PPH - Wind power critics upset by scale of newly proposed Maine projects (Tux Turkel)

Woodcock was reacting to the release Monday of the names of 51 separate projects throughout the region from 23 different development groups that responded to a joint request from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.........One plan from SunEdison is a massive, 600-megawatt wind farm called King Pine. Another involves two projects from EDP Renewables, Number Nine Wind Farm and Horse Mountain, that together would add up to 650 megawatts.........“This will turn Maine into a wind plantation,” said Chris O’Neil, a spokesman for Friends of Maine’s Mountains..........McDonald also drew a connection between the recent appointment of former Gov. John Baldacci as vice chairman of Avangrid, the new parent company of CMP. Baldacci was instrumental in supporting a law that paved the way for wind power development in 2008........“We continue to evaluate the proposals,” Woodcock said. ” The state may provide comments to Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island on what development would be in the best interest of the state of Maine.”

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on February 3, 2016 at 12:27pm

These plans have been in the works for years. They are just now revealing them in a desperation move to get as many projects approved as possible before the hammer drops.                                                                                                                                                                                                      The "hammer" refers the escalating negative public opinion coming from the exposure of the wind industry's greedy and fraudulent ways.

Comment by Long Islander on February 3, 2016 at 10:24am

The Wind Energy Act of 2008, which gave developers a fast track to putting up wind turbines in some of the state's treasured high ground, was a special interest bill justified at the time in the name of jobs, energy independence and climate change.

“There is tremendous potential for Maine to become a leader in clean, renewable energy, including wind energy,” said Gov. John Baldacci, who appointed the task force whose report led to the bill. “This kind of investment would create jobs and help to expand Maine’s economy.”


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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 3, 2016 at 10:19am

Paul - I concur. Centrally provided electricity is a great way to control the citizenry. Homes are wired, people need it so raising rates tightens the choke hold of the potential victims nicely in place. Along the way, transmission and generation purveyors are lined up to extract billions. Their extraction is amplified with subsidies and REC's, etc. - all of which come from the same citizenry. It is nothing but government sponsored organized crime - most RICO worthy. If they could make similar billions and obtain similar control of us by taxing each breath of air we take in, I'm sure they would be doing that as well. We are simply put on earth for their benefit in their eyes. So long as we are kept distracted with other things and lied to by the complicit media and others, they seem to get away with it. That said, the PTC expiration schedule and the end of Obama's Cloward-Pivenesque attack on America's standard of living have panicked the piggish wind and transmission companies in Maine, including the affiliates in their cartel. This latest lunge for money should draw the attention and hopefully ire of many citizens who ordinarily pay no attention. As I see it, our job is to hasten that process as best we can. That would include an attention getting demonstration, the likes of which Maine has seldom seen.

Comment by Paul Ackerman on February 3, 2016 at 9:44am

And just what do you think the odds are that this is all coincidence??

In the waning year of the Obama administration's push to cripple the existing electric utility industry and force them into "green projects" ,and enforce the dogma of "Climate Change" as the rationale for all-powerful government regulation/control of power generation/distribution (among other things) makes this sudden onslaught of wind projects entirely understandable.

You cannot destroy the spirit of the region unless you destroy what the people who live there value.

Once they have accepted the destruction,for (as I heard a selectman recently opine) a "virtuous argument" of bogus industrial wind and solar,you have them. Taxpayer subsidies will follow and they are stuck with what the solons sell their souls for tomorrow.



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


(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."


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