LEGISLATIVE ALERT: The Fitts Amendment - Your Input is Essential

Each January the Governor's Office of Energy  and Security reports to the legislature on the State's progress in achieving the goals of the Expedited Wind Law - 2007  S.661.   This year the legislature required the GOES to expand its review to include the following,  otherwise known as the "Fitts Amendment" to LD 1366.

Public input will be essential to counteract the pro-wind bias that is contained in this amendment.

 

Resolve,
To Clarify the Expectation for the 2012 Assessment of Progress on Meeting Wind
Energy Development Goals


Sec. 1. Expectations for assessment. 
  
Resolved: That, when the Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security, referred to in this resolve as "the office," undertakes its 2011 annual assessment of progress on meeting the wind energy development goals pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 661, Part A, section 8,
as amended by Public Law 2009, chapter 642, Part A, section 9, it shall consider the following specific ssues.

1. In its examination of the experiences from the permitting process, the office shall specifically examine:

A. Whether statewide permitting standards should be applied to wind energy development, including, but not limited to, noise standards, visual standards, setback requirements and decommissioning plans;
B. The criteria used during the permitting process to consider the visual impact of an expedited grid-scale wind energy development, the permits issued and any recommended changes to the criteria, including, but not limited to, changes to the criteria that require the primary siting authorities to consider insignificant the visual impacts greater than 8 miles from a scenic resource of state or national significance as defined in the
Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3451, subsection 9;
C. The quality of submitted decommissioning plans and recommendations for mechanisms to provide financial assurance for funding the decommissioning; and
D. The time required for completing the permitting process, including the time required for conducting environmental surveys and preparing and submitting the applications and the associated costs.

 

2. In its examination of the status of this State and each of the other New England states in making progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the office shall specifically evaluate the accuracy of the estimates generated by state agencies and wind energy developers for greenhouse gas reductions that are a result of wind energy development in this State and make recommendations for a standardized protocol, if necessary.

3. In developing its recommendations regarding the wind energy development goals established in Title 35-A, section 3404, subsection 2, the office shall consider the number of wind turbines necessary to meet the goals, market conditions, development trends, emissions goals, siting policies, cumulative impacts and other factors that may indicate it is necessary to amend the wind energy development goals.

4. In developing its recommendations regarding identification of places within the State’s unorganized and
deorganized areas for inclusion in the expedited permitting area established pursuant to Title 35-A, chapter 34-A, the office shall also consider whether places should be removed from the expedited permitting area, including, but not limited to, mountain area protection subdistricts, as described by the
Department of Conservation, Maine Land Use Regulation Commission Rule Chapter
10.

Notwithstanding Public Law 2007, chapter 661, Part A, section 8, as amended by Public Law 2009, chapter 642, Part A, section 9, the assessment submitted in 2012 is due February 1, 2012. Following receipt
and review of the report, the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 125th Legislature; and be it further

 

Sec. 2. Additional considerations.
Resolved:
That, to the extent resources are available, the office shall include the following in the annual assessment of progress on meeting the wind energy development goals pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 661, Part A, section 8, as amended by Public Law 2009, chapter 642, Part A,
section 9, in the assessment submitted in 2012:

1. Recommendations for the method by which permitting authorities should consider the cumulative impact on natural resources at the state or regional level, including but not limited to mountain areas and to scenic resources of state or national significance as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3451, subsection 9;

2. The economic effects of wind energy development on the tourism industry, to the extent data are available;

3. In collaboration with the Office of the Public Advocate, an evaluation of the costs associated with transmission upgrades for the purpose of transmitting wind energy; and

4. The implications of the intermittency of wind power for regional markets and the grid, including capacity charges, the forward capacity market and electricity price volatility; and be it further

 

Sec. 3. Use of existing data and stakeholder input.

Resolved: That, when completing the assessments under sections 1 and 2, the office and the Office of the Public Advocate may draw on existing state data and studies rather than new analyses, including, but
not limited to, those developed for the New England Wind Integration Study published by ISO New England in December 2010, the state climate action plan pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 577 and progress evaluation in Title 38, section 578, the State of Maine Comprehensive Energy Plan 2008-2009 and any reports from the Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as on analyses by the Federal Government, nonprofit organizations and other parties. The office and the Office of the Public Advocate may also draw on input from stakeholders and interested parties to complete the assessments; and be it further

 

Sec. 4. Health effects.
Resolved:
That, to the extent that resources are available, the  Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention shall conduct an analysis of the research on health effects from wind turbines, including effects from noise, and provide a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by February 1, 2012. The report must include recommendations for making the information in the report easily accessible to the public.

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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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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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