The word "need" in the title is bogus. What it really should say is government mandates. Just as the wind industry has "gotten to" key legislators in Maine to put in the fix, they have done the same with key legislators in southern New England with regard to mandating ratepayers buy wind.
O'Neil counters: "Utilities are thrilled to build new transmission and get their guaranteed 12% return on equity. When you add it all up, building wind is essentially an extravagant waste of money, so ruining the hills and mountains isn't worth it."