High-priced warning to Maine from Europe

It chic to think that Europe leads the way on green energy. They’re certainly ahead of us in discovering that if you’re not careful, spikes in your electric bill are your reward when the turbines come online.

It chic to think that Europe leads the way on green energy. They’re certainly ahead of us in discovering that if you’re not careful, spikes in your electric bill are your reward when the turbines come online.

Wind power has a role in certain places, but if it significantly raises the cost of electricity for working Mainers, NO THANKS. Especially if it obliterates our scenic mountain ridges, a powerful draw for in-state tourists and those from away who pump millions into Maine’s economy every year.

 Much of the general public is “sold” on the idea (literally) that all wind power is great. They think if wind itself is free, well, wind energy “must” lower our energy bills. Think again. And if the industrial wind turbines are already approved and built, that’s when it’s too late to do your homework.

 Rasmus Petersen (R), the climate and energy minister for the country of Denmark, apologized recently for the high electricity rates produced by an industrial wind complex his country allowed to be built in coastal waters. “We need to have a clear objective that energy from future offshore wind farms be significantly lower in price.” Unless the price of electricity drops, the Danish government is threatening to pull the plug on lavish subsidies for the industry. After the Winter of 2014, anybody here in Maine in the mood to pa yhigher energy costs? Read the rest of the story here at this link.