Industrial wind has Achilles’ Heel in Maine

Photo by Gregory Rec, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2010. First Wind’s Stetson wind farm, in Washington County near Danforth, is among the turbine projects in New England that sometimes can’t send their power into the grid because local transmission lines are too weak.

Photo by Gregory Rec, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2010. First Wind’s Stetson wind farm, in Washington County near Danforth, is among the turbine projects in New England that sometimes can’t send their power into the grid because local transmission lines are too weak.

“Inadequate transmission lines mean some power has to be kept off the grid. And ratepayers will like bear the cost of future upgrades.” (Portland Press Herald, August 4, 2013)

Every wind energy “supporter” should read THIS ARTICLE. Industrial wind projects will cause the cost of electricity to rise in this state. When this becomes widely understood by Maine people, count on it: popular support for building industrial wind factories on the top of Maine’s mountains will plummet. People think wind is “free.” It’s not. Plus, it does nothing to get Maine off fossil fuels (See 20 Key Facts), and the reduction of New England CO2 emissions that results from building wind turbines in Maine’s scenic wilderness areas is miniscule.

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“Wind developers want ratepayers to pick up a larger share of the upgrade costs, and they have a recent ruling by federal utility regulators on their side. To the extent that New England policy makers decide in the coming years that more renewable energy benefits the region, customers will help pay for new transmission lines.”

CLICK THIS LINK to read full article, “Inadequate transmission lines keeping some Maine wind power off the grid,” by Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald, August 13, 2013.