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Lewiston Brewer Sponsors MPBN, Claiming to be Wind-Powered

http://www.baxterbrewing.com/Baxter Brewing -  a very good beer maker - has begun an ad campaign wrapping itself in…Continue

Started Mar 20, 2012

Lewiston Brewer Sponsors MPBN, Claiming to be Wind-Powered
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http://www.baxterbrewing.com/Baxter Brewing -  a very good beer maker - has begun an ad campaign wrapping itself in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by alice mckay barnett Apr 12, 2012.

For a laugh, Google "Saudi Arabia of Wind"
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I was curious who might have first uttered that tired phrase. Try it. The results are hilarious (see them below). Pretty much every state and country that has an outdoors has gratuitously been called…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Brigades Feb 21, 2010.

Two Anti-NIMBY Consultants Talk About Manipulation

Attached at the very bottom of my post is a PDF. It is a sales brochure used by a Boston PR Firm which infiltrates ourtowns long before we get "wind" of a development proposal. In it they tell the…Continue

Started Jan 23, 2010

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Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post RoxWind - DEP Public Hearing on Jan 7, 2019 - Also Email Address for Written Comments
"there will be no required formal species monitoring or mortality counts during the operational life of the project. 2)  While no formal monitoring will be required at the site, RoxWind will inform its operators to report any incidentally…"
Dec 7
Art Brigades commented on Brad Blake's blog post A Hike up Rumford Whitecap Before the Onslaught of Turbines
"Why isn't Mahoosuc Land Trust helping in the fight against this project? Doesn't FMM help them? "
Dec 7
Art Brigades commented on Brad Blake's blog post A Hike up Rumford Whitecap Before the Onslaught of Turbines
"Not merely revealing...revolting. DEP now considers "cumulative visual impact" as a factor in determining unreasonable adverse impact, which is basically a kill-shot on a proposed project.  Cumulative impact is considered two ways:…"
Dec 7
Art Brigades commented on Brad Blake's blog post A Hike up Rumford Whitecap Before the Onslaught of Turbines
"Somebody should submit this post to the DEP as their public comment for RoxWind"
Dec 7
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post RoxWind - DEP Public Hearing on Jan 7, 2019 - Also Email Address for Written Comments
"Looking through the application, the "peer review" of the visual simulation shows how Rumford Whitecap will be impacted. The Record Hill turbines to the north are already visible, but the four new 3.8 MW machines are going to be in the…"
Dec 7
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"Frank, whatever hydro capacity Maine water has, it's a drop in the bucket (sorry for the pun). To equal the deliverable power of the NECEC, using Maine dams, it would require an addition of 15 new Wyman Dams (largest hydro project in Maine).…"
Nov 29
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post Vineyard Off-Shore Wind Prices
"Dilemma:  If those fools in Rhode Island choose to buy that crap, and it only slightly impacts Maine ratepayers, why would we object to their jumping that shark.  Especially if it means they stop peppering our hills with the useless…"
Nov 29
Art Brigades commented on Nancy Sosman's blog post NECEC New England Clean Energy Connect Cmp bait & switch
"It is very true that all development comes with impacts. But development that has benefits exceeding the impacts is the sort of development that we condone, accept, embrace. Same principle applies for electricity generation and transmission. That…"
Oct 25
Art Brigades commented on Nancy Sosman's blog post NECEC New England Clean Energy Connect Cmp bait & switch
"It is very true that all development comes with impacts. But development that has benefits exceeding the impacts is the sort of development that we condone, accept, embrace. Same principle applies for electricity generation and transmission. That…"
Oct 25
Art Brigades commented on Nancy Sosman's blog post NECEC New England Clean Energy Connect Cmp bait & switch
"https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/maine-solar 42 MW total installed Maine solar, operating at 15% capacity factor = 6.3 MW 6.3 MW X 190 = 1200 MW  Mars Hill is 28 wind turbines with 42 MW capacity, operating at 28% capacity factor =…"
Oct 25
Art Brigades commented on Nancy Sosman's blog post NECEC New England Clean Energy Connect Cmp bait & switch
"It is very true that all development comes with impacts. But development that has benefits exceeding the impacts is the sort of development that we condone, accept, embrace. Same principle applies for electricity generation and transmission. That…"
Oct 25
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Mainers dig in for a big fight over CMP’s hydro project
"The three groups that issued this report are all wet, and apparently wishing to return us to the Stone Age. OK, so let's allow that NRCM, The Wind Lobby, and Sierra actually might be accurate in saying that the power line will NOT reduce…"
Oct 19
Thinklike A. Mountain commented on Art Brigades's blog post NRCM: Contact Candidates About Energy & Environment
"I'd just like to augment NRCM's advice with a bit of wisdom inspired by Maxine Waters: “If you see any republican candidates in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd…"
Oct 17
Art Brigades posted a blog post

NRCM: Contact Candidates About Energy & Environment

A few weeks ago, we encouraged you to reach out to your candidates and ask them where they stand on clean energy. Have you done it?Gubernatorial candidates recently answered questions about climate change during a debate, but have you heard from candidates running for the Maine Legislature where they stand? What about candidates for Congress? There’s no better time to reach out to all of them, so please ask them.Some people have asked us why we’re not just providing this information. Here’s…See More
Oct 17
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post From the Brookings Institute right before the wind madness in Maine exploded.
"Following are a few more excerpts from the Brookings Institution Report (which Alan Caron had a lot to do with):  First, the state should continue to invest urgently in pro- tecting and enhancing its top-notch quality of place, for that is its…"
Oct 17
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Candididates for Governor talk about Wind.....Sort Of
"Great headline (what does sustainability mean?):   Where Maine’s governor candidates stand on sustainability"
Oct 15

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NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects

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While the CMP/HQ 1200 MW HVDC line is seeking approvals at the Maine DEP and PUC, it is also seeking approval of a power purchase…

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Posted on August 21, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote

After last month's public hearing, the original LD 1810, introduced by Governor Paul LePage thanks to Representative Joel Stetkis, was drastically overhauled in committee. Unfortunately, the House didn't even debate the minority report; they just voted to kill the bill outright. 

This minority report of the committee simply would have given the DEP a little bit more opportunity to request a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) when a wind project is proposed close to a Scenic Resource of…

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Posted on April 3, 2018 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

High Voltage - Coming to a Transmission Corridor Near You?

Lots of talk lately about High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission systems. New Hampshire's Northern Pass or CMP's New England Clean Energy Connect might be built soon, providing 1000+ MW of clean dispatchable Canadian hydropower to the New England grid.  Such a project -- or perhaps two or three of them -- could greatly slow the wind bandwagon.

This link provides a good primer on HVDC:   …

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Posted on March 13, 2018 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

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At 4:49am on February 21, 2010, Tom Olds said…
Tanks Art. Tom
At 3:57pm on January 7, 2010, Long Islander said…
Here is yet one more investigative reporting option:
http://pinetreewatchdog.org/?page_id=8
At 11:29am on January 7, 2010, Art Brigades said…
Awesome. Very helpful. I suppose I could have dug those out with some research. Thank you! Now please do share your feelings (or analysis )of how stringent it is.
At 9:20pm on January 6, 2010, Brian Raynes said…
I posted a couple of files on the documents page that you may be interested in. Let me know if you would like anything more.
At 2:51pm on January 6, 2010, Brian Raynes said…
In response to your questioning who may have a copy of what I referenced - what would you like a copy of? I have copies of almost all documents pertaining to this project, including the draft Permit, initial application, and much more.

As to the "ordinance" passed by the town of Oakfield, well, I have my own feelings as to how stringent it is.
At 4:42pm on January 5, 2010, Art Brigades said…
At 4:08pm on January 5, 2010, Whetstone_Willy said…
Art,
Could you please add a URL to the news article you posted - "More Sustainable Renewable Power for ME". Right now when I click on it I get a non-page.

Thanks.

Willy
At 3:58pm on December 27, 2009, Long Islander said…
Indeed, the PUC hearings are largely made up of paid reciters of the corporate line. That said, it is clear that there are many at war against the transmission upgrade and reading the transcripts reveals that many transmission upgrade opponents have not yet made the connection between the upgrade and the wind complexes. It is important that the two groups find each other and realize the similarity between our fights:

- a state government that is putting corporate interests above our welfare

- projects being jammed down our throats under false pretenses

- unnecessary projects

- scarring the landscape

- posing health risks

- feeding off the taxpayer or ratepayer - driving up the cost of living

- economically foolish
 
 
 

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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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