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Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote

After last month's public hearing, the original LD 1810, introduced by Governor Paul LePage thanks to Representative Joel Stetkis, was drastically overhauled in committee. Unfortunately, the House didn't even debate the minority report; they just voted to kill the bill outright. 

This minority report of the committee simply would have given the DEP a little bit more opportunity to request a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) when a wind project is proposed close to a Scenic Resource of…

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Added by Art Brigades on April 3, 2018 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Proposed Chapter 382: Wind Energy Act Standards Rule

Townsend, Erle

10:41 AM (4 hours ago)

to Erle

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a pre-adoption meeting on its proposed Chapter 382: Wind…

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Added by Dan McKay on April 3, 2018 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Renowned Senator Mitchell's and Senator Muskie's Chief Aide Clyde MacDonald speaks about Wind Turbine Fires in Maine

Cylde MacDonald, a longtime aide to US Senator Mitchell and Muskie in Maine spoke directly to this issue .He was extremely insightful . Buying a fire engine for the affected towns or localities these industrial wind complexes dominate, is not the answer. DEP must immediately review all regulations for permitting on this issue before even the thought of a new development is considered. Gov. LePage is so right to review and potentially expunge by the moratorium review…

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Added by arthur qwenk on April 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Wind Turbine Fires Signal End of Land-Based Wind Turbines

DARK SIDE OF "GREEN": WIND TURBINE NOISE, FIRES, ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, AND FATALITIES RAISE SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS NEAR RESIDENTIAL HOMES

Hanover, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Presque Isle, Maine have all seen dramatic wind turbine fires in the last few weeks.
The obvious challenge facing firefighters is the height involved if a fire…
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Added by Frank Haggerty on April 3, 2018 at 11:55am — 6 Comments

Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire

I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments.  On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo.  In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions".  Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's…

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Added by Brad Blake on April 3, 2018 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Time to modify proposed amendments to Chapter 382, Wind Energy Act Standards

Not thrilled with the overwhelming focus on "views' since they are subjective and arguable; but the fire provides an opportunity to make substantial changes to the Standards to include:

o D. Notification of turbine failure. The licensee must notify the Department in writing within two (one) business days of any turbine failure or other incident that the licensee anticipates will result in a turbine being off-line…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on April 3, 2018 at 11:27am — 9 Comments

DEP Pre-Adoption meeting -- Chapter 382: Wind Energy Act Standards

Eric,

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a pre-adoption meeting on its proposed Chapter 382: Wind Energy Act Standards rule at 1:00 PM on April 10, 2018 in the Department’s Response Training Room, 4 Blossom Drive (AMHI Complex), Augusta, Maine.  I have attached copies of the Department’s…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on April 3, 2018 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Maine is Not Texas

Places like Texas and the Great Plains are the heartland of the nation's wind industry and accordingly, most thinking regarding wind power in the U.S. arose with states like those as context - states which are very different from Maine. Maine is 90% forest, …

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Added by Long Islander on April 3, 2018 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Why Won't the University of Maine Admit Just How Badly They've Been Had by the Wind Industry?

Millions of dollars of public money have been thrown away on a completely bogus feel good single wind turbine at UMPI and finally the project goes down in flames. What did the people of Maine get for their investment and why won't the University and the Maine media tell the people just how…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Clyde MacDonald has been warning Maine about the potential for wind turbine caused forest fires for years

Clyde MacDonald has been warning Maine about the potential for wind turbine caused forest fires for years. Please see the links below. Now that the UMPI turbine had an apparently serious fire, the state should now be compelled to ensure fire safety with regard to these ticking time bombs in the Maine Woods.

It looks as though there were no trees near the turbine. What if there were and what if we were in a drought and what if there were strong winds…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

WAGM - UMPI's wind turbine damaged in late-night fire

It will be interesting to learn precisely how the fire was brought under control as stated in the article given the nacelle is pretty high off the ground. Given UMPI's track record of obscuring the facts about this turbine, one might be wise to be skeptical of this claim. It looks as though there were no trees near the turbine. What if there were and what if we were in a drought and what if there were strong winds blowing? Clyde MacDonald has been warning Maine about the potential for…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

UMPI wind turbine catches fire Easter night

Anthony Brino • April 2, 2018…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on April 2, 2018 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 2, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

MIT: Relying on renewables alone significantly inflates the cost of overhauling energy

The Flawed Methodology Behind Studies Measuring the Cost of Climate Change

German Researchers Target Effects of Wind Turbine Infrasound on the Heart

Test results prove wind turbine noise modeling faulty

Six New Papers Reveal ‘Green’ Reality: Wind Turbines Destroy Habitats

How Important is…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine Offshore Wind Rent Seekers Panicking Ahead of Possible Common Sense Decision at PUC

Here's the key sentence in this Press Herald article: "The immediate risk, advocates say, is $87 million in federal funding".

Of course the Press Herald headline, like every other piece it writes about wind, attempts to minimize the cost ramifications of this folly: "Effort to build offshore wind industry in Maine may hinge on 73 cents".

And as usual, the article makes us ask yet again, what is it about…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 9:27am — 4 Comments

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Added by Steve Winter on April 1, 2018 at 11:24pm — No Comments

GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER COST OF ELECTRICITY, c/kWh

Green Mountain Power, a subsidiary of a Canadian company headquartered in Quebec, has about 77% of the Vermont electricity market. Some of its policies are to promote renewable energy, especially if significant federal and state grants, federal and state investment tax credits, accelerated depreciation, and low-interest loans are available to implement projects.

 

Such subsidies create the false impression these projects have short paybacks, whereas, in fact, they would not…

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Added by Willem Post on April 1, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

RENEW Complains To The Maine Public Utilities Commission

5. RENEW members operate renewable energy projects in Maine that will be
substantially and directly influenced by CMP’s HVDC line because Maine’s
transmission system is interconnected. The HVDC line may change the reliability
of the transmission system and affect the economics of operating renewable
energy generators. Under Section 3132 of Title 35-A, the Commission’s
consideration of public need must evaluate the implications of CMP’s…
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Added by Dan McKay on April 1, 2018 at 8:36am — No Comments

Canton Mountain Wind Video

Tyler Kachnovich used a drone to capture this video of Canton Mt. Wind project.  He had posted it on Face Book.  Even under winter snow, the destruction to the ridge is clear.  The blades are spinning so slowly that it likely is producing little or no electricity.…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 31, 2018 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

What energy production will look like in as little as 7 - 8 years

http://innovationreform.org/ ;

Thorium based MSR/LFTRs... we built one at Oak Ridge as an experiment and ran it for over 20,000 without a major problem, just some minor repairs as you would expect. It worked!  Now it's time to finish the last steps to make them commercially usable so we can put them to work.  …

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Added by John F. Hussey on March 31, 2018 at 3:38pm — 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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