First Wind merger faces strong headwinds with the PUC

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Public Advocate Eric Bryant moves for dismissal with prejudice in the matter of petitioners Bangor Hydro Electric and Maine Public Service.

The CTFWP is applauding the motion filed by the Public Advocate Eric Bryant to recommend to the Commission dismissal of the case  and sanctions against the petitioners, due to numerous violations of the Commissions Rules of Procedure.

"We are pleased that the Public Advocate recognizes that the petitioners attempts to circumvent procedures intended to insure the integrity of the process cannot be tolerated and undermines public confidence in the PUC," said Monique Aniel, co-chair of the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power.

This is not the first time First Wind has tried to change the deal at the last minute when confronted with the possibility of an adverse regulatory decision.   Over the objections of many interested parties, LURC granted First Wind's request to revise their Bowers Wind project, even though, as in this case,  the record was closed and staff had recommended denial of the application", said  Steve Thurston, co chair of the CTFWP."

To read the Public Advocates motion click here.

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Comment by Brian McAuliffe on February 3, 2012 at 11:54am

I think this can potentially be a big if The PUC strikes down the deal.  It seems First Wind may be able to still come up with all of the money, not completely sure of that though.  It will  certainly gum up their finances, remains completely liable (as far as I can see) and tarnishes their image at the very least.  An optimal scenario is that First Wind realizes that they can't be the bully they had hoped to be and pack up and move elsewhere.  From a business standpoint this may be their best option.  They know that there is growing resistence and awareness of the negative affects of wind power and if this ends up in court again their chances are greater of loosing the Oakfield deal altogether.

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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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

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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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