The Natural Resources Council of Maine criticized the commission’s vote on Tuesday to reconsider the contract terms, saying it was a “bad faith” decision that reflects Gov. Paul LePage’s anti-wind stance........“This administration will do anything to thwart renewable energy development, whether it comes from international investors or our own University of Maine,” Dylan Voorhees, NRCM’s clean energy director, said in the release."
PPH: Maine PUC applies brakes to UMaine offshore wind project
The PUC stated this project would raise rates for electric customers, and the current Legislature has sent a clear message not to take actions that do that. It’s the commission’s duty, they reasoned, to take another look at the contract terms..................Maine Aqua Ventus had made its case in a 95-page legal brief submitted last winter to the commission. But on Tuesday, PUC Chairman Mark Vannoy refuted many of the arguments in a presentation that lasted nearly an hour. Vannoy’s rebuttal was highly technical, based on case law and previous commission rulings. But to sum up: Much had changed in New England energy market since 2014, and the PUC isn’t legally obligated to approve a power contract based on terms and conditions that also have changed since then..........................“The LePage administration’s anti-wind rampage continued today, with his PUC’s decision to renege on its off-shore wind agreement,” said Dylan Voorhees NRCM’s clean energy director.