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LePage: Push in Maine for Renewable Energy Driving up Costs
01/10/2012 11:02 AM ET  

Maine's governor told participants at a Maine Wood Products Association event that Maine's relatively high energy costs will increase if power will make the situation worse.

Gov. Paul LePage yesterday outlined again the plans he has for seeking changes in state energy policy. Echoing comments from last weekend, he blamed renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, for driving up the cost of electricity.

Speaking at a Wood Products Association event, LePage said using more renewable power, as called for in petitions now circulating, will make the state's situation worse.

"We are going to go from 12th highest energy costs in the nation to one or two," he said. "We're going to be fighting for one or two, and the only winners in that scenario are going to be the few developers and generators that are going to pocket a lot of high-cost energy."

The governor said it makes no sense that hydro power projects generating less than 100 megawatts qualify as renewable energy, while larger projects don't. LePage said high-volume hydro-power is both renewable and cheaper.

The Maine Renewable Energy Association says the governor is wrong, and more renewable power sources such as wind will save ratepayers money in the long run.


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