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Bill to Restore Citizens' Rights in Unorganized Territories Gains House Approval

By the narrowest of margins, LD 828 gained approval in Maine's House of Representatives.  The bill would restore the rights of citizens in the Unorqanized Territories (UTs) to have a say regarding wind power projects.  This right was stripped away when the "Wind Law" placed the UTs in the Expedited Permitting Zone classification.  Organized towns that are similarly in the expedited zone have the right to withdraw, something denied to citizens in the UTs.  It is very clear that the wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 12, 2015 at 8:56am — 3 Comments

Restrictive Wind Ordinance Wins in Dixfield!

Score another wind ordinance victory!  On Tuesday, June 9, the voters of Dixfield approved a restrictive wind ordinance for their scenic town in Maine's western mountains.  The close vote is a culmination of years long local debate and the new ordinance replaces a weaker version.  A bad day for Patriot Renewables, which has had its sights on Col. Holman Mt. in Dixfield to add to its Saddleback/Carthage project that is currently under construction and its approved project for Canton Mt. …

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Added by Brad Blake on June 10, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

EEI 2015: 5 major utility CEOs on the transformation of the energy system

Chiefs of SCE, AEP, Exelon and Southern hold revealing panel discussion

...."wind production tax credit has driven overdevelopment, distorted power markets, and “skews” investment choices in favor of wind."


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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on June 10, 2015 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Economist Dr. Bruce Williamson Confirmed by Maine Senate for PUC

Every now & then there is good news from Augusta and yesterday was a great day for opponents of wind power in Maine.  The Maine Senate, in spite of heavy lobbying by the Wind Industry that fears economic scrutiny, did the right thing and affirmed the nomination of dr. Bruce Williamson as the newest member of the Maine Public Utilities Committee.  See the story here:…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 10, 2015 at 8:58am — 7 Comments

Will It Come to This??? Shooting Up Wind Turbines???

First, let me say I believe we are a nation of laws and I believe it is against the law and morally wrong to destroy someone's property.  But the "Wind Law" foisted upon us by Baldacci in 2008 and protected from any change whatsoever by the Democrats who sold out to the Wind Industry is one of the worst pieces of special interest legislation ever enacted.  It results in the proliferation of sprawling industrial wind turbines and ruination of Maine's natural and scenic resources.

I am…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 8, 2015 at 11:53pm — No Comments

The debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues because of rigged studies

The Debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues because of rigged studies

On June 7th the AP story "Debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues"was published.  Back in April I interviewed with the author of this article Jeremy Thomas for about 3 hours over the phone. This was supposed to be a story that would expose Altamont. It was not and critical…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on June 8, 2015 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

WHY THE MAINE LEGISLATURE HAS THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT AND DUTY TO ASK FOR A MORATORIUM ON WIND PROJECTS.

On page 15 of the " Report of The Governor's Task force on wind power development" one can read the following paragraph;

  

Confusion over the benefits of wind power development. Wind power displaces

electricity generated from fossil fuels and reduces emissions of atmospheric greenhouse

gases and a variety of other pollutants (SOx, NOx, mercury,…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 8, 2015 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Japan says wind is too unstable and costly and lowers its future use at G7 Meeting

"Solar and wind power generation are too unstable and costly to provide more than marginal power generation capacity, especially given the need to extend power grids from major cities like Tokyo to more remote areas considered most suitable for wind power, he says."

http://news.yahoo.com/g-7-japans-energy-plan-not-green-060316016--finance.html

Added by arthur qwenk on June 7, 2015 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Ever wondered what to say when the proponents of wind power in Maine evoke the need to reduce CO2 emissions ?

Read the following graph  and then try to figure out  why  John Baldacci wanted to make Maine a LEADER in wind power development in 2008. 

Rankings: Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2012

(million metric tons)

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

If you ever wondered whether your activism for sensible energy policies had any effect, just read the following .

The following action was taken at the 2015 May conference of the AWEA in order to fight what they see as the wind power opponents :

Become a Power of Wind Industry Member

We’re already seeing it — wind energy has the power to create cleaner air, more jobs, and affordable energy for more Americans. But anti-wind groups want to drown out…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 6, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Angus king , your prediction of Maine becoming an uninhabitable land has not happened yet !

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 5, 2015 at 10:00am — 16 Comments

Economist Dr. Bruce Williamson's PUC Nomination Clears EUT Committee

In a surprising turn of events among the Democrats who control The Legislature's Energy Committee (EUT), they reversed their blockage of a vote on the PUC nomination of economist Dr. Bruce Williamson and voted to endorse the nomination by 11-2 margin.  Surprising, because the wind industry usually has its way with the Democrats on this committee and they fear the scrutiny of their scam by an economist.  This is a great opportunity to do some on-line comments criticizing the economics of wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 4, 2015 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Time for PUC Facts Concerning Gridscale Wind in Maine

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" Aldous Huxley

The time is overdue for them on this issue in Maine.

Added by arthur qwenk on June 4, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Bruce Williamson 's nomination for PUC commissioner approved in Energy Committee

AUGUSTA, Maine — After delaying a vote for a week, the Legislature’s Energy Committee has approved Tennessee economist and nuclear security expert Bruce Williamson for the state’s Public Utilities Commission.

The committee gave Williamson, who was not present, the greenlight in an 11-2 vote on Thursday afternoon. Sen. Dawn Hill, D-York, and Rep. Dean Rykerson, D-Kittery, were the lone opponents to Williamson’s nomination.

The committee courted controversy for a week after…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 4, 2015 at 4:34pm — 6 Comments

Vote coming on PUC Nomination

This may be unfortunate for Bruce Williamson, an excellent candidate!

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/03/politics/vote-imminent-on-puc-nominee-amid-crisis-of-confidence/

Added by Pineo Girl on June 3, 2015 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

when Littell worries ... we do not !!

The outgoing member of the Public Utilities Commission is concerned that the independent panel is being used as a “political arm” of Republican Gov. Paul LePage to thwart wind power contracts, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Access Act Request....

please read rest of the article at the link below.…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 3, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Maine's PUC NEEDS California's E3 or, Dr. Williamson, Please Step Forward!

"The Sierra Club is upset because the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) built a sophisticated and unbiased computer model to analyze the cost-effectiveness of new solar policy proposals. But despite all the Sierra Club’s political clout, the computer model determined is that none of the solar policy proposals are cost effective.

After years of paying about a $200 premium to buy any and all excess electrical power streaming from home and commercial building rooftop solar…

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Added by arthur qwenk on June 1, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Maine PUC...Look at California PUC's Recent Renewable Unbiased Research . Why Williamson is FEARED!

Excerpts below..see full article from below link please.

"To facilitate a fair and transparent analysis of competitive energy strategies, the PUC commissioned San Francisco/Vancouver-based consultants Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) to build an integrated “computer tool” to provide a rigorous technical analysis…

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Added by arthur qwenk on June 1, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

Democrats are Going after the PUC in a Desperate Move to Save the Wind Industry from Scrutiny

Legislative Energy Committee Chair Rep. Mark Dion and Sen. Dawn Hill, both Democrats, are attacking the integrity and independence of LePage PUC appointees Mark Vannoy and Carlisle McLean.  They have created a false charge of "crisis of confidence" and it is all centered around the realization that things just might not go their way of protecting the wind industry from scrutiny. 

The Governor has stricken fear into the Democrats by nominating an economist with no ties to Maine, Bruce…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 31, 2015 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

The PUC MUST Represent the Public Interest, Not the Shills of Wind in Maine

Mainers could start to benefit from real competition in the electricity market .

The subsidized high cost lies from the wind lobby and the lying sleazeballs of "Enronesque" First Wind would soon be under  close PUC analysis.

If  soon to be data wonk in the Maine PUC, Dr. Bruce Williamson, runs the numbers on wind energy as a PUC commissioner, look out Big Wind in Maine!

First Wind and the wind lobby never can stand close scrutiny based on facts and cost benefit…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 31, 2015 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

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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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