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Ben Martin of Wallingford urged those who attended the meeting to take a more forceful approach than calling legislators or sending them emails to demand fundamental changes to the way energy companies are regulated in the state.

“If you want to really get their attention, we ought to do a sit-in at the Capitol,” Martin said,


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Comment by Martha thacker on November 21, 2014 at 7:02am

These increases have come directly from the legislative process...deregulation, expedited wind law, cap and trade in New England without being approved in DC. Why is it we have to obey some federal laws and not others. ISO New England and FERC made it happen. The Conn. senator Richard Blumenthal , when he was governor , found over 1 million dollars charged to rate payers with no power produced.He sued and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where he lost. So , not only is the cost of building wind farms etc. added to rates of New Englanders, they have to pay for imaginary power. Imagined in the hearts and minds of those in Augusta and DC. God help them.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on November 20, 2014 at 9:26pm

Someone in the wind cabal told Conn. that their energy costs would come down with wind power from Maine. How could so many people believe the lies? The costs will keep rising but people believe what they want to believe. It is easier that way than to think that in this day and age there are still BS artists and snake oil salesmen running loose.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on November 20, 2014 at 5:39pm

Vulnerability to confidence tricks

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Comment by Penny Gray on November 20, 2014 at 4:27pm

As Europe goes, so goes the US, like lemmings over a cliff, all in support of industrial wind. We'd better brace ourselves because it's going to get much worse.

Comment by Art Brigades on November 20, 2014 at 3:30pm

One of these days CT, MA, RI will realize that all the wind turbines in ME amount to little more than a massive and frightfully expensive sugar pill.  If they really want to buy renewable power that matters, high-quality renewable power that is useful and necessary, they only need a half dozen 5 - inch diameter DC cables coming from Newfoundland and Quebec.  Concurrently fix the natural gas constraints that have gone neglected because we've been obsessed with foolishly blowing over a billion dollars on Maine wind turbines, and we are all back in business. If a gubernatorial candidate proposed such a scenario he might win!


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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