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BDN - Power bills to rise for CMP customers after decision in controversial rate case

Power bills to rise for CMP customers after decision in controversial rate case

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Eric Bryant, senior counsel for the Office of the Public Advocate, said the case was the result of various compromises, but that his office was pleased that CMP was willing to settle for $24 million per year compared with their original request for about $40 million.

“We knew that there was…

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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2014 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Call to Action - Public Comment For the Eagles

Please write via the link or to the address below. This is important. Please rally everyone.

Eagle Take Rule Hearing in Washington D.C. August 7 – Public Comment Period Open until Sept. 22…
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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2014 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

‘Charting Maine’s Future’ urges the state to move forward in a way that reinforces our heritage

I recently read, in this newspaper, yet another lament about Mainers not supporting economic growth and being against everything. It is true that Maine people have opposed a lot of things that might have added jobs. The list is long and stretches everywhere from the Dickey-Lincoln Dam to nuclear power, casinos, road widenings, wind turbines, tar sands and public squares.

Some people, particularly those who think the economy trumps…

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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2014 at 12:46am — No Comments

Jack Gagnon: We are not NIMBYS, “conspiracy theorists and climate change deniers”

Editorial disparages, dismisses well-founded criticism of wind power

Wind developers’ dependence on subsidies should stir skepticism both in Maine and nationwide.

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Wind developers resort to name-calling because…

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Added by Long Islander on July 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Eolian Wind Project Collapses

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The company had put the project on hold in May, when it became evident that the price of upgrading the transmission lines connecting to the grid from the remote location could be as high as $86 million.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/seneca-kills-wind-project

SIMILAR READING IN…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

BDN - Iberdrola leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East

Posted July 25, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

FIRST WIND: Appellants determining whether to appeal recent PUC decision

State utility regulators approve giant wind deal — again

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Added by Long Islander on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Why doesn't the legislature just enact a "Cell Tower Act"

A post from Gary Campbell:

Why doesn't the legislature just enact a "Cell Tower Act" they way the Baldacci administration did with the Wind Energy Act in 2008? They could rush it through as "emergency Legislation" even though it doesn't qualify as such, just like the Wind Energy Act.



The new "Cell Tower Act" could follow the general format of the WEA and incorporate current practice as present in Maine wind power…

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Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Maine Sunday Telegram Editorial Board: Wind power has been smeared

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Wind power has been smeared by conspiracy theorists and climate change deniers as nothing more than a means to bleed subsidy money from the taxpayers to line the pockets of a wealthy few.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/20/our-view-maine-lost-opportunity-by-rejecting-statoil/

Note that…

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Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2014 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

Wind blows good and bad on Vinalhaven (Maine Sunday Telegram)

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Neighbors, meanwhile, say energy rates are up 128 percent since 2009, and they dispute the co-op’s math.

It’s also noteworthy that none of Maine’s 14 other year-round island communities has followed Vinalhaven’s lead. Despite some interest, none has built a wind farm or is expected to do so in the near future.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Keep Out the Wind Developers!

Congratulations to the small town of Alexandria, New Hampshire for the large turn out of protesters forcing town officials to turn away wind developer EDP.  This is how it is done, folks!!!…

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Added by Brad Blake on July 19, 2014 at 12:32am — 4 Comments

SPECIAL REPORT: GET READY FOR THE NEW ENGLAND POWER SHORTAGE

"Almost daily the newspapers are filled with stories about how the region is “going green” and about to enter the delightful world of “clean energy.” It’s sheer fantasy. No one has the slightest notion of what it would entail". 

http://spectator.org/articles/60007/get-ready-new-england-power-shortage

Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2014 at 5:15pm — No Comments

NH town won't approve permit for EDP Renewables

Attorney Mark E. Beliveau, a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portsmouth, told the selectmen he had brought evidence of a $34,000 decomissioning bond....

(EDP Renewables is the company that wants to mount a turbine wherever it can in Aroostook County).

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140716/NEWS05/140719204/-1/newshampshire03

Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2014 at 4:51pm — 2 Comments

Mass Governor conspiring with First Wind to destroy Maine so Mass citizens can feel "green"

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Time is running out for Gov. Deval Patrick’s clean energy bill, and he is starting to sound a little worried about its prospects.

I caught up with him today as he toured First Wind’s offices in Boston’s Leather District with Paul Gaynor, the wind farm developer’s CEO. Gaynor is a big fan of this bill…

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Added by Long Islander on July 16, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

1,600 miscarriages at mink farm near wind turbines

Infrasound emitted by wind turbines can cause deformities and stillbirths

"One can’t ignore the facts that infrasound travels as far as 40 km, and that peer-reviewed studies have shown that chronic exposure at shorter distances can cause Vibro-Acoustic Disease."

"With respect to deformities and stillbirths, it stands to reason that humans can be affected…

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Added by Long Islander on July 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

First Wind and MPBN

Being Aboveboard About Underwriters

Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s policies on disclosure generate criticism

by Al Diamon

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As MPBN’s annual report for last year shows, First Wind is one of the network’s largest underwriters, having contributed over $25,000. …

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Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Ways to deal with natural gas price spikes in Maine, New England under advisement

Ways to deal with natural gas price spikes in Maine, New England under advisement

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In Maine, regulators are still considering whether and to what extent they should use the authority to purchase up to $1.5 billion in pipeline capacity over 20 years. That authority was granted in the so-called …

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Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2014 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

PPH Hatchet Job on Governor LePage's Sensible Energy Policies

7/15/14

Subsidy Seekers Whining on Wind...and playing politics in an article where nary a citizen wind opponent was interviewed.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/07/15/energy-company-that-pulled-out-of-maine-last-year-invests-2-5-billion-in-scotland-offshore-wind-farm/

Nice hatchet job on Governor…

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Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Vote for Wind Warrior and Maine Guide Dave Corrigan in the Appalachian Trail photo contest

He running a close second to a picture of a rainbow.  Let's put him over the top!

http://a.pgtb.me/gJlj03?app_data=entry_id%3D58128486

 

Added by Steve Thurston on July 14, 2014 at 1:59pm — 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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