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Bill Would Reverse Maine's Course on Wind Power Development

"Maine already has the highest renewable portfolio in the nation and only two states' electricity sectors have lower CO2 emissions than Maine," O'Connor said. "We are doing great at being clean - now it's time to be smart."

And, she said, there's more. "This repeals the zone changes that made wind energy a permitted use," O'Connor said. "Thousands of residents choose to live in parts of Maine where, in 2008, a zoning decision that was made in Augusta - they lost their ability to…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

New England Governors - Malloy: $7.5 Billion vanishes into thin air

Elin Katz, a Connecticut consumer official, said winter 2015 electricity prices averaged 17.34 cents a kilowatt hour across New England compared to a 12.81-cent average across the three states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Malloy said the price spikes collectively added about $7.5 billion to the region’s electricity tab over the last two winters and LePage said the high costs put the region at a competitive disadvantage.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Wind Industry Declares today via LD 1329 "Why worry about Decommissioning of wind projects because.....

Once they get the permit and build on the mountains, the mountains are theirs!

The project  is Forever! Old 400ft  turbines will be replaced by bigger ones in the future.

The testimony for LD 1329 clearly determined this (listen to the testimony please).

Maine  WILL be their playground, in perpetuity!

Well folks, they sure have plans for Maine don't…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 5, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

PUC turns down wind shill commissioner David Littell's move

Don't let the door hit you on the way out Mr. Littell.

By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff

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Posted May 05, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Successful meeting at the Harraseeket Inn

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend last Saturday's "SavingME meeting that was hosted by the Gray family at the Harraseeket Inn.  Nancy and Penny continue to be excellent benefactors to our overall anti-wind efforts.  They provided not only the first class venue, but also a complimentary continental breakfast  as well as a wonderful (and very tasty! ) lunch.  Thank you ladies, your contributions are greatly appreciated by all.   The next time you have an opportunity, stop into the…

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Added by Kevin Gurall on May 5, 2015 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

BDN - Maine wind energy advocates unveil study touting industry’s benefits

The announcement of the study came just two hours ahead of a hearing on a bill, LD 1329, before the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, that seeks to dramatically rewrite Maine laws aimed at helping wind energy grow in a way that opponents of wind development say would better factor in the rights of Mainers who own property near wind farms....

(Maine Sierra Club): “Despite its misleading and rather Orwellian title, LD 1329 is clearly designed to minimize, if not…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Jeremy Payne, Maine's Own Irwin Mainway

From Newton, Mass.

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Maine is at stake: Turn on your speakers today at 1:00PM - Very Important Wind Bill

This is a very important bill for us. If you cannot attend in person, please tune in at 1:00PM today. (5/5/15).

Tune-in Alert: Public Hearing at EUT Today (May 5, 2016) at 1:00PM  - Very Important Bil

Listen live on the Web 

After clicking the link below, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

The Silliness Of Tesla's 10kWh Back-Up Battery

May. 3, 2015



In an effort to distract investors from its cash-burning car business, as well as to find some use for millions of Panasonic cells that it has committed to buy without being able to sell enough cars to utilize them, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) last week introduced a 10kWh home battery pack meant only for emergency back-up power.

It will cost $7140 installed, will be dead in fewer than five hours, and can't run an entire house or central air conditioning or…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 5, 2015 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Mining In Maine Emergency Request + OP ED by Dennis Chinoy

This is not about Wind Power per se, but is of concern of every Maine Resident, and tourist that ever hopes to come to enjoy our great state, now and far into the future. Many hours of work by common citizens and some well published scientists have gone into coming to the conclusion that what is being proposed for law, is being attempted without representation of the people and potentially deadly for we the people and our future generations. Read, Join them in Augusta, Distribute as quickly…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on May 5, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

All Hands on Deck: Mega Transmission Being Shoved Down Our Throats Based on a Big Lie

May 5, 2015 - A new article this morning from the Bangor Daily News following up on Governor LePage's nomination yesterday of Bruce Williamson to the Maine PUC begins with the words:

"One of the biggest and broadest challenges ahead in the electricity world is how to pay for the grid upgrades expected to cost about $1.5 trillion nationally between 2010 and 2030, an estimate developed by consultants at The Brattle Group".…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

Goodbye to PUC Wind Shill Littell...Hello factual analysis perhaps?

RE:http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/04/business/sunedison-halts-talks-with-maine-regulators-on-wind-energy-deals/?ref=regionstate

Mainers should 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…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 4, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

BDN - First Wind (SunEdison) halts talks with Maine regulators on wind power deals

Renewable energy developer SunEdison has decided not to seek a long-term contract with Maine utilities for its Weaver Wind project, following the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s reconsideration of the terms of a 25-year power purchasing agreement.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 4, 2015 at 4:15pm — 3 Comments

U.S. plan: Fight terror with green energy projects

U.S. plan: Fight terror with green energy projects

The production tax credit is not enough, so use foreign aid to send even more money to the wind sector.

The “Economic Growth Activity” project being pursued by the Obama administration will hire contractors to advise the Somalian government in building an “economic foundation” in green infrastructure…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 3, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Wind Power Industry Could Lose The Subsidy Tailwind At It's Back

“That’s why I have introduced legislation to eliminate the production tax credit.” Marchant noted, “Since its creation in 1992, the PTC has ballooned from a temporary boost for energy innovation into a massive special interest handout for the now multibillion-dollar wind industry. Today the wind industry regularly produces more energy than the market demands while hardworking taxpayers shell out billions of dollars each year in PTC support.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 3, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

LD 1329

LD 1329 hearing in EUT Committee May 5th 1:00 pm – Basically the Citizens Initiative as a bill – We need as much ought to pass testimony as possible

and if you cannot travel....send snail mail...I know they read e-mails (or not?)  but snail mail goes to the committee clerk...(s)he should record it.

Added by alice mckay barnett on May 2, 2015 at 6:10pm — No Comments

wind in Maine for awhile

Maine's transmission upgrade is almost done...

Maine can transfer 1400 MW out of state.

Maine has 431 MW from 254 turbines in place.

333 more 3 MW turbines will fill the plate.

I read where 618 more turbines are planned in Maine.

We need to stop 285 turbines this year.

Added by alice mckay barnett on May 2, 2015 at 4:47pm — No Comments

A $38 million dollar scam - and Mainers haven't seen nothing yet

And if a $38 million scam bothers you, then you should be many, many times more upset about the $1.4 billion scam called the Maine Power Reliability Project (MPRP) or CMP Upgrade, a gift to the wind industry funded by duped ratepayers which most of the powers that be deny is such a gift. In fact just this week, our so called Public Advocate in essence stated that transmission build doesn't have anything to do with wind.

The game they have played is that they will say it is not…

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Added by Long Islander on May 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Wind PTC - The Out-of-Control IRS, Rewriting Laws

Nowhere is this truer than in the IRS’s repeated expansion of the controversial wind-production tax credit, which provides federal subsidies to wind-energy producers. Over the last two and a half years, the agency has shown how a slow-but-steady watering down of federal law can completely reshape its original scope and intent — alarmingly, without any congressional action.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Rockland council vote reverses decision, grants option on $200 million natural gas plant

ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council voted Friday morning to grant an option to a Boston-based energy company that wants to build a $200 million natural gas power plant on land where City Hall is now located.

The decision came two days after the council failed to grant the option to Rockland Energy Center. Councilors voted 2-1 Wednesday night in favor of the option, but three affirmative votes were needed for approval.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — 3 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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