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Jim Lutz commented on Long Islander's blog post Why doesn't the legislature just enact a "Cell Tower Act"
"Very good post.  I think it is interesting that "everyone" wants wind unless it is their back yard.  They are willing to spoil the towns and Unorgnized Territories where there are people willing to take bribes and promises from…"
5 hours ago
Penny Gray commented on Long Islander's blog post Why doesn't the legislature just enact a "Cell Tower Act"
"Wow Gary Campbell, that is an awesome post."
7 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post FIRST WIND: Maine regulators again approve joint wind venture (PPH)
""As an indication of concern over the impact the court’s ruling would have on First Wind’s projects, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection asked the company to again file documentation proving it had access to money…"
16 hours ago
Mike DiCenso commented on Long Islander's blog post FIRST WIND: Maine regulators again approve joint wind venture (PPH)
"Littell is mistaken. It is like a wedding of first cousins with the offspring questionable."
18 hours ago
Mike DiCenso commented on Long Islander's blog post Southern Mainers fighting towers based on noise, health problems, property values and blanket zoning
"Thanks Martha. That is interesting. I had not heard the part about the lawsuit."
18 hours ago
Long Islander posted a blog post

FIRST WIND: Maine regulators again approve joint wind venture (PPH)

FIRST WIND: Maine regulators again approve joint wind ventureThe court in March negated the Public Utility Commission’s initial decision, ruling that the PUC erred when giving its approval in 2012.BY J. CRAIG ANDERSON STAFF WRITER…See More
22 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Southern Mainers fighting towers based on noise, health problems, property values and blanket zoning
"Mike Then Gov Blumenthal of Conn. sued Iso New England for 1 million dollars worth of power not produced. He lost at the Supreme Court level. The imaginary power was out of NY. First Wind  used to say that the transmission lines would be in…"
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Mike DiCenso commented on Long Islander's blog post Southern Mainers fighting towers based on noise, health problems, property values and blanket zoning
"I would not be surprised if Cohocton still received energy credits even though their power went nowhere. White collar crime of the new age."
yesterday
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Southern Mainers fighting towers based on noise, health problems, property values and blanket zoning
"Not gonna' be so easy for southern ME. Cohocton wind farm in NY, built by First Wind, is also not on the grid. Locals found out all by themselves.Power might go to Canada though  like Mars Hill. But whether the power goes to Canada or not…"
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Long Islander posted a blog post

Why doesn't the legislature just enact a "Cell Tower Act"

A post from Gary Campbell:Why doesn't the legislature just enact a "Cell Tower Act" they way the Baldacci administration did with the Wind Energy Act in 2008? They could rush it through as "emergency Legislation" even though it doesn't qualify as such, just like the Wind Energy Act.The new "Cell Tower Act" could follow the general format of the WEA and incorporate current practice as present in Maine wind power development:Whereas, cell towers provide significant benefits to the State of…See More
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Brad Blake commented on Long Islander's blog post Wind blows good and bad on Vinalhaven (Maine Sunday Telegram)
"I posted this on-line.  Oddly, the Vinalhaven article was getting few comments.  But then, again, since the Maine Today media have adopted the policy that only subscribers can make comments and "free" articles per month are…"
Monday
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Board: Wind power has been smeared
"Brad Blake...citizen reporter. Maine newspapers don't seem to have any. BUT..about 10 years ago, I subscribed to the BDN. It was the best newspaper that I had ever read, and I love newspapers. They did an article during the Bush administration…"
Monday
Brad Blake commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Board: Wind power has been smeared
"I posted this comment: I know the editorial is an "opinion" piece, but this is so rife with misinformation and lack of facts that it is yet just another of this left wing paper's attacks on Gov. LePage.  Wind is "an…"
Monday
Mike DiCenso commented on Long Islander's blog post Wind blows good and bad on Vinalhaven (Maine Sunday Telegram)
"The wind mafia should be forced to buy the homes for more than market value. This shows how shortsighted the developers were and how inconsiderate the residents are for using the people as guinea pigs who live too near the industrial site. The…"
Monday
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Board: Wind power has been smeared
"Didn't realize PPH was such a rag."
Sunday
Kathy Sherman commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Board: Wind power has been smeared
"I am limited in number of Press Herald visits, but see enough to know the mistake of saying that Statoil's investment is in ENGLAND -- It is up to 18 miles off Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND, in very deep water. It would be good to compare wind…"
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Keep Out the Wind Developers!

Posted by Brad Blake on July 19, 2014 at 12:32am — 4 Comments

First Wind and MPBN

Posted by Long Islander on July 15, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment


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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Bingham Wind Decision Delayed to 2014 3 Replies

I have been informed that the DEP is delaying its decision on whether to permit First Wind's proposed 62+ turbine "Bingham Wind" project until early 2014.I was under the impression that the Maine Wind Energy Act required projects within the…Continue

Started by hillary. Last reply by Karen Bessey Pease Dec 29, 2013.

PPH ad from many months ago.....

Hi All,Can someone send me a link to an ad that ran some months ago denouncing wind development?I remember thinking that it was effective .As "Save Our Senecas" (.org) is considering publishing an ad, I thought that it might be helpful to see what…Continue

Started by Valerie Desmarais Nov 2, 2013.

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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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