MAINE WIND ENERGY ADVISORY COMMISSION - REPORT Dated 1/2/19 (FINAL)

Democratic Rep. Seth Berry said the report will likely have little impact under Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has voiced support for promoting renewable energy. Mills’ office didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.

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Seth Berry

Berry described former Republican Gov. Paul LePage efforts as “all bark and no bite.”

“I think everybody understands it’s basically a dead letter,” Berry said.

The Report :Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission Report (MS Word)

The Media Bias :https://www.timesrecord.com/articles/front-page/report-draws-few-co...

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Comment by Long Islander on January 16, 2019 at 2:30pm
Comment by Dan McKay on January 16, 2019 at 8:24am
As usual, a vanilla report, straight down the middle including a sorry accusation that people who find wind turbines absurd must be emotionally driven and lacking factual data.
FACT : The author of this report has no clue what parts of the findings should have been emphasized. 
FACT : Individual turbines are now massive in size and intrude visibly at a scale that cuts across town borders, including towns with ordinances that have established setbacks that these huge machines encroach upon.
FACT :  Maine people have rediscovered many local scenic treasures that the State fails to recognize as significant and will not even allow consideration of it's local and statewide importance.
FACT : Every purchasing contract for the power from Maine Wind Plants have increased ratepayer electricity costs. 
FACT : Massachusetts, with it's immense appetite for renewables. purchases most of the Maine Wind Power, which is the main reason they are built here.
FACT : Massachusetts companies have built most of Maine's Wind Plants.
FACT : Maine, by far, hosts the most wind power, by state, in New England.
FACT : Main electrical generation is 75% clean/renewable
FACT : Tangible benefits of $4000 per turbine per year is a bribe and was an absurd amendment to a proposed legislative bill that would have permitted  wind only if it could prove reductions in electric rates, statewide.
FACT : ISO-NE has been frustrated with the intermittent nature of wind, forming many new market rules that add to the cost of electricity.
FACT : Many Maine towns have rejected wind by ordinance and many Maine territories have rejected the expedited wind siting rules.
FACT : The DEP has rejected wind applications to the extent that no recourse to amending the application would have changed the rejection to an approval.
FACT : The DEP has challenged many applications for many various reasons, forcing developers to amend their applications.
FACT : Decommissioning wind developments is shoved to a shelf and forgotten. It will be a disaster when roads and drainage devices fail after decommissioning. Gravity will rule as the mess cascades down the mountain.
FACT : REPEAL THE WIND ENERGY ACT NOW.
Comment by Penny Gray on January 15, 2019 at 5:19pm

I think everybody understands they don't have a clue and could come to no conclusions.  Not something to brag about.

Comment by Long Islander on January 15, 2019 at 2:52pm

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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