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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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.
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.
NRCM has supported wind because they are partially funded by wind,the
"Non-dispatchable high-priced garbage electron trickle."
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.
"Are environmental groups in Maine open for business?" Follow the money, many (NOT ALL) of them are bought and paid for by BIG WIND!
Listen to Voorhees tell his wind developer friends " It's not worth trying to get a permit "
Are environmental groups in Maine open for business?
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