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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Canton Wind power on Cemetery site see my blog they cant do this can they
Freemont, when do you pllan on sitting at Ellis's? I would join u for a while and bring proximity maps.
THANK YOU Mr. Tibbetts -- My name is DUNPHY not DUMPHY, and I am from Embden, not The BIG GOV. of THE GREAT STATE of MAINE. I am an elected official sent to Augusta to serve the PEOPLE of THE GREAT STATE of MAINE which is exactly why I signed on. If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 399-4963...
Freemont, yes could I get one copy of the May meeting if that is the one when they refused to allow us to have a "stand up" vote to divide the room. As far as signatures, I have 54 right now but I have between 35 and 45 more to get before the end of Monday. So i should have around 90 to a 100 when I am done.
Thanks for the kind words. I wanted to let you know someone commented to me that your "due process" consititutional rights may have been violated when Chief Pickett escorted you out of the selectmen's meeting before it was adjourned. I also believe he told you not to return. Might be worth speaking to an attorney on that one.
Also, did you video tape last years budget meeting when we tried to vote on the wind ordinance and we asked to have a recount once and then a separation of the voters but we were denied that right by Eugene Skibitsky? And he adjourned the meeting, got up and laughed at us? If so could I get a copy of that?
Are you, Alice and Dan aware that Berry has already cleared land in Carthage for their project? I heard that today from someone who spoke to Steve Brown, who is a selectmen in Carthage. I know without the PTC extension they are dead in the water for now, but I hadn't heard they had already cleared land.
Lastly, how many signatures have you obtained on the wind ordinance petition?
Have a good evening
Prospect Harbor, Maine
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