Two Maine senators solicit Rhode Island for wind money in RI newspaper

As state senators for Aroostook County, we plan to usher in a new era of renewable energy investment in our state. And that means talking with our neighbors in other New England states about the benefits of siting projects in Maine to help them reach their renewable energy goals, while at the same time inviting investment that helps us with property tax relief, jobs, and energy security.

One potential partner is due south, in Rhode Island. In 2017, R.I. Governor Gina M. Raimondo set an ambitious goal to increase the amount of clean energy serving Rhode Island to 1,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2020. Now, the state has taken its first major step toward reaching that goal by issuing a request for proposals for 400 MW of renewable energy from a broad portfolio of resources, including onshore and offshore wind and solar, generated either in-state or imported from another state. We want Maine to be a partner in reaching that goal.

The commitment Rhode Island is making to renewable energy is laudable, and Maine’s new legislature and state government are ready to support it......................................The state has an opportunity to get affordable, sustainable renewable energy from the Number Nine Wind Farm in Maine. Located in Aroostook County, our home county, the largest and northernmost in New England, the Number Nine Wind Farm would generate 250 MW of clean, renewable power— enough energy to power approximately 109,000 average Rhode Island homes with clean electricity each year................................

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Comment by Willem Post on January 12, 2019 at 4:49pm

Wind developers have about 4000 MW of MAINE wind projects listed with the ISO-NE, the grid operator

The cost would be about $12 to $14 billion, including grid expansion and transmission to southern New England 

About 30 to 35% of that would be federal and state subsidies.

Now you know the reason for all the Maine and other wind hucksters jumping up and down, screaming the world is overheating, to get to these subsidies and destroy northern Maine by hook and by crook.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 12, 2019 at 11:49am

I had never heard about newspapers with the word "Sun" in their name being somehow connected to China. Antennae now up. I have read about considerable infiltration into the U.S. by China such as big tech, Hollywood, universities, etc. Newspapers would be a likely target given their collapses in circulation and revenues coupled with their value as propaganda factories. Why wouldn't they be an infiltration target?

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 12, 2019 at 11:21am

As Newspaper ownerships come and go, like LLC's in the financial world, they are hard to keep track of as to how their politics flow. 

Though it is harder to trace today, somewhere between 2012 and 2014 while researching the Sun Journal I stumbled on a fact that laid claim that ALL Newspapers at the time of the research that had the name SUN in them were tied back to a wealthy Chinese Man and Wife Owner authorized by the Chinese government. 

Some of the investments came through Canada. So take mental note as to other possible reasons as to why these articles may be gaining easier access to the media, than we the defenders.

Comment by Art Brigades on January 11, 2019 at 10:43pm

These two asshats have no clue about their constituents.  Google "NECEC Opposition" for a glimpse at how Mainers are FED UP with southern New England using Maine as its wind plantation for an unsustainable, useless, unnecessary unaffordable dream.  

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Comment by Richard McDonald/Saving Maine on January 11, 2019 at 12:53pm

There will be no more delays in wind development if you understand the consequences of what's being proposed for bills concerning RPS and transmission. With the Seth Berry at the helm at the EUT, there will be no room for opposition. As I stated previously, our only hope is southern NE seeing the significant economic benefits (jobs, infrastructure investment) of developing offshore wind - that theme has been prevalent in the reporting on offshore development. If Number Nine is not selected by RI, I would take that as a sign decisions are moving in that direction. Just look at the decision CT made to go with the Millstone and Seabrook nukes - 5 Maine wind farms were not selected in the recent bid. No wind farms were selected in the last MA RFP. It may be premature, but the tide could be turning.     

Comment by Dan McKay on January 11, 2019 at 12:35pm

"EDP Renewables’ power purchase agreement with two Connecticut utilities, signed in 2013 to line up customers for some of the power from the project, was terminated in July because of a number of delays. "

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 11, 2019 at 12:14pm

Please read the last two articles I have published here "How the 2012 East-West Corridor is being Developed" One involves NY the other CT. 

This hopefully will satisfy NY and CT for the near future, as it seems they are sort of bowing out on some of the ISO-NE RPS. ( I could be reading this wrong)

Aroostook County wind was once proposed to be re-routed via the Atlantic Link (1/3 way down) which may still remain a viable option for MA and RI given the need to interconnect with future offshore wind farms. 

I have tried to track these articles as it pertains to the development of the East-West Transportation/Utility Corridor introduced back in 2012,  but it seems to also interlace with Wind Development and our Electrical Power Grid as a Plantation State for Southern New England. 

I believe all articles are linked back to their source and all remain intact.

This is now becoming a concern for others, who hold a concern about the LUPC zoning expansions, known as the adjacency rule changes. Which may accommodate Quebec Hydro, Wind Farm Expansions, and the East-West Transportation/Utility corridor, which will be nearly completed if MEPCO and CMP's NECEC are allowed.

Comment by Richard McDonald/Saving Maine on January 11, 2019 at 11:40am

On the bright side Innogy, which purchased the rights to EverPower's Northwest Wind near Moosehead Lake, notified landowners receiving payouts that they have cancelled the project. Unfortunately, the rest of northern, western and eastern Maine won't be that fortunate. The Mills' admin is primed to open the floodgates for renewable development - upping the RPS is just the beginning. Berry's call for a transmission expansion study says it all. Given the state of the Republican party, I predict we'll face 8 years of unchecked wind development. The EUT is stacked to insure nothing gets in the way - opposition is being walled off. Our only hope is southern NE goes all in on offshore and drastically reduces their thirst for onshore wind from Maine. 

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on January 11, 2019 at 9:59am

RI. newspaper invites how controversial and costly it is to install new power lines across 'wilderness'; how costly it is to transmit power such long distances; who will be collecting the profits; etc. 


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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 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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