A spokesman for First Wind declined comment.
BDN: First Wind - Houlton Water to appeal investment from Emera
Houlton Water said that it plans to challenge the PUC decision on six different points, including…Continue
John Richardson was a gubernatorial candidate in 2010, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development between 2007-2009, and served as a Maine legislator for Brunswick between 1998 through 2006.
From today's Maine Sunday Telegram:
The tightening gap between LePage and his challengers in the head-to-head matchups began to show in the September poll. Since then, Smith said, “I don’t think…Continue
“We are not sure if there will be any public hearings on these proposals,” said a PUC spokesman.
Keep in mind the PUC is the crew that overruled their staff and authorized the $1.5 billion CMP upgrade, an exclusive GIFT to the wind companies such as First Wind, with the bill footed by unwitting rate payers.…Continue
The project was the first to be denied a permit by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Board of Environmental Protection’s reversal of the department’s decision elicited a response from Gov. Paul LePage at the time, who said the decision was disappointing.…Continue
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From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, seven-fold higher than the national electricity price increase of merely 2.8 percent according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. ...higher electricity prices caused by wind power kill jobs throughout the entire state and national economy. Any way you…Continue
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EXCERPTS: ...favored by Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, would revive Maine’s push for energy from wind...MICHAUD is taking a more cautious and nuanced approach to natural gas. He appears to be straddling the issue, torn between the effect that natural gas supply has on electric rates and the preference of many of his supporters for a strong shift to renewable energy. …Continue
"We need to support wind, solar and tidal power so that we can keep our energy dollars right here in Maine".
Phil Bartlett served three terms on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.…Continue
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LePage has no truck with the environmental left or the crony capitalists. He has repeatedly argued for less expensive energy and a market-based approach that eschews tax credits, subsidies and regulatory mandates favoring particular “green” sources.…Continue
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Finances are also at the core of the Friends of Maine’s Mountains appeal. O’Neil said he believes that the group’s strongest argument is about the adequacy of the fund set up for the ultimate decommissioning of the 62 turbines that would be built. A decommissioning fund would pay for restoring the scenic vistas if the wind project ultimately is abandoned. O’Neil claims First Wind has underestimated the cost of removing the turbines, which would soar up to 492 feet in height, while restoring…Continue
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Going from coal and oil to natural gas has cut carbon infinitely more than the 500+ foot tall "climate change scarecrows" which are in the process of maiming our state. But you'll never hear that from the Maine environmental groups so long as they keep taking money from the the Enronesque wind…Continue
...two appeals of the $398 million project, one from Friends of Maine’s Mountains and another from Alice Barnett, a longstanding critic of the project who has raised complaints about noise from the turbines.
John Lamontagne, a spokesman for First Wind, said the company is disappointed by the appeal.…Continue
“My feeling on wind is this: If it is economically feasible, if it lowers the energy costs in the state of Maine, if it’s not doing environmental damage and if it’s not hindering people’s use or enjoyment of their land, then I’m OK with wind,” Dunphy said.…Continue
The Bristol Board of Selectmen has warned, however, that the vote, the result of a petition, is likely nonbinding
The vast majority of some 300 Bristol residents at a special town meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1, voted against allowing an offshore wind project to…Continue
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'Where's the global warming?' - Expert says public are growing sceptical of climate change
Amazingly, the Bangor Daily News published in this week's Metro Magazine an excellent essay critical of the wind industry's tactics based on the author's experience in Frankfort, Maine and its dealings with Eolian wind developer (the worst of the worst). Unfortunately, the Metro Magazine doesn't provide commenting opportunities. It is also unfortunate that the editor chose a stock photo intended to glamorize wind turbines instead of a photo of a destructive Maine wind site. Still, this is a…Continue
This week, there is a story about Harvard University's goal of using 100% renewable energy in the Harvard Crimson. Be sure to not only read the story, but also the comments. Whereas the story is critical of the world's best electricity grid not being conducive to the widespread use of renewables, it has opened the door for some of our wind warriors totry to do some educating to all the victims of green group think in a liberal college. …Continue