I was really excited to read this blog post from Friends of Maine's Mountains a few minutes ago:
If we're all pulling an oar and pulling in the same direction, we'll cover a lot more ground!
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Marcy Reed, president of National Grid Massachusetts, said she supports the construction of two new natural gas pipelines into the region to bring down electricity costs and to allow more customers to shift to gas for heating and cooking. She said she would welcome hydroelectricity from Canada, but stressed that the state’s current subsidies for renewable energy are not sustainable.
She said the cost of one form of subsidy, called net metering, is expected to double in National Grid’s…Continue
Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County
Tech giant Apple has given an undisclosed amount of money to The Conservation Fund, which plans to use the money to conserve 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in southern Aroostook County.…Continue
I did not get a confirmation from you on how you would like to be involved, but I wanted to let you know that we are holding a public meeting for the Weaver Wind…Continue
Funny how these stories find their way into to the media headlines. Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of buzz about the wind industry's rigged energy production numbers. These scumbags know that the public is closing in on their bogus wind turbine energy production numbers.
The story below talks about how wind energy deliveries are down. The problem with this story is that CA has had a very mild year beginning in Sept, the beginning of our rainy season. Yet for…Continue
From Friends of Maine's Mountains:
LD 1107 is a curious bill that seeks to do three things:
1. Mandate a 40% off-peak discount for electricity customers. This would be good for electric thermal storage heat, electric vehicles, etc. Much of the off-peak time is when New England electricity is cleanest (the dams and nuke plants can satisfy almost all demand).
2. Mandate T&D (poles and wires) rate discounts (to be determined) for…
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Another bill, by House Democratic Whip Sara Gideon of Freeport has the support of the wind industry, which helped her craft the legislation...... Karen Pease, a resident of Lexington Township, agreed: “The fact is that what we do on our property can and often does impact our neighbors. That’s why we created zoning ordinances,” she said. The Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hold work sessions on Dunphy’s and Gideon’s bill in the coming weeks. Both proposals will face…Continue
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Paid off wind shills, political self - servers and paid off enviro-groups like NRCM made the law, PL-661 (The Expedited Wind Law of 2008).
The damage has festered and grown for years now.
Damage has been inflicted to legal process , to Maine's environment and to the citizenry , for next to naught in benefit.
This "lie", called a legislative emergency bill, PL-661, was the take over by wind corporate interests and unctuous self-serving political…Continue
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How that map got drawn is not clear from the official record of the task force’s meetings. That’s because summaries for the last two meetings don’t exist, says task force chair Alec Giffen’s secretary, Rondi Doiron...... Maine Audubon’s Jody Jones described the process as “I want this in, I want this out.” Whatever the process looked and sounded like is lost to the public record because no minutes were taken or recorded.
Much more here:…Continue
Wind gobbles up the largest share of subsidies yet produces little power.
But policymakers at the federal and state level, unfortunately, have decided that the American people will have renewable energy, no matter how high the costs. As a result, taxpayers will be stuck paying the cost of subsidies to wealthy wind producers.
Meanwhile, electricity consumers will be forced to purchase the more expensive power that results from state-level mandates for renewable energy…Continue
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Please tune in on the Web at the following link to listen to today's public hearing on LD 791 and LD 828 described below. One bill is from the wind industry, the other from citizens. If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air.
After clicking the above link, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of…Continue
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Last month, the selectmen warned the Planning Board that they aren’t obligated to bring any proposed changes to local voters. They also advised the board to honor any rules in the current ordinance if a wind power application arrives......A citizens group calling itself the Friends of Dodge Hill has opposed the town’s current wind ordinance on the grounds that it won’t protect, among other things, home values or the scenic beauty in mountainous North Orland.…Continue
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"In the last 40 plus years there has been thousands of publically funded alternative energy demonstration projects throughout the state and l have never seen any special interest group bring a single concrete technical report of the results accomplished relative to the promises made. Why have we never seen a single successful anniversary story in the…Continue
Somerset County: Is the Somerset Economic Development Corporation “selling out the county?” Karen of Lexington Township is fighting wind development and sent us the SEDC’s “economic development strategy” handout. …Continue
The project was initiated by First Wind, which SunEdison bought earlier this year.....Peggy Bensinger, an assistant attorney general representing the Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Environmental Protection, argued that state site law for wind projects does allow those boards to consider the collective effects of a project on scenic resources.…Continue
Rep Sara Gideon's bill would require state utilities to contract for a certain amount of power supply from solar energy projects....To ensure their economic viability, long-term contracts are almost required for developers to pursue grid-scale solar projects....“We need to get this bill enacted,” Kenway said.…Continue
On Wednesday, April 8th at 2:10pm the Maine Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Champlain Wind LLC's appeal of the DEP/BEP denial of a permit for the Bowers Mountain Wind project. This will be the end of the line for this Bowers application. Champlain will not be able to appeal this any further. Here's how the Court has characterized the case:
2:10 p.m. BEP-14-291Continue
Champlain Wind LLC v. Board of Environmental Protection
Added by Gary Campbell on April 7, 2015 at 9:51am — No Comments
While many of LePage's past energy efforts have fallen flat, he will have an opportunity to strengthen his influence this spring when he replaces the last remaining Democratic appointee to the agency that regulates the state's utilities......
"His energy policy in no way reflects the truth that we have to make a clear transition away from fossil fuels — including natural gas — toward a 100 percent clean energy economy," said Glen Brand, director of the Sierra Club…Continue
The Department of Energy, has once again buddied up with its friends in the wind industry to release an updated vision of how the United wind energy can achieve a 20% market share of the electricity (not total energy) market by 2030. This time, DOE went a step further to claim we could get to 10% wind by 2020 and a whopping 35% wind by 2050 (wind’s current electric-market share is 4.5%).…Continue
Those just adding headcount will face the daunting task of getting resources lined up and will then be faced with high cost structures in 2017. …Continue
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