Reed & Reed's CEO shamelessly shilling and dutifully doubletalking

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Reed & Reed's CEO shamelessly shilling and dutifully doubletalking with no disclosure that Reed & Reed has built just about every wind project in Maine.

A kudos to Ken Fletcher, Director of Maine's Office of Energy Independence and Security.

If you missed it, it's on again tomorrow (Sunday 1/29) night.

Debating Energy / Economic Forecast
Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 pm
Friday, January 27 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 29 at 5:00 pm

The debate over Maine's energy future continues. Governor LePage believes the free market will bring power costs down. But, a coalition of environmentalists and industry is pushing a renewable energy referendum. What's best for the state? Also, economic forecaster Charlie Colgan has delivered his annual economic forecast for the state. Find out why he is more pessimistic than last year.

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Comment by Gary Campbell on January 28, 2012 at 11:04am

Is there a way to determine whether wind cheerleaders like NRCM, Reed & Reed, Sewell, etc are insisting on buying 100% renewable energy themselves? That is, are THEY buying the renewable certificates? If not, their hypocrisy is palpable.

Comment by Harrison Roper on January 28, 2012 at 10:55am

So the Presidents of Reed & Reed and of the Sewall Company are in favor of wind power.  Why am I not surprised?

  Both of their companies are in the construction business.  While they correctly cite all the jobs created and the tax base increase  they do not mention the short-term character of the jobs, or the huge question of what is going to pay the taxes incurred and the financing from the  "increased tax base."

  Will the turbines generate enough power to pay for themselves? I think not.  Wind turbines have notoriously irregular and unpredictable power output.  There is an assumption that "installed capacity" is what you get from them - NO. The equating of "installed capacity" with actual power output assumes fueled facilities, and an infinite supply of fuel.  While this is true of fossil power plants, it is not true of wind farms.  Wind turbines just sit there, making their notoriously "skittery" power only when the wind blows.  Promoters say about "can produce"  such and such power. BUT that is only when the wind is perfect, 24/7.

  This rarely happens. Look out the window at tallest trees in your neighborhood.  The strength of the wind changes constantly.  Maine's inland wind resource is "poor to moderate" in most areas. Yes, it is better on hills and ridges and mountaintops, but it pales by comparison (brown  on the map) while out on the ocean it is superb (bright red). 

  Here are some examples. based on information gleaned from the Federal Energy Regulation Commission's website:  Mars Hill (apparently the best site in Maine)  produced 36%  of its installed capacity ("Capacity Factor") in 2009 and again in 2010.  Stetson I, in the boonies of Washington County, produced 23.4%  Cap[acity Factor in  2009 and 31% in 2010.  UMPI's highly touted campus windmill produced less than a 11% Capacity Factor when it was working;  Fox Islands Wind LLC, on coastal Vinalhaven,  is reported to have a 30.6 Capacity Factor in 2009 and a 28% Capacity Factor  in 2011.

   Considering this fractional power production rfecord, how will these things make enough money to pay their taxes and other expenses, let alone pay back the loans, interest  and decommissioning payments? And is anyone paying attention to the more expensive character of the back-up power that must be instantly available when the wind doesn't blow? Who is paying for that? I suspect industrial wind farms mostly exist to collect subsidies, grants, and tax breaks- and with the political climate these days, how long will that last? 

  I am hoping Gov. Paul LePage's policies will put a stop to industrial wind farm development in Maine.  If it can't stand on its own -well, goodbye, and don't let the door slam on the way out, please.

Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth 



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 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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