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BOWERS PROJECT DEFEATED!!

AN EPIC FAIL FOR FIRST WIND

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision denying Champlain Wind LLC's appeal concerning a permit for its Bowers Wind Project in Carroll Plt and Kossuth Twp. Champlain Wind is a subsidiary of Maine's largest wind developer, First Wind. The decision marks the end of a six year process of hearings and appeals which pitted the wind developer against local residents, professional guides, traditional sporting camp owners and loyal visitors to Maine's famed Downeast Lakes Region. Spearheading the opposition was the Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed (PPDLW).

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THE TRUE COST OF SOLAR ELECTRICITY

Recently the media reported wind and solar are competitive with coal and natural gas for generating electricity. The Wall Street Journal published an article “Economic impact of wind farms is changing the political dynamics of renewable energy”. Electricity generated by coal and gas power plants remains the lowest cost method for generating electricity, especially when the variability and intermittency of wind and solar are properly accounted for. Existing coal and gas power plants have…See More
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Eskutassis commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Bipartisan group of former FERC commissioners rejects energy secretary’s bid to help coal plants
"There are a few facts in this story that make it basically irrelevant.  These are FORMER members of FERC and thus have no jurisdiction. They are BIPARTISAN which just shows the swamp is deep on BOTH sides. They speak out of BOTH sides of their…"
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Eric A. Tuttle commented on Long Islander's blog post PPH - Maine so called enviros push wind from atop their unicorns
"We as of this past July generate 11.7 Gigawatts, consume 2.4 of that with wind currently sitting at .984+ Gigawatts. We Export 9.3 currently. We already have a bad reputation of putting out more CO² than some other states.  79.48% is…"
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arthur qwenk commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Maine Warden Service seeking person who mortally wounded bald eagle
"Why the hell don't they collect the Eagle carcasses at Maine's wind projects and prosecute the owners of wind complexes I ask."
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China: First and Coal

But the big story in energy, internationally, is the projected peaking of Chinese coal production in 2020 before it starts falling away due to resource exhaustion. Chinese coal production of over four billion tons per annum is about four times the U.S. production level. Coal is the source of two thirds of power generation in China, about the same for chemical feedstocks and is the source of all the nitrogenous fertiliser they use. The energy content of Chinese coal production is equivalent to…See More
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Paula D Kelso commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post WORLD’S FIRST OFFSHORE WIND FARM RETIRES: A POST-MORTEM
"A very thought provoking post mortem of wind energy to date and preview of coming attractions. My impression is that very little of this analysis actually reaches lawmakers and regulators. They get spoon fed the industry's sales pitch without…"
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Paula D Kelso commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Paper industry veteran Randall Davis endorsed by energy committee for PUC post
"Not sure Brad, but at the very least needs some educating on the wind industry's campaign to defile Maine while reaping the big bucks. That really has nothing to do with climate change or fossil fuels. That's greed, fraud and duplicity…"
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Brad Blake commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Paper industry veteran Randall Davis endorsed by energy committee for PUC post
"My problem is that when the Governor has a chance to nail the wind industry, which he professes to disdain, he doesn't follow through.  This appointee may not carry our side in future cases based on this excerpt from the article: And he…"
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Eric A. Tuttle commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Paper industry veteran Randall Davis endorsed by energy committee for PUC post
"Reposted http://www.windtaskforce.org/video/knox-county-capitol-for-a-day to Facebook. We need to get these messages out, often and over and over again. "
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COP21/IPCC CO2 EMISSION REDUCTION GOALS AND REQUIRED ANNUAL CAPITAL COSTS

This article describes the present global CO2eq emission from all sources, not just energy-related, and the IPCC goals regarding reducing those CO2eq emissions during the 2017 - 2100 period to avoid excessive global warming above pre-industrial (the 1861 - 1880 period). Also presented are the present annual world capital investments in renewable energy systems, and an estimate of the annual level of capital investment to achieve the required reductions of CO2eq during future years. IPCC/COP21…See More
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Eric A. Tuttle commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Trick or Treat?
"First, I believe that government can not be in business to provide services where private enterprise exists or could exist. "Unconstitutional" Given that as a fact, the utilities who own the poles and equipment in the local communities may…"
Wednesday
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Trick or Treat?
"It should be obvious that the solar lobby wants to force local government to build solar farms on public property like closed landfills. It puts local government back into energy production and as long as the revenue comes in, the installer who now…"
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Paula D Kelso commented on Eskutassis's blog post There is some amount of hope on the Horizon.
"Solely in the interest of full disclosure, my daighter is an electrical engineer and my cousin's daughter is a chemical engineer. Both smart and successful women. But can't get either of them to accept the negatives about eimd energy. Both…"
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THE TRUE COST OF SOLAR ELECTRICITY

Posted by Willem Post on October 22, 2017 at 9:38pm

China: First and Coal

Posted by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 21, 2017 at 11:00am

Maine CDC gets new director

Posted by Long Islander on October 19, 2017 at 5:44pm

Trick or Treat?

Posted by Eric A. Tuttle on October 17, 2017 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

HISTORIC TEMPERATURES OF THE PAST 420,000 YEARS

Posted by Willem Post on October 17, 2017 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

There is some amount of hope on the Horizon.

Posted by Eskutassis on October 14, 2017 at 8:52pm — 3 Comments

THE TRUE COST OF WIND ELECTRICITY

Posted by Willem Post on October 14, 2017 at 11:30am

NRCM's CO2 - From A Different Point of View The PDF document at the following link put NRCM's own published CO2 information into the perspective of the Maine woods and shows the terrible tradeoff that is industrial wind in Maine.  

Putting Maine's Wind Power Goals into Proper Perspective

 

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The voice of 28,600 dead eagles 2 Replies

The wind industry is currently asking for 30 year eagle killing permits. It is long overdue that the public took notice to the Putin style politics taking place with the Interior Department and the wind industry. Most of the public is not aware…Continue

Started by Jim Wiegand. Last reply by Robert Goldman Jun 4, 2015.

An update on North America's eagle slaughter by wind turbines

This fraudulent industry has voluntary regulations. With these voluntary regulations this fraudulent industry has reported very little of its eagle mortality. Yet since 1997 and including 2014 numbers about 31,000 eagle carcasses have been shipped…Continue

Started by Jim Wiegand Nov 28, 2014.

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    Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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