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The Market Responds To Public Policy:

The mad rush to incorporate more wind and solar power into the New England electricity network is creating interesting results.

State subsidies to wind and solar power plants is providing the money these ventures need for return on investments. Their ROI is based on far shorter time periods than investments in the much sturdier gas, hydro and nuclear plants.

The market response to these policy driven intermittent, renewable investments is based on reliability and the…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 15, 2018 at 9:57am — No Comments

Wife of Attorney Who Represented First Wind Interviewed First Wind Attorney Hallie Gilman on WGAN

Here's a 21 minute audio interview with windy Hallie Gilman dated 3/7/16. The reporter, Tory Ryden, hopefully won "Softball Pitcher of the Year" for this interview where Ms. Ryden terms wind turbines as "majestic" and pejoratively refers to opponents as NIMBY's. 

http://wgan.com/podcasts/030516-hallie-gilman/

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2018 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

NEW: 28 Minute Video on Future of Wind Power in Maine - Hannah Pingree and Roger Katz

I haven't yet watched but look forward to doing so this evening. Hopefully fact checkers can review and comment if warranted.

THE MAINE EVENT

Wind Power in Maine

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Aired: 02/11/201827:.



Gov. Paul LePage recently imposed a moratorium on new wind energy…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2018 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

NRCM, Tear Down Your Wall

In 2010 NRCM's Dylan Voorhees suggested that by 2012 it would be possible that wind power could be supplying 20% of New England's electricity needs. Don't take our word for it. Simply scroll to the 24 minutes and 45 second mark at the following link. …

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2018 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

What’s Happening With Maine Wind Power? (Verrill Dana)

The new year has brought only bad tidings for the future of wind energy development in Maine: The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reconsidering an offshore pilot, Gov. Paul LePage is seeking to limit new development, and Maine wind failed to succeed in Massachusetts’ recent clean energy request for proposals (RFP). Below is a recap of the latest wind power developments so far this year.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2018 at 11:08am — 3 Comments

Falmouth, Massachusetts Officials Hid Wind Turbine Infra Sound Warnings

Falmouth Officials Hid Wind Turbine Infra Sound Warnings…

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Added by Frank Haggerty on February 14, 2018 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Who The Hell Does Massachusetts Think It Is Banning Natural Gas Into Maine?

A ruthless direct hit on Maine's poor and middle class via unnecessarily high electricity rates by banning desperately needed new natural gas pipelines. Mammoth new natural gas reserves in nearby states go untapped by Mainers because of Massachusetts' blockade at the same time they "demand" we allow our mountains, ridges and hilltops be grossly despoiled by wind and transmission blight so they can power their McMansions with feelgood electricity while stuffing money into politicians'…

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Added by Whetstone_Willy on February 14, 2018 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Are Maine Land Trusts For Or Against Industrial Wind?

Angus King's 22 Record Hill Wind Turbines from atop Mahoosuc Land Trust's Rumford Whitecap Property

The Maine Land Trust Network has a piece in the Portland Press Herald today talking about the importance of tourism. See the link to this…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2018 at 12:25am — 7 Comments

Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth

Massachusetts is on a mission to self destruct their landscape and their economy. Let's try and keep them from dragging us down!

These politicians, I assume none of whom are scientists, and also none of them are very astute economists, are setting Massachusetts on a straight line to electricity disfunctionality and economic disaster.

Several gas pipelines would be cheaper to build, provide not only gas for electricity, but eliminate fuel oil for heating and…

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Added by Eskutassis on February 13, 2018 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Millinocket - Carbon Sequestering Wood Based Building Materials Manufacturer Coming to Town

Lock up the carbon in wood products Maine can sell rather than fecklessly  attempting to avoid CO2 emissions by desecrating Maine with wind turbines.

  • Wood: The only fully renewable heavy duty building material. No waste in production of CLT products.
  • A growing forest absorbs 1.4 tons of carbon for every ton of wood produced, and harvested trees sequester carbon in its solid form. A building constructed with 100m3 of CLT offsets the equivalent annual…
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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2018 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Conserving eagles from green energy???????

https://awwi.org/awwi-director-of-research-taber-allison-co-authors-new-review-on-conserving-eagles-while-developing-wind-energy-2/

Conserving eagles from green energy???????  This is Sept 2017 review is about as brilliant as saving cancer patients by shooting them.

The move to shut down…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on February 13, 2018 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Fred Huntress Jr. : Protect Maine's mountains forever

Congratulations to Gov. Paul LePage for introducing a bill to repeal the Expedited Windpower Act, enacted in 2008. It is about time the Legislature repealed that act, which is destroying Maine’s mountains.

The 2008 act was prepared by a top-heavy group of power companies, developers and conservation organizations. There is no mention in their report of preventing damage to the fragile mountains and the surrounding ecosystems.

Those same mountains are the sponges that collect…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2018 at 10:10am — 2 Comments

Letter: Maine PUC, Legislature let citizens’ electricity costs go higher

I am not sure which is worse: the state Public Utilities Commission, whose members authorized an unconscionable 18 percent rate increase (in a period when inflation is less than 2 percent), or the Maine Legislature, which continues to oppose Quebec hydroelectricity, delivered to our homes and businesses at one-third the price we currently pay.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2018 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

How thousands of carcasses were deliberately missed at the Criterion wind project

In the years of research leading up to the Criterion wind project Developers tried their best to keep a lid on reported turbine mortality. They did this by rigging research methodologies and getting the Interior Department to play along.  But as I have discovered, occasionally a crack in the dam appears giving the public…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on February 12, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Wind farms linked to slump in tourism

Clyde Wind Farm - Now that's where I want to spend my vacation!

Wind farms erected in scenic landscapes could be a turn-off for tourists, according to a report.

The findings contradict previous studies which suggested the green energy schemes had no overall impact on visitors…

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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2018 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Highlights Of United States Department Of Energy Budget Request FY 2019



The FY 2019 Budget Request advances energy dominance by investing in America’s leadership in energy innovation. The FY 2019 Request provides $2.5B for energy and related programs, $1.9B below FY 2017 Enacted, and continues the Administration’s prioritization of the early-stage R&D that takes place at the National Laboratories. Highlights include:

$696M for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, $1.3B below FY 2017 Enacted, focusing on early stage R&D on energy…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 12, 2018 at 12:17pm — No Comments

PLEASE HELP OUR FRIENDS ON MONHEGAN ISLAND

Our friends at Protect Monhegan have until February 14th to provide comments against the University of Maine's Aqua Ventus project.  Comments may be made at this link:

https://mpuc-cms.maine.gov/CQM.Public.WebUI/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?CaseNumber=2010-00235

On shore or off shore it is business as usual for the wind industry...no matter who the…

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Added by Pineo Girl on February 12, 2018 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

A Couple of Good Climate Change Articles to Make You Think A Little

While the entirety of North America currently undergoing a cold spell that would make Boston’s hockey fans think twice before heading out, the left is still talking about global warming.

Well, technically, they’re calling it climate change now because the rest of the waking world came to understand that there’s no way the world is actually warming.  Their hope is to hold onto the liberal eco-guilt demographic through the certainly…

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Added by Eskutassis on February 11, 2018 at 9:01pm — 2 Comments

Tourism and Property Values Considered by Our Neighbor NH

Some excerpts:

  • “I do not believe the Applicant has met the burden of proof that there will be no impact on tourism. I’m not sure I know one way or the other. I was critical of the methodology and findings. I did not find them to be particularly adequate or convincing. I did not find the witness to be particularly knowledgeable about the state, its tourist destinations, and I didn’t feel there was an adequate outreach to attempt to fill that gap.”
  • “Impact to property…
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Added by Long Islander on February 11, 2018 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

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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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