Mills Outlines Climate Change Council Plans For Natural Resources Committee

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills told state lawmakers Friday that her proposal to create a 27-member climate change council will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions while transitioning the state to what she describes as a "low-carbon" economy.

Testifying before the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee, Mills says the council will come up with plans to slash emissions by 80 percent and generate 100 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2050.

"Now, it's easy to set goals on paper, to pass laws that say we should do this, or we should do that," she says. "Implementing it is a whole other thing. That's what this climate council will be tasked with doing."

Mills says the council will also include a team of scientists that will find the best ways to execute the state's climate plan.

Some conservative groups, including the Maine Heritage Policy Center, have criticized the proposal for growing government and unfairly restricting Maine electricity sources. They also question whether the proposal can make a difference affecting climate change.

Maine students compete to build most stable wind turbine platform

ORONO, Maine (WABI) - Middle and high school students from all over the state gathered at the University of Maine Friday for an engineering challenge.

"We have about 400 students from across the state of Maine who are testing floating wind turbines." said Dr. Habib Dagher, Executive Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center.

Students showed off their engineering skills by bringing scale-model offshore wind turbine platforms they built to the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center for the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge.

Gabi Membreno spoke to us representing her team from King Middle School in Portland.

"Well, we made sketches, and then we started building, and then we combined teams with someone and started building together."

All the platforms were equipped with a standardized turbine, and teams were judged on the stability of their design.

"They have a lot of very inventive designs." said Dr. Dagher. "The students are very excited. The teachers are very excited. They want to see how their design works."

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Comment by Willem Post on May 25, 2019 at 1:44am

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Have fun reading these articles.

They relate directly to your monthly electric bill, or heating bill, or gasoline bill.

A surcharge here and a surcharge there and soon we are talking about real money out of your pocket into someone else's pocket.

Whatever efficiency program the state government sets up, any savings will be taken away from your pocket (in the name of a good cause) by means of increased electric rates, plus increases in taxes, fees and surcharges, plus increased prices of goods and services, as businesses try to recoup THEIR cost increases.

That money will be used to pay for setting up additional government programs and/or expand existing programs, all in the name of a good cause.

Any increases in overall productivity of the PRIVATE economy would mitigate SOME of the increases in the prices of goods and services.

Let us hope the government will allowsus to keep enough money to make the INVESTMENTS to actually achieve these increases in productivity.

If not, down the tube we go.

Gee, I almost thought this was rocket science, until I realized it was just Economics 101.

Comment by Paul Ackerman on May 19, 2019 at 5:15pm

A panel that has already decided its goal and only needs a few more millions of taxpayer dollars to jam it down our throats.

 When Augusta decides to study the way to implement insanity in order to virtue-signal their way to progressive sainthood you can bet everything you use to exist will cost more money.

Comment by Willem Post on May 19, 2019 at 10:04am

Scientists on the panel, but no experienced energy systems engineers?

Good luck!

Comment by Dan McKay on May 19, 2019 at 7:18am

A boondoggle and an attack on people and the planet by 27 know-it-alls ? 


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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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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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."

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