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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:33 PM
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Tensions build over renewable energy bill (LePage/GOP suckage Maine)
http://www.pressherald.com/news/tensions-build-over-ren...

A partisan battle is emerging over a bill that would scale back a state law that requires 10 percent of Maine's electricity to come from renewable energy sources, such as wind power, by 2017.

Supporters say the bill would lower Maine's energy costs and allow the state's manufacturers to be more competitive. Opponents say it represents a major shift in Maine's energy policy and would drive away investment for wind, tidal and biomass energy projects in the state.

L.D. 1570, introduced by Gov. Paul LePage last week, would require that 4 percent of Maine's electricity come from renewable energy sources. That's the level that power companies must be at now, under current law.

The bill also would require the Maine Public Utilities Commission to get the Legislature's approval before requiring any power company to enter into a long-term contract for energy supplies. Long-term contracts are designed to make electricity prices more stable.

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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:53 PM
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1. Just another corrupt government protecting Corporations from the will of the people
But I'll K&R anyway...

BTW, 4%??? Pathetic.
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:03 PM
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2. Actually, Maine's current RPS is 30% and 49% of our power generation is renewable
Edited on Wed May-18-11 08:04 PM by jpak
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/stat...

(these are 2008 figures and do not include wind farms that have come on-line since then)

The additional 10% is on top of the current RPS of 30% - most of that will from on-shore wind power.

LePage and the teabaggers are no fans of renewables and want to build nuclear plants, gas-fired power plants and drill on Georges Bank for oil instead.

morans

yup

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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 09:44 AM
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3. That's impressive.
Good luck with the troglodytes.
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