:My new testimony against LD 1513 . PLEASE EMAIL THE EUT MEMBERS TONIGHT !!!!!!

IT IS CRUCIAL FOR YOU TO EMAIL THE EUT MEMBERS TONIGHT OR TOMORROW MORNING.

TODAY THE EUT COMMITTEE MET FOR A WORKING SESSION ON LD 1513, THE TESTIMONIES OF THE OPPONENTS WERE ABSOLUTELY CONVINCING THAT THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW FAVORITISM TO IBERDROLA /CMP AND CREATE A MONOPOLY ON OWNERSHIP OF TRANSMISSIONS LINES AND WIND GENERATION IN MAINE : A PURE DISASTER .

CHAIRMAN DION WAS BEFUDDLED AND CALLED FOR RECESS, AFTER 40 MINUTES IT WAS DECIDED TO HAVE ANOTHER WORKING SESSION. This session will happen tomorrow.

THIS IS GIVING YOU ONE MORE CHANCE TO INSIST THAT THE EUT KILLS THIS HORRENDOUS BILL.

HERE  IS MY TESTIMONY :   


 H
onorable vice chairs and representatives of the EUT Committee,

The back and forth with LD 1513 has to stop. Many of us who have been involved in fighting the nightmare of the Expedited Wind Law put in place by John Baldacci can hardly believe that Chairman Dion could actually sponsor LD 1513 without feeling any form of sense of abuse and mistreatment of the people of Maine. 

The Wind Act was voted on false promises and lies and has created immense pain to Maine residents for years and has destroyed large areas of Maine's natural heritage with absurdly incompatible industrial behemoths on more than 75 miles of her ridges.  The currently under construction Bingham Wind Project alone will consume 25 miles of scenic ridges in the western mountains.

LD 1513 would finish what had been omitted in LD 2283, that is to reverse 18 years of deregulation, A SYSTEM PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT RATEPAYERS, in order to satisfy Iberdrola / CMP and assure de facto a MONOPOLY on this Spanish company over the use of Maine ridges.

All this under the guidance of John Baldacci who instead should apologize for the immense deceit he imposed on Maine people by forcing into law in 2008 a sweeping destruction of our state without ANY reason but financial greed for all parties involved in the development of wind power.

PLEASE kill LD1513 unanimously.  The arguments against it have been ably demonstrated  today by witnesses O'Neil, Smith, Buxton, Stone, Clark and Ahearn (I listened to the work session). This the LEAST you can do to repair the shame done to the people of Maine and to its natural resources.

Then when you have done that, PLEASE review The OEIS report written in 2012 under the guidance of Steve Ward  and start addressing the many recommendations included in this lengthy report written for YOU the EUT committee which  took a year to compose and which was the result of hundreds of citizen testimonies against LD 2283 in the 2011 session and WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN DISCUSSED BY THE EUT committee. 

The collusion between Maine politicians and the Wind industry in 2008 has been thoroughly exposed.  Current members of the EUT are blameless in the enactment of the wind law.  You are not obligated to defend it.  Rather, you should begin the process of undoing it.  Maine will become a giant wind turbine plantation if you do not act to alter the course we are on.  ISO-NE has forecast as many as 9000 MW of wind power in Maine.  At 10 MW per mile this is the equivalent of 900 miles of ridges lined with turbines.  NO ONE CAN PREVENT THIS BUT YOU.

Respectfully,

Monique Thurston-Aniel


 

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Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on March 9, 2016 at 10:10am

thank you paula, I know already quite a few people who have written, please everybody keep writing and if you have very little time just tell the committee members to KILL LD 1513, it is a bill that will favor favoritism toward generation and allow a monopoly of generation AND transmission ownership in Maine , this type of business operation NEVER favor the ratepayers ALWAYS favor the stakeholders.   

Comment by Paula D Kelso on March 8, 2016 at 11:49pm

Just sent this out, and yep I'm always long winded.

March 8, 2016

Dear EUT committee Members and my representative and senator:

With regard to LD 1513:

The problem is not section 3204-5, it's not that the 1998 law neglects to be precise, it's not that it leaves unpredictability or uncertainty. The problem is that conglomerate energy entities don't want to live with the reality of Maine's existing law. They want to generate and transmit and distribute and they want to find a way around the law to do just that.

Perhaps Rep. Dion did not want to simply set in motion a repeal of the divesture law. That may have been a tough sell. It would, as suggested in last week's session, not retroactively resolve the issues already in the law court. So the 'need to clarify and remove ambiguity' was advanced. I have not seen the last proposed draft of an amendment, but what was already talked about would, it seemed to me, only add confusion, not clarity.

As the gentleman from the PUC, I believe, pointed out what is wanted is a commitment to a policy. Are we looking at an energy emergency for the State requiring a commitment to a new direction? Or, are we looking at an energy industry looking for an opportunity to sell their products and services with the least amount of hassle and fewest roadblocks? I suggest it is the second scenario.

What is the hurry? The haste is that as more Maine people realize the sacrifice of what they hold dearest about their State, the opposition to the wind energy boondoggle grows. The industry wants what it needs to go forward with nigh on to 2500 or 3000 industrial wind turbines and the substations and transmission lines and blasted away mountain tops and destroyed ridgelines that will require. To reach the expedited goal of 8,000 MW nameplate capacity would require 3200 two and a half MW turbines or 2666 three MW behemoths.

Are we so sure that somehow that destruction of our environment is necessary? What are the benefits and what are the losses? Surely we can take the time and make the effort to see where all of this is leading us before we remove any protections the State has to control this assault on our way of life.

I've always wondered how much we paid the Brookings Institute to tell us the best thing Maine had going for it economically was 'Quality of Place'. 'Cause most of us already knew that and would have told Augusta that for free if asked. But Augusta didn't ask the people before expediting industrial wind. And now we're having to deal with the consequences of that brash law.

I appreciate that you have slowed the process on LD 1513 to give the people a chance to tell you now what they know. We know that passage of this bill in any form approved by Iberdrola, etc. will be one of the last coffin nails in the destruction of our Maine Quality of Place. Please consider the people of this State and what they hold dear.

Respectfully yours,

Paula Kelso

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on March 8, 2016 at 10:35pm
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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."

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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