Maine House backs environmental exemption to allow wind terminal on Sears Island

April 17, 2024

Stephen Singer

Press Herald


A dozen House members reversed themselves from an April 9 vote that rejected changes in environmental rules, in order to allow an offshore wind terminal to be built.

The Maine House of Representatives on Wednesday backed legislation exempting sand dunes on Sears Island from environmental rules to authorize the state to grant a permit to build an offshore wind terminal.

By voting 77-65, the House reversed itself eight days after voting 80-65 to reject the legislation. Thirteen lawmakers, hearing from environmental and labor groups, changed their positions and yielded to Gov. Janet Mills on a key energy policy priority: putting Maine on the path to become an East Coast player in generating wind power from the Atlantic Ocean.

The measure now returns to the Senate, which approved the bill on Monday, for final enactment before heading to Mills for her consideration........................

....................House Minority Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham, R-Winter Harbor, who opposed the measure, said during a brief House debate that Maine’s environmental laws are important, “and Sears Island is a beautiful and pristine location.”..........................


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Comment by Willem Post on April 20, 2024 at 8:24am

This is the coercive will of the elite special/monied interests imposing itself on the people’s interest, and the people’s proxies, aka elected reps, decided to support the special/monied interests.

It is high time all these fraudulent rep folks get swept out of office with a giant MAGA tsunami of counted votes for Trump

Comment by Dan McKay on April 20, 2024 at 7:47am

Augusta, we have a problem. 

There are 8 billion people on Earth. 

Obviously, North America and Europe are the only areas of Earth serious about alleged climate crisis.

North America and Europe combined have a population of 1.1 billion.

Obviously, Maine with 1.3 million people (0.0001625% of Earth's people) is totally irrelevant to "The Cause."

Obviously, Maine qualified in-state renewable electricity plants currently produce 100% of the electricity Maine consumes which means Maine is holding up its end of " The Cause."

Why would you expect the ratepayers of Maine to sacrifice several billions of dollars more to "The Cause" with the Northern Maine Renewable Development Program and this wind fiasco?

This is an exposed criminal act you are inflicting on the Maine people and reparations are much overdue.


Comment by Willem Post on April 19, 2024 at 10:08pm

The hard-working Main people will be so screwed.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 19, 2024 at 1:19pm

Just keep flushing hard earned taxpayer money down the green and other toilets.

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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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"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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