Why does Maine continue to support natural gas-fired plants operating within the state when it is well understood that thevolatile price of natural gas is driving electricity prices so high that 40% of the people of Maine find themselves unable to pay their monthly bill?
The state's long range and short range decarbonization plans barely touch upon the fact that natural gas plants are the dominant carbon emitter for in-state electricity generation.
RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) tracks electric plant emissions: 5 in-state natural gas plants and 1 oil-fired plant make up the total list of Maine electric plant C02 emitters. These plants are charged with a carbon tax that passes through to customer bills. Another reason to eliminate or switch control of these plants. The government coverup is that carbon taxes paid by customers are diverted to the Efficiency Maine Trust fund. You won't find that information on your monthly bill.
Why aren't our Augusta experts working on a plan to revamp the state's use of natural gas and oil plants output? Why do they kick the can down the road for these plants as they continue to kick the electric customers in the ass with a carbon tax that would go away with the elimination of the polluting plants?
Why did the output from Maine natural gas plants suddenly erupt last year after 10 consecutive years of declining output? Higher natural gas prices, higher electric prices, higher profits.
Why did Calpine, owner of Maine's largest natural gas plant, fight so hard against the NECEC project? Seems obvious now.
Instead of remanding the NECEC decision back to the courts, it should be remanded back to the voters who were shanghaied by the largest natural gas plant owner along with the largest oil-fired plant owner in Maine It is all documented in the Maine PUC NECEC Case files.
Maine lawmakers will continue to move to enlarge wind and solar presence in the state, erroneously believing these weak resources will outcompete and provide reliability that will force NG and oil plants from operating in Maine. Again, I ask, why did NG and Oil use for electricity generation coincide with rising prices for these commodities?
Think about it, Mainers, it's your money being wasted.
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."