By the narrowest of margins, LD 828 gained approval in Maine's House of Representatives. The bill would restore the rights of citizens in the Unorqanized Territories (UTs) to have a say regarding wind power projects. This right was stripped away when the "Wind Law" placed the UTs in the Expedited Permitting Zone classification. Organized towns that are similarly in the expedited zone have the right to withdraw, something denied to citizens in the UTs. It is very clear that the wind…Continue
Score another wind ordinance victory! On Tuesday, June 9, the voters of Dixfield approved a restrictive wind ordinance for their scenic town in Maine's western mountains. The close vote is a culmination of years long local debate and the new ordinance replaces a weaker version. A bad day for Patriot Renewables, which has had its sights on Col. Holman Mt. in Dixfield to add to its Saddleback/Carthage project that is currently under construction and its approved project for Canton Mt. …Continue
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...."wind production tax credit has driven overdevelopment, distorted power markets, and “skews” investment choices in favor of wind."
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Every now & then there is good news from Augusta and yesterday was a great day for opponents of wind power in Maine. The Maine Senate, in spite of heavy lobbying by the Wind Industry that fears economic scrutiny, did the right thing and affirmed the nomination of dr. Bruce Williamson as the newest member of the Maine Public Utilities Committee. See the story here:…Continue
First, let me say I believe we are a nation of laws and I believe it is against the law and morally wrong to destroy someone's property. But the "Wind Law" foisted upon us by Baldacci in 2008 and protected from any change whatsoever by the Democrats who sold out to the Wind Industry is one of the worst pieces of special interest legislation ever enacted. It results in the proliferation of sprawling industrial wind turbines and ruination of Maine's natural and scenic resources.
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The Debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues because of rigged studies
On June 7th the AP story "Debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues"was published. Back in April I interviewed with the author of this article Jeremy Thomas for about 3 hours over the phone. This was supposed to be a story that would expose Altamont. It was not and critical…
On page 15 of the " Report of The Governor's Task force on wind power development" one can read the following paragraph;
Confusion over the benefits of wind power development. Wind power displaces
electricity generated from fossil fuels and reduces emissions of atmospheric greenhouse
gases and a variety of other pollutants (SOx, NOx, mercury,…Continue
"Solar and wind power generation are too unstable and costly to provide more than marginal power generation capacity, especially given the need to extend power grids from major cities like Tokyo to more remote areas considered most suitable for wind power, he says."
Read the following graph and then try to figure out why John Baldacci wanted to make Maine a LEADER in wind power development in 2008.
We’re already seeing it — wind energy has the power to create cleaner air, more jobs, and affordable energy for more Americans. But anti-wind groups want to drown out…
In a surprising turn of events among the Democrats who control The Legislature's Energy Committee (EUT), they reversed their blockage of a vote on the PUC nomination of economist Dr. Bruce Williamson and voted to endorse the nomination by 11-2 margin. Surprising, because the wind industry usually has its way with the Democrats on this committee and they fear the scrutiny of their scam by an economist. This is a great opportunity to do some on-line comments criticizing the economics of wind…Continue
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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" Aldous Huxley
The time is overdue for them on this issue in Maine.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — After delaying a vote for a week, the Legislature’s Energy Committee has approved Tennessee economist and nuclear security expert Bruce Williamson for the state’s Public Utilities Commission.
The committee gave Williamson, who was not present, the greenlight in an 11-2 vote on Thursday afternoon. Sen. Dawn Hill, D-York, and Rep. Dean Rykerson, D-Kittery, were the lone opponents to Williamson’s nomination.
The committee courted controversy for a week after…Continue
This may be unfortunate for Bruce Williamson, an excellent candidate!
The outgoing member of the Public Utilities Commission is concerned that the independent panel is being used as a “political arm” of Republican Gov. Paul LePage to thwart wind power contracts, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Access Act Request....
please read rest of the article at the link below.…Continue
After years of paying about a $200 premium to buy any and all excess electrical power streaming from home and commercial building rooftop solar…Continue
Excerpts below..see full article from below link please.
"To facilitate a fair and transparent analysis of competitive energy strategies, the PUC commissioned San Francisco/Vancouver-based consultants Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) to build an integrated “computer tool” to provide a rigorous technical analysis…Continue
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Legislative Energy Committee Chair Rep. Mark Dion and Sen. Dawn Hill, both Democrats, are attacking the integrity and independence of LePage PUC appointees Mark Vannoy and Carlisle McLean. They have created a false charge of "crisis of confidence" and it is all centered around the realization that things just might not go their way of protecting the wind industry from scrutiny.
The Governor has stricken fear into the Democrats by nominating an economist with no ties to Maine, Bruce…Continue
Mainers could 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 would soon be under close PUC analysis.
If soon to be data wonk in the Maine PUC, Dr. Bruce Williamson, runs the numbers on wind energy as a PUC commissioner, look out Big Wind in Maine!
First Wind and the wind lobby never can stand close scrutiny based on facts and cost benefit…