Maine Perspective on Wind and Hydro Shared in Boston

Maine Perspective Shared in Boston before the Massachussetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy

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Another note on CO2: In New England, only 17% of our CO2 emissions comes from the electricity generation sector. More than double (38%) comes from the transportation sector. In Maine the numbers are 14% from electricity and 46% from transportation. Yet the lion’s share of our collective climate reform efforts are aimed at electricity. In Maine last year, as the legislature was maintaining wind mandates and incentives, it was actually raising the speed limit to 75 MPH!

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on April 9, 2014 at 11:12pm

Great letter, Chris. I wonder if the Mass committee is loaded with wind moles like the Maine EUT group?

Comment by Ellin Beltz on April 9, 2014 at 1:17pm

Utterly brilliant!  My favorite points were... "Our forebears… ultimately did not hold on to their carrier pigeons when the telephone came along... Billions of dollars in the form of electricity rates have been unnecessarily extracted from New England … like a homeowner who should fix the leaky roof but who goes out and spends the paycheck on patio furniture.... There is coming a day when windmills without viable power storage will be the pet rock of energy. Gas and hydro work, they’re clean, cheap, and necessary. Focus on the good stuff, please."  The goodies go on and on in this speech, great one!!

Comment by Dan McKay on April 9, 2014 at 11:12am

A great synopsis of the facts. The simple, practical solution for Southern New England to reducing their carbon impact, which has no impact on climate, but, nevertheless, they only need to replace the retiring coal plants with natural gas plants of increased megawatt capacity. It is quite certain that increasing pipeline capacity for natural gas will favor this region over the less populated Northern New England region. The plant footprint remains the same. The close proximity to demand favors cost benefits.  

Comment by Martha thacker on April 9, 2014 at 9:38am

Wow...succinct..powerful. Let Susan Collins and Mike Michaud try to explain hanging on to this albatross tied around the beautiful state of Maine. Time for people who are intelligent and have morals to represent us. Not sell the state to the highest bidder.

Comment by Penny Gray on April 9, 2014 at 8:32am

Good speech.  Is it "ultrasound" or "infrasound"?

 

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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."

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