Frank J. Heller, MPA
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Wind turbine siting ordinances & criteria
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I've been involved in 'teaching' Maine planners about correct siting of wind turbines--horizontal and vertical, i.e. AVCOG planners last November; Lisbon Town manager; and worked with Brunswick's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Brigades Jan 7, 2010.

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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post VERMONT IS HARVESTING WOOD FAR IN EXCESS OF NET ADDED LIVE ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS
"That's iTREE not iFORE. "
Sep 2
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post VERMONT IS HARVESTING WOOD FAR IN EXCESS OF NET ADDED LIVE ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS
"Bowdoin College clear cut of 10+ acres of mature forest. these are saw logs not for firewood. branches were chipped. Area became the hockey coliseum and adjacent parking lots and an all-weather playing surface for lacross, soccer, etc. As far as I…"
Sep 2
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post VERMONT IS HARVESTING WOOD FAR IN EXCESS OF NET ADDED LIVE ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS
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Aug 26
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post CO2 EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING, CLEAR CUTTING AND BURBING
"It is renewable, if you renew it to make up for the loss of mature trees. Offsets don't seem to be on Bowdoin's agenda, despite the 8,000 acres(??) in the Bowdoin land grant and vacant parking lots and lawn. They could set an example but…"
Jul 16
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post CO2 EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING, CLEAR CUTTING AND BURBING
"This was a major clear cut for the hockey stadium; plenty of smaller ones"
Jul 16
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post CO2 EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING, CLEAR CUTTING AND BURBING
"BOWDOIN's GREEN FIST...photos of their clear cuts not replaced with comparable forest habitat as far as I know. Tremendous loss of CO2 conversion and carbon storage."
Jul 16
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Thinklike A. Mountain's blog post How trees could save the climate
"Trees are already saving the planet. N. New England's bio mass is expanding by 2-3% a year, despite deforestation and clearcutting by 'green-oriented' institutions like Bowdoin college for college expansion projects. Reforestation was…"
Jul 5
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Thinklike A. Mountain's blog post Must Read: The real renewable energy subsidy is complicated and hidden
"Market factors at work.  Clarkson report indicates a generating capacity 'glut' and the impact of mandated use of intermittent renewable energy resources are affecting the cost to the consumer.  Natural gas vehicle use is…"
Jul 1
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post Can a wind farm owner sue a neighbor for interfering with the breeze?
"So who owns the wind.....if it's like rain, that would be the government; opening no end of influence peddling and partisan corruptions.  California has a 'SHADING' law....no trees over x height, no second story addition to the…"
Jun 14
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post COMPARISON OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE EXISTING COGEN PLANT AND NEW HEATING PLANT
"Is there a breakdown of heat produced, when, where and how much over time and the electricity produced? Detroit(?) has a W2E plant which distributes heat as well after steam is used to generate electricity. Apparently, waste to energy plants are…"
Jun 3
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post COMPARISON OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE EXISTING COGEN PLANT AND NEW HEATING PLANT
"Studied 'green waste' hauled to town dumps for disposal and found quite a bit of it...problem is aggregating it and chipping it--just another approach. Surprised they didn't consider natural gas as an energy source combines with…"
Jun 2
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Monhegan Resident's blog post MAINE VOICES Posted 4:00 AM Maine Voices: Proposal to revive offshore wind project does not pass the smell test
"This DER SPIEGLE article is a very damning and damaging portrait of the off shore wind industry in the N. Sea......bankruptcies, renewable energy corps. refusing to bid or build off-shore wind, spiraling costs of maintenance and replacement costs.…"
May 29
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post DEEP-WATER FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES IN MAINE
"hi...pointed and corrective, almost too technical for the avg. reader. If you get to open a dialogue leading to a longer 800 word piece; you might include: o cabling problems including shallow water disruptions and on-shore grid connections; o…"
May 23
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post DEEP-WATER FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES IN MAINE
"Better to draft an op-ed, comments have very little impact and only draw 'flies'. Normally, I only quote published articles so need credibility for me to use your research. Think of the op-ed as a crude form of peer review. If you call one…"
May 22
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post DEEP-WATER FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES IN MAINE
"Yes, and I have a lot of respect for his accomplishments. My sense is that UMS advocates see him as a super star who needs more power and funding to tackle even more grandiose projects. When LePage pulled the project it was an affront to the…"
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What if there was equity between wind farms and hydropower generation? ....

these are the hurdles small hydropower generators have to jump through:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969719326105?dgcid=coauthor

Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:18pm

When research follows a narrative and not scientific protocol,this is the result

There are many serious ramifications in pursuing science that fits a narrative instead of collecting data, then deriving proper theories from real data.

One of the consequences, especially in this seemingly new era of real justice that we are now enjoying, is that cheating scientists can get caught and punished.



For example, Duke…

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Posted on March 28, 2019 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

Tomorrow's Presentation by the nearly all-Female Energy/climate/innovation secretariat led by Mills

a taste of things to come...good , bad or just more emotionalized  policy making?

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME - 

MAINE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL

POLICY IN 2019

Breaking News: Governor Mills to Keynote E2Tech Energy & Environmental Policy Forum

E2Tech is excited to announce that Governor Mills will provide closing remarks at E2Tech's Thursday morning (2/28)…

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Posted on February 27, 2019 at 2:14pm

HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.

use this URL to access the pull down menues....well organized.   

http://www.hydroquebec.com/sustainable-development/energy-environment/hydropower.html

Two things stand out:

   First, they have a tremendous amount of all forms of renewable energy, the bulk in hydro generated , 177,091 GigaWattHours generated and 31,610 GigaWattHours purchased.

 …

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Posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

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At 9:55pm on March 27, 2015, Kathy Sherman said…
Tried comment, not work. Thinking much of this does not interest all. e-mail direct if you can.
At 10:39pm on March 31, 2013, Norman Mitchell said…

http://mainelaw.maine.edu/ who would you suggest I send an email to ?? 

 
 
 

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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