Let the wind production tax credit expire

Let the wind production tax credit expire

11/26/2013

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Despite this generous support for over two decades, the wind industry has very little to show for it besides higher electricity prices and disappointing production results. Wind energy accounts for a disappointing 3 percent of electricity produced nationwide. Additionally, electricity rates have increased in many states due to mandates forcing electricity companies to include more wind energy sources in their power grids.

Ironically, wind energy is not nearly as environmentally friendly as its supporters would like us to believe.

Wind farms have caused unprecedented harm to bat and bird populations and their local ecosystems. An estimated 33,000 to 111,000 bats are predicted to be killed by wind turbines in the mid-Atlantic Highlands alone by 2020. According to The American Bird Conservancy, wind turbines kill between 75,000 and 275,000 birds per year including hundreds of bald eagles.



To top it off, Americans have to worry about the environmental cost of maintaining wind turbines. Often built in cold climates, wind turbines experience ice damage. To combat this problem, de-icing fluid, made up of two toxic chemicals known as propylene-glycol and ethylene-glycol, is placed on wind turbines. Runoff from this fluid is hazardous to the local fish and cattle population, and also contaminates the local food, soil, and groundwater.

At a time when Americans are struggling to find jobs and make ends meet, we cannot stand by and let special interest groups like those in the wind industry run Washington. Consumers, not the federal government, should decide what sources of energy should power their homes and businesses.

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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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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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