EUT Member Who Condones Wind Desecration Condemns Transmission (BDN)

Does Rep. Janice Cooper not recognize that wherever wind "farms" are built the world over, mammoth new transmission lines must go in? Why are wind transmission lines good but hydro transmission lines bad Ms. Cooper?

While I think Massachusetts should get their electricity without running roughshod on other states, if the hydro line is to go in, I agree that this should be done in a manner that maximizes benefit for Mainers and avoids all possible desecration of Maine's landscapes.

Although big hydro is a high value dispatchable form of electricity whereas wind power is not dispatchable and thus essentially useless, the so called environmentalists have been quick to pile on hydro while doing everything in their power to blight Maine with thousands of 500-600' tall wind turbines and their requisite transmission. Why is that I wonder.

Rep. Janice Cooper piece in the BDN today

When supposedly local interests compete with a regional or national interests, there is bound to be pushback. But this is not a local issue and not an example of NIMBYism. More reliance on clean, renewable energy is needed, but in the process we cannot sacrifice other core values.

I’m used to power lines; they are all over the place in Yarmouth. But the woods, streams and rivers of western Maine and the creatures that live there cannot be restored once they are desecrated. Maine’s unique sway over our imagination must remain intact. It is who we are.

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/08/29/opinion/contributors/quebec-...

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Comment by arthur qwenk on August 29, 2018 at 7:06pm

Another effete left wing progressive  hypocritical academic out of touch Vasser- Yalie putz that does not represent Maine citizens. 

Comment by Dan McKay on August 29, 2018 at 5:40pm

Another idiot,  persecuting dumbbell worsening the lives of working people . Vote her out !!

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on August 29, 2018 at 11:26am

Is this the best that Yarmouth can do? The utter ignorance is astounding! Not only do these useless windmills destroy the tops of the mountains they require major roads built to the top and major transmission lines to connect them to the grid! What part of that do you not comprehend?? Absolutely disgusting!

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on August 29, 2018 at 11:06am

Someone should inform this legislator's Yarmouth constituents that the gaping transmission line scar put right through Yarmouth a few years back as part of the CMP upgrade was the result of regulators gifting the wind industry with a free shipping system for their electricity entirely at ratepayer expense.

 

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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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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/

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