VERMONT AG DROPS PROBE AGAINST BIG RENEWABLES CRITIC !!!

IT IS HARD to EXPLAIN THE EXCITEMENT IN MONTPELIER WHILE THE VERDICT OF AN IMMEDIATE  DROP OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION  ON ANNETTE SMITH WAS ANNOUNCED BY HER ATTORNEY !!!. 

Vermont AG drops probe against Big Renewables critic

By   /   February 9, 2016  /   News  /   5 Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Photo by Bruce Parker

SPEAKING FREELY: Annette Smith, founder of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, spoke freely to supporters after the attorney general’s office dropped its investigation into her advocacy work.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A critic of Big Renewables in Vermont is free from the threat of criminal prosecution after the attorney general’s office dropped an investigation launched in response to complaints from an anonymous green-energy developer.

Standing before a large crowd, Annette Smith, surrounded by her attorney and victims of green-energy development, thanked supporters and the anonymous developer whose complaints against her backfired when Vermonters rallied to her cause.

“I want to thank the people who brought this complaint to the attorney general’s office,” Smith said to thunderous applause from dozens of people gathered at the Statehouse on Monday.

“I want to thank the attorney general’s office, too, for following up on it and giving me this opportunity to speak to you all and to the people of Vermont to say we can work together to site renewable energy. We don’t have to fight over this, we don’t need lawyers to figure out how to build our energy future together.”

Smith, an environmental activist who helps towns oppose poorly sited solar and wind plants, was the target of a criminal probe for allegedly representing individuals and filing pleadings in Public Service Board proceedings, and for receiving “attorney compensation” for her work. The complainant charged that Smith was guilty of practicing law without a license, an act punishable as criminal contempt of the Vermont State Supreme Court.

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Comment by Paul Ackerman on February 11, 2016 at 11:18am

Fantastic news. My guess is that a meeting took place between the Vt.AG and Gov. and some more capable legal advisers.....and they decided the bogus nature of this witch hunt would be further exposed with time.

Just imagine if  FOIA requests uncovered even worse collusion to punish the opponents of big wind by state government and wind industry principles. Smart move to drop the case...never mind,nothing to see here folks,move along.

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on February 11, 2016 at 10:24am

People power DOES work in Vermont, but not in Maine. The so-called consumer advocate is a shill for the wind and solar industry....time to unfund this office.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on February 11, 2016 at 8:30am

link to the video of the press conference 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJAEYvPLUfk&feature=youtu.be

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/

 

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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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