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The cost of requiring more renewable power

Proponents of RPS mandates like to talk about the green jobs "created," but they fail to account for the private-sector losses that pay for these jobs. Regulations requiring that companies use higher-cost sources for electricity mean less money can be spent expanding business and employing talented workers. Bartlett boldly asserts that reforming the RPS mandate "will have serious, damaging consequences for Maine consumers and our environment." His justification? None.
18 Jun 2013

Wind Power and the thrum of lawsuits

"On Vinalhaven, on Nantucket, in the Pacific Northwest - all across the country as green energy gains traction - reactions to wind projects are elucidating larger American values. If Vinalhaven is any example, American individualism may struggle to find a place in the new green economy."
17 Jun 2013

Wind power's grip on Augusta weakening

Armed with the signatures of the majority of residents in their townships and plantations, they went to ask lawmakers to pass a bill to give them back the right to influence how the land in their communities was used. That right, they said, had been taken away.
21 May 2013

LePage not happy with bipartisan energy bill

LePage also is displeased that the bill ignores a study by Woodcock's office meant to reconsider the state's ambitious wind energy goals and shift the priority to lowering electricity rates. Wind power policy is too big an issue to tackle in the bill, said John Cleveland, D-Auburn, Senate chair of the committee.
16 May 2013

Mainers Need Affordable Electricity Now

The [Maine] RPS law limits the amount of energy we can use from renewable sources, such as hydropower, solar, tidal, biomass and geothermal. But in 2009 legislators lifted the cap for wind power, which is expensive to build and produces a minimal amount of our electricity. In 2011, we got only 4.5 percent of our electricity from wind. While it produces only a fraction of energy, it is some of the most expensive electricity we buy.
30 Mar 2013

Maine still pursuing Canadian electricity

The LePage administration wants Hydro-Quebec to sell power here, possibly at the expense of wind and biomass generators. More than 30 years ago, Gordon Weil and then-Gov. Joseph Brennan traveled to Montreal to meet with Quebec Premier Rene Levesque. They met at the headquarters of the provincial power company, Hydro-Quebec.
20 Jan 2013

Bold idea aims to slash Maine's power bills

Maine has a chance to trim $170 million a year from electricity bills, cut its reliance on oil and take advantage of historically low power costs, but lawmakers first must authorize state government to help bring natural gas here from new gas fields in the Northeast.
20 Dec 2012

Despite risk of Maine challenge, wind power deal gets made

The Public Advocate and other appellants argued that the proposal would violate the state's landmark electricity restructuring act, which barred transmission companies like Bangor Hydro from owning electricity generation. That law prohibits utilities from owning both transmission and generation because it was believed to be anti-competitive and to contribute to high electricity prices.
27 Jun 2012

Governor's energy bill turning into a political football as session winds down

After LePage returned from a vacation, he blasted lawmakers for rewriting his bill and blamed special interest groups for the changes."I do not support Augusta being in the business of increasing costs on Maine ratepayers to pad the pockets of special interest groups," he said in a statement last Friday. "I believe it is morally and ethically wrong to take more money from those who can least afford it to line the pockets of those that are politically connected here in Augusta."
5 Apr 2012

Energy bill vote angers Governor

The Governor wants to change a twelve-year old law that regulates the purchase of renewable electricity in Maine. That law says that to qualify under Maine's Renewable Energy Portfolio standards, the power must come from sources smaller than 100 megawatts. The Governor wants to lift that hundred megawatt cap.
3 Apr 2012
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