Here Comes the Sun - Governor LePage's Weekly Radio Address (on WIND POWER)

At the end of his address, the Governor tells us to pray for sun. I for one will. In the meantime, in the speech below we have more sunlight on the wind industry in Maine than we have ever seen.
                                 "It feels like years since it's been here"

Weekly radio address

By Gov. Paul LePage | May 21, 2011

The following is text from the governor's weekly radio address:

"Good morning, This is Gov. Paul LePage.

My vision for Maine is one where all of our citizens prosper now and into the future. So when I see money being picked from the pockets of hardworking folks, I can’t just sit back and do nothing.

The government has been subsidizing renewable energy development at the cost of Maine ratepayers. As a result, energy prices have skyrocketed over the past decade and we can no longer expect Maine people to foot the rising bill.

I have put forth a bill, “An Act to Reduce Energy Prices for Maine Consumers,” for consideration. I hope we can focus on what is right and invest in resources that will lower electricity rates.

Mainers already pay the 12th highest electricity rates in the nation. We’re 42 percent higher than the national average.

Maine has the highest renewable energy mandate in the country and is one of only 24 states that impose it on you, the ratepayer. According to the Maine Public Utility Commission, Maine ratepayers pay an extra 7 million dollars to subsidize renewable energy projects – 7 million dollars that could be in the pockets of you, the residents of Maine.

Our administration has a sensible solution. Rather than continue the automatic increases outlined in our state’s renewable energy mandate, we think Mainers should have the choice.

Currently, I have a bill before the Legislature that gives electric consumers a choice to buy a “green power standard” offer as part of the Maine Utility Commission program.

Essentially, Mainers will have the option to select up to 100 percent from renewable energy choices rather than be subjected to a 1 percent year-to-year increase as mandated today.

Some will say we’re taking away our “green” jobs. But in fact, the majority of these green jobs are temporary. In reality, these mandates and subsidies will result in a net loss of jobs and increase your electricity costs. It simply is not feasible to create jobs in industries that depend on government welfare and it is not a sustainable way to stimulate the economy.

Mainers are paying over $300 million more per year when compared to the national average on renewable energy projects such as wind power development. There are other energy alternatives that will make Maine a more competitive state while lowering costs to those who pay the bills.

I firmly believe that consumer choice is the preferred means to achieve competitive energy costs rather than imposing mandates on Maine people. It’s time to stop robbing Peter to pay Paul.

During the upcoming week this will be an issue lawmakers will take a close look at. Weigh in and let them know you deserve the right to choose whose tab you’re picking up.

Thank you for listening. Anne and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Pray for sun."


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Comment by MaineHiker on May 21, 2011 at 11:55am
Nice post
Comment by Dan McKay on May 21, 2011 at 10:38am


"In Maine, the governor's 2003 energy agenda established a goal for the state government to purchase at least 50 percent of its electricity from renewable power sources, using energy efficiency measures in state buildings to offset the cost of the renewable energy. This goal was originally met by a contract agreement committing over 800 state agency accounts under one service agreement. Maine has now increased its renewable energy purchase to 100 percent."


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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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."

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