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Happy Valentine's Day to Our Favorite Couple - Justin Alfond and the Maine Wind Industry

February 14, 2015

Well, it's now five and a half weeks since the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting ratted out Justin Alfond in the following article and not a peep from the Maine media.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2015 at 11:00am — 28 Comments

Maine's Enviro-Green Scheming Graft Ridden Wind Culture?

Is This Possible in Maine too?

Is it all about the "Green"     $$$$$$$$$$$ ?…

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Added by arthur qwenk on February 14, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

BDN - Maine regulators nix Portland firm’s bid to be state’s lead ‘smart grid’ operator

In an examiner’s report filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the commission’s staff recommended against designating GridSolar LLC as the state’s smart grid coordinator but directed the commission to solicit proposals to fill the role of solving transmission and distribution problems with new technologies, dubbed nontransmission alternatives.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2015 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Because of Maine’s obsessive fixation with wind power, hydropower conversation long overdue

Like wind power, hydropower produces “green” energy that involves no carbon emissions into the atmosphere. But while wind turbines operate only when the wind blows, the regularity of tidal movement and river currents gives hydropower the added advantage of predictability, making it a much more reliable source of energy.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NH: Wind power opponents bringing back influential speaker

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ALEXANDRIA — Opponents of new large-scale “industrial” wind plants in New Hampshire are bringing back an expert who they credit with helping to deter new wind-power developers with his 2013 claim that the state would see little, if any, benefits from wind power generation.

“Dr. Luce’s last appearance drew rave reviews and it was the basis for a lot of what happened,” she said. “He makes a lot of…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Oakfield wind farm opponents argue feds failed to study effect on Atlantic salmon

Opponents of a 148-megawatt wind farm in the Aroostook County town of Oakfield that broke ground in September are asking a federal judge to withdraw the project’s permit and require additional review to see if it harms endangered Atlantic salmon.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2015 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Electric generation trends from natural gas-fired plants in Maine

  The top chart is net generation from Maine independent gas-fired power producers, such as the Westbrook ( Calpine ), Rumford ( …

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Added by Dan McKay on February 10, 2015 at 9:27am — No Comments

TODAY at 11am in Bangor Federal Court - Protect Our Lakes v. First Wind

The federal court usually starts very promptly so you should be there by a bit before 11 am.

Please attend if you can and support our Oakfield/Island Falls friends in Federal Court .

 

Relaying a message on behalf of Donna Davidge:…

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Added by Long Islander on February 9, 2015 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Destroying Maine's mountains AND raising the speed limit

EXCERPTS:  Did anyone hear a peep from Mr. Lee and all those Big Wind cheerleading organizations two years ago when, without debate or even a single NO vote, the Legislature increased the speed limit on I-95?  

In the most recent year of EPA data (2012) Electricity Generation accounted for only 10.8% of Maine's CO2 emissions.  But Transportation CO2 was responsible for a whopping 50.1% of Maine CO2 output. 

Since 2007, Maine, for the noble cause of…

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Added by Long Islander on February 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever

New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming

The “vanishing” of polar ice (and the polar bears) has become a poster-child for warmists.
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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 8, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Smart-meter conversion represents little more than a boondoggle

....... that is being foisted on consumers by the politically influential companies that make the hardware and software that are required for the smart-meter conversion. – Consumers Digest

....... In this poll, about 1/3 of the people who had Smart Meters installed had an increase in energy costs, and one quarter had them double, triple, or more.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 8, 2015 at 5:45pm — No Comments

BDN - Hydropower in Maine (includes wind power references)

Hydropower is the first segment of the renewable energy sector that his administration is tackling during his second term.......

Though wind developers with more than 100 megawatts of capacity can qualify, other states in southern New England offer more generous renewable energy credits, which along with federal wind power production credits have fueled development in the state......…

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Added by Long Islander on February 8, 2015 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Maine Public Utilities Commission

Following are links to select articles from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting which provide coverage of or related to the Maine PUC. The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a nonpartisan, non-profit news service based in Augusta focused on in-depth reporting serving the need of the Maine's citizens to be fully informed about the actions of their government and public servants.

With regard to the Maine PUC their mission (as published on their website)…

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Added by Long Islander on February 7, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Alfond,and Maine's Dirty for sale wind politics.Read his emails (concerning LD1750) with Juliot Browne, First Wind "Mouthpiece"

After years of dealing with the wind issue, I can say with sadness that Maine is a very dirty little state, politically.

It is a shame how unctuous political elites have manipulated the legislative process as it concerns the wind scam. 

Governor LePage should immediately place a halt to all further wind projects until  detailed cost/benefit analysis is undertaken of the wind industry in Maine.

In addition , an ethical…

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Added by arthur qwenk on February 6, 2015 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

New First Wind wind farm offers big bucks to Osborn, ME

That wind farm, known as Weaver Wind, would be built in Osborn and Eastbrook, if it gains the necessary approvals. Most of the turbines — 14 of them — would be located in Osborn, while eight would be located in Eastbrook.....Asked why First Wind is going so far beyond the mandated financial minimum with regard to community benefit funds, Baldwin said the company wants to show residents......…

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Added by Long Islander on February 6, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MAINE TO POWER UP WITHOUT NATURAL GAS ?

 Although we often hear how natural gas makes up 50% of electrical generation in Maine, EIA data reveals Maine's natural gas plants do not run anywhere near 100% of the time and, in fact, in-state hydro out-produced natural gas generation for 2013 and trends would indicate the same for…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 5, 2015 at 3:06pm — 13 Comments

Maine Battle Brewing Over Renewable Energy & Natural Gas Subsidies

Jeremy Payne said renewable energy could provide a valuable hedge against the volatility of fossil fuel prices, as the prices of wind and solar don't spike and are actually trending downward....basically all of our clean energy investments have happened in rural Maine," said Payne. "These are areas that are starving for investment and starved for employment. This is a billion-dollar industry that is here today, and if we're not careful, it may not be here tomorrow."…



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Added by Long Islander on February 5, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cornish struggle to save coastline

Scenic Cornwall... or (guess)... turbines. 

Longish read but of interest near bottom describing legal struggles the area is going through.  ...

Something of great interest following a recent link on this blog is as valid for Cornwell as for Maine...…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on February 5, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Al Diamon on the Maine wind industry

A bold new report has been released showing how Maine can become energy independent – if, by “energy independent,” we mean heavily dependent on government subsidies.

http://www.dailybulldog.com/db/opinion/politics-other-mistakes-rodent-logic/

Added by Long Islander on February 4, 2015 at 8:57pm — 1 Comment

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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