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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 Governor Mills on Energy in Address to the Legislature Yesterday
"Hanna Pingree has defended grid scale wind based on her Vinalhaven experience.  But hold on a minute. People on Vinalhaven are quaintly primitive by choice.  Vinalhaven was a step or two above 3rd world status: cut off from the mainland by…"
Feb 12
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine lawmakers propose dozens of bills, including a "Green New Deal."
"Excerpt from Governor Mills' February 11 address to the legislature: The world is changing. We need to define Maine’s place in the new world. We will work with the private sector and with groups like the Maine Development Foundation to…"
Feb 12
Art Brigades commented on arthur qwenk's blog post Ocasio -Cortez's Green New Deal , Now Governor Mills Politics As Well.
Feb 9
Art Brigades commented on arthur qwenk's blog post Occasio -Cortez's Green New Deal , Now Governor Mills Politics As Well.
"Global CO2 emissions are about 36,000 million metric tons annually.American CO2 emissions from electricity are about 1800 million metric tons annually.So American electricity generation contributes 5% of global CO2.It seems most of the focus in this…"
Feb 9
Art Brigades commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Inside the Sunrise Movement
"Global CO2 emissions are about 36,000 million metric tons annually. American CO2 emissions from electricity are about 1800 million metric tons annually. So American electricity generation contributes 5% of global CO2. It seems most of the focus in…"
Feb 9
Art Brigades commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post EUT Committee Audio file 2019 02 05
"Listen to the foolishness from the Senator who introduced his bill at 1:47:00. Every bit of this solar is  "SO necessary right now..." so we need to force CMP to buy it."
Feb 8
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post BDN elicits opinions of wind advocates Kurt Adams, David Littell and Jeremy Payne in article on Hydro-Quebec
"The Commissioners are very smart folks who are fully aware of the HQ heft. "
Jan 30
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Weaver Wind DEP Meeting - "It’s going to benefit the colonial masters of the state of Maine" (Ellsworth American)
"Does the Ellsworth American stand by this position in 2019?   Doubtful.  Alan Baker wrote that when he was the publisher, before the paper was sold to Reade Brower."
Jan 21
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Two Maine senators solicit Rhode Island for wind money in RI newspaper
"These two asshats have no clue about their constituents.  Google "NECEC Opposition" for a glimpse at how Mainers are FED UP with southern New England using Maine as its wind plantation for an unsustainable, useless, unnecessary…"
Jan 11
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post 18 Maine Alternative Energy Bills Submitted In Legislature - See All The Bills Here
"You missed one:  An Act to limit the number of bills that one party is allowed to submit to three times the number of bills all other parties submit. "
Jan 10
Art Brigades commented on Eskutassis's blog post The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism
"Maine state representative Maxmin has submitted a bill for a Maine Green New Deal"
Jan 8
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post RoxWind - DEP Public Hearing on Jan 7, 2019 - Also Email Address for Written Comments
"Submit public comments immediately at the link.  Be specific: 1. Roxiwind doesn't want to install radar activated lights.  People should object, as the DEP has said it will require them for all projects since the FAA approved the…"
Jan 2
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post RoxWind - DEP Public Hearing on Jan 7, 2019 - Also Email Address for Written Comments
"Submit public comments immediately at the link.   Roxiwind doesn't want to install radar activated lights.  People should object. Roxiwind doesn't consider Rumford Whitecap a "significant" natural resource worth…"
Jan 2
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post All six Maine land based wind project bids rejected by State of Connecticut yesterday
"Good points about NextEra Dan.  They also own Seabrook Station, which will bleed millions of dollars annually when NECEC goes online. "
Jan 2
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post Explaining Variable Resources
"Translation: even higher capacity payments. In 2014 the total annual wholesale energy market for New England was $8 billion. By 2016 natural gas prices forced that number down by more than double to less than $3.7 billion. But nobody saved a penny…"
Dec 26, 2018
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Wind turbines blamed in death of estimated 600,000 bats in 2012 - Appalachian Mtns Hit Hardest
"The number of wind turbines in Maine today is more than double the number in 2012.  If that rate of increase applies to the other states in the Appalachian corridor, it only stands to reason that over a million bats could have been killed in…"
Dec 20, 2018

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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
 
 
 

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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