You would think state regulators killing First Wind’s proposed industrial wind factory on Bowers Mountain would be news to Maine people. Not in the opinion of the Portland Press Herald, the Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal, The Coastal Journal or the Central Maine Morning Sentinel, all owned by MaineToday Media.
None of the papers have reported the news from Thursday’s BEP meeting. MaineToday Media calls itself the largest media company in Maine, and that “with the largest audience in Maine, the combined reach of our print and online products influence over 1000,000 households and over 1.2 million unique visitors every month.”
Opposition to industrial wind factories is growing very fast here in Maine, because they don’t reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and they INCREASE our electricity rates. But at least for now, most of Maine won’t understand that opposition, because only WCSH, WLBZ and the Bangor Daily News thought the state might be curious about a major defeat for First Wind. Of course this defeat follows another recent and major defeat for First Wind, when Maine’s Supreme Court struck down the PUC’s approval of the company’s financing deal with Emera. (You would think First Wind’s losing streak would also be news.)
Rather than rely on the media, sometimes you have to educate yourself on topics like wind energy. And keep in mind that those inclined to be un-critical cheerleaders for this subsidy-chasing industry are likely to be getting their information from the media, whose reporting is often incomplete or non-existent. We’re not singling out MaineToday Media --- also not reporting on the most recent defeat for First Wind were the Associated Press, Maine Public Radio, the dailies Lewiston Sun Journal, Brunswick Times-Record and Journal Tribune, and TV stations WMTW, WGME, WABI, WVII and WAGM. But if any of those silent outlets are where you primarily get your news, then until you read this blog entry you were in the dark about the death of the Bowers Mountain wind project. And you had lots of company.