Does anyone have more information regarding the nature of a DOC meeting in Augusta on 1/12/10 - comment deadline is 1/25/10. It appears to be a rule making meeting regarding Proposed 04-056 Chapter 3 "Designated scenic viewpoints ..... for consideration in the permitting of expedited wind energy development'. It was forwarded to me - so I am not sure where on the DOC page to find more info on it.

While perusing the DOC webpage - I came across a link to 'straw proposals' -- #3 is especially scary - I am going to paraphrase it but see link below for 'specifics' -- proposed Wind Farm siting committee to be composed of the head of the PUC, 2 representatives appointed by the governor and the chair of LURC and DEP (but these 2 will not be voting members) --

What is this all about?

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Comment by John Gates on January 3, 2010 at 2:16pm
We will all of course be watching everyone of the candidates carefully as this election year unfolds. I think the biggest issue come elction time will be jobs and the economy. Some candidates will invariably position wind as the panacea, whwn in fact we'd have many more jobs with energy programs such as weatherization and the last thing we need is skyrocketing electric rates.
Comment by Art Brigades on January 3, 2010 at 2:01pm
It is all about a Governor who is running out of time. He had hung his hopes for a legacy on Dirigo Health. NOw it's Big Wind. Governor Baxter would roll over in his grave knowing that one of his successors is doing more damage to Maine's wilderness in a few years than Baxter did good in his lifetime. It is one more way the Governor thinks he can grease the gears for the fool's errand known as the proliferation of wind -- and the desecration of our wildscape. We are rising up. Baldacci is almost done, but his disciples are many.
Comment by Martha Thacker on January 3, 2010 at 1:15pm
Makes no difference who is looking at the proposal. As an example the US govt did not think the Stetson Mt wind farm should be built. The New England Grid was at capacity. They even sued FERC over it. But the wind farm was built anyway. Then the pesky problem of who to kick off the grid to make room for wind farms was left to Iso New England. Two so far have been forced to sell. It would be interesting to know how much Brookfield in East Millinocket has paid in legal fees just to stay in operation. Unfortunately, they do not want to discuss these matters with the general public. Lisa Linowes at windaction said they had an inch or two of documentation just over the transmission line congestion etc. Lisa hated that they only concentrated on transmission lines. As it turns out, that is the key for ME becoming on gigantic land based wind farm. I'm thinking there are some smart people at Brookfield. Wish they would align with us.

Remember straw votes before the election? Probably just trying to find out how much support they can get. Looks like it is a sure bet. Transmission lines and the continues criminal way of doing business.
Comment by arthur qwenk on January 1, 2010 at 9:36pm
That is a good question.What is this? This should be looked at by "a lawyer". What is a "straw proposal"?
In either case, modifying a bad law that is unconstitutional holds no weight, and is destined to fail. Bad Law is Bad law . Anything multipled by Zero , results in zero.
Modifications make it not one bit of good in my opinion.

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."


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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