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Kathy Sherman commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Lisa follows and shares much at federal up and IsoNE down. Something that I struggle with here. We canNOT dump this responsibility. We MUST understand the pressures that Lisa, Chris O'Niell and we are not minions, but indepentent Yankees, and…"
4 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Well..it is sad but better to know the truth. Do you know if they are going through any towns? I hope not. Wonder if they are being built in NH now? Lisa Linowes at windaction used to keep up with it."
5 hours ago
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"The Pittsfield line was started 3-4 years ago before I retired. I was to busy traveling 80-MPD to work 8-16 hour days starting at 3AM. It was probably in the news then or prior. There are several areas that still have the wood platforms along the…"
5 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Eric, this is a big surprise that the transmission lines are being built. Seems like it is not in our ME newspapers to me..have you read of them being built anywhere? This would be good information to get out to the general public..'cause if…"
6 hours ago
Jim Wiegand commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Here is an interesting tidbit. As we all know our President is the wind industry's biggest turbine peddler and supporter of carbon credit markets. I was doing some calculations and it looks like the carbon foot print of our president and his…"
8 hours ago
Eric A. Tuttle left a comment for Martha thacker
"Photos via Google Earth with descriptions above each. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R42RniK5cK-x_7aw4oOl4a5GchlBrOpeYdFcCgFy65E/pub"
8 hours ago
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Yes Martha..... This is how I trace them using Google Earth. I can see them visually. Though they can not be seen with the maps."
8 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Jim...I agree with the money laundering thoughts..think this may be the reason Deutshe Bank out of Germany  has gotten into so much trouble with cap and trade type business. Trouble in several European countries. First Wind's financial…"
9 hours ago
Jim Wiegand commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"My understanding of this industry is that it is very incestuous. Look close at the people involved and their history. My view is that selling wind projects is very similar to money laundering. These sales let key people run off with the taxpayer…"
10 hours ago
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"This is an interactive map that I have been compiling off and on for about a year. Though it is basic in that it tracks the ROW's not the specific lines. If you zoom in close enough the blue line represents the run to Pittsfield from the Brewer…"
11 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
""Stakeholders - those impacted and consumers (especially residential and small businesses including tourism) need a voice and seat at the table that is very sorely lacking." I have wondered if this wasn't the real reason for the delay…"
12 hours ago
Kathy Sherman commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Martha, Many or most of the transmission projects have been proposed (and instituted) under the guise of 'reliability'. They are aesthetically displeasing, cause anguish for those living near or under them (especially in cases where the…"
14 hours ago
Martha thacker commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
""there has been a large one heading south from Brewer area through Pittsfield, near Augusta which has been going on for about 3 years now. Not sure how far south it has been completed. It can be seen in several locations traveling…"
17 hours ago
Long Islander commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
yesterday
Long Islander commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Here's perhaps one way we can tell that there's a big push underway for transmission from the rent seeking elites: Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power…"
yesterday
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Long Islander's blog post Sale of First Wind may affect company’s Bingham project
"Agreed. If a corporation can not stand on its own merits, it should fail. We should not be subsidizing corporate welfare in Maine when we have enough to do to eeek out a living. "
yesterday

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Gear box failures

Posted by Marshall Rosenthal on November 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Remembering When Enron Saved the U.S. Wind Industry

Posted by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 9:30am

BDN: Angus King Explains His Vote Against Keystone

Posted by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 12:00am

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

Posted by Ellin Beltz on November 17, 2014 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments


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 1 Reply

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 Jim Wiegand Aug 16.

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.

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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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