We are insulted, but not surprised, that this Committee has chosen to hear only from the established industrial wind industry, personified by Juliet Brown and Stacey Fitts.

Brown is the attorney for most of the industrial wind developers in Maine and former legislator Fitts was working for a company with wind company contracts when  he  chaired  the EUT committee. Brown was instrumental in drafting the Expedited Wind Act, which greatly benefits her clients and, therefore, Ms. Browne herself. Both she and Mr. Fitts are vocal cheerleaders for industrial wind.  Do you really expect to receive an impartial assessment of the  Wind Act from Brown and Fitts?


Not surprisingly, though, it is clear that you do not want an impartial assessment, since you have not yet done anything in response to the OEIS report “Maine Wind Assessment 2012.”  This Committee itself requested that report in 2011 and it was given to you in March 2013 by Patrick Woodcock, Director of OEIS. The Report makes 25 recommendations to correct flaws in the wind permitting law. How many of those recommendations has this Committee addressed or otherwise considered?


Over the last four years you have heard hundreds of hours of testimony in this very room, from outraged, pleading, despairing, discouraged, dejected and depressed citizens from every part of Maine who are exposed, or potentially exposed, to the nightmare of industrial wind power. Yet you have done nothing at all to respond to their pleas. You act as though the citizens are your servants, not the other way around.


For years, you have listened to the wind industry and to Big Green, the major environmental groups who care more for their own financial survival than for people who are being harmed by suffering noise impacts, decreased property values, violation of their civil rights and other impacts.


You have continually upheld the arguments of the wind industry that any changes to the wind law would negatively affect their profit margins and scare away investors. You have never questioned the low output of the turbines already up, you have never questioned how many jobs they really provide and who those jobs are given to.


You chose, however, to kill all of the bills that we have proposed and used the study only as a way to avoid taking action. Today's agenda includes no consideration of the report, nor of OEIS' and DEP's views and concerns as expressed in the EUT meeting of May 7, 2013.


When the wind law was passed, nobody in the legislature considered that reaching the goals expressed in the law would require more than 300 miles of mountain ridges be lined with turbines as tall as 50 story skyscrapers, or that the noise of these behemoths would negatively impact the health of Mainers.  No one discussed the thousands of birds, bats and raptors that would be killed or lost to habitat destruction. And no one knew that the thousands of turbines would yield less than 5% more electricity to the grid, with CO2 savings of only 1%.

But now you know.!!!   While it is too late for Mars Hill, the Boundary Mountains, Freedom, Vinalhaven, Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, Stetson Mountain, Danforth, Roxbury, Bull Hill, Eastbrook and Spruce Mountain, it is not too late for the rest of Maine.


We demand some action now from this Committee.

 Do what you were sent to Augusta to do, represent your constituents.

 It is not your job to represent energy greedy residents of other New England states!

 It is not your job to represent the executives of out of state wind corporations!

 It is not your job to represent attorneys and lobbyists employed by Portland law firms.! Your job is to represent the people of this state.

And you have failed miserably in this task!








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Comment by Whetstone_Willy on December 18, 2013 at 12:48am

In the two hour wind meeting at the EUT joint standing committee later today, Browne and Fitts, named above have been given a majority of the time. The citizenry has been given no time. This cannot stand.

Juliet Browne's husband, Rep. Jon Hinck, formerly with Greenpeace, sat on the EUT that killed 12 citizen wind bills. Hear that again: The husband of the state's # 1 wind industry attorney refused to recuse himself because of what at the very least was the appearance of a conflict of interest and he helped strangle the citizens' 12 bills.

On the same committee was Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, then an employee of the Truman Project/Operation Free, an organization devoted to shilling for wind power. Their logo had wind turbines prominently featured. So the committee that strangled 12 citizen bills had a second paid employee of the wind industry on it or related to it.

And third, there was Rep. Stacey Fitts, also speaking tomorrow, being given precious time over the citizen. Fitts himself personally talked the EUT into killing the 12 bills in favor of a study. The study was commissioned at great taxpayer expense and finished in 2011. But the EUT never asked for it after they used it as a delaying tactic, recklessly spending taxpayer money just to get the citizens out of their hair. It collected dust for two years.

But the citizens have never gone away, nor will we.

Oh, and did I mention Fitts' appearance of a conflict of interest? Well he worked for Kleinschmidt Associates, a member of the Maine Renewable Enery Association. Kleinschmidt actually had on their website a post that bragged about the fact that one of their engineers (Fitts), was busy in Maine helping shape regulations. In fact, Fitts was on Governor Baldacci's task force on wind power. Don't take my word for it. Here is a screenshot from the website:

OK, let's recap.

12 citizen bills - killed in one day by the EUT.

3 members of that EUT committee had appearances of conflict of interest

25 recommendations to change the wind law were made in the OEIS report they commissioned, kicking the can down the road

2 years went by and they never looked at it.

2 hours devoted to wind later today in the EUT.

1 hour and 15 minutes of that scant two hours handed over to two folks on the can-kicking EUT involved in appearances of conflict of interest

0 time - the amount of time being "given" to citizens to speak in the meeting later today

7 days before Christmas, where the EUT hopes this will get lost in the shuffle and the citizens will get lost

2014 - one more year we will be fighting for our rights


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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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