UPDATE: LD 1339 Not Being Discussed at Today's EUT Meeting

UPDATE at 3PM: I just received a note advising that LD 1339 will not be discussed today and that a replacement date has not yet been announced. Please advise if you hear a date/other information.

A seemingly important Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee work session, with potential Wind implications is scheduled for today, 1/19/16 at 2:00PM according to the Bangor Daily News:

"An effort to cap electric rates in Maine at 10 cents per kilowatt hour or less likely will go to a vote by the Legislature’s Energy Committee on Tuesday.

But the bill, LD 1339, by Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, also calls for the suspension of the state’s renewable energy portfolio requirements if suppliers cannot provide a 10-cent rate while meeting the portfolio requirements"................. "Dylan Voorhees, clean energy project director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, wrote in testimony to the committee. “This bill would add uncertainty by introducing the possibility — however remote — that the RPS will suddenly be suspended"

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/01/19/politics/maine-senate-preside...

Note that there is also a meeting of the EUT starting at 1:00PM.

All such times are approximate and subject to change.

Also, note meetings on Thursday.

Tune In (as early as 1:00PM)

Turn up your speakers and note that when they are not actively meeting, there will be dead air. So don't be discouraged if at exactly 1PM you get only dead air. Check back here for possible updates. If something is said that warrants a rebuttal, feel free to post here.

Click the following link for live audio and then click START.

http://legislature.maine.gov/calendar/#Audio/211

EUT Committee Members

Senator David Woodsome (R-York), Chair

Senator Garrett P. Mason (R-Androscoggin)

Senator Dawn Hill (D-York)

Representative Mark N. Dion (D-Portland), Chair

Representative Roberta B. Beavers (D-South Berwick)

Representative Christopher W. Babbidge (D-Kennebunk)

Representative Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery)

Representative Jennifer L. DeChant (D-Bath)

Representative Martin J. Grohman (D-Biddeford)

Representative Nathan J. Wadsworth (R-Hiram)*

Representative Beth A. O'Connor (R-Berwick)

Representative Norman E. Higgins (R-Dover-Foxcroft)

Representative Larry C. Dunphy (U-Embden)

*Ranking Minority Member


Committee Clerk: Ben Frech

Policy Analyst: Deirdre Schneider

Fiscal Analyst: James Robbins

Hearing Room: Room 211, Cross State Office Building - phone (207) 287-4143

Chairs' Office: Room 211A, Cross State Office Building

http://legislature.maine.gov/house/jt_com/eut.htm

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Comment by Steve Thurston on January 19, 2016 at 5:10pm

Thanks for all this good information Long Islander!

 

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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