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BDN - Opponents step in to test Iberdrola on wind power project in Maine

PUC Chairman Tom Welch is set to retire Wednesday and Commissioner David Littell’s term expires in March. Those two commissioners voted to approve the First Wind-Emera partnership, while Commissioner Mark Vannoy …

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Added by Long Islander on December 31, 2014 at 2:03pm — 4 Comments

When it is known to be an economic disaster, but regulators look away.

   This graphic depicts the several wind projects in place or looking for approval to build in Maine. Power Purchase Agreements with out of state utilities have provided collateral for financing.

    DEP/BEP approval is essentially a given for these projects.

    The Maine PUC is aware of the…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 31, 2014 at 9:46am — 4 Comments

Time for a Rally???

STEWC is a member of the Alliance for Common Good.  Hope to see you at the Rally with no corridor signs of all kinds, and visions of what we DO want!  
If you are part of a group that agrees with the principles below, be in touch by January 2 and we'll add you as a sponsoring organization.  
Reminder for folks who want to help with legislation this session, STEWC is hosting a briefing…
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Added by Penny Gray on December 31, 2014 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Why Iberdrola is in Maine

In early 2009 the Socialist government of Spain reduced alternative energy subsidies by 30%.  Calzada continues:

"At that point the whole pyramid collapsed.  They are firing…
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Added by Long Islander on December 30, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

You can’t drive very far in rural Maine without encountering massive wind turbines

You can’t drive very far in rural Maine without at some point encountering a mountain ridge dotted with massive wind turbines, which was Angus King’s vision, both as governor and, post-governor, as a major investor in wind turbine construction. Back in the good old days, Maine was decreed the “Saudi Arabia  of Wind,” ................…

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Added by Long Islander on December 29, 2014 at 11:45pm — 1 Comment

"First Wind Motel" Planned

No Holiday Inn Express

Until Dec. 22, they lived less than a mile from one of the turbines, within a mile of five more. Each of the 16 turbines are taller than 500 feet and within two miles of their home.

Help has come from many of the…

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Added by Long Islander on December 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Wind Transmission: Stopping the Monster Line

Wherever in the world wind power is installed to significant degree, new transmission lines must be built, lest the spurting occasional wind-produced electricity will thermally overload the existing lines and severely disrupt the otherwise reliable grid. Yet in Maine, when the $1.4 Billion CMP upgrade (Maine Power Reliability Project) was forced down ratepayers' throats at ratepayer expense, we were told that this project was needed because Maine had "aging…

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Added by Long Islander on December 28, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Negative Pricing in The New England Electric Pool Will Cost Ratepayers a Fortune

 Wind projects in New England receive such enormous payments for their generation, they will offer their output to the grid even when prices go negative. Clearly, when low or negative pricing occurs, the best course for the electric power providers is to reduce the production of energy. That's common sense, unless the power producer can be paid handsomely for products attached to their output, " the enhancers ."

      Real time wholesale prices in New England averaged $40 per…
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Added by Dan McKay on December 27, 2014 at 9:18am — 3 Comments

‘pHraud’ in omitting Ocean Acidification data in Congressional testimony

“…startling data omission that he told me: “eclipses even the so-called climategate event.””

Willis Eschenbach tips me to a story by Marita Noon, titled:

What if Obama’s climate change policies are based on pHraud?

I’ve reproduced portions of it here, with a link to the full article. The graph with ALL the data is…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on December 27, 2014 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

BDN: Wind and Maine's Economy

Onshore, opponents of wind projects at the local and state levels continued to pose regulatory challenges to new projects through appeals that have risen to the state’s top court, which has clarified parts of the state’s regulatory appeals process.…

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Added by Long Islander on December 26, 2014 at 1:28pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Praising Angus King as "environmental hero" Peter Mills & Sharon Tisher advocate for wind

"However, Maine does have huge untapped potential for offshore wind, tidal power, biofuels, and solar energy. Expanding the use of these alternatives will make Maine more economically independent and generate good jobs here".

"Maine’s national and state leaders — Muskie, Mitchell, Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Angus King, Harry Richardson, Joe Brennan, Horace Hildreth, Ken Curtis, Jon Lund, and Jock McKernan, among others —…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2014 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

Somerset County approves First Wind TIF district

Karen Bessey Pease, a resident of Lexington Township, urged commissioners to reject the TIF proposal, saying that First Wind had already proved their financial capacity to the state and that there was no need to return taxpayer money to the company.

“I realize that First Wind has received their permit to build the Bingham Wind Project, but as a resident and taxpayer in the unorganized territory, I would prefer that you don’t return any money to this developer,” Bessey Pease…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

The renewable energy fraud

No-one should have to be made to host harmful, destructive and useless renewable energy projects just because sweetheart deals have been worked out between land owners, local and state politicians, and the renewable energy cartel. No-one!

Added by Marshall Rosenthal on December 20, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

NH: "Industrial wind developers take notice, you are not wanted here"

Of those, 89 people said they would approve more wind-energy plants, and 145 were opposed to the idea, Spafford said.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20141218/NEWS05/141218876&source=RSS

Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Wind Power Propagandist Clipped by Employer

Mike Barnard’s wind wings clipped by employer: Told to stop writing on wind power, resign fellowship from Energy and Policy Institute, and delete his blog: Barnard on Wind

https://www.masterresource.org/health-safety-wind/barnard-wind-propagandist-ibm/

Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2014 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

PPH - LePage considers two on his staff to fill PUC seats at pivotal time

Jeremy Payne declined to comment specifically on the potential nominees, noting that his trade group, which represents wind power, biomass and other generators, typically meets and questions PUC nominees.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/18/lepage-considers-two-on-his-staff-to-fill-puc-seats-at-pivotal-time/

Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

FIRST WIND: Somerset County to decide on TIF

The agreement also would allow First Wind to be reimbursed for some of its costs, totaling about $10 million over the next 30 years, according to the proposal.

 

http://www.centralmaine.com/2014/12/16/somerset-county-to-decide-on-tif-for-bingham-wind-project/

Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2014 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Vermont's Energy Credits Questioned, Renewable Program Likely To Change

Connecticut has also passed a law banning double counting of renewable credits. 

http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermonts-energy-credits-questioned-renewable-program-likely-change

Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2014 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

New England's Wholesale Market Treatment of Wind Evolves as Penetration Increases

Date: 11/11/2013

During 2013, ISO New England (ISO-NE), the region's independent system operator, continued to address a range of issues that impact wind power's access to and participation in the regional power market. These issues cover the integration of variable resources; the forward capacity market; bidding rules in ISO's energy market; and transmission congestion, planning, and cost allocation. Many of the topics are under active consideration, and depending on the outcome,…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2014 at 9:01am — 3 Comments

FBI wants your help in targeting public corruption!

FBI Announces Tip Line to Combat Public Corruption

FBI Boston December 15,…
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Added by Gary Campbell on December 15, 2014 at 4:22pm — 6 Comments

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Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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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