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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 …


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

BDN - Habib Dagher carefully orchestrates a boat ride


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…


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

West Gardiner enacts cell tower and wind turbine moratorium


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.…


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. …


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

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


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…


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

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


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.…


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

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


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…


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


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.



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

Proposed 62-turbine wind farm for Bingham gets…


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

Listen to Saving Maine's first three radio commercials exposing wind power in Maine

Click right here and turn your speakers on. These spots are being aired as part of Saving Maine's continuing advertising effort to counter the wind propaganda spewed by the wind industry and their sock puppets at Maine's so called environmental groups who have sold out the people of Maine.…


Added by Long Islander on August 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Germany's push into renewables has unnerved German industry

"Energy intensive industries in particular have lost confidence in the future of Germany as a business location," said Thomas Mayer, a former chief economist at Deutsche Bank who now runs the Cologne-based Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. "I think this is a major issue that will burden German industry for years to come."



Added by Long Islander on August 23, 2014 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Dixfield Voters Approve Wind Moratorium

Voters in Dixfield voted tonight 89 to 7 to approve a (6) month wind moratorium that can be extended by the selectboard for additional 6 month increments until an acceptable wind ordinance for the town has been finalized! The previous board which had a majority of members who were pro wind actually "illegally" rejected a legal petition for a moratorium submitted by a Dixfield citizen. This has now been rectified.

Added by Hart Daley on August 21, 2014 at 9:14pm — 10 Comments

Evidence of Shorter Lifespan for Wind Turbines

I came across this and I believe it really is important for critics of wind power in Maine to start monitoring what takes place at the existing wind sites as they start aging through the freezing and thawing and icing of Maine winters.  I always believed that if GE or Siemens said the useful life of a wind turbine is 20 years, that would be reduced to 10 to 15 years in Maine's harsh northern climate.  More down time for repairs should be a frequent criticism if we pay attention!…


Added by Brad Blake on August 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Saving Maine Media Campaign Returns with Statewide Radio Effort

As we stated in May, Saving Maine's statewide public education program highlighting "The Truth About Wind Power" would take a summer hiatus around July 4th and resume with statewide radio in August. Starting Monday,  August 18th, we will be running three radio commercials ("Poor Wind," "Wind Exporters," and "Goodbye Saddleback") on WGAN and WVOM. The radio schedule runs through September. The highly successful newspaper program will return after Labor Day --  it will run through the…


Added by richard mcdonald on August 16, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

At Portland meeting EPA officials listened, but they still say that CO2 is air pollution

"I attended the EPA presentation and “listening session” last Wednesday with about 50 other people – all of whom seemed to be members of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Island Institute or various other environmental activist groups. As the Press Herald reporter so aptly described, the audience was “decidedly friendly” to the EPA position – not so much to my objections".

"About two dozen audience members rose to voice their opinions. Each expressed alarm and concern about…


Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 13, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments


"Harnessing wind in Vermont is like “growing bananas” in the state, according to Mark Whitworth, executive director of Energize Vermont, a group opposing large-scale wind. It just does not make sense, he said. Ben Luce is a Lyndon State College professor of physics and natural science who is critical of Vermont’s renewable energy program. He said…


Added by Long Islander on August 11, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Take your green, grubby hands off our freedom and our economy - Bangor Daily News

Higher energy prices will reduce economic and individual freedom. Green crony capitalists, the environmental left and progressives think that’s just fine, justified by their faith in a coming climate change apocalypse and their moral superiority.…


Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 10, 2014 at 1:03am — 2 Comments

BDN: Pembroke residents question proposed power project

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff Posted Aug. 09, 2014

EXCERPT: While two people did speak in support, most speakers, however, were against the project or raised questions about it. Those who spoke included residents of Pembroke, a mixture of people with long ties to the area, transplanted retirees and summer residents. The objections raised frequently generated applause.…


Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Can New PTC Guidance Open the Wind Market?


Some larger wind companies stockpiled turbines or other equipment in 2013.  They may have had a list of projects at which they might use the equipment.  Companies have been asking whether they can change their minds -- for example, can a company decide in 2014 to use the equipment at a project it acquires from another developer who did not start construction in time on his project, use the stockpiled 2013 equipment, and treat the acquired project as under…

Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 8:57pm — 2 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 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?" 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.”

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