Maine lawmakers opt not to tinker with electricity deregulation

Posted March 10, 2016, at 5:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The legislative committee handling energy policy has recommended the state leave it to regulators and the courts to decide whether affiliates of Maine electric utilities can own power generation within the state.

The Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee effectively killedLD 1513 on Thursday, voting unanimously to recommend against the bill’s passage, with four committee members absent.

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, who sponsored the bill, recommended that the committee vote against it and let pending court cases clarify under what circumstances, if any, sister companies of Maine’s two major electric companies can have any interest in power generation resources.

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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on March 11, 2016 at 12:44pm

My letter to Mark Dion:

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Mark:

 

When you have to cut down several hundred acres of forest to put in wind turbine pads, access roads and especially transmission lines which require annual spraying of herbicides, you have a very bad impact on the environment---loss of habitat for birds, insects and small mammals; but the lost forest no longer converts CO2 into stored carbon and life giving oxygen…..AND THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING TO HAVE ON YOUR LEGISLATIVE RECORD! It’s so bad, even the loss of one tree should be subtracted from the owner’s carbon subsidies.

 

Frank."

Comment by Penny Gray on March 11, 2016 at 6:20am

Thank you, Monique and Eric, for keeping us informed and fighting for Maine.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 10, 2016 at 10:41pm

Like a Bullet and a Gun, T&D's and Generation should remain separated. Placing the two together creates a situation where it is a matter of time that someone pulls the trigger and the damage is done, without any recourse. Given the trend of the corporate world, any remedy should something go wrong, the Trade Agreements being wielded around could cause our state and federal courts to become powerless to deal with these wrongs leaving it for a Global Court to determine our futures. A court that has already allowed corporations to sue nations on a perceived loss of profit for a company that may or may not have been built or survived upcoming competition from a newer technology.

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/

 

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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

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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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