Paul Williamson, a Portland-based development manager with Apex Clean Energy, of Charlottesville, Va., has similar frustrations. "The biggest issue with permitting is that there's a fair amount of subjectivity in the process. That makes it difficult for the developer."....................."When we talk about support from the state government, we're not looking for subsidies or financial support," Williamson says. "We're specifically looking for that ability to permit projects and solve…Continue
Special interests just want to force the public to pay for their solar collectors, James C. LaBrecque says.…Continue
Ex-Gov of Maine John Baldacci became vice chairman of Avangrid, whicich owns Atlantic Wind LLC, in December 2015 and it was never reported by the Maine media. The ex-Gov and creator of Maine's heinous expedited wind law becomes vice chair of the nation's 2nd largest wind company and the media refuse to report this.
Please see the attached PDF which I was just advised by the person who provided this that he has approval to distribute. Click on the link to get the PDF: …Continue
Editor Note: A new feature at MasterResource will periodically review important wind-related news in the US and around the world. For proponents of fuel-neutral, let-the-market-decide energy policy, as well as those opposing industrial wind turbines for environmental reasons, the news is increasingly positive. It should be highlighted and shared to motivate grassroots energy activists. MasterResource is indebted to Lisa Linowes for authoring this new series.…Continue
Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments
Think Ken Lay at Enron. James Rogers at Duke Energy. Jeff Immelt at GE. Elon Musk in all things solar and electric. It is a very long list in today’s mixed (up) economy.............. Baumol was worried, however, by a very different sort of entrepreneur: the “unproductive” ones, who exploit special relationships with the government to construct regulatory moats, secure public spending for their own benefit, or bend specific rules to their will, in the process stifling competition to create…Continue
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Hobbins says his ties to the telecommunications industry won't influence him in his role as chief advocate for utility customers. He plans to divest investments like wind company stock.
Since 2008, a 100-foot wind turbine has stood tall on York Hill, greeting visitors as they cross over the Saco River to the city. Now, less than 10 years later, the city is planning to remove the structure that has never lived up to the city’s expectations.…Continue
Added by Long Islander on June 15, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments
A concerned Maine resident and U.S. citizen and taxpayer has just provided the following bit of analysis:
From September, 2016:
Record Hill Wind missed the filing deadline again with FERC for 2Q2016 (it was 8/31). I have to believe that they are in serious financial trouble. The ISO-NE Average Wholesale Energy rate for 2Q2016 was $23.39 MWH. In 2013 it was $40.74 MWH and in 2014 it was $38.18 MWH. Kibby reported an average rate for 2Q2016 of $20.42 and Stetson 1…Continue
King's $102 million loan guarantee was singled out on the new Fox News Channel program, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, on Sunday, 6/11/2017
The video of the program is at the link below in a segment on "The Green Lobby" at the 33 minute and 30 second mark. The part on King begins at the 36 minute and 30 second mark.…Continue
The wind turbine has never come close to generating amount of energy promised, and Entegrity Wind went bankrupt in 2009.
The wind turbine is in need of repair and was shut down last year due to safety concerns, said City Administrator Kevin Sutherland.
The city’s Energy Committee and city staff have recommended getting rid of the wind turbine, and putting it out to bid to see if someone will purchase it for scrap material.
Howard Carter, chairman of the city’s Energy…Continue
Human Health, Rights and Wind Turbine Deployment
A startling case of two schools in proximity to wind turbines
Wind company dealt blow by Indiana Supreme Court
Wind developer stonewalls efforts for independent noise tests
Significant Vermont Public Service Board Appointment
“Analysis of turbine aerodynamic sound noise…”
“Assessment of turbine noise effects on the general health of staff…”
Freedom from Unwarranted…Continue
Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments
The Governor's veto of this bill was sustained by the legislature today.
The Governor's veto is here:
GE under Immelt:
It also invested more heavily in new technologies, including a recent $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines.
May 22, 2017…Continue
Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
The BDN has the gall and/or stupidity to ask its readers the following poll question:
Do you think the proposed U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord will harm Maine's tourist industry?…Continue
Added by Long Islander on June 2, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The bill, titled An Act To Limit the Influence of Lobbyists by Expanding the Prohibition on Accepting Political Contributions, was defeated in both the Maine Senate and House on May 24 and 25, respectively. Members of both parties, in both chambers, voted against the measure.
"Although wind energy on its own cannot fill all the functions of traditional power plants, it is increasingly serving some of them; utility executives are beginning to call it the new base-load source".
The parent company of the electric utility Emera Maine hopes to establish an undersea cable linking electricity generators in northern Maine, Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia with users in Massachusetts.
According to Renewable Northwest, a renewable energy nonprofit organization, the average wind turbine operates at around 50 decibels. However, a 2003 study indicates the during nighttime hours, the sound produced from wind turbines could be 18 decibels higher than the predicted daytime levels due to the lack of ambient background noise. This translates to the average wind turbine being 13 decibels higher than the amount that causes adverse health effects. The study was conducted of wind…Continue
Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2017 at 9:57am — No Comments
“But after eight years of running a start-up and doing everything from writing stories to fundraising to changing the ink cartridges, the time has come to slow down a bit and concentrate on what I enjoy the most — writing.”
John Christie, co-founder, will continue his work with the Center, as Consulting Editor.…Continue
NOTE: This article now appears in the BDN.
Good to see former EUT Co-Chair Stacey Fitts working for the wind industry he helped while in the EUT. He was also a member of both of Governor Baldacci's wind task forces. And of course heinous expedited wind law creator Baldacci was made vice chair of Avangrid, the nation's second largest…Continue