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Tough questions about spoiling view at Baxter State Park

A Texas company that wants to build Maine’s largest industrial wind site in Aroostook County, just 30 miles from Baxter State Park, held a public meeting in Mars Hill. 

One gentleman with whom…

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Added by Long Islander on November 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

New Loch Ness Monsters

A giant 67 turbine wind farm planned for the mountains overlooking Loch Ness will be an environmental disaster thanks to the sheer quantity of stone which will need to be quarried to construct it, according to the John Muir Trust. In addition, the Trust has warned that the turbines spell ecological disaster for the wet blanket peat-land which covers the area and acts as a huge carbon sink, the Sunday Times has reported.…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on November 24, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Gear box failures

First, my thanks for allowing me to participate with Citizen's Task Force on Wind Power-Maine. Although I am a Massachusetts resident, I have been studying and involved with this issue for ten years, five years longer than most medical residents and post-doc engineers.

Within the wind power industry, wind turbines may be expected to have gear box failures in their five to seventh year service life. What this means, is that the lubricant oil, more than ninety gallons in the nacelles,…

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Added by Marshall Rosenthal on November 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Remembering When Enron Saved the U.S. Wind Industry

[Editor Note: This post by Robert Bradley Jr. from January 19th documents a fact that American Wind Energy Association might not want to know. If the American public understands why windpower is and must be government dependent to exist as an industry, and if the public knows about industrial wind's Enron roots, then the same public might just say: 'let's take our energy back'.]…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

BDN: Angus King Explains His Vote Against Keystone

Keystone supporters in the Senate faced tough odds, and one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” — independent Sen. Angus King of Maine — voted against the project.

In a news release earlier Tuesday announcing he would vote against the bill, King said, “Congress is not — nor should it be — in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project.”…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

November 17, 2014

A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.  Read the rest at the Seattle Times.

Added by Ellin Beltz on November 17, 2014 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

DOE Cooked the Books in Report on Energy Loans: Economist

The Department of Energy had not responded to a request for comment when this story was published. “They don’t provide enough information about the interest rates to tell how much money the government is losing, but it’s got to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” Marron said in an interview.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Paula Moore in BDN: Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Paul Williamson’s claim

Wind is not a success

It would be nice if ordinary citizens had the money to hire lobbying groups, as the corporate wind developers and forest landowners do. Then, we could pay lobbyists such as Paul Williamson of The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative to write letters to the editor for us (BDN, Nov. 13, “Wind energy success”) and lobby state and local governments.

The Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Williamson’s claim. Maine’s…

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Added by Long Islander on November 16, 2014 at 2:45pm — 3 Comments

MREA Member: Campaigning on wind smacks of disconnected, ivory tower, Portland-centric elitism

It sounds as though Michael Cuzzi is still an advocate for wind plants, (either out of obedience to party dogma or personal belief), but in the same breath he recognizes wind has become a loser politically. Here's an earlier piece he'd written:…

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Added by Long Islander on November 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Dixfield Wind Energy Facility Ordinance vote (557-562) to be recounted

The vote recount will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the Town Office will be closed for all other municipal issues, he said.

The ordinance was rejected by five votes, 557-562.

The original ordinance was approved in 2012, but the Board of Selectmen voted to place it before the Planning Board at the beginning of 2013 for revisions in order to make it stronger. 

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Added by Long Islander on November 14, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

BDN - Maine Democrats fill legislative leadership posts

Rep. Mark Eves of North Berwick won two more years as House speaker, and former assistant majority leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan was chosen for majority leader. McCabe succeeds Seth Berry, who left the Legislature after serving four consecutive terms representing his district, the maximum allowed under Maine’s term-limits law.

Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport was tapped as assistant House majority leader. Recently elected to her second term, Gideon is a newcomer to legislative…

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Added by Long Islander on November 12, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Official Was Interested in Becoming CEO of American Wind Energy Association

Investigative Report of Steve Black - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Inspector General of the Department of Interior released this report involving an…

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Added by Long Islander on November 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Free Forum in Portland Wednesday Morning - Deconstructing last week’s elections

The free forum, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Wednesday, requires advance registration here.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 10, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments

I challenge any member of State Government to provide facts to support the findings that made enactment of the Wind Energy Law an emergency act.

The Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to explore opportunities for and encourage the development, where appropriate, of wind energy production in the State in a manner that is consistent with all state and federal environmental standards and that achieves reliable, cost-effective, sustainable energy production on those sites in the State that will attract investment and permit the development of viable wind energy projects. The Legislature finds that the development of the…

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Added by Dan McKay on November 9, 2014 at 7:19am — 23 Comments

Real worried Americans subsidizing the second-richest man in America with wind power

“On wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”

   - Warren Buffet, April 2014

What does that mean in plain English? - It means taxpayers struggling to make ends meet are subsidizing the second-richest person in America and the third richest person in the world via the wind industry's…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

I didn't Know!

Like a lot of Maine citizens, I didn't really know much about the wind turbines. We all read about them, I read where some complained about them. I didn't give it much thought at the time, probably like many other residents. One day last Winter, I decided to ice fish at Ellis (Roxbury) Pond, a first & last trip for me. Here I was on a beautiful day, the fishing started off great and then I started to hear them. I describe the sound as a pulsing "whooshing" noise, it was extremely…

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Added by Robert Tiner on November 7, 2014 at 8:49pm — 3 Comments

Nature Conservancy partially funded by wind developers

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) took out a full page ad in the November issue of Downeast Magazine to thank its benefactors. The list includes:



Wind Developers: First Wind, Emera Maine, Patriot Renewables, Brookfield Renewables (NH)

Contractors: Cianbro, Reed & Reed, James Sewell Co., Sargent Corp. 

Law Firms: Verrill Dana, Pierce Atwood, Preti Flaherty

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Added by Gary Campbell on November 7, 2014 at 5:09pm — 9 Comments

BDN: LePage energy goals will get a jolt from New England election results

....... to replace PUC commissioner David Littell, whose positions on wind power differ greatly from LePage’s.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/07/politics/lepage-energy-goals-will-get-a-jolt-from-new-england-election-results/

Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2014 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

BDN: The 2014 election’s winners and losers beyond the ballot

Losers

Angus King: Pundits expected a close divide in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans gaining a thin majority. In such a scenario, King could be a valuable ally to Republicans. With an expected 53-45 majority for Republicans, King suddenly wasn’t so important, so he announced Wednesday that he…

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Added by Long Islander on November 6, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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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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