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An ill wind off the coast of Maine  

Credit:  Portland Press Herald | February 7, 2013 | www.pressherald.com ~~

The recent decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission on a floating wind turbine project is bad for the state of Maine and Maine consumers (“Pioneering Maine wind project passes ‘biggest hurdle,'” Jan. 24).

The PUC approved this project at a cost of nearly $200 million, to be paid to a Norwegian company by Maine ratepayers. This offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine will create only 12 megawatts of power, and it will pass the expense along on the backs of the electricity users of Maine.

There is no guarantee that such a project will be successful, or that Maine people will receive any future return on this investment, and the PUC should not gamble on such a venture with the hard-earned income from its citizens.

If the purpose is to put people to work with good-paying jobs, as is being reported, I don’t believe Maine ratepayers should be sending our money to a foreign company. The PUC’s continued neglect of the ratepayers will keep Maine as a poor state.

Richard Bernard


Source:  Portland Press Herald | February 7, 2013 | www.pressherald.com

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