Former EUT Committee House Chair Stacey Fitts led an EUT that killed 12 citizen wind bills brought to the committee. His actions led to a "kick the can down the road" study to spend taxpayer money to study wind. However, the study only gathered dust and the next EUT had never even read it. At the time, Fitts worked for Kleinschmidt Associates, a member of the Maine Renewable Energy Association who's website at the time boasted that “we have been very active in the development of state regulations in Maine where one of Kleinschmidt’s engineers is a member of the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force". Fitts was also a member of Governor Baldacci's Wind Power Task Force while working at Kleinschmidt.
Former EUT member Alex Cornell du Houx, an avid supporter of wind power, was the outreach coordinator of the Truman National Security Project. This organization states a deep philosophical belief that climate change is a national security threat. On that subject one of their position papers includes the following statement concerning the threat of climate change to our country’s national security, "Even if you do not have complete information, you still need to take action! Waiting for 100% certainty during a crisis can be disastrous." That sounds awfully like, “Shoot first then ask questions “. A sister organization of the Truman National Security Project is Operation Free, where Mr. Du Houx serves as Campaign Director. Operation Free lists as its first core motivational principal “get America running on clean energy”. In fact, the organization’s logo prominently features industrial wind turbines.
After months of interviewing at First Wind while his PUC greased the skids for the $1.4 billion ratepayer-funded "CMP Upgrade" (aka an outright but disguised-by-lies GIFT to the wind companies), PUC Chair Kurt Adams, took over $1 million in stock options from First Wind a month before he jumped there as their new director of transmission. After citizens requested that the Attorney General investigate, AG Janet Mills concluded "there was no conflict"! This at the same time her sister, Maine CDC director Dora Mills, falsely claimed there were no peer-reviewed studies documenting wind turbine health effects. And remember also that later when Adams, up for a UMS board seat, testified before the Education Committee at his confirmation hearing, he was allowed to deny any conflict between University wind research and his employer First Wind on the basis that First Wind was "terrestrial", completely ignoring the fact it was the same company as Deepwater Wind, which billed itself as the nation's leading offshore wind company. To this day, Adams sits as one of the trustees on the UMS board. Probably like having a wind lobbyist on the board.
The links to the Kurt Adams reporting by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting follow: