VERMONT SECRETARY OF STATE QUESTIONS IBERDROLA PAYMENTS TO VOTERS

“Regardless of whether the partnership payments are deemed legal, I remain greatly concerned about where this may lead if we start down this road,” Condos wrote. “In a democracy, a ballot item should pass or fail on its own merits and not because of cash incentives.”

https://vtdigger.org/2016/10/28/vermont-secretary-state-questions-i...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 11, 2016 at 1:09pm

Now if they can muster the courage to create an ordinance to prevent any future developer after Iberdrola and not drink the Kool-Aid and remain protective of what remains of their communities and state.

Reference: http://www.windaction.org/posts/45901-vote-doesn-t-rule-out-wind-tu...

As the wind blew today, I was able to hear an undulation at times between the highway traffic from the vortex remnants of the Bingham Project, 11 miles away. As the wind generally blows from the west they are near always facing this direction in high winds. (something to record when I am better prepared) 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on November 11, 2016 at 12:49pm

Yes Dan, however Maine does not use Wind Power, as we were already exporting 57% of the energy produced in Maine. 

Maine is producing 80-100% renewable energy (well we know we are not at 100%) http://energy.gov/maps/renewable-energy-production-state so this map is misleading.

http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/12/top-10-renewable-energy-produci...

Though I can not find any data on How much Maine uses exclusively as Green Wind Energy (without having a Grid Hookup) We DO however pay 1-2 cents more to "say that we use that green energy.......... " while the carbon tax credits go to coal plants to sell it to Maine. 

So they (Green Energy) has their escape, and their profit.

We do not have to, but they Love it. 

Comment by Dan McKay on November 7, 2016 at 7:07am

The original tangible benefit bill as presented to the 124th legislature :

"An Act To Require That Expedited Wind Energy Development Projects Provide a Tangible Benefit to Maine Ratepayers in the Form of Discounts to Future Electric Rates"
 

"summary"

"This bill requires that proposals for expedited wind energy development projects must, in addition to current applicable criteria, demonstrate to the siting authority that the proposed generating facility will provide a tangible benefit to Maine ratepayers in the form of a reduction in long-term electric rates."

  That certainly wasn't going to work for the wind advocates and was amended to dangle a $4000 per turbine per year carrot before the host towns. Our gutless lawmakers wouldn't and still won't expose the costs to the ratepayers with wind developments.

Comment by Paula D Kelso on November 6, 2016 at 9:17am

And we thought being dependent on Mideast oil was a disaster. How about having our energy supply all bound up in a tangle of multi-national foreign corporations beholden to only their board of directors.

Comment by Penny Gray on November 6, 2016 at 6:48am

Tangible benefits.  

Comment by Long Islander on November 5, 2016 at 12:14pm

Qatar takes stake in Iberdrola

http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/qatar-takes-stake-in-ibe...

Iberdrola signs investment contract with UAE's Taqa 75 percent owned by the Abu Dhabi government which controls over 90 percent of the oil reserves in the United Arab Emirates.

http://www.reuters.com/article/iberdrola-taqa-idUSL2562721520080525

 

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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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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