DeepWater Wind formed by First Wind gets SLAMMED as a "corporate welfare program"

Think Wind-Generated Power Is Saving People Money? Check Out America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

America’s experiment in off-shore wind-based energy is raising rates on residents and creating another burden for businesses in a state that is already consistently ranked one of the worst places for businesses in the country. 

In December last year, the first off-shore wind farm started operating off the coast of Rhode Island. Although hailed as an innovative step forward in renewable energy, some customers are balking at the higher costs. 

“My whole objection to the process back in 2010 was the excessive cost involved in the demonstration project and that’s a concern that persists to this day and I think is actually being borne out by real numbers,” said Larry Ehrhardt, a former Republican state representative from North Kingstown.


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Comment by Barbara Durkin on August 9, 2017 at 6:26pm
DeepWater Wind displayed So Much Arrogance to the RI AG in 2010 BECAUSE, AG Lynch insisted that they get specific on the LLs.

Lynch left office. DeepWater was approved only after legislation was introduce that redefined commercially reasonable triple current energy cost After public subsidies.
Comment by Paula D Kelso on August 8, 2017 at 1:30pm

How to win friends and neutralize your enemies:

During the state debate over Deepwater Wind, the poster child for affected business was Toray Plastics, which Ehrhardt said was the state’s largest user of electricity. The wind farm threatened to slap Toray with $7.3 million in added costs, imperiling a business which has 600 employees and has invested $750 million in the local economy, according to one report.

The state has responded by giving Toray a grant to help build its own power generator, sparing it the higher rates. Ehrhardt said Toray had received $15 million in total. A spokesman for Toray declined to comment.

For a conservative like Ehrhardt, the state’s intervention to help Toray only compounds the problem. “In a way it’s sort of like driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake,” Ehrhardt said. “You’re putting it to them in the form of high rates for this inefficient renewable energy program but then providing relief by basically taking them out of that market. That’s terribly inefficient.” 

Comment by Eskutassis on August 8, 2017 at 9:36am

Get used to it. As long as our socialist governments both Federal and State continue to pour our tax dollars, dollars that could be used for real growth and infrastructure, providing REAL jobs and prosperity, into useless projects like this, we are doomed to a declining Nation. These people are worse than Bernie Maddoff and Enron. AT least those "investors" knew the investments were tenuous, but the scammers sucking the tax dollars down now are lying through their teeth about the benefits of wind and solar. We have a choice, get rid of King Angus and Susan, both supporters of the scam. Put all our towns into excluded zones. Write letters, make phone calls, submit Letters to the Editor, replace State Senators and Reps with people on our side, run for state office.  Fight them at every turn. This is now serious. We know Massachusetts is not going to change their stripes, they never have. We just have to make sure we are not their willing dupe.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on August 8, 2017 at 7:01am

Where is First Wind with their payments on the Bingham Project now that they been absorbed into the web of the corporate shell game of Enron II ?


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


(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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