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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Brad Blake's blog post Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most
"Yet another factor working against wind are the losses on hot days from long transmission lines: nergy Management/Energy Efficiency How big are Power line losses? Jacques Schonek | March 25, 2013 | 60,310 viewsHow big are Power…"
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Willem Post commented on Brad Blake's blog post Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most
"Lon Islander, Here is an other ISO-NE site. ISO-NE Real-Time Grid Operating Data:Fortunately, ISO-NE, the New England grid operator, posts real-time data regarding grid operations, every few minutes, on a daily basis. See URL, go to fuel mix…"
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Willem Post commented on Brad Blake's blog post Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most
"Brad, You are 100% correct. A subsidy SCAM, dreamt up by Wall Street, that produces expensive electricity, and enriches the rich at the expense of everyone else. Here are some articles for your…"
Jul 6
Penny Gray commented on Brad Blake's blog post Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most
"Ramp up the nuclear and hydro. Why are we wasting time and money on boutique power sources?  We need science-based energy policies utilizing "all of the sensible" and rejecting the rest."
Jul 6
Stephen Littlefield commented on Brad Blake's blog post Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most
"Excellent Point! Couldn't have said it better!"
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Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most

Here we go again, as usual! We are in the midst of a heat wave, with the highest demands of the year on the New England grid. We need to dispatch more power as demand soars far beyond base load. To what source do we turn? Gas fired plants--maxed out. Crank up the oil fired Wyman plant on Cousin's Island, fouling Maine air with the largest single point of air pollution in the state--GRRR!!! Prices soar as ISO-New England searches the spot market! But what about wind power? Not a single megawatt…See More
Jul 5
Willem Post commented on Brad Blake's blog post Wind Liars Whine About Ensuring USA Has Generation Reliability
"Hi Brad, Here are some articles with much info on RE…"
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Wind Liars Whine About Ensuring USA Has Generation Reliability

A great article about the politics of energy based on the reaction of wind & solar advocates whining about the proposal to ensure that the USA keep enough of its base load generating fleet to keep the lights on.  Written by Stephen Moore, who was involved in writing the administration's tax bill.Excerpt:  "But the idea that renewables are “cheap” is a lie, and those on the Left know it. Let’s be clear about an economic reality that environmentalists have spent four decades trying to hide:…See More
Jun 20
Dan McKay commented on Brad Blake's blog post The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"
"Maine should immediately depart from ISO-NE which has become a puppet of political renewable mandates from Southern New England. Then. the option to tariff wind derived power according to it's reliability value could be instituted to stop the…"
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Penny Gray commented on Brad Blake's blog post The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"
"No doubt about it, but I bet they make big bucks.  It isn't science that guides our energy policies, it's money."
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Thinklike A. Mountain commented on Brad Blake's blog post The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"
"The wind industry lobbyists don't work in lobbies but rather dark back alleys."
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Penny Gray commented on Brad Blake's blog post The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"
"Good lobbyists must make a lot of money."
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The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"

Not satisfied with continuing to wreak havoc on Maine's mountain ridgelines, the existing wind power sites may have their lifetime extended by the incentive to "re-power", especially those sites utilizing the old GE 1.5 MW turbines such as Mars Hill, Stetson, and Rollins.  According to the article "Now May Be the Best Time to Give Your Wind Turbine a Makeover" in the May 25, 2018 Renewable Energy World newsletter, "Wind farm operators can earn an 11 percent rate of return for replacing turbine…See More
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Penny Gray commented on Brad Blake's blog post Get Criticism to Wind Energy Advisory Commission!
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Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most

Here we go again, as usual! We are in the midst of a heat wave, with the highest demands of the year on the New England grid. We need to dispatch more power as demand soars far beyond base load. To what source do we turn? Gas fired plants--maxed out. Crank up the oil fired Wyman plant on Cousin's Island, fouling Maine air with the largest single point of air pollution in the state--GRRR!!! Prices soar as ISO-New England searches the spot market!

But what about wind power? Not a single…

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Posted on July 5, 2018 at 1:37pm — 7 Comments

Wind Liars Whine About Ensuring USA Has Generation Reliability

A great article about the politics of energy based on the reaction of wind & solar advocates whining about the proposal to ensure that the USA keep enough of its base load generating fleet to keep the lights on.  Written by Stephen Moore, who was involved in writing the administration's tax bill.

Excerpt:  "But the idea that renewables are “cheap” is a lie, and those on the Left know it. Let’s be clear about an economic reality that environmentalists have spent four decades trying…

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Posted on June 20, 2018 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"

Not satisfied with continuing to wreak havoc on Maine's mountain ridgelines, the existing wind power sites may have their lifetime extended by the incentive to "re-power", especially those sites utilizing the old GE 1.5 MW turbines such as Mars Hill, Stetson, and Rollins.  According to the article "Now May Be the Best Time to Give Your Wind Turbine a Makeover" in the May 25, 2018 Renewable Energy World newsletter, "Wind farm operators can earn an 11 percent rate of return…

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Posted on June 15, 2018 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Get Criticism to Wind Energy Advisory Commission!

Folks, this was just released from the Governor's Energy Office.  We MUST make our points of view known, as the wind industry and the "environmental" groups they fund such as NRCM, Maine Audubon, Conservation Law Foundation, etc.  are all over this to try to thwart criticism of the scourge of industrial wind power in Maine!…

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Posted on June 14, 2018 at 12:45pm — 5 Comments

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At 11:05am on March 16, 2016, rick wood said…

Hi Brad,

Just wanted to update you on Passadumkeag Mountain.

Rumor has it that the turbines will not turn.

I believe they were finished in December and they have not been able to get them working. Supposedly some of the parts were made by a scandinavian company. So much for american jobs huh.

I heard they sent a specialist to try and fix them. Evidently some of the parts don't mesh or inter lock correctly.

Also heard that they were told recently to put red signal warning lights on the towers by the FAA which they are doing but it looks like the red lights are mounted on the turbine itself which is way lower than the tip of the blades if they were turning.

Hope they have plenty of money in the tear down fund.

 

At 10:17am on March 12, 2014, Willem Post said…
Brad,
Do you have the updated spreadsheet for wind energy production in Maine for each quarter and the entire 2013.

Please send it to me to better make my arguments.
wilpost37@gmail.com

Below are my latest two articles for your information.

http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/332911/high-renewable-energy-costs-damage-vermonts-economy
http://theenergycollective.com/willem-post/338781/high-renewable-energy-costs-damage-germanys-economy
At 8:29am on August 31, 2013, alice mckay barnett said…

I have no contacts in my e-mail account. (go figure)...can you please issue a comment to the windtaskforce people to comment to BEP on noise issues on saddleback ridge remand.   All the applications have the same noise protocol.

simple to read.....get the enforcement out of the hands of the developer.

 

Supreme court judges will be reading BEP comments if we can raise the money.

At 10:28am on September 8, 2012, Long Islander said…

Welcome Valerie. Yours is an enchantingly beautiful NEK of the woods.

Wind resistance in Frankfort, ME chased the Eolian trustafarian spoiled preppie subsidy leeches out of town. Send them back to mummy and dada.

At 9:01am on September 8, 2012, Valerie Desmarais said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Brad! I have heart in both places: born here in NEK,  my family moved to Harmony when I was a teen...college at UMF where I fell in  love w/the western mountains,city stint in Portland and the midcoast, but eventually back "home" to the forests and hills of The Kingdom. It is beyond criminal and boggles the thinking mind to witness the depravity and greed of the wind devils. We are fighting the fight here; I am sure that you are aware of the eolian project. We have an ardent and thoughful group that has organized in response...check out NNU Blog...Newark Neighbors United...We Will Prevail!

At 7:55am on August 9, 2012, Jim Lutz said…

Thank you Mr. Blake (Brad).  I'm Jim.  I am happy to become an advocate and if you need me to write anything, let me know.  I have been busy answering the lies and distortions the Wind Shills have been putting in the various papers around New England. 

Thanks again for the complement.

Jim

At 12:58pm on October 28, 2011, Debbie Moore said…

Brad,

       I did have alot more to say at the public hearing.  Actually I did not say that noise was used for torture.  I said things like noise and sleep deprivation were among things that the European Court of Human Rights considered "inhuman and degrading treatment" and was not to be used in interrogation. Also strobe lights and low frequency sound have been used as well.  It is against the law for Governments to use some of these techniques on prisoners, but somehow wind companies are allowed to inflict these things on innocent people in their own homes.  I think this should become a human rights issue and we should start getting some human rights organizations involved.

       We appreciate all that you and others do to try and protect homes, families, land owners and the land itself from this terrible destruction and harm from wind turbines and their promoters.

                                     Thank-you,  Debbie Moore

At 3:11pm on October 20, 2011, Michael k Ronan said…
Right on Brad I been an advocate against wind power for a long time and every opportunity will speak against. Our state heritage is hunting and fishing and promotes Vationland on our license plates but here we are giving away our tax dollar to rich people to put up wind mills. Giving away Maines hunting and fishing heritage! I'll take every opportunity to convince others it's not what we should do for Maine just export power to other states. 
At 6:28am on September 21, 2011, matt elliot said…

You can see it all from my house Rolly,   My Better half and i sit on the Swing on the back porch and look at it all in disgust,     I never thought i'd live to see the time that i would witness the giant footstep of so called progress such as that, This close to my home of 50 sum odd yrs.      Back in the early 60's i saw them put in the Bubble     could see them doing it through the trees.   But  was kind of neat   and that didn't bother as much as seeing those big Giant Alien Monsters standing quietly on the ridge line stareing down onto the valley like they were massing for some sort of attach.

     Quietly surveying the other windy mountain tops hopeing, that they someday will be joined by others  .

 

             There are Eagles that fly around that mountain/hill.     I've seen them,   I use to love to put my boat in the pond and fish,   or just hang out and enjoy the surroundings ..   Watch the Eagle pick up fish that i've thrown back    and lug them off to a pine tree on the big island.    It's a beautiful bird. i sure hope   it don't meet her demise on those towers like pictures i've seen in the past.

        I'm sorry if i'm rambeling on here i'm so sorry that i have only just recently found this site,  And i sure wish i had been more active in the movement.     I will however do what i can to try and keep them from coming to Andover.    Bad enough we have to look at them in Roxbury.

       Again  sorry for the rant,  hope you all have a great day and   New Members glad your all aboard.  take care   Matt.

At 9:26pm on September 20, 2011, Rolly Perry said…

Brad,

 

I am not a hiker, but thanks! I know the pictures from Record Hill all too well. I climb in the area and have seen them in person. The pictures do NOT show the full force of what is going on. When you go Whitecap (assuming you're going via route #5) go across Andover to Roxbury and to route #17. Head South when you take the Crossover road by the post office. Go down Frye stretch until it almost comes together with the river and where the road curves to the right. Get out and look back! Watch for traffic. Then head North on route #17 headed towards Rangeley. As you go you will go past a cemetery on the right, then up a little ehill. At the bottom of the hill is Birch Pond/Brook Road (I forget if it's brook or pond). It is the only right before Roxbury Village and it is dirt.  Go up it until you get to the first clearing and look abck. Then come down and get ready for an eye full. Go to the bridge (past the clearing and the only way), which is straight then curve to the left. You will come to a second clearing and then a kind of gully. the bridge is not far. Most SUV's & trucks should make it. You may need to carpool, but it Is worth the trip. When you come from Whitecap you will head East (right turn) and go past THE Andover Satellite Station. Gottta go look at that... Then you will go right continuing East past Gallants Furniture up the hill. The opposite way from the pond (Roxbury Pond). When you go through the section and before the little bog and sand pit, you WILL see the Record Hill Access Road. They may let you in if you ask politely. Don;t give away what you're cause is. Say something you do a blog on wind and would like more info on it. That is the truth... That has to be where the ground level up close pictures were taken from. If you can't get in, there is another way. Go down through the Notches heading East on route #120 until it becomes flat. Once flat you will see the Crossover Road (Frye Crossover I believe - know it so I never check), take it. Take THE left (North) on the crossover road. That is The Bunker Pond Road. It is in good shape. Drive about 3 miles and you WILL see the new power line. It is right where the old one is. You can hike up it. It's pretty steep and may be like Whitecap. I hiked it with the dog in the heat and it took quite a while just to get o the level section. It was a Saturday and there was someone working in the woods. I am sure if you bushwhacked a bit you could get around the people working and close to the substation/bases and or turbines. You could get some bearings from the Birch Brook Road... These places and my walks/hike with the dog every week so no need for me to go to Whitecap to see a turbine... As of today they 7th tower was completed to the top with blades on and the 8th one had the first 2 sections up. there are 3 more bases completed. The smaller crane is working on the 4th (in addition) base as of today also. The ones that have been completed and both spinning and rotating. The spinning is clockwise and they do move towards the wind (guessing) from what I've seen. The speed is slow. If they are planning on getting power from such a slow speed, they must have some incredibly efficient generators. I do no have any idea. The towers to the hub are set to be 262' according he Record Hill website and the blades look like they are about 3/4 of the length of the 3 sections plus base towers. It's tough to tell, because they are possibly hidden by the tree line. That makes them 400' or so. Just a guess on my part as I don't go close enough to tell.

 
 
 

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