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Shamelessly in the tank for Michaud, shilling for the waste that is wind

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This is an example of what could happen in this country, especially in New England, which has no indigenous fossil fuels but is rich in the wind, sun, rivers and tides that could produce emission-free electricity long into the future, with no fuel costs.

Throughout his term, Gov. LePage has focused on lowering energy costs by chasing the mirage of low-cost hydropower from Quebec and building a pipeline from the Pennsylvania…

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Added by Long Islander on September 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wind Money - Why are so many Texans writing checks in Maine’s governor race?

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Adams, whose First Wind title is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, made news when it came to light that he had taken an equity interest in First Wind while still serving as Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. He has been on the “Host Committee” for at least two Michaud fundraising parties. 

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Added by Long Islander on September 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Hancock County approves latest financial agreements with First Wind

The project is expected to generate $11 million in property tax revenue for Hancock County over the 30-year term of the agreement — $5.82 million of which will end up in county coffers, and Hancock Wind will keep roughly $5.12 million. The wind developer will retain 70 percent of its annual tax payments to the county for 20 years, with the county getting the remaining 30 percent. But for each of the final 10 years of the agreement, the county would keep 100 percent of the project tax…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2014 at 12:17am — No Comments

WGAN Inside Maine Tomorrow - Segment on Climate Change and Energy Policy (online and on air)

When/where: Saturday Sept. 13 at 11:34 AM  on "Inside Maine" on WGAN radio.

Guests: Professor Jon Reisman and Frank Heller

Subject: Climate change swindle and the confidence men  (and women) driving it.

How to listen: You can…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on September 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

So what did Cutler and Michaud say about energy this morning?

Unfortunately, I don't believe the state's major newspapers have spent any ink on the content of what candidates Cutler and Michaud had to say at E2Tech about energy this morning in Portland, instead placing all focus on the Governor's decision to withdraw from the event.

Did Cutler and Michaud disagree at all about wind power or are they each equally beholden to the wind industry?…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2014 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Jeremy Payne Pushes Eolian in Bangor Daily News

The role wind farms play in improving the quality of our air and the health of our environment is undeniable.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/11/opinion/contributors/frankfort-will-see-wind-farms-benefits-but-so-will-the-rest-of-maine/?ref=regionstate

Added by Long Islander on September 11, 2014 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Saving Maine " The Truth About Wind Power" Fall Media Blitz Kicks-Off This Weekend

Saving Maine will be supporting a statewide newspaper and radio campaign this fall with new ads starting this weekend in the Bangor Daily News and Maine Sunday Telegram. Additional plans include ads in local publications such as the Ellsworth American and Kennebec Journal.  In addition, we have extended our "Saving Maine" radio program through October to coincide with the elections and compliment the newspaper. Stay tuned for more of the Jeremy Kane and Juliet Black show. Thanks to the many…

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Added by richard mcdonald on September 10, 2014 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

mil rate Roxbury

it says .00772 on my Roxbury tax bill. I am not sure if all properties are the same.

Added by Nancy Wahlstrom on September 10, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

Maine group gets grant to detect bats, birds near wind turbines

Biodiversity Research Institute will use the federal money to help develop high-tech cameras.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/10/maine-group-gets-grant-to-detect-bats-birds-near-wind-turbines/

Added by Long Islander on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Mil Rate for Roxbury

Does anyone know the current 2014 mil rate for the Town of Roxbury. I can't find it online and I can't get anyone to answer at the Roxbury town office or the State Tax Division??

Added by Hart Daley on September 9, 2014 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Environmental groups split about Bingham wind project approval

Selling out:

Meanwhile, three environmental advocacy groups — the Sierra Club, Conservation Law Foundation and Environment Maine — announced their support for the project Tuesday in a joint news release. 

In February, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy …

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Added by Long Islander on September 8, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Habib Dagher carefully orchestrates a boat ride

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Dagher stressed that UMaine is still in the running for a significantly larger federal award. If more funding becomes available * through the budgeting process or another recipient fails to meet the terms of their agreement with the Department of Energy, the department could dole out that money to any candidates that didn’t receive the full amount, according to Danielson.

Friday’s event drew Rep. Mike Michaud and Sen. Susan Collins, who were credited for their…

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Added by Long Islander on September 6, 2014 at 7:17am — 1 Comment

West Gardiner enacts cell tower and wind turbine moratorium

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The moratorium applies to new towers more than 40 feet tall that generate wind power or provide radio or television transmission, commercial mobile wireless services, unlicensed wireless services, cellular telephone services, specialized mobile radio communications, common carrier wireless exchange access services, personal communications service or pager services.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 5, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

An Essay Regarding Jobs in Maine and Wind Power Development

We frequently see the wind industry's line about all the jobs they create.  I responded to someone tonight and before I knew it, I had written the following essay.

Sir, you have been listening way too much to the wind power industry's propaganda. They count every possible job related to planning and constructing these projects, however remote that connection may be.  Yes, it takes some consultants to draft the application materials, some engineers to plan and lay out the project. …

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Added by Brad Blake on September 5, 2014 at 12:20am — 2 Comments

BDN: Eolian tries again to erect wind turbines atop Mount Waldo

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This time around, Eolian officials have been seeking comment from residents about the $100,000 the company is guaranteeing to pay every year in a community benefits package.

Frankfort’s current wind ordinance, passed by a 244-222 vote, in the fall of 2011, became the first land-use regulation to be enacted in the Waldo County community. It creates a setback of 1 mile from the turbines to each property line of a landowner who is not…

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Added by Long Islander on September 4, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

BDN: Maine Supreme Court hears appeal of Passadumkeag wind project approval

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The parties fighting BEP approval of the Passadumkeag development argue that the board was wrong for not deferring to the DEP’s factual finding that the project would have an adverse impact on the area. 

 

Part of the confusion for justices Thursday was that the BEP approved the project based on largely the same record upon which the DEP had denied it.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 4, 2014 at 8:20pm — 4 Comments

BDN - New England Ratepayers Assoc: Renewable Policies Expensive $$$

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Policies like Renewable Portfolio Standards, the Renewable Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Net Metering and others have favored expensive, intermittent renewable power at the expense of more affordable and reliable base load options.

Marc Brown is the executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association, a non-profit dedicated to protecting ratepayers in New England…

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Added by Long Islander on September 4, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Developer: Rescind Your Wind Ordinance Frankfort, ME

Frankfort, ME Residents Discuss Proposed Wind Project

Representatives from Eolian Renewable Energy met with locals at the town’s municipal building Wednesday.

Posted Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:38 pm.

Updated 9 hours ago

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Added by Long Islander on September 3, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Maine candidates for governor to speak at energy forum

The three are scheduled to speak at the E2Tech event on Sept. 12 at University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/02/maine-candidates-for-governor-to-speak-at-energy-forum/

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Added by Long Islander on September 2, 2014 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

BDN: Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/08/28/business/bingham-wind-energy-project-wins-preliminary-approval-from-maine-environmental-regulators/

Proposed 62-turbine wind farm for Bingham gets…

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Added by Long Islander on August 28, 2014 at 7:00am — No 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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