Public Advocate : Ratepayer Funds to Benefit Ratepayers, Not Economic Development

   A bill the EUT committee held public hearing on; L.D. 273 An Act To Encourage and Enhance the Future of Waste-to-energy Facilities Resource Laws, describes a desire to make a new Renewable Class with associated renewable energy credits for waste to electricity producing plants. This new Class is looking to procure $10 per credit to start.
    Our Public Advocate, realizing such credits mean added costs on customer electric bills testified :
               " We take no position on whether or not it is appropriate to include waste-to-energy facilities within the definition of renewable capacity resource. This is a policy decision for the Legislature. While renewable portfolio standard(RPS) do not have a great track record in incentivizing the construction o new renewable facilities, they are effective at ensuring that particular resource receive an above market premium once constructed."
               "....., We generally oppose efforts to use ratepayer funds for purposes that don't directly benefit ratepayers, such as economic development,...."

    http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/getTestimonyDoc.asp?id=21702   ;

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on March 20, 2015 at 6:06pm

The Governor does not want any more "carving" out of electrical bills for "renewables".   Renewables that exclude hydro are sucks.

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/

 

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

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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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