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Offshore wind project put on hold after political battle over energy bill

Posted July 03, 2013, at 2:07 p.m.
Last modified July 03, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Statoil North America is putting its efforts to develop an offshore wind energy project in Maine on hold until the fall because of last-minute legislative changes to the state’s energy policy. Those changes stalled Statoil’s already approved project while allowing the University of Maine a second chance to submit a proposal to the state.

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Comment by Art Brigades on July 3, 2013 at 5:47pm

SELF-RIGHTEOUS entitled foreign companies needn't cry to us. Whatever happened to entrepreneurs who were willing to invest and take risks in order to reap rewards? StatOil, one of the world's largest oil giants, wants all the risk on us taxpayers and ratepayers and all the reward to go to them. What self-respecting business asks the government for subsidies, mandated purchase contracts (at six times market value) and monopoly status? Seriously StatOil? Fooey on you. Welcome to America, a capitalist society.

We know wind power is generally useless, unnecessary, and unsustainable. We know that it can't replace conventional (read: sometimes dirty) generators. But we are willing to let you and our great University kick it around to see if you can make it viable, market-ready. Heck, if we have to accept wind power, at least you might put the silly machines where they won't ruin our mountains and environment.

But fine. Take your sense of entitlement back to Norway.

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/

 

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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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