Former Maine Public Advocate: Replace CMP and Emera

One wonders if former Gov Baldacci will soon be giving the former Public Advocate a call. Maybe it would go something like this:

"Hey Gordon, when CMP parent Avangrid made me their vice chairperson back in December 2015, they figured I'd be able to keep stuff like this from happening. As the former governor, this is really embarrassing. Avangrid pays me $200,000 a year and I really need to try and keep this sort of thing out of the press. How about the former Public Advocate show the former Governor some professional courtesy? You know, I've just worked too hard for too long to be embarrassed like this. I convened a pro-wind task force to pave the way for the 2008 expedited wind law, giving the wind industry a clear path to putting their wind turbines almost anywhere despite any complaints from cranky NIMBY citizens. We got this law passed without the legislature even debating it or understanding it -- and my wind task force didn't even discuss all this wind power's transmission requirements. I think that's quite an accomplishment given the unbelievably high price tag for ratepayers. I even had a PUC chair, Kurt Adams, whose PUC greased the skids for $1.4 billion of this transmission in the form of the MPRP (CMP upgrade). Kurt of course jumped to First Wind, the state's leading wind company and became their director of transmission. The non-partisan Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting reported that Kurt took over $1 million in stock options from First Wind, while still PUC chair, and you know, I guess that kind of thing happens because we're such a small state. But back to me, I worked so hard getting the largest land use law in the state's history passed for the wind industry because I lead, I'm a leader - you know, "Dirigo", and I just don't think I deserve to have the one time Public Advocate openly criticizing my employer."

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Comment by Nancy Sosman on August 28, 2018 at 3:43pm

Hooray for Gordon Weil, Maine's first Public Advocate.  We need him now.

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on August 28, 2018 at 1:32pm

Mainers already tried Public Power, at least voted on it! But, too many in the state were suckered by a southerner that was hired to run CMP's campaign against Public Power, you might know him, Angus King was paid millions to kill Public Power! He's also the person that passed the ruling to force windmills on the state because of 'green' energy, that in fact netted him millions after he left office! So beware, the fight for Public Power will be ugly just like the last time, and you will have a number of entities that will lie, cheat, and denigrate the values of Public 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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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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