EUT's Ed Youngblood: Bold energy bill is game changer for Maine (BDN)

Bold energy bill is game changer for Maine

By Ed Youngblood, Special to the BDN

Posted July 17, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.
Sen. Ed Youngblood, R-Brewer, is the ranking Republican on the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee.

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Comment by Penny Melko on July 20, 2013 at 3:11pm

This might answer the question about why your local government is turning their backs on their constituents. I came across this in and environmental impact report and my take is that the State of California is pushing local areas to install wind power exclusively to make money. The governor of the state of Maine is probably pressuring your local legislators to do the same.

Check out page 16. The State of California make out like a bandit and Kern County gets the scraps.
AWEC has become a major source of property and sales tax revenue to Kern County. AWD will
pay at least $31 million in County property taxes annually when the AWEC is completed in
2012. This is a substantial share of the County’s property tax revenue. As shown in Table 5.1
sales tax payments will total $178 million by the time the entire project is complete. The State’s
share will be $155 million, and the County share will be $23 million. As shown in Table 5.2,
when all three phases of AWEC are fully operational annual sales tax payments will total $2.3
million. This will include payments of about $2 million to the State and $293,000 to Kern
County each year.
According to the Environmental Impact Reports currently prepared for the AWEC projects, the
AWEC is not expected to result in significant demands on government services or infrastructure
and moreover expected revenues will be sufficient to cover any such costs. 
Comment by Penny Melko on July 20, 2013 at 2:50pm

It's important to share because the same scenarios are taking place across the nation - and globally. The wind energy frenzy throughout the entire U.S. is the latest scheme by our government to suck the last coins out of our pockets. I live in the Tehachapi Pass, widely touted as being the wind energy capital of the world. This is nothing but a lie and merely justification for taking our precious farmland and ranchland and turning it into massive electrical facilities, running right over our homes. Yea. Monstanto is the answer to loss of our farmland according to USDA and legislators. 

To the point. Wind power is so INTERMITTENT that 2 pumped storage dams are working their way through FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.) All of you can expect the same when the energy companies have all the turbines in place.

Quote from a recent email:

I didn't know if you had FERC eSubscription on the Pajuela Peak Pumped Storage Project that is planned for the mouth of Sand Canyon, so I'm forwarding the FERC email I just received.  It's their 6 month progress report.  Click on the elibrary link below, then you can click on the .pdf file.   The project in our area, Bison Peak Pumped Storage has their progress report coming I believe in June."
Subject: Progress Report submitted in FERC P-13793-000 by Gridflex Energy, LLC,et al.
On 4/30/2013, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:

Filer:         Gridflex Energy, LLC
            No Organization Found (as Agent)

Docket(s):         P-13793-000
Filing Type:     Progress Report
Description:     Six Month Report of Gridflex Energy, LLC under P-13793.

To view the document for this Filing, click here
Photo is from my yard. Sorry for the bird doo, but we haven't had any precipitation since the first week in January.

Comment by Penny Gray on July 18, 2013 at 7:21pm

Here's another recent post in the BDN regarding Passadumkeag...

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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