FIRST WIND: Appellants determining whether to appeal recent PUC decision

State utility regulators approve giant wind deal — again

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FIRST WIND: Maine regulators again approve joint wind venture

The court in March negated the Public Utility Commission’s initial decision, ruling that the PUC erred when giving its approval in 2012.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/22/maine-public-utilities-commis...

Also in Bangor Daily News:

Maine utility regulators again OK $333 million partnership between Emera, First Wind

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Harry Lanphear, a spokesman for the PUC, said the vote was 2-1 with commission Chairman Tom Welch and Commissioner David Littell in favor, and Commissioner Mark Vannoy opposed. 

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/22/news/state/after-legal-challe...

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Comment by Martha thacker on July 25, 2014 at 4:24pm

From BDN: "“Even if there is a theoretical possibility that a utility could misbehave because of a theoretical benefit, that isn’t enough,” Welch said."

Trust us has worked so well in the past.

MPUC isn't even  even trying to appear law abiding anymore.

Comment by Long Islander on July 25, 2014 at 10:38am

But Alan Stone, attorney for appellant the Houlton Water Company, said the two commissioners who approved the deal had not followed the direction set by the Supreme Judicial Court.

“We don’t believe that what the commission did today really addressed the issues” raised by the court, said Stone.  “We think that this vote was inconsistent with the language and purposes of the Restructuring Act.”

Stone says he will consult with his clients at the Houlton Water Company and with the other parties that joined in the 2012 appeal and determine whether to appeal the latest PUC decision.

http://pinetreewatchdog.org/state-utility-regulators-approve-giant-...

Comment by Donald Moore on July 25, 2014 at 8:57am
where is Holton Water on this? This needs to be challenged again. Where is the public in the Public Utilities Commission?
Comment by Martha thacker on July 22, 2014 at 11:41pm

"As an indication of concern over the impact the court’s ruling would have on First Wind’s projects, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection asked the company to again file documentation proving it had access to money required for developing, maintaining and decommissioning its projects."

Thank you DEP! This is one to watch ...do not think First Wind has any kind of funds. Never did. After Stetson II was approved, they had no money. Guess it wasn't necessary to prove at that point. The requirement to show financial ability seems to be an on and off kind of requirement from the state of ME. DEP is doing it's job. MPUC , not so much. 

Comment by Mike DiCenso on July 22, 2014 at 9:31pm

Littell is mistaken. It is like a wedding of first cousins with the offspring questionable.

 

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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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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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