Caution

An Act To Enable Municipalities Working With Utilities To Establish Microgrids.


Bribery to have a community
Turbine / Solar Farm ?

The Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology will be meeting on October 24, 2017, from 9 AM to 12 PM in Room 211 of the Cross Office Building to discuss LD 257. The chairs have indicated that time will be provided for public comment at the end of the meeting. If you are interested in presenting to the committee please let me know so I can have an idea of how many people are interested. I will be sending out the agenda for this meeting in the next few days.





Deirdre Schneider
Legislative Analyst
Office of Policy and Legal Analysis
(207) 287-1670
deirdre.schneider@legislature.maine.gov

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 18, 2017 at 5:45pm

First, I believe that government can not be in business to provide services where private enterprise exists or could exist. "Unconstitutional" Given that as a fact, the utilities who own the poles and equipment in the local communities may wish to sell such assets in lieu of paying property taxes. Generators would be the likes of Solar, Wind, local Small hydro or forest consuming Biomass plants, leaving the transmission lines outside of the communities being the interconnection to the larger grid to market any excesses of energy. (but for a price) This scheme may seem attractive, but if unable to market the excess at a fair price, the local price on the microgrid may skyrocket to recover the investment. If an independent micogrid were established, that would entail creating more local Right of Ways, where some may not be allowed to cross existing utility lines without a fee attached. There may be a hidden agenda and may be or become much more complicated. Either way they are out to destroy more of Maine. Get Ordinances in place, prior to entertaining a Wolf in Sheep's clothing. Some communities got sold a bill of goods and some of their elected officials willingly though blindly participated. 

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on October 18, 2017 at 3:42pm

It should be obvious that the solar lobby wants to force local government to build solar farms on public property like closed landfills. It puts local government back into energy production and as long as the revenue comes in, the installer who now is the operator, remains in control. Should the economics change, then the town gets stuck with solar farm; or if the vendor goes out of business and the warranties become null and void. 

Why not have a grower of marijuana come in and make the same sales pitch? Or a craft beer maker?

Once upon a time many towns generated their own hydropower; I don't any remain. 

If this bill opens the door to other forms of renewables, like small hydro and tidal, fine; otherwise the only beneficiary will be the solar industry..

if wrong, tell me why.

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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