Ct. Wind Power: "Important symbolically for an administration that has emphasized renewable energy"

How nice that Connecticut feels it's important to get behind wind power as a "symbol". It's indeed a great symbol -- of ideology, political correctness and reckless government meddling triumphing over empiricism and common sense.

In this article, Sen. Bob Duff, the head of the Connecticut legislature's Energy and Technology Committee makes the statement that Connecticut does not have great wind power, lacking mountains and "no access to the Atlantic Ocean". Of course that doesn't stop Connecticut's mandates from causing wind turbines to be planned for low terrain in places like Aroostook County with poor wind resources deemed marginal on U.S. Department of Energy maps.

And Duff's statement about the Atlantic Ocean is curious given that NREL maps show that "good" wind power potential exists about three miles offshore along almost the entire Connecticut coastline in relatively shallow LI Sound - a lot closer to Connecticut's electricity thirsty population centers than northern Maine.


Connecticut moratorium stalls wind power proposal

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Comment by Martha thacker on March 30, 2014 at 4:57pm

"The Democratic party has been hijacked by the extreme left"

Not really..it is just democratic party policy. As a democrat, I watch democratic programs on TV..Rachel Maddow has turbines turning in the background often when she is speaking..Thom Hartmann on Free Speech TV also pushes them.  The so called moderate democrats vote strict party line with the corporations...democrats in general are turning away from these policies which benefit corporations not people. Daily Kos used to support the moderates..and helped them to win elections. They have turned against them now.

The Republican extreme right is tea party which we have as a governor. And it looks like the democrats will be throwing another election for governor because we don't have any choice  since Mike Michaud is sticking to party line.

Sen. Blumenthal from Conn. stood up to the wind power lobby when he was gov. of Conn. Notable exception. When he was governor he sued for over a million for rate payers who were charged for power but it wasn't delivered.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 30, 2014 at 9:14am

The wind assault on Maine is in large part caused by often party-line pro wind votes in the state legislature. Similarly, the "demand" for Maine wind electrons in states is in fact artificial demand caused by mandates from those states' Democrats.

Mandate = "You are required by law to buy this product"

The Democratic party has been hijacked by the extreme left and in Maine its state legislators fall in line with the directives coming from Justin Alfond who takes his cue from the spectacularly failing Obama administration.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


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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 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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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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