Successful meeting at the Harraseeket Inn

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend last Saturday's "SavingME meeting that was hosted by the Gray family at the Harraseeket Inn.  Nancy and Penny continue to be excellent benefactors to our overall anti-wind efforts.  They provided not only the first class venue, but also a complimentary continental breakfast  as well as a wonderful (and very tasty! ) lunch.  Thank you ladies, your contributions are greatly appreciated by all.   The next time you have an opportunity, stop into the Harraseeket for a great meal or for an overnight stay.  This is a class operation with a professional staff that is trained to offer you a level of  personalized service that you likely didn't think existed any longer.  Check it out.

50+ concerned citizens attended the approximate 4.5 hour meeting.  As I looked around the room, I was struck by three thoughts regarding the attendees.  First, it was very positive to see folks from all parts of the state in attendance.   Some drove great distances to be there.  Secondly, it was reassuring to see that we had quite a few new faces along with most of the usual grizzled veterans.  The third observation wasn't quite so positive.  Of the 50+ people in attendance, I could count on less than one hand, those who haven't previously put their 50th (or 60th) birthday behind them.  We need to make stronger efforts to get younger citizens involved in our effort to save our state from becoming the the largest industrial junkyard in the northeast.

The meeting was supported by several wonderful exhibits and quite a few informational handouts to take home and review.  

I would be seriously remiss if I didn't take a minute here to thank our keynote speaker, Lisa Lenowes, who got a very early start to her day in order to travel to the meeting from southwestern NH.  Lisa is a leading authority in the fight against industrial wind proliferation and shared a terrific power point presentation with the group.  There was some valuable information there that I'm sure helped everyone in the room gain a better understanding of where the whole wind power movement came from and where it's headed.  Lisa's information was presented in a clear manner with lots of footnoted verification.  If it wasn't clear to you before now that the southern New England states (CT./R.I./MA) officials have unofficially declared their states to be turbine free zones for the most part, but have no qualms about decimating Maine's Quality of Place by pushing industrial wind projects on us and eventually turning YOUR state into an industrial junkyard of massive proportions, it sure should be clear following Lisa's presentation.  Thank you Lisa.

We had other discussions and updates on several other wind power related topics, with the primary point of interest being current proposed legislation before the legislature, and an upcoming effort to seriously amend the Wind Power Act through the public referendum process.  More on all of this to come.  

Thank all of you involved in putting this meeting together, especially Dick McDonald from and Dan Remian who is heading up the C.I. (Citizen's Initiative) for referendum.  It was good to see those in attendance working together for the mutual benefit of all industrial wind opponents again. 

Thanks to all who organized this get together - all in attendance benefited from it.   

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 6, 2015 at 9:04pm

the next meeting should be agenda

Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 6, 2015 at 9:02pm

the next meeting should be agenda

Comment by Paula D Kelso on May 6, 2015 at 9:45am

Yep, my grandchildren look at me like I'm out of my mind. Opposing wind power, what's not to love about it? It's green isn't it. We're saving the Earth aren't we? My grandson knows someone who lives near a turbine, but it's ok because the parents get paid a lot of money to have it there. Not sure how we get the attention of the young.

My children aren't really that concerned either. One lives in southern California and she's seen a lot of turbines there. She just shakes her head at me like get with it old lady. Lots of education needed to counter the hype of the wind industry and the omnipresent go green mentality. I think most people are so busy with their own immediate concerns that they aren't likely to pay that close attention to the details of how this is all playing out here in Maine. Out of sight, out of mind.

We've got to make the story pro-Maine and pro-Mainers, not just anti-wind and anti-wind scammers. That we're for something that we value just as highly as we value clean air. That 2500 or 3500 MW of wind energy isn't going to give us clean air but it is going to take away an unacceptable amount of what we love about Maine. And it's going to cause a lot of harm to our friends and neighbors.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 6, 2015 at 6:55am

Penny and Nancy Gray believe in the keeping of Maine green. Lisa Linowes pointed out that economics is the key.   Southern New England states are mandated to purchase RECs, not electricity.

The Maine Reliabilty project has set up for 1400 MW of wind to flow out of state. We need to stop more transmission up grades.

Comment by Donald Moore on May 5, 2015 at 9:31pm
Thank you Kevin for an excellent synopsis of the Saving Maine State meeting at the Harraseeket Inn! Your observation of youth absence is a keen point. I have often wondered how to get high energy youth to take up the gauntlet.
Sadly, the Wind industry has thought of everything, Scouts are offered a Wind Energy badge of achievement! Every where we look, the Wind industry has been there first. I thought of Unity College students working to save Maine from the scourge of the Towers, but it appears they believe they are green.
I do believe we are making progress. Dan's Citizens Initiative is very well conceived and written to the point that Chris O was able to use the CI to write his bill currently making its way through the legislative process. All efforts should be applauded if they chip away at the 2008 Wind law!
Comment by Pineo Girl on May 5, 2015 at 6:39pm

Thank you Kevin for this update!  The CI might be our only hope if LD 1329 gets tabled. Your point is well taken regarding the need for getting young people involved!


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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 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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"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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