Excerpts of the Speech:
………Even more discouraging is a law that forced the recent decision by the Public Utilities Commission in favor of Statoil’s off shore wind proposal.
This move compels Maine families and businesses to subsidize a global entity to the tune of nearly $200 million dollars.
Maine can ill afford any more of these job killing decisions that only increase electricity prices for Maine families and businesses, which just continues a policy of crony capitalism.
We need more elected officials to stand up for the ratepayer, for the taxpayer, and for the folks who are paying the bills.
Imagine the burden lifted for Maine families if we promoted policies that saved 24% of their electricity costs.
For those who believe that Mainers should pay more for energy to serve a greater global goal or continue to pad the pockets of those politically connected, I fail to understand your reasoning.
The average Maine family spends more than $3,000 dollars per year to fill their oil tank. With access to natural gas, this same family could save an average of $800 dollars per year.
My predecessor fast tracked permitting for wind projects; I am going to do the same for all natural gas infrastructure and Maine businesses.
And we should continue to not pick favorites when it comes to energy, and I welcome every energy source that is cost effective for hard working, struggling Maine families.
State government has mandated what types of energy Mainers must buy – regardless of the cost. That is wrong.
Maine has played favorites when it comes to energy – ensuring that well-dressed lobbyists and special interest groups pocket the profits, at the expense of Maine families.
Last session, I proposed removing the 100 MW restrictions on renewable hydropower. Expanding access to low cost hydropower makes economic sense.
This session, I am back before the Legislature with the same proposal because Maine needs and deserves lower energy costs.
I encourage this body to advocate for the Maine people, and not bend to the special interests.