Renewable policies crushing New England's economy


Renewable policies crushing New England's economy

(Posted June 23, 2011)


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Comment by Willem Post on October 6, 2012 at 9:28am
Comment by Jim Lutz on October 6, 2012 at 9:08am

I just want to know who in Augusta isn't listening to this kind of information.  I would think any reasonable legislator or person in the public sector would be OUTRAGED at the costs they are going to be putting on our shoulders over the next 10 years.  And then to go through a replacement of these behemoths every 15 years, at future prices.  We already have the most expensive energy here in Maine and it will remain that way without putting a stop to the madness,

Comment by Barbara Durkin on September 5, 2011 at 11:31am

continuing Enron and Pat Wood III:

The spotlight today is on U.S. energy markets and how lax government
oversight failed to protect U.S. consumers and markets from false data
and price manipulation by corporate wrongdoers."

"After Wood's Dismissive Reaction to Enron Tapes Exposing Energy Market Manipulation"

June 16, 2004

Pat Wood, III
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20426

Dear Chairman Wood:

“We have received a copy your June 7, 2004 letter to Senator Barbara Boxer and are appalled at your indifference to both already established facts surrounding Enron's gaming of California ratepayers and to the suffering of Californians due to market manipulation perpetrated by companies that you regulate.

Most disturbing is the misstatement of conclusions already reached by your agency and that you show far more empathy for the discredited positions of Ken Lay, who first recommended you as a utility commissioner to then-Governor Bush, than for Californians.”  [Continues, cut read by link below]

Comment by Barbara Durkin on September 5, 2011 at 11:28am

continuing on Pat Wood III Director of First Wind:


Range Fuels, Inc.

Privately Held; Oil & Energy industry

May 2007 – Present (4 years 5 months)


Quanta Services

Public Company; PWR; Construction industry

May 2006 – Present (5 years 5 months)


SunPower Corporation

Public Company; SPWR; Renewables & Environment industry

August 2005 – Present (6 years 2 months)

SunPower awarded USD$1.8 million research grant

08. September 2010 | Research & Development, Industry & Suppliers | By:  Becky Stuart

In a second round of funding by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S.-based SunPower Corp. is set to receive a grant of around USD$1.8 million from the California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment and Demonstration (CSI RD&D) Program.

SunPower Receives $75,000 Grant from the California Energy Commission to Develop Fresnel Lens Concentrator Technology

Sunnyvale, CA. SunPower Corporation announced today that it received a $75,000 grant from the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) program to develop a novel semiconductor technology that converts highly concentrated sunlight directly into electricity.


Wood3 Resources

Renewables & Environment industry

July 2005 – Present (6 years 3 months)

Energy Infrastructure Development.


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Government Agency; Government Administration industry

June 2001 – July 2005 (4 years 2 months)



Renewables & Environment industry

2001 – 2005 (4 years)


Public Utility Commission of Texas

Utilities industry

February 1995 – June 2001 (6 years 5 months)


SENATOR LEVIN (find below dialogue link with Patrick Wood, FERC Chair,testimony to Government Affairs Committee Hearing on Enron ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH):

"Enron has exposed how, all too often, corporate executives have walked away
from corporate disasters with millions in their pockets, often from
exercising stock options, while pension funds, investors, employees,
and creditors have lost everything.
Comment by Barbara Durkin on September 5, 2011 at 11:22am

Massachusetts Oceans Act of 2008, Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Communities Act, “net metering” and long-term contract provisions of the Green Communities Act are the diabolical genius of former (convicted) Speaker Sal DiMasi, Mass Secretary Executive Office of Environmental EOEEA Affairs Ian Bowles and his EOEEA staff and CLIMATE PROTECTION AND GREEN ECONOMY ADVISORY COMMITTEE President and CEO First Wind LOW CARBON ENERGY SUPPLY CoChair: Paul Gaynor (First Wind)

These Draconian green mandates by design profit their architects at the expense of ratepayers now facing triple current energy cost by offshore wind energy.  The Cape Wind National Grid “no bid” contract is under Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appeal.  

Patrick Administration outgoing Energy Czar Ian Bowles et al should be at the epicenter of a sweeping Mass State Ethics investigation. As Public Employees, they have used the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for their own personal gain, while abusing citizens whose interests were not served by them. The Patrick Administration through the EOEEA ushered policies and rules that mandate on and offshore wind development in the marketplace serviced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs former and current staff.  Mass former Energy Chief and those he hired at EOEEA,  while charged with providing reliable energy at a commercially reasonable cost, will triple that to the public, and simultaneously these policymakers will enjoy all stimulus and publicly-funderd benefits generated by the Acts they have crafted.


Keep following the money, Citizens Task Force on Wind Power in Maine!


Pat Wood, III's Experience


First Wind

Renewables & Environment industry

March 2010 – Present (1 year 7 months)



TPI Composites, Inc.

Privately Held; Renewables & Environment industry

January 2009 – Present (2 years 9 months)


Xtreme Power

Privately Held; Renewables & Environment industry

October 2008 – Present (3 years)

A Kyle, Texas company that makes utility scale power storage systems, Xtreme Power, nabbed a $29.5 million, series C round of venture funding the company announced today. The investment was co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of The Dow Chemical Company and clean tech investors SAIL Venture Partners.


A123 Systems

Subect, Battery Strorage: 





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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