Added by Nikki Fox on November 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
A Texas company that wants to build Maine’s largest industrial wind site in Aroostook County, just 30 miles from Baxter State Park, held a public meeting in Mars Hill.
One gentleman with whom…Continue
A giant 67 turbine wind farm planned for the mountains overlooking Loch Ness will be an environmental disaster thanks to the sheer quantity of stone which will need to be quarried to construct it, according to the John Muir Trust. In addition, the Trust has warned that the turbines spell ecological disaster for the wet blanket peat-land which covers the area and acts as a huge carbon sink, the Sunday Times has reported.…Continue
Added by Ellin Beltz on November 24, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments
First, my thanks for allowing me to participate with Citizen's Task Force on Wind Power-Maine. Although I am a Massachusetts resident, I have been studying and involved with this issue for ten years, five years longer than most medical residents and post-doc engineers.
Within the wind power industry, wind turbines may be expected to have gear box failures in their five to seventh year service life. What this means, is that the lubricant oil, more than ninety gallons in the nacelles,…Continue
[Editor Note: This post by Robert Bradley Jr. from January 19th documents a fact that American Wind Energy Association might not want to know. If the American public understands why windpower is and must be government dependent to exist as an industry, and if the public knows about industrial wind's Enron roots, then the same public might just say: 'let's take our energy back'.]…Continue
Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Keystone supporters in the Senate faced tough odds, and one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” — independent Sen. Angus King of Maine — voted against the project.
In a news release earlier Tuesday announcing he would vote against the bill, King said, “Congress is not — nor should it be — in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project.”…Continue
Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments
A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Read the rest at the Seattle Times.
The Department of Energy had not responded to a request for comment when this story was published. “They don’t provide enough information about the interest rates to tell how much money the government is losing, but it’s got to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” Marron said in an interview.…Continue
Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
It would be nice if ordinary citizens had the money to hire lobbying groups, as the corporate wind developers and forest landowners do. Then, we could pay lobbyists such as Paul Williamson of The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative to write letters to the editor for us (BDN, Nov. 13, “Wind energy success”) and lobby state and local governments.
The Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Williamson’s claim. Maine’s…Continue
It sounds as though Michael Cuzzi is still an advocate for wind plants, (either out of obedience to party dogma or personal belief), but in the same breath he recognizes wind has become a loser politically. Here's an earlier piece he'd written:…Continue
The vote recount will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the Town Office will be closed for all other municipal issues, he said.
The ordinance was rejected by five votes, 557-562.
The original ordinance was approved in 2012, but the Board of Selectmen voted to place it before the Planning Board at the beginning of 2013 for revisions in order to make it stronger.
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Added by Long Islander on November 14, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments
Rep. Mark Eves of North Berwick won two more years as House speaker, and former assistant majority leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan was chosen for majority leader. McCabe succeeds Seth Berry, who left the Legislature after serving four consecutive terms representing his district, the maximum allowed under Maine’s term-limits law.
Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport was tapped as assistant House majority leader. Recently elected to her second term, Gideon is a newcomer to legislative…Continue
The Inspector General of the Department of Interior released this report involving an…
The free forum, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Wednesday, requires advance registration here.…Continue
Added by Long Islander on November 10, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments
The Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to explore opportunities for and encourage the development, where appropriate, of wind energy production in the State in a manner that is consistent with all state and federal environmental standards and that achieves reliable, cost-effective, sustainable energy production on those sites in the State that will attract investment and permit the development of viable wind energy projects. The Legislature finds that the development of the…Continue
“On wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”
- Warren Buffet, April 2014
What does that mean in plain English? - It means taxpayers struggling to make ends meet are subsidizing the second-richest person in America and the third richest person in the world via the wind industry's…Continue
Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Like a lot of Maine citizens, I didn't really know much about the wind turbines. We all read about them, I read where some complained about them. I didn't give it much thought at the time, probably like many other residents. One day last Winter, I decided to ice fish at Ellis (Roxbury) Pond, a first & last trip for me. Here I was on a beautiful day, the fishing started off great and then I started to hear them. I describe the sound as a pulsing "whooshing" noise, it was extremely…Continue
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) took out a full page ad in the November issue of Downeast Magazine to thank its benefactors. The list includes:
Wind Developers: First Wind, Emera Maine, Patriot Renewables, Brookfield Renewables (NH)
Contractors: Cianbro, Reed & Reed, James Sewell Co., Sargent Corp.
Law Firms: Verrill Dana, Pierce Atwood, Preti Flaherty
Angus King: Pundits expected a close divide in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans gaining a thin majority. In such a scenario, King could be a valuable ally to Republicans. With an expected 53-45 majority for Republicans, King suddenly wasn’t so important, so he announced Wednesday that he…Continue