Gary Campbell's Blog (29)

LUPC releases draft decision for Carroll Plt Removal

It looks like Carroll Plt will be removed from the Expedited Wind Permitting Area!

Thanks those responsible for Public Law 2015, Chapter 265 which secured the citizens' rights to challenge the expedited designation.

Thanks to all who signed the petition, wrote letters and testified that Carroll should never have been expedited in the first place.…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on January 30, 2017 at 2:10pm — 4 Comments

*** URGENT *** DEP needs your advice. Comments due at 5pm Monday the 8th.

Here's our chance to help DEP develop more reasonable standards for Wind Energy applications.



        DEP has asked for our input.



                They are giving the people of Maine a voice!




If you've ever complained about how lenient the standards are that Maine imposes on…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on August 4, 2016 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

Outstanding Comment Opportunity!!!

http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=696084&an=1



Pre-rulemaking Draft of Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning



Comment deadline: August 8, 2016



The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking comments on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the… Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on July 14, 2016 at 9:50am — 7 Comments

Sun Edison "shedding" (giving back) projects they bought

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-22/sunedison-to-hand-solar-farms-right-back-to-the-previous-owners

In January 2015, SunEdison Inc. bought 2.1 gigawatts of wind and solar assets, part of the company’s multibillion-dollar, six-continent push to become the world’s biggest clean-power developer. A year later,…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on January 22, 2016 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

BEP wants legislature to codify reason for Bowers defeat

I was just browsing the draft minutes of BEP's Dec 10th meeting (I know... I need to get a life!). Two items caught my eye:

First, the Board asked Assistant A.G. Peggy Bensinger to give a presentation on the Law Court decision upholding BEP's denial of the Bowers appeal. It was AAG Bensinger who represented the BEP before the Court.

Second, I found it heartening to see that the Board voted unanimously to include in its annual report to the legislature a discussion of the Bowers…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on January 15, 2016 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

Carroll Plt (site of First Wind's 4X denied Bowers project) asks to be removed from the Expedited Wind Permitting Area

You're probably aware that Maine's wind law created a large area that is "pre-zoned" as suitable for wind development. This means a wind developer can apply for a permit to build a project in that area without having to have the site re-zoned (the way every other industry would have to). The area is known as the expedited wind permitting area (EWPA). It was the wind developers themselves who decided what townships, etc. would become "expedited" (see proof…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on January 5, 2016 at 11:01am — 4 Comments

Sun Edison's most desperate move yet!

See the following two articles.

It sure sounds like a 'margin call' to me. After selling First Wind assets to SUNE for megabucks the hedge funds that originally owned FW just took back some of those assets for pennies. What surprises me is that SUNE is a public corporation and yet they can keep the names of projects sold private? SUNE shareholders ought to be storming the gates and demanding the immediate replacement of all SUNE management.…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on December 31, 2015 at 11:09am — 4 Comments

ME law firm Preti Flaherty issues press release on SJC Bowers decision

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/maine-court-interprets-wind-energy-law-87042/

Maine court interprets wind energy law

Maine's highest court has issued an opinion interpreting Maine's laws governing wind energy project development. The opinion is noteworthy for its analysis of two areas of Maine wind energy law -- those designed to expedite the…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on December 5, 2015 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

BOWERS WIND PROJECT DEFEATED!!

This morning the Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision denying Champlain Wind LLC's appeal concerning a permit for its Bowers Wind Project in Carroll Plt and Kossuth Twp. Champlain Wind is a subsidiary of Maine's largest wind developer, First Wind. The decision marks the end of a six year process of hearings and appeals which pitted the wind developer against local residents, professional guides, traditional sporting camp owners and loyal visitors to Maine's famed Downeast Lakes…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on December 3, 2015 at 3:46pm — 19 Comments

First Wind projects in Maine moving ahead

The Oct 2nd list of LUPC permits granted is now available at:

http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=lurcfiles&id=2824&v=tplfiles

Interesting to see that three permits have been granted to Green Mountain Wind LLC (sub of FW). They are for MET towers to be erected in Molunkus Twp, T3R4-WELS and T1R5-WELS.

Added by Gary Campbell on October 2, 2015 at 10:06am — 7 Comments

Making up for losses with volume

Following the First Wind model, SunEdison is losing money hand over fist while taking on astronomical debt. Apparebntly they hope to make up for their unprofitability with volume. This paid off for FW because Paul Gaynor found the proverbial 'Greater Fool' in SunEdison. But will SunEdison ever find a greater fool to bail them out?  It's not likely.…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on August 9, 2015 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Investors beginning to ask SunEdison: "Where's the beef?"

The market is concerned about SunEdison/Terraform's acquisition spree. After spending some $5 billion on First Wind, Invenergy and others, are looking for results.

"Investors have become accustomed to SunEdison and TerraForm's frequent upgrades to guidance. While the latest acquisition was another step in the right direction, additional announcements related to acquisitions or guidance upgrades could lead towards even more muted response. That's because Shareholders want to see…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on July 11, 2015 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

LD 828 and voter statistics by Town

Under LD 828, to remove your township, plantation or municipality from the Expedited Permitting Area, you must submit a petition to LUPC requesting it. It must be in a format provided by LUPC and include the signatures of at least 10% of the number of registered voters residing in the township, plantation, municipality or portion thereof that voted in the most recent gubernatorial election.

To find out how many of your township's registered voters actually voted last…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on July 2, 2015 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

Maine Assoc of Realtors acknowledges Wind Energy issues

Just received a copy of Maine Association of Realtors' 14 page booklet entitled "Residential Property Transaction Booklet". On page 3 they provide a list of non-physical property conditions a buyer ought to investigate before signing a Purchase and Sale Agreement. One of the items mentioned is

"Existing and proposed transportation, construction and development which may affect noise, view, or traffic... (wind power…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on May 7, 2015 at 8:42pm — 6 Comments

Supreme Court to Live Stream Bowers Appeal Arguments

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-14-291    

Champlain Wind LLC v. Board of Environmental Protection  

Attorneys:…
Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on April 7, 2015 at 9:51am — No Comments

Maine's Scenic Byways

Here's a map (date unknown) showing Maine's officially designated SCENIC byways. Under the Wind Energy Act as it now stands, only the turnouts/parking lots on these byways are considered "scenic resources". The length of road that is legally designated SCENIC carries absolutely no weight when considering industrial wind project applications. The wind industry and their cronies thought of everything when they drafted the WEA!

One might ask if the legislature was aware of this when they…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on March 21, 2015 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Date set for Oral Arguments in BOWERS Supreme Court appeal

The State Supreme Court has decided it wants to hear oral arguments before ruling on Champlain Wind's (First Wind's) appeal of the Bowers project denial.

Appellant Champlain, Appellee DEP/BEP, PPDLW and the Conservation Law Foundation will each be allowed a few minutes to present. Each presentation will…

Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on February 23, 2015 at 7:14pm — 3 Comments

FBI wants your help in targeting public corruption!

FBI Announces Tip Line to Combat Public Corruption

FBI Boston December 15,…
Continue

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

First Prize

NE Book Festival

 

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/

Not yet a member?

Sign up today and lend your voice and presence to the steadily rising tide that will soon sweep the scourge of useless and wretched turbines from our beloved Maine countryside. For many of us, our little pieces of paradise have been hard won. Did the carpetbaggers think they could simply steal them from us?

We have the facts on our side. We have the truth on our side. All we need now is YOU.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 -- Mahatma Gandhi

"It's not whether you get knocked down: it's whether you get up."
Vince Lombardi 

Task Force membership is free. Please sign up today!

© 2017   Created by Eben Thurston.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service