I challenge any member of State Government to provide facts to support the findings that made enactment of the Wind Energy Law an emergency act.

The Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to explore opportunities for and encourage the development, where appropriate, of wind energy production in the State in a manner that is consistent with all state and federal environmental standards and that achieves reliable, cost-effective, sustainable energy production on those sites in the State that will attract investment and permit the development of viable wind energy projects. The Legislature finds that the development of the wind energy potential in the State needs to be integrated into the existing energy supply and transmission systems in a way that achieves system reliability, total capital cost-effectiveness and optimum short-term and long-term benefits to Maine people. The Legislature finds it is in the public interest to encourage the construction and operation of community wind power generation facilities in the State. For the purposes of this chapter, "community wind power generation facility" means an electricity-generating facility at any one site with instantaneous generating nameplate capacity of not more than 10 megawatts that is powered entirely by wind energy. The Legislature also finds it is in the public interest to encourage wind energy research and the development of wind generation equipment manufacturing facilities in the State. 

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 13, 2014 at 2:47pm

$1000 has been pledged toward fighting the Bingham Project. Contact Hillary Lister <hjlister@colby.edu> for distributions from this pledge if available. It is a direct payment fund not subject to NPO requirements. The pledge sum ends 12-31-14, though may be renewed in 2015. Please be respectful of the pledge to the Bingham Project. Unite the Fight

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on November 13, 2014 at 2:26pm
Anyone looked into BDN??
Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on November 13, 2014 at 2:25pm
I can pledge $100 toward the ad from protect our lakes- we have very little $ left thanks to all Lynne's efforts and donations done since cement is laid in Oakfield-
Comment by Penny Gray on November 13, 2014 at 12:28pm

From PPH re advertising:

(Can we create an ad that would read like a Christmas gift to Maine's Mountains?  Maybe "Sign the Citizens Initiative to Repeal Maine's Wind Law and give Maine's Mountains the gift they need to remain beautiful!"?)

Full page ad for $599.

On Thanksgiving Day, don’t miss the chance to reach 148,470 readers looking for right

gift for everyone on their list.

Publishing in the Portland Press Herald this special standalone TAB section will feature full page ads promoting the very best gifts for the holidays.

When you advertise, you’ll also get a listing in the special Holiday Hit List shopping directory in the MaineToday Magazine on December 18.

One full tab page color ad (10” x 11.5”), November 27

One Directory listing, December 18 • 5 word headline • List of 4 bullets describing the item • High res PDF of product • Address, phone and website

Reservation Date:

Wednesday, November 12

Materials Due:

Full page ad: Wednesday, November 19

Directory Materials:

December 4

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 11, 2014 at 1:07pm

These are NOT green as they consume Black (fossil fuels) energy to the level that the energy returns are less than the consumption of fossil fuels. They still remain a Fossil Fuel baby. They will need to be cloned about every 20 years as the next generation Fossil Fuel babies. This but a ploy to use more fossil fuels and resources in the guise of green. Until we reduce our demand Green will never become Green. Educational Seminars on "How Green is it?" or "Greenwashing Black Energy" based on the sciences ????? (Food for thought)

Comment by Martha thacker on November 11, 2014 at 12:47pm

Thank you Penny. It would be interesting to see if BDN would even run the ad. I think it was Steve Thurston who went with a group to educate them, without much luck.

Dan..I really like your thoughts on the emergency aspect of ramming the Wind Energy Act into law. I think they did the same thing in Rhode Island . Lisa Linowes would know. Same tactics.Legislators didn't have time to research or even read the law.

Comment by Penny Gray on November 11, 2014 at 12:17pm

We need to educate the city dwellers, they're the ones pushing and embracing "green energy" on the rural residents of Maine.  I still haven't heard back from PPH, I can try the BDN and see what sort of response... Number 9 wind farm will have a huge impact on northern Maine, which, most southern Mainers believe, is nothing more than a giant potato field.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 11, 2014 at 9:20am

Upper State Maine is choice area for wind farms ? Is this a comment or was this an article ?

Comment by Martha thacker on November 11, 2014 at 9:15am

How about BDN? Upper state ME is a choice area for wind farms. Lower state ME would be harmed more by the transmission lines.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on November 10, 2014 at 5:17pm
Great

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/

 

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

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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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