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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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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Art, I've a few contacts who'll listen....after all it's proven, yet deliberately ignored forest/biology science. When I was the environmental policy analyst with the Center for Policy Analysis(NLC/USCM) I would have to engage…"
May 17
Art Brigades commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Frank, apparently Governor Mills has been listening to you.  Her bill LD 1679 has a public hearing on Friday, May 17 and in Section 6 she differentiates between gross and net GHG emissions. The differentiation is the amount of GHG absorbed by…"
May 16
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Former PUC & DEP Commissioner David Littell Joins Bernstein Shur's Energy and Environmental Practice Group
"His fingers wer also in the Wind Act and the MPRP. He's a zealot blind to reason, despite his Ivy League credentials. "
May 16
Art Brigades commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"This is a strange case, and it'll be interesting what happens in the next 72 hours before the deadline. Probably plenty to appeal. Longroad doesn't have a power contract in hand, which would help it claim financial capacity.  There is…"
May 14
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Not necessarily: "New or additional evidence to be offered. If an appellant wants to provide evidence not previously provided to DEP staff during the DEP's review of the application, the request and the proposed evidence must be…"
May 14
Art Brigades commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"1. Here is the appeal process, which costs money, and which prohibits new evidence being introduced. https://www1.maine.gov/dep/publications/is-appeal.html ;"
May 14
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"I don't think I do, but FMM should have. Nor am I an environmental lawyer familiar with procedure. Call DEP or the public advocate's office for advice. The center for Public interest Reporting may know of some lawyer looking for cause to…"
May 14
Art Brigades commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Challenge how?   Do you have standing? Statutory deadline for the order is May 17."
May 14
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Unless you challenge this approval in court, you will find more of these 600' turbines getting put up. The permit completely omitted the impact of lost forest on carbon sequestration  resulting from photosynthesis. It takes about an hour…"
May 14
richard mcdonald commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Weaver is just the beginning. As southern NE moves offshore and out-of-state customers for Maine wind disappear, Maine will start it's own domestic RFP process to crank-up wind/solar development - wait and see. "
May 12
Willem Post commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Cost Shifting is the Name of the Game Regarding Wind and Solar   Cost shifting is rarely mentioned, identified or quantified. Those costs, as c/kWh, could be quantified, but it is politically convenient to charge them to:   - Ratepayers,…"
May 12
Willem Post commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Costs Regarding Solar and Wind Charged to Ratepayers, Not to Owners   Cost Shifting: Various costs relating to having solar and wind on the grid usually are not identified and rarely quantified. Those costs, which should have been charged to…"
May 11
Willem Post commented on Art Brigades's blog post DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind
"Wind and Solar Wholesale Prices in NE Here are some wholesale prices of wind electricity RE folks in New England, especially in Maine, do not want to talk about. They would rather dream RE fantasies, obfuscate/fudge the numbers, and aim to convert…"
May 11
Art Brigades posted a blog post

DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind

Very quietly, First Wind creeps back into Maine like Godzilla rose from the fetid lagoon.Let's hope it's the last wind project ever in Maine.  Read the Draft Order here:  Weaver%20Wind%2C%20LLC%20L26464knlnmnnn%20Order%20DRAFT.pdfSee More
May 11
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Renewable energy firm heads to Maine’s high court to fight CMP’s $1 billion transmission line
"*Wyman is a peaker not a beaker."
May 9
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Renewable energy firm heads to Maine’s high court to fight CMP’s $1 billion transmission line
"Newsflash:  Next Era might call itself a "renewable energy firm" because they wanted to use the NECEC corridor to throw up a few wind projects in the Sugarloaf-Bigelow area. They intervened and failed at trying to get the PUC to force…"
May 9

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DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind

Very quietly, First Wind creeps back into Maine like Godzilla rose from the fetid lagoon.

Let's hope it's the last wind project ever in Maine.  

Read the Draft Order here:  …

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Posted on May 11, 2019 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

Chance to Call Out Maine DEP on Landfilling Turbine Blades

On May 10 the Environment & Natural Resources Committee will take up a substantive bill that hopes to reform and update Maine's landfill policy, which is a very big duty of the Department of Environmental Protection.  The bill is here:  LD%20112%20sponsors%20proposed%20amendment%20for%20PH.pdf

Earlier this year during the public hearing for the RoxWind…

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Posted on May 1, 2019 at 5:27pm — 4 Comments

Claims of NECEC Scenic Impact Exaggerated

For dramatic effect, the opponents of the NECEC have been publishing scary stock photos of massive power lines from the midwest and elsewhere.  As a result, most of the vocal-local opposition has been focused on scenic impact to Maine's wilderness.  Here are some of their published photos, some provided to media outlets. 

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Posted on April 27, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Otis Ordinance Vote Soon

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/otis-weighs-wind-farm-ban/

The headline calls it a "ban" but it is not.  It, like over 100 other ordinances around Maine, is zoning written to regulate and protect a community from a gawdawful land use.  The maximum height of 150 feet to top of blade pretty much kills any industrial wind project, which is a community's right. They are copying/pasting the…

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Posted on April 21, 2019 at 12:30pm

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At 11:07am on April 13, 2019, Willem Post said…

Hi Art,

Great data of HQ sales to NE and Vermont.

I have been looking for that a long time

Please provide the HQ URL that has the information

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
 
 
 

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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