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PPH: Foes renew challenge of joint wind-power venture

A spokesman for First Wind declined comment.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/29/foes-renew-challenge-of-joint-wind-power-venture/

BDN: First Wind - Houlton Water to appeal investment from Emera

Houlton Water said that it plans to challenge the PUC decision on six different points, including…

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Added by Long Islander on October 30, 2014 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Wind power project presented to Roxbury residents

John Richardson was a gubernatorial candidate in 2010, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development between 2007-2009, and served as a Maine legislator for Brunswick between 1998 through 2006.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/river-valley/2014/10/28/wind-power-project-presented-roxbury-residents/1610154#

Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2014 at 11:29pm — 8 Comments

"We Like Mike" - Maine Wind Developers

From today's Maine Sunday Telegram:

The tightening gap between LePage and his challengers in the head-to-head matchups began to show in the September poll. Since then, Smith said, “I don’t think…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 26, 2014 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

BDN - Wind Power Transmission Proposals in Maine

“We are not sure if there will be any public hearings on these proposals,” said a PUC spokesman.

Keep in mind the PUC is the crew that overruled their staff and authorized the $1.5 billion CMP upgrade, an exclusive GIFT to the wind companies such as First Wind, with the bill footed by unwitting rate payers.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2014 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court has allowed a 14-turbine wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain

The project was the first to be denied a permit by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Board of Environmental Protection’s reversal of the department’s decision elicited a response from Gov. Paul LePage at the time, who said the decision was disappointing.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2014 at 9:19am — 2 Comments

Weather Channel Co-Founder: Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie'

THE debate about climate change is finished - because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world's leading meteorologists has claimed.

Published: Wed, October 22, 2014…
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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 23, 2014 at 1:01am — No Comments

Forbes - Electricity Prices Soaring In Top Wind Power States

From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, seven-fold higher than the national electricity price increase of merely 2.8 percent according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. ...higher electricity prices caused by wind power kill jobs throughout the entire state and national economy. Any way you…

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Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2014 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Transmission Lines are Good????? (Yale)

16 OCT 2014: REPORT

Electric Power Rights of Way: 

A New Frontier for Conservation

Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife.

by richard conniff…

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Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2014 at 2:20pm — 3 Comments

PPH - Issues in Maine governor’s race: Energy (Tux Turkel)

EXCERPTS: ...favored by Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, would revive Maine’s push for energy from wind...MICHAUD is taking a more cautious and nuanced approach to natural gas. He appears to be straddling the issue, torn between the effect that natural gas supply has on electric rates and the preference of many of his supporters for a strong shift to renewable energy. …

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Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2014 at 6:54am — 4 Comments

Praising Cain - Phil the Shill Bartlett Shills for Emily Cain's Embrace of Wind Power

"We need to support wind, solar and tidal power so that we can keep our energy dollars right here in Maine".

Phil Bartlett served three terms on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.…

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

BDN - Baptists, Bootleggers and a united quest for the Blaine House

LePage has no truck with the environmental left or the crony capitalists. He has repeatedly argued for less expensive energy and a market-based approach that eschews tax credits, subsidies and regulatory mandates favoring particular “green” sources.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 11, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Foes challenge Bingham wind plant go-ahead

Finances are also at the core of the Friends of Maine’s Mountains appeal. O’Neil said he believes that the group’s strongest argument is about the adequacy of the fund set up for the ultimate decommissioning of the 62 turbines that would be built. A decommissioning fund would pay for restoring the scenic vistas if the wind project ultimately is abandoned. O’Neil claims First Wind has underestimated the cost of removing the turbines, which would soar up to 492 feet in height, while restoring…

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Added by Long Islander on October 11, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Note To Maine's Environmental Groups: Get Off Your High Unicorns and Stop Making Electricity So Expensive

Going from coal and oil to natural gas has cut carbon infinitely more than the 500+ foot tall "climate change scarecrows" which are in the process of maiming our state. But you'll never hear that from the Maine environmental groups so long as they keep taking money from the the Enronesque wind…

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Added by Long Islander on October 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Opponents appeal First Wind’s Bingham wind farm, the largest ever approved in Maine

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...two appeals of the $398 million project, one from Friends of Maine’s Mountains and another from Alice Barnett, a longstanding critic of the project who has raised complaints about noise from the turbines.

John Lamontagne, a spokesman for First Wind, said the company is disappointed by the appeal.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Rep. Larry Dunphy and opponent Matthew Quinn air views on wind energy

“My feeling on wind is this: If it is economically feasible, if it lowers the energy costs in the state of Maine, if it’s not doing environmental damage and if it’s not hindering people’s use or enjoyment of their land, then I’m OK with wind,” Dunphy said.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 8, 2014 at 11:38pm — 4 Comments

BDN: Bristol votes overwhelmingly to deny UMaine offshore wind project

The Bristol Board of Selectmen has warned, however, that the vote, the result of a petition, is likely nonbinding

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The vast majority of some 300 Bristol residents at a special town meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1, voted against allowing an offshore wind project to…

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Added by Long Islander on October 8, 2014 at 11:09pm — No Comments

'Where's the global warming?' - Expert says public are growing sceptical of climate change

'Where's the global warming?' -  Expert says public are growing sceptical of climate change

 

This week saw the 18th anniversary since the Earth's temperature last rose - something that Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum, says …

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 5, 2014 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

Eolian is Back Trying to Bribe Frankfort: Great Essay Against Them

Amazingly, the Bangor Daily News published in this week's Metro Magazine an excellent essay critical of the wind industry's tactics based on the author's experience in Frankfort, Maine and its dealings with Eolian wind developer (the worst of the worst). Unfortunately, the Metro Magazine doesn't provide commenting opportunities. It is also unfortunate that the editor chose a stock photo intended to glamorize wind turbines instead of a photo of a destructive Maine wind site. Still, this is a…

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Added by Brad Blake on October 3, 2014 at 12:40am — 4 Comments

Harvard University's 100% Renewables Goal and Maine's Stetson II Wind Project

This week, there is a story about Harvard University's goal of using 100% renewable energy in the Harvard Crimson.  Be sure to not only read the story, but also the comments.  Whereas the story is critical of the world's best electricity grid not being conducive to the widespread use of renewables, it has opened the door for some of our wind warriors totry to do some educating to all the victims of green group think in a liberal college. …

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Added by Brad Blake on October 3, 2014 at 12:00am — 4 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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