Breaking News! NRCM Statement on LePage Wind Power Moratorium and Secret Panel


Breaking News!


NRCM Statement on LePage Wind Power Moratorium and Secret Panel


Statement by NRCM Climate and Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees

“Today, Governor LePage told clean energy investors that Maine is ‘Not Open for Business.’ LePage placed an open-ended unilateral moratorium on development of wind power in Maine. LePage created a secret panel with enormous power to prevent wind power from being developed in Maine. He said no to any and all wind power permits until a report is submitted to the governor, and set no due date for the report. Furthermore, he has shielded the panel’s proceedings from Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, which is outrageous.

“Like many of the governor’s other attacks on renewable energy, ultimately this ill-conceived Executive Order will not prevail. But, unfortunately in the near-term it may have the desired effect, which is to show potential clean energy investors that Maine is not ‘Open for Business.’

“Maine’s Wind Energy Act was created through a public process by the Legislature and a Task Force operating in the public, and can be amended by a public process. As a result, it is fair, balanced policy that provides predictability for developers and protects natural resources. NRCM strongly supports reasonable efforts to protect our natural resources and recreation economy; evaluating impacts to those resources is part of the existing environmental permitting process.

“This is the same governor who blew Maine’s best shot at a multi-billion dollar offshore wind industry when he pulled out of the StatOil agreement. Now he is determined to ban onshore wind power development, which has huge potential and has already brought more than $400 million in investment and hundreds of jobs to Maine.

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 25, 2018 at 2:39pm

I used to believe in the tooth fairy until I saw though it. Some kids only stopped believing when there was no more money being left under the pillow. Which group do some environmental groups fit into?

Wait until these turbines have to be torn down. Cost wise, decommissioning will be like root canals.

Comment by Eskutassis on January 25, 2018 at 2:06pm

The Gov timed this announcement perfectly as there is very little time to have any court block it before the Massachusetts deadline. Funny how they say that this was done by executive order, just as the original bill Baldacci put forth. There was no discussion, just vast amounts of money changing hands and promises made for the future. And it was all based on lies and bribes. I have no sympathy for the NRCM and hope their future endeavors are fraught with obstruction by not only LePage, but by Trump and the energy dept.  

Comment by arthur qwenk on January 25, 2018 at 1:00pm

 NRCM has supported wind  because they are partially funded  by wind,the

"Non-dispatchable high-priced garbage electron trickle." 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 25, 2018 at 12:59pm

Look at how many of Maine's EV groups NRCM proclaimed to support the Mining Statute. 16,000 members touted to support, without ever a public survey or vote. 

Comment by John F. Hussey on January 25, 2018 at 12:39pm

"Are environmental groups in Maine open for business?"  Follow the money, many (NOT ALL) of them are bought and paid for by BIG WIND!

Comment by John F. Hussey on January 25, 2018 at 12:28pm
Really fun read.... They're bitching, pissing and moaning about not being able to bulldoze, blast and destroy Maine's mountain tops and ridge lines!    Their hair's on fire HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Comment by Dan McKay on January 25, 2018 at 11:54am

Listen to Voorhees tell his wind developer friends " It's not worth trying to get a permit "

http://www.wvomfm.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId...

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 25, 2018 at 11:50am

Are environmental groups in Maine open for business?

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/

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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