iberdrola SA, which owns CMP, is also trying the same under-handed tactic. They wish to build a large wind development in the UTs of western Maine (generation) while owning the largest distribution company in the state (CMP.) It's time PUC upheld the letter of the law and stopped allowing these foreign and out-of-state corporations to push through loopholes. Be sure...they have an army in place to apply pressure in order to get their own way...but Maine people must stand up and say 'No!'. PUC doesn't work for these corporations...WE pay their salaries."

When First Wind was just getting started with their organized crime spree in ME, the plan was to build gigantic turbines throughout New England and sell the power in Mass. through NStar. It was to be special renewable energy that would cost a little more. Only problem , it was against the law. Their solution? Get the laws changed. So , we can watch for this to happen in ME. Not sure, but seems like it already has happened in NY.

Comment by Martha thacker on October 29, 2014 at 8:06am

" I thought it was Emera financing First Wind, not First Wind investing in Emera."

Interesting question. It has been apparent to me that First Wind is very crooked in their financial wheelings and dealings. We have only to look at the way their predecessor, Enron, kept books.I have seen the banks that they have done business with being heavily scrutinized globally as a positive. Esp. Deutsche Bank of Germany. One of our representatives to the state legislature, up here in the boonies of ME , had his mortgage and rental property financed by Deutsche. So of course the rep. saw all things First Wind in a very positive perspective.

Comment by Kathy Sherman on October 28, 2014 at 8:40pm
My reading of why the Maine Public Advocate rationalized dropping its part of the opposition to Emera-First Wind deal is that it said that the PUC had already put sufficient conditions to prevent the collusion of generation-related interests and transmission interest. However, that seemed bull since they initiated the first appeal, if for no other reason. First Wind was certainly looking for "permission" from FERC to build transmission that would favor (potentially) the generators that invested in it. First Wind CEO Gaynor is the principal in a Boston-based LLC that wants to build transmission to export Maine wind south. How many different names can the wind generators create to hide how much the transmission costs to consumers will be and to keep the added environmental impacts of that transmission "separate". In the "deals" between First Wind and MA utilities, all parties except the beleagered Attorney General argued that new transmission wasn't needex for Oakfield and its other Maine project. Iberdola was not as vested in those proceedings for its NH projects that since got dropped and one wonders whether they have sufficient expertise in energy to realize that even with ludicrous mandates New England does not have an economically viable wind resource and that we care about the environmental destruction entailed (except for its Hosaac project in western MA). But what's up with the headline by BDN? I thought it was Emera financing First Wind, not First Wind investing in Emera.
Comment by Martha thacker on October 28, 2014 at 5:52pm

"The appeal filed Tuesday puts the deal back before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which in an earlier ruling found that the PUC did not adequately determine when a financial relationship between a power generator and transportation and distribution company — such as Emera Maine — provides an incentive for the utility to favor one power generator over another."

Does this strike anyone other than me as ludicrous? Sure there is an incentive to favor one power generator over another. Duh.


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


(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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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."


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