Clifton wind farm owners enter partnership with Canadian energy firm


Clifton wind farm owners enter partnership with Canadian energy firm

CLIFTON, Maine — The seven local owners of the $26 million Pisgah Mountain LLC wind farm have entered a partnership with a Canadian renewable energy company that helped purchase the five turbines to be installed on the mountain this year, developer Paul Fuller said Monday.

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Comment by Peter Beckford on March 15, 2016 at 4:50pm

The Plot Thickens in Clifton. Maine takes a gouging. The Austrian company is only set up in name as a partner so that Pisgah can continue to access a contract for the outrageous 9.2 cwnts/kwh available thru the Maine Community Based Renewable Energy Program. Pisgah is a shell with 51% Maine "owners". Maine ratepayers pay extra to make up the difference between the going rate and that 9.2 cents. Get this:  SWEB, the Austrian company, gives Pisgah a "loan" for the development costs and receives 100% of the profits. So SWEB controls all decisions, pays for the development and receives all the profit, including that exorbitant rate from Maine customers, while Pisgah pretends to be the owner. I hope this pisses folks off enough to complain to the PUC (Docket# 2011-00154) and the Public Advocates Office. And shouldn't this make Lepage see red? 

Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 15, 2016 at 2:53pm

So what it looks like is that SWEB has run out of COMFIT projects in Nova Scotia and is now ready to see how many 'community-based wind energy projects' it can talk Maine into.

According to Pisgah's PUC filing, The company [SWEB] continues to grow as a team of vibrant renewable energy professionals who look to bring their progressive model of community-ownership and socially-sensitive renewable energy development to jurisdictions throughout North America.

Again, a Maine community is encouraged to be a willing patsy for the wind swindlers.

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

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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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