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Massive solar project planned near wind farm in Maine

An energy development company is requesting a zoning change for more than 700 acres of blueberry fields in eastern Hancock County where it hopes to establish a 100-megawatt solar farm.

The site in Township 16, on land owned by Elliott Jordan & Son Inc., is roughly a mile away from a wind turbine that is part of Novatus Energy’s 51-megawatt Hancock Wind farm which, according to a report by Vox, has the tallest land-based wind turbines in the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 31, 2018 at 9:55am — 3 Comments

Another Swamp Dweller Influences Corrupt Politicians

Baker adviser helped energy firms land big Mass. contracts

From the Boston Globe is an article that proves that those making our decisions for us are motivated by cash in their own pockets, not the good of the people. Jim Conroy splits his time between promoting politicians like Charlie Baker and being a promoter for Vineyard Wind LLC and Central Maine Power Co. Isn't that a…

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Added by Eskutassis on May 31, 2018 at 9:43am — 3 Comments

ECONOMICS OF RESIDENTIAL ROOFTOP SOLAR IN NEW ENGLAND

Proponents, including installers of solar systems, present many numbers, usually in not too clear a format, to show how profitable it is to have solar on your roof.

 

This article presents a spreadsheet analysis of two plans:

 

- Plan A, the Standard Plan, which is to invest in a rooftop solar system.

- Plan B, the Warren Buffett Plan, which is to invest in shares of AT&T that pay a…

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Added by Willem Post on May 30, 2018 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

YET ONE MORE - Wind turbine bursts into flames

30 May 2018 at 10:00am

A wind turbine has burst into flames in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Two fire crews were sent to the blaze at Doddington, near March, which sent parts of the structure tumbling to the ground, but they could only wait for it to burn out.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but it comes after storms and lightning strikes.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 30, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Ratepayers’ group planning class-action lawsuit against CMP

CMP Ratepayers Unite said late Monday that two Maine-based attorneys involved with the matter have retained a New York firm to take the lead, on behalf of utility customers who believe they have been overcharged. It said that Sumner H. Lipman and James Belleau have retained Napoli Schkolnik PLLC, to prepare a class action on behalf of these customers.

“We have been working very hard to hold CMP accountable for their actions,” the group said in a news…

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2018 at 10:47am — No Comments

Looking for Reasons Why Wind Power Can Never Work? Here’s the Top 21

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that wind power is the greatest economic and…

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Added by John F. Hussey on May 28, 2018 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

Escape From The Bully Agenda

  • Maine has a Canadian electric connection with New Brunswick with a transfer rate up to 700 megawatts, could be 1000 megawatts if transmission constraints didn't exist.
  • Maine can obtain another Canadian connection with Hydro-Quebec with a transfer rate of 1200 megawatts with the NECEC project.
  • The combined total power from these two sources can provide most of Maine's power needs.
  • The power will be delivered to the…
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Added by Dan McKay on May 28, 2018 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Mindless Mentality for Renewable Energy in Falmouth and Cumberland

Falmouth

Hope Cahan is 46 years old and has two children in Falmouth Middle School. She and her family moved to town from California last June.

She works as an environmental and transportation policy analyst..........

Cahan said she would like to do more to protect Falmouth’s open space while also pushing developers to incorporate…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2018 at 6:53am — 1 Comment

“We can’t squirt water that high" - Yet Another Wind Turbine Fire

A MidAmerican Energy wind turbine caught fire about 10 p.m. Thursday north of Beaver in western Boone County.................................The wind tower stands 95 meters tall and is surmounted by a 2-megawatt Vestas turbine................…

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Added by Long Islander on May 27, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) should be ashamed of itself

“The amount of electricity actually produced from the huge investment in wind power is not only very small, it is unreliable and may not be available to meet peak power demand during hot (still) summer days. And during winter storms, wind power may fall off because the winds are too strong.”

“AWEA should be ashamed of itself for bragging about the increase in installed wind capacity and leaving the rest of the story untold. But in the crony world of wind energy, image and half-truths…

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Added by Long Islander on May 27, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

A LIKELY SCENARIO DURING A FUTURE WINTER IN NEW ENGLAND

If a cold snap occurred, and if wind and solar were minimal, and if gas supply (after being politically restricted) were diverted from power plants to residential and commercial buildings for space heating (because of very cold weather), and if duel-fuel gas plants were to have insufficient gas and fuel oil supply, and if a plant or transmission outage occurred, and if electricity supply via tie lines with Canada and New York State were kept at present levels, then rolling black-outs likely…

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Added by Willem Post on May 27, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible?

A lithium ion battery big enough for…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 26, 2018 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

BDN - What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign

The company sought partnerships with wind developers, including now-Sen. Angus King’s Independence Wind............................

Cote and his co-founders saw the business as paving the way for integrating new renewable power sources with the regional grid, making it more flexible.

“The fundamental idea for bringing the storage technology to Maine residents and businesses was that — as Maine moves…

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Added by Long Islander on May 26, 2018 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

Sun Journal - Farmington officials rethinking New England Clean Energy Connect project

At the urging of Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, selectmen are doing more research into the project, which they endorsed at the request of Central Maine Power in July 2017...................Governor LePage this week wrote a letter in support of NECEC that was sent to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, in response to a letter Saviello and three others sent to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities expressing…

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Added by Long Islander on May 25, 2018 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

PPH & BDN - Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects

PPH

BOSTON — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy, enough to power 400,000 homes.

The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts’ first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts of energy. That’s about 5.5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s total annual electric load.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2018 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Failed: Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations, Blades and Cables

FAILED:  Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations, Blades and Cables

If Cape Wind was constructed as 130 Siemens 3.6 MW turbines, it would have failed.  

Offshore wind blades, monopole foundations, and cables have failed featuring Cape Wind specifications, 

(130) Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines. 

The US has adopted the European monopole standard foundation design code (J101).  Borrowing from oil and gas industries technology, they failed to…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on May 23, 2018 at 8:54am — 2 Comments

“GREEN” ENERGY, AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

One of the worst features of both wind and solar energy is that they are terrible for the environment. Land-based wind turbines are bad enough, but offshore installations are a fiasco waiting to happen...........

It is remarkable that the heavy hand of government has lined up behind such a risky technology.............

In February, it was reported that Danish wind operator Ørsted must repair more than 600 wind turbines due to early…

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Added by Long Islander on May 23, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

Eastern states promote offshore wind systems, but they are expensive and high risk

Ocean-located turbines face one of the harshest environments on Earth. Turbines are battered by wind and waves, struck by lightning, and need to endure salt spray that is very corrosive to man-made structures.

In February, it was reported that Danish wind operator Ørsted must repair more than 600 wind turbines due to early blade failure. The blades are to be disassembled and brought to shore for repair after only five years of operation, at a cost on the order of $100…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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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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