After last month's public hearing, the original LD 1810, introduced by Governor Paul LePage thanks to Representative Joel Stetkis, was drastically overhauled in committee. Unfortunately, the House didn't even debate the minority report; they just voted to kill the bill outright.
This minority report of the committee simply would have given the DEP a little bit more opportunity to request a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) when a wind project is proposed close to a Scenic Resource of…Continue
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The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a pre-adoption meeting on its proposed Chapter 382: Wind…Continue
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Cylde MacDonald, a longtime aide to US Senator Mitchell and Muskie in Maine spoke directly to this issue .He was extremely insightful . Buying a fire engine for the affected towns or localities these industrial wind complexes dominate, is not the answer. DEP must immediately review all regulations for permitting on this issue before even the thought of a new development is considered. Gov. LePage is so right to review and potentially expunge by the moratorium review…Continue
I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments. On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo. In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions". Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's…Continue
Not thrilled with the overwhelming focus on "views' since they are subjective and arguable; but the fire provides an opportunity to make substantial changes to the Standards to include:
o D. Notification of turbine failure. The licensee must notify the Department in writing within two (one) business days of any turbine failure or other incident that the licensee anticipates will result in a turbine being off-line…Continue
The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a pre-adoption meeting on its proposed Chapter 382: Wind Energy Act Standards rule at 1:00 PM on April 10, 2018 in the Department’s Response Training Room, 4 Blossom Drive (AMHI Complex), Augusta, Maine. I have attached copies of the Department’s…
Places like Texas and the Great Plains are the heartland of the nation's wind industry and accordingly, most thinking regarding wind power in the U.S. arose with states like those as context - states which are very different from Maine. Maine is 90% forest, …Continue
Millions of dollars of public money have been thrown away on a completely bogus feel good single wind turbine at UMPI and finally the project goes down in flames. What did the people of Maine get for their investment and why won't the University and the Maine media tell the people just how…Continue
Clyde MacDonald has been warning Maine about the potential for wind turbine caused forest fires for years. Please see the links below. Now that the UMPI turbine had an apparently serious fire, the state should now be compelled to ensure fire safety with regard to these ticking time bombs in the Maine Woods.
It looks as though there were no trees near the turbine. What if there were and what if we were in a drought and what if there were strong winds…Continue
It will be interesting to learn precisely how the fire was brought under control as stated in the article given the nacelle is pretty high off the ground. Given UMPI's track record of obscuring the facts about this turbine, one might be wise to be skeptical of this claim. It looks as though there were no trees near the turbine. What if there were and what if we were in a drought and what if there were strong winds blowing? Clyde MacDonald has been warning Maine about the potential for…Continue
Anthony Brino • April 2, 2018…Continue
Some of the more important articles in this issue are:
MIT: Relying on renewables alone significantly inflates the cost of overhauling energy
The Flawed Methodology Behind Studies Measuring the Cost of Climate Change
German Researchers Target Effects of Wind Turbine Infrasound on the Heart
Test results prove wind turbine noise modeling faulty
Six New Papers Reveal ‘Green’ Reality: Wind Turbines Destroy Habitats
How Important is…Continue
Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments
Here's the key sentence in this Press Herald article: "The immediate risk, advocates say, is $87 million in federal funding".
Of course the Press Herald headline, like every other piece it writes about wind, attempts to minimize the cost ramifications of this folly: "Effort to build offshore wind industry in Maine may hinge on 73 cents".
And as usual, the article makes us ask yet again, what is it about…Continue
Posted 8 hours ago FIRE UMPI windmill https://www.facebook.com/hallett.brooke?hc_ref=ARRu1VMoF3ct2I7WOTeBAgNLncm3Jf-DI9TF4_Ib0JbbtqTGi76ku-lxDT2TwcM5A90
Green Mountain Power, a subsidiary of a Canadian company headquartered in Quebec, has about 77% of the Vermont electricity market. Some of its policies are to promote renewable energy, especially if significant federal and state grants, federal and state investment tax credits, accelerated depreciation, and low-interest loans are available to implement projects.
Such subsidies create the false impression these projects have short paybacks, whereas, in fact, they would not…Continue
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Tyler Kachnovich used a drone to capture this video of Canton Mt. Wind project. He had posted it on Face Book. Even under winter snow, the destruction to the ridge is clear. The blades are spinning so slowly that it likely is producing little or no electricity.…Continue
Thorium based MSR/LFTRs... we built one at Oak Ridge as an experiment and ran it for over 20,000 without a major problem, just some minor repairs as you would expect. It worked! Now it's time to finish the last steps to make them commercially usable so we can put them to work. …Continue