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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 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…"
Friday
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…"
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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
Wednesday
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…"
Wednesday
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
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Candididates for Governor talk about Wind.....Sort Of
"Climate impact is not the key (or even a key) to the decision because climate impact is not in the purview of the PUC. "
Oct 15
Art Brigades commented on Eskutassis's blog post Facts We Already Know
"Spread%20Sheet%201.pdf  As this historical chart shows, electricity consumption is down in Maine, and generation is way down. It used to be that Maine generated more electricity than it used.  Now Maine is a net importer of…"
Oct 7
Art Brigades commented on Dwayne Bennett's blog post Maine Governor's Wind Committee
"We don’t need to kick along the can with another study, and we certainly shouldn’t limit our concerns to the western mountains and tourism. The fix is pretty simple: just return to a level playing field by repealing the Expedited Wind…"
Oct 3
Art Brigades commented on Dwayne Bennett's blog post Maine Governor's Wind Committee
"They took public comment until August 15.  "
Oct 2
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post New group of renewable energy shills calls for dialogue around Maine energy policy
"They are educating candidates.  Great. Suppose the lesson plan mentions anything about Maine's electricity being among the cleanest in the country? Hundreds of renewable energy jobs, like Charlie Colgan's fry cook at the Burger King…"
Sep 27
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post New group of renewable energy shills calls for dialogue around Maine energy policy
"They are educating candidates.  Great. Suppose the lesson plan mentions anything about Maine's electricity being among the cleanest in the country?"
Sep 27
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Southern New England states using rural Maine as "their personal wind farm". (Ellsworth American)
"Alan Baker is the former publisher who sold to Brower.  Baker wrote regular columns and they regularly showed that Baker got it.  "
Sep 22
Eskutassis commented on Art Brigades's blog post NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects
"Art; It won't allow us to log in"
Aug 22
Art Brigades commented on Art Brigades's blog post NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects
"Look at all the 200+ public comments at the PUC file here:  https://mpuc-cms.maine.gov/CQM.Custom.WebUI/Common/CaseMaster.aspx Suddenly people are rising up against big infrastructure that scars the Maine brand for Massachusetts.  Same…"
Aug 22
Eskutassis commented on Art Brigades's blog post NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects
"This is a good thing for us. If the Quebec Line is put in, it will preclude wind farm connections. The only problem is that will mean that any wind development will need to clear MORE land for transmission to get wind to a distribution point,…"
Aug 21
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NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects

Reply%20of%20NextEra%20Energy%20Resources%2C%20LLC%20to%20E%20lectric%20Distribution%20Companies%E2%80%99%20Response.pdfWhile 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 agreement at the…See More
Aug 21

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NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects

Reply%20of%20NextEra%20Energy%20Resources%2C%20LLC%20to%20E%20lectric%20Distribution%20Companies%E2%80%99%20Response.pdf

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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