Governor LePage: Energy Independence Could Revitalize the American Economy

LePage: Energy Independence Could Revitalize the American Economy

Governor LePage applauds the Romney/Ryan energy plan for its focus on North American renewable sources

Governor Paul LePage on Monday applauded the new energy plan introduced by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, which focuses on making America energy independent by the year 2020. The plan looks to achieve this critical goal by bringing all cost-effective sources into the energy mix, reforming the federal energy regulation and permitting processes; establishing more energy partnerships with our Mexico and Canada neighbors; and emphasizing private sector-driven energy and energy technology development.

“It is very encouraging to see that the Romney/Ryan plan stress that both energy and environmental policy are critical for economic success. Through common sense regulatory reform, greater utilization of North American energy sources, and allowing the private sector to drive energy innovation, we will build a more prosperous economy for Maine and the nation,” said Governor LePage. “I am pleased to see this plan recognizes the need to reform the status quo on energy policy at the federal level. My administration is working hard to do the same.”

In Maine, the average price of electricity is 11.94 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is approximately 24 percent above the national average and costs Mainers an extra $266.8 million per year in electricity costs. Governor LePage has repeatedly stated it is critical that Maine bring its electricity prices in line with the national average to create a business-friendly environment, build our economy, and make Maine industry more competitive on the global market.

The LePage administration has advocated for a number of initiatives to lower energy costs in Maine, such as removing the 100 megawatt cap on qualifying renewable hydroelectric energy, which would level the playing field of Maine electricity generation and also allow Maine to import low-cost electricity from Canada as part of the renewable energy mix. 

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Comment by freemont tibbetts on August 31, 2012 at 9:01am

            SO MUCH $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ TO BE MADE    

                                                          ON THE SIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!.                                                                                                                                 OUTER STATER,  FEW  RUNNING TOWN, STATE, AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.        

           THE ONLY WAY TO OUTLAW INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES IN MAINE IS A TOWN VOTE.

          IT MEANS EVERY TOWN IN MAINE WAKE UP YOU HAVE THE POWER TO RUN YOUR TOWN.                                                                                 

          IT MEANS EVERY TOWN IN MAINE WAKE UP TO THE WIND POWER SCAM.   

          IT MEANS WE HAVE THE POWER TO OUTLAW  THE WIND POWER SCAM. 

                                 IT MEANS WE HAVE TO  VOTE          

                            THE ONLY WAY !!!!!!!.    THE ONLY WAY !!!!!!!. 

  TO BE MADE ON THE SIDE.    

Comment by MaineHiker on August 28, 2012 at 8:35am

The first step toward energy independence for Maine is the outlawing of industrial wind turbines.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on August 27, 2012 at 10:09pm

Maine is off base!

Comment by Brad Blake on August 27, 2012 at 9:51pm

Think about this.  The 540MW gas fired Calpine plant sitting on 50 acres of land in a Westbrook industrial park produces as much electricity as 1800 wind turbines would.  It runs on natural gas from Sable Island, Nova Scotia.  The Sable Island gas field is 3 trillion cubic feet of known reserves, tapped into by 6 production platforms that have an excellent environmental record.  The Province of Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax are thriving from this energy development.

Meanwhile, on the continental shelf off Maine, there has not been any gas or oil exploration allowed since 1969.  We could have similar natural resources, but the Federal government prohibits finding out!  Instead of finding if there is a Sable Island type gas field, we waste money and destroy our mountains on useless wind turbines.  We pursue the incredibly expensive and foolish idea of floating thousands of wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine.  I would take a production platform that produces energy dense natural gas over floating wind turbines any day!

 

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on August 27, 2012 at 9:32pm

hope this stops the PTCs!

 

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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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