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‘Historic' energy bill clears Maine legislative committee, 12-1

"One disappointing aspect of the legislation is it does not address wind energy policies whatsoever ...". LePage is pushing to remove a 100 megawatt cap in the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. ...After the vote on the overall bill Friday the committee also voted to "lay over" a bill that will address the 100 megawatt cap issue. The bill would be taken up in the second half of this lawmaking session, which starts next January.
25 May 2013

Broken windmill in Saco takes turn for better

Since 2008, the amount of energy it outputs into the electricity grid varies greatly, resulting in monthly credits from $1 to $250. In the six-month period from August 2012 to January 2013, the city received a total combined credit of $76.53 for electricity generated by the windmill. In that same period, the total amount billed to the city for the Amtrak station's electricity usage was $9,155.50.
23 May 2013

LePage wants wind energy goals out of Maine law

LePage's energy director, Patrick Woodcock, made recommendations Thursday to rewrite the state's 2008 Wind Energy Act, shifting focus from growing wind energy capacity to lowering electricity costs and making sure Maine sees an economic return on its wind energy investments.
10 May 2013

Battle lines drawn over proposed Maine wind farm

The sides will square off when the Department of Environmental Protection holds two days of hearings this week on First Wind's application to build a 16-turbine, 48-megawatt wind farm, known as the Bowers Wind project, in a backcountry area straddling Washington and Penobscot counties. A year ago, regulators rejected First Wind's application.
28 Apr 2013

Maine DEP concerned by state board's overturning of department wind power project denial

"My predecessor picked wind as the energy favorite, and that came at a high price for Maine people and our state's natural resources and outdoor heritage," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "While the initial-and largely taxpayer funded-investment in wind-power projects may be attractive to some, one-of-a-kind views like the ones from Saponac Pond have great value, and are long-term drivers of Maine's tourism and natural resource-based economy.
21 Mar 2013

Wind project a heated issue at Clifton town meeting

"Towns that get involved in industrial wind projects lose. Our town is losing. Nobody anticipated endless legal expenses and there's no end in sight. My advice to towns is to slam the door on these wind projects. It will save their people a lot of misery and the town a lot of money."
16 Mar 2013

Maine Supreme Court invalidates permit for Saddleback Ridge Wind Project

The rule amendment did not become effective, however, until June 10, 2012, when it received the required legislative approval. The Board’s February 18, 2012 appeal decision affirmed the Department’s initial decision to apply the 45 dBA limit to the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project. This proved critical to the Law Court because the Project’s applications, while presenting evidence that the Project complied with the 45 dBA limit, presented no evidence that the Project would comply with the 42 dBA limit.
12 Mar 2013

Ethics bill aims to slam state's ‘revolving door'

Legislation to make it unlawful for state officials to leave their jobs and immediately go to work for industries they regulated is one of several ethics bills in the Legislature this session. ...The story cited a case in 2007-08, when Maine's chief utilities regulator, Kurt Adams, negotiated for and accepted a job offer from a wind power developer while still head of his agency, and when the developer had business before the agency.
30 Jan 2013

Company behind offshore wind test project reduces rates in face of PUC opposition

"I would have hoped that, with those assumptions, the price would have been reduced more for Maine ratepayers," said Woodcock, noting that the revised proposal would reduce costs to ratepayers from roughly 30 to 27 cents per kilowatt-hour. "We would have hoped that receiving a 30 percent tax credit and a grant would have reduced the energy price more than three cents," he said.
19 Jan 2013
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