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July 21, 2007

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frank j. heller

Maine has the largest supply of biomass in New England.

It also has the most hostile business climate and daunting environmental and regulatory $$$ hurdles to jump over.

As a result, I have been unable to attract one of the cellulosic ethanol bio-tech firms to locate here, despite offers of almost unlimited free feedstock.

Maine's loss is Michigan's gain!

my best to Khosla in Michigan!

Emc

That is a terrible mindset. Its not that Maine's loss is Michigan's gain. If we want to truly solve the energy problems in our country, we need to move beyond that competitive capitalistic mindset.

Maine has a split economy- most of the money that comes into the state is either from out of state tourists who come to see Maine's natural beauty, and they other major source is industries like pulp and paper, that have a devastating affect on the surrounding areas. The people of Maine are extremely susceptible to being taken advantage of by out of state companies, as being evidenced by Plum Creek buying land around Moosehead Lake for logging for dirt cheap, and then attempting to develop it into condos- a complete violation of the original contract.

Maine doesn't want to see their incredibly valuable forests be cut down just to make a quick dollar. When the industry proves that it can be sustainable and use wastes as feedstocks, the people of Maine will be open to the idea of Maine becoming a producer.

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GO SOLAR AND GO BIG!
The US is poised to lead the world in production of renewable energy and in the manufacture of the equipment required to harvest this energy on home roof tops. This can be the basis of a new manufacturing economy. This should be a proud national goal on the scale of Kennedy's moonshot initiative of the 1960's. Now is the time to invest in solar energy in a grand, bold and urgent way.
Net metering of consumer-generated clean electricity is the key that will allow market forces to drive these goals to fruition. This month, Michigan's legislature passed an energy law that mocks net metering with a complex scheme that halves the value of customers' excess generation at the end of every month. Solar rooftops are a great investment only if the excess from sunny months is applied, at full value, during cloudy months. Michigan's new law dubs the planned monthly gouging "True Net Metering". It is not net metering and it is not true - it is intentionally misleading in its details. The utility's participation in this scheme is also limited to just one percent of their peak generation. That's not the bold initiative we need to build a vibrant new manufacturing economy, solve global warming and win friends around the world.
It galls me that our Michigan Public Service Commission touted this new law as a victory for renewable energy as they parroted the phrase "True Net Metering" at the public hearings in Ann Arbor on Monday (Oct 13,2008). No friend of renewable energy should be satisfied with this new energy law which has been carefully crafted to propagate the status quo in energy profiteering.

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