In December 2015, ex-Governor John Baldacci, architect of the wind power virus in Maine, became Vice Chairman of Avangrid, Iberdrola's wind power division. Not a single word on this has been reported by the media.
Aside from the $1.4 billion ratepayer funded MPRP transmission buildout handed to Iberdrola by Governor Baldacci and his henchmen, there was also the extremely high priced smart meter program which Iberdrola got to build. Both of these were put in place for the benefit of wind power expansion and to the benefit of Iberdola. Iberdrola is not allowed to become a wind generator based on Maine law. But at this very moment, powerful forces are conspiring in the legislature to change the law, paving the way for Iberdrola to get into wind generation in Maine.
- "Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Central Maine Power Company will receive $95.9 million for deployment of smart meter technology throughout its customer service area. Bangor Hydro Electric currently has smart meters in its service area. Installation of smart meters in Maine homes and businesses will enhance Maine’s ability to support renewable ocean energy". http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mcp/downloads/finalreport_123109.pdf
- "A smart grid would allow the integration of variable energy sources like wind and solar. For example, if electricity output dropped suddenly due to a change in wind generation, the grid could dim the lights in big box stores by 20%, a change most people don't perceive, say Don Von Dollen, program manager for the IntelliGrid project at the Electric Power Research Institute". http://www.mainebiz.biz/news44168.html
- Just back from an Iberdrola-hosted wind trip to Europe, Baldacci wants the law changed. (Sep 2009) "Baldacci also says the state is planning to change local regulations to allow Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola Renovables to invest in wind farms there. Iberdrola is unable to invest in generation because of the transmission and distribution assets it owns in the state through Central Maine Power; however, Baldacci says legislation being proposed in the state legislature would change the rules for renewable generation". Published: Friday, September 25 2009 | Last updated: Tuesday, October 6 2009 http://www.rechargenews.com/business_area/politics/article192595.ece
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