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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 Willem Post's blog post ECONOMICS OF RESIDENTIAL ROOFTOP SOLAR IN NEW ENGLAND
"If we continue to be in the business of incentivizing or mandating solar generation, what is the potential public good that can be accomplished?  Say we set a statewide goal…  To install 8 solar panels on every Maine house.…"
May 31
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post BDN - What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign
"He "learned" that if we wanted to use electricity for heating, he bet on the wrong horse. Steffes heat storage units are a primitive technology compared to heat pumps. "
May 31
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post Escape From The Bully Agenda
"Maine%20Imports%20and%20Exports.xls There's an often-repeated myth that "Maine generates more electricity than it uses." This is untrue. Maine has generation capacity of about 4000 MW.  Our load is about one-third that…"
May 29
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post 138-year-old Sewall Company purchased by NY engineering firm
"This smells fishy too:  http://e4research.org/index.html"
May 4
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Running for Governor - Adam Cote's Clean Energy Plan
"Watch Cote fumble his answer to a question about his 100% renewables idea in this gubernatorial debate at 42:25.   http://wgme.com/news/local/democratic-gubernatorial-debate"
Apr 20
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Running for Governor - Adam Cote's Clean Energy Plan
"The energy "plan" seems to be heavy on putting people to work installing solar panels.  Sounds like 1930s era make-work stuff, paying men to dig ditches and then fill them in again. He wants to see Maine become an exporter of clean…"
Apr 20
Art Brigades commented on Eric A. Tuttle's blog post Protect What You Love — Maine’s Dark Skies
"Under its "best practical mitigation" standard, the DEP says it expects to require radar activated lighting as a condition on all new wind permits. This should be memorialized in the pending visual impact rules.  Better yet, with a…"
Apr 19
arthur qwenk commented on Art Brigades's blog post Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote
"This is not a party issue , this is a  fact versus fiction issue  with the seasoning of ignorance and groupthink as the catalyst. This is sad indeed for Maine if it is not stopped!"
Apr 4
Marie Jane commented on Art Brigades's blog post Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote
"I write as an "outsider", an "observer" .. at 70+acres per MW a vote for wind guarantees further destruction of Rural Residential America in Maine based not on fact but, as stated, disinformation and…"
Apr 4
arthur qwenk commented on Art Brigades's blog post Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote
"Wind Turtbines need to be placed in Yarmouth , 2 miles off the coast.  Such hypocrites!"
Apr 4
arthur qwenk commented on Art Brigades's blog post Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote
"Many bought out pro wind   republicans it seems, and a massive degree of ignorance on this issue. "
Apr 4
Art Brigades commented on Art Brigades's blog post Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote
"Legislators say some imbecilic things into microphones, and this remark by Sanborn ranks right up there among the dumbest. Hers is the sort of critical thinking that used to get a person a job making clay pots, not making laws."
Apr 4
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote
"The worst,  manipulating chairman, the EUT Committee has ever appointed. Erect wind turbines on Beautiful Swans Island."
Apr 4
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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 State of…See More
Apr 3
Art Brigades commented on Brad Blake's blog post Canton Mt. Wind
"Oh, come on, Pollyanna. Those turbines aren't for generating electricity...they're for collecting dollars, guaranteed."
Mar 29
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine Wind Developers Victimized
Mar 20

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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

WGAN RADIO ALERT TODAY

WGAN RADIO ALERT TODAY

Tory Ryden is guest hosting "Inside Maine" today. She announced that she will be talking at noon for an entire segment about "alternative energy" and how we can expand it at a time when "we have a governor who doesn't believe in alternative energy."

(Believe…is it a religion? ...Alternative…to what?)

Chances are she will have a guest who is in the wind lobby.

Tune in to 560 AM or you can listen live online (about a minute delay).…

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Posted on March 5, 2016 at 11:34am

Bowers Decision Coming Today???

Stay Tuned.

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

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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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