BDN - Opponents step in to test Iberdrola on wind power project in Maine

PUC Chairman Tom Welch is set to retire Wednesday and Commissioner David Littell’s term expires in March. Those two commissioners voted to approve the First Wind-Emera partnership, while Commissioner Mark Vannoy dissented, arguing the PUC did not follow the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s guidance in approving the deal a second time.

Vannoy’s term on the commission expires in March 2019. Gov. Paul LePage — who has criticized wind development as a costly alternative to other energy sources, specifically natural gas and hydropower — will soon nominate a successor to Welch and will likely replace Littell when his term expires.

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Comment by Martha thacker on January 2, 2015 at 2:29pm

I heard J haynes made a million a year after the first 5 years. Windaction wrote something to the effect years ago that their lease payments went up after 5 years It isn't just the leasers though.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on January 1, 2015 at 8:06pm

The Gardners and Haynes have extra cash for their turbines...I heard 3 grand for each. Others are paid 12 grand per turbine. Seems like some take the first offer instead of dickering. Meanwhile, the mills are closing partly because of energy costs due to the new trans. costs to accomodate the wind power. So the mills will not be buying wood. Maybe landowners need to think past the immediate money and see what they are doing to the area economy.

Comment by Martha thacker on January 1, 2015 at 10:03am

From Penny Gray's comment:

" Promise them 'tangible benefits', 'good neighbor' stipends...anything to convince locals to approve their projects. "Do you need a new fire truck? A new groomer for your snowmobile club? How about your library...we'd love to help you buy those new computers." It's an old template..but it has worked."

Some people who adamantly loved a wind farm, in the Stetson wind farm area , have a LOT of money these days. How about Rollins? 

I have said many times that there is  a good lawsuit under RICO. This sounds radical. How about a good lawsuit for extortion? Because rate payers in ME have been extorted.

Comment by Long Islander on December 31, 2014 at 2:12pm

"Baldacci also says the state is planning to change local regulations to allow Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola Renovables to invest in wind farms there.

Iberdrola is unable to invest in generation because of the transmission and distribution assets it owns in the state through Central Maine Power; however, Baldacci says legislation being proposed in the state legislature would change the rules for renewable generation".

http://www.rechargenews.com/news/policy_market/article1281411.ece

NOTE: If this link does not link to full article, simply google: "Baldacci also says the state is planning to change local regulations to allow Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola" 

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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