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PPH & BDN - Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects

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BOSTON — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy, enough to power 400,000 homes.

The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts’ first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts of energy. That’s about 5.5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s total annual electric load.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2018 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Failed: Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations, Blades and Cables

FAILED:  Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations, Blades and Cables

If Cape Wind was constructed as 130 Siemens 3.6 MW turbines, it would have failed.  

Offshore wind blades, monopole foundations, and cables have failed featuring Cape Wind specifications, 

(130) Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines. 

The US has adopted the European monopole standard foundation design code (J101).  Borrowing from oil and gas industries technology, they failed to…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on May 23, 2018 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

“GREEN” ENERGY, AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

One of the worst features of both wind and solar energy is that they are terrible for the environment. Land-based wind turbines are bad enough, but offshore installations are a fiasco waiting to happen...........

It is remarkable that the heavy hand of government has lined up behind such a risky technology.............

In February, it was reported that Danish wind operator Ørsted must repair more than 600 wind turbines due to early…

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Added by Long Islander on May 23, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

Eastern states promote offshore wind systems, but they are expensive and high risk

Ocean-located turbines face one of the harshest environments on Earth. Turbines are battered by wind and waves, struck by lightning, and need to endure salt spray that is very corrosive to man-made structures.

In February, it was reported that Danish wind operator Ørsted must repair more than 600 wind turbines due to early blade failure. The blades are to be disassembled and brought to shore for repair after only five years of operation, at a cost on the order of $100…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Hard Truth at Newspapers Across America: Hedge Funds Are in Charge

Will newspapers go mercenary and sell their reporting and opinion to the highest bidder? Is this already happening? Has the wind industry already figured this out?…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 22, 2018 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Oppressing Dylan Vorhee's environmental hypocrisy and untruths

Tapping into the proposed energy corridor is, as I understand it, a negotiable item---which I strongly support.

Dylan raises other issues, several based on nonfactual assumptions:

"Dylan:

 NRCM has long supported wind farms in Maine, all of…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on May 22, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments

PPH - New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar

The University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the university system and Honeywell International............The outline of Honeywell’s power contract proposal is contained in a document prepared for the University of Maine System last year in response to requests for proposals to transition most of the Orono campus from…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2018 at 10:33am — No Comments

Tux Turkel: Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels

Note that this article glosses over extremely expensive capacity payments associated with wind and solar, as well as their tremendous transmission and taxpayer expenses.

Solar panels were covered with snow and wind turbines were buffeted by storms......“We were definitely on the brink,” said Matt Kakley, an ISO-NE spokesman. “Had the cold snap continued longer or had there been further outages in the region, it was definitely possible that (rolling blackouts)…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2018 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Dark Skies: Advocates push Maine as astrotourism destination Maine Sunday Telegram)

Rollins Lights

Turbine lights on Rocky Dundee seen from Upper Pond (Gary Campbell)

Yet another reason not to have flashing thunderous wind turbines throughout Maine defiling what we have to enrich foreign investors tapping our treasury and raping ratepayers.

The state's many precious resources include the largest light-pollution-free swath in the eastern half of the U.S. 
A new effort is underway to protect it with 'dark sky' designations…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2018 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The World Meteorological Organization Predicts 2018 Will Be The WARMEST EVER!!

More non-scientific drivel from the far leftist WMO that says the last 5 years have each one been hotter than those before, and 2018 is going to set new records. We are in big trouble!!!!!!, IF you believe their lies. Our own weather charters, NOAA, fudged their data in 2015 to show a rise right before Obama went rough and signed the Paris Accord without Congressional approval. The good part of that was Trump was able to pull the plug just as…

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Added by Eskutassis on May 19, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Andrew Cuomo’s Wind Farm Won’t Fly Without Fracking

Andrew Cuomo’s Wind Farm Won’t Fly Without Fracking

New York’s governor touts turbines while closing a nuclear plant. To fill the gap? Natural gas.…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 19, 2018 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

New Maine group: CMP Ratepayers Unite

Since this group has organized as a ratepayer watchdog, it would be worthwhile to meet with them and let them know how ratepayers have been even more abused by the legislature and enviro groups.  This looks like a good opportunity to open the eyes of what appears to be a significant audience. They may in fact be quite aware of the ratepayer abuses we have dealt with for now 10 years. However, we should not leave this to chance.

FACEBOOK users -…

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Added by Long Islander on May 18, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Gov LePage: Maine Has an Exciting Opportunity To Reduce Energy Costs

Radio Address: Maine Has an Exciting Opportunity To Reduce Energy Costs

May 17, 2018

I have been talking about the need to reduce energy prices for nearly eight years. Maine is a manufacturing state, and high energy prices have a direct and negative affect on the cost of doing business and the ability to create good-paying jobs.

Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage.

Central Maine Power Company won the proposal to create a transmission line to deliver electricity…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2018 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Views clash as DEP readies greenhouse gas reduction forced by citizen initiative

Attorneys, students and other supporters of 8% annual cuts in emissions say urgent action is needed, but industries call the proposed standards unrealistic and warn of a severe impact and business shutdowns.

Tapping a little-used section of state law, a grassroots group of attorneys and activists submitted nearly 700 petition signatures from registered voters calling for tougher standards on emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-warming gases. As a…

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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments

This Won't Work Out Well for Maine Either (Cuomo Energy Policy) ,WSJ Today

New York’s Green Energy Roulette

Gov. Cuomo uses up his state’s electricity margin of safety to advance his career.…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 16, 2018 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 14, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

“Wind turbines dramatically decrease attractiveness of a tourist destination”

If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

Conservative Groups Take a Stand Against Carbon Tax

Introducing bill to ban non-disclosure clauses in wind contracts

Noise is the New Secondhand Smoke

Wind Turbine Construction Turning Ontario’s Water Supply to Toxic Sludge

NOAA/NWS…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Deepwater Wind -- Whale Deaths, Infra Sound, Accidents & 500 Million

Please see Frank Haggerty's comment below.

First Wind Spinoff: NEW FILM DIVES INTO ISSUES, CONCERNS WITH DEEPWATER WIND’S PROPOSED WIND FARM

“After hearing the same old automated rebuttal, lacking fact and transparency, from Deepwater Wind’s representatives about real concerns from the East Hampton community, I felt it necessary to give those who oppose Deepwater’s method of operation a loud and clear opportunity to…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2018 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

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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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