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List of so called environmental groups requesting Congress aid wind developers

Among the groups signing the letter to Congress are some familiar names:

National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Environment America and the League of Conservation Voters

Read the letter and see all its signatories here:…

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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2020 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

American Wind Energy Association Statement on The COVID-19 Phase Three Stimulus Bill

3/25/20
Washington – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement on the COVID-19 phase three stimulus bill. …
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Added by Long Islander on March 25, 2020 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Filibustering the $1 trillion-plus Covid-19 bill hoping to include tax credits for solar and wind energy

Jeff Brady | NPR News | March 24, 2020 | www.npr.org

Clean energy and climate advocates say the huge stimulus bill Congress is negotiating should address not only the economy, but also climate change. But a split over that appears to have contributed to delays in passing the bill.

“Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said…

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Added by Long Islander on March 23, 2020 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Lisa Linowes: Say No on a PTC Extension in COVID-19 stimulus

Lisa Linowes - March 21, 2020

As the White House and Congress negotiate a massive Covid-19 stimulus, the wind and solar industries are pushing for more PTC/ITC extensions. They are shameful and our political class can't be trusted. This letter to Congressional leaders emphasizes why the subsidies should expire as promised in 2015.

We are among the millions of taxpayers who watched in stunned disbelief as Senator Grassley and others in leadership reneged on their…

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Added by Long Islander on March 22, 2020 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Maine Supreme Court upholds PUC approval of energy corridor

The state supreme court has rejected a challenge of utility regulators’ approval of a 145-mile power transmission corridor that would serve as a conduit for hydropower from Canada.

NextEra Energy Resources appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after the Public Utilities Commission granted its approval to the $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect.

In its unanimous ruling, the panel brushed aside NextEra’s complaint that the PUC made…

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Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2020 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

EDP Number Nine Wind Farm / China Global Investment Tracker

The mammoth Number Nine wind complex envisioned for Maine may be presently on hold given a current lack of transmission lines. The project's website is here: https://numberninewindfarm.com/

This project was recently noted on this site as being part of "751 Megawatts of Proposed Wind for…

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Added by Long Islander on March 18, 2020 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Robert Bryce's New Book: A Question of Power: Electricity and The Wealth of Nations

Please note there are two links to visit:

Robert Bryce on Electricity

Mar 11, 2020

Robert Bryce discusses electricity and it's significance in society.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 14, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

CMP power line project wins initial approval from Maine DEP

While backers applaud the draft permit for the $1 billion transmission line to bring electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts, opponents say the project would provide "no verifiable reduction in greenhouse gases."

By Scott Thistle Staff Writer

Central Maine Power Co.’s plan to build a transmission line through western Maine’s mountains cleared a significant hurdle Friday when the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a draft permit for the $1…

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Added by Long Islander on March 14, 2020 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Mass AG calls for exploring expanded carbon pricing

Bruce Mohl Mar 9, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY released a white paper on Monday that calls for the creation of a New England task force to explore expanded use of carbon pricing in electricity generation to achieve region-wide greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The white paper’s recommendation is drawing attention because…

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Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2020 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Gov. Janet Mills gives lift to Maine’s offshore wind initiatives

A TRILLION dollar industry? That's 1,000 Billion or one Million Million. Guess who's pockets benefit. Guess who's pockets get picked.

Gov. Janet Mills gives lift to Maine’s offshore wind initiatives

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff • March 11, 2020 3:15 pm

Updated: March 11, 2020 4:14 pm

SEARSPORT, Maine — With the cold breeze off Penobscot Bay whipping around her, Gov. Janet Mills said here on Wednesday…

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Added by Long Islander on March 11, 2020 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

Maine Voices: Power line referendum sets a dangerous precedent

By Robert Daigle Special to the Press Herald

Central Maine Power is trying to build a power line to bring hydroelectric power from Canada into New England and some people are not happy about it. Recently, these opponents submitted enough petition signatures to the Secretary of State to likely trigger a public referendum on the project this November. The referendum would direct the Maine Public Utilities Commission to, contrary to their findings, reverse their decision and rule…

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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2020 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Despite its opponents, CMP corridor project well underway

By Tux TurkelStaff Writer

Any effort to block Central Maine Power Co.’s planned $1 billion transmission line through western Maine at the ballot box in November may be a bit like trying to block a moving train.

Already, tens of millions of dollars have been invested in land purchases, design and engineering, contracts and materials. Eight months from now, that figure will be many times higher. And if two outstanding permits are issued this spring as anticipated,…

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Added by Long Islander on March 8, 2020 at 11:16am — 3 Comments

An extractive industry taking advantage of an economically depressed region for its own gain

While all eyes are on the proposed CMP power corridor in western Maine, a potential environmental and economic catastrophe is unfolding Downeast, in the form of the proposed Apex wind farm in Columbia. The 22,000-acre tower array would be situated directly in the heart of western Washington County, with 30 structures rivaling the widely visible Cutler radio towers in overall height (taking into account site elevation), but over a much broader expanse and with moving parts added to…

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Added by Long Islander on March 7, 2020 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Washington County commissioners approve TIF agreement for wind project

RJ Heller | The Quoddy Tides | February 28, 2020 | quoddytides.com

It took less than an hour for the Washington County commissioners to unanimously approve the financial agreement relating to the Washington County Downeast Wind Municipal Development and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. The public hearing held in the courthouse on February 24 was the final chance for residents to give input about the TIF portion of the project.

Approximately 20 people attended…

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Added by Long Islander on March 3, 2020 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

New wind turbine project in Washington County approved by Commissioners

A project to build dozens of new wind turbines around Washington County was approved by County Commissioners during a public hearing Monday afternoon in Machias.

30 new wind turbines are coming to parts of Washington County.

7 in Columbia, 23 in unorganized territories.

Washington County Downeast Wind says the project will cost about $250 million dollars.

They believe the turbines will benefit the residents of Washington County from job creation to the increased…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2020 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

Electric vehicle charging stations get a boost from Maine regulators

“The commission is pleased to make these awards today to support electrification of the transportation sector,” said Philip Bartlett, the PUC’s chairman.

The number of charging stations for electric vehicles in Maine will increase by 120, roughly 50 percent, following action Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission.

Through a rebate program run by Efficiency Maine Trust, 60 rebates will be provided for…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2020 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

In Scotland, Mills will glimpse Maine’s offshore wind potential

The governor will travel overseas to meet with developers, including a company turned away from Maine by former Gov. Paul LePage.



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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2020 at 9:29am — 6 Comments

Cost of boosting renewable energy mandate gives senators pause

Credit: Kevin McCallum | Seven Days | Feb 19, 2020 | www.sevendaysvt.com ~~

A plan to speed up Vermont’s adoption of renewable energy is hitting headwinds over concerns about potentially enormous costs.

Senators seem to support a bill that would require electric utilities to get all of their power from renewable sources by 2030. The state’s renewable energy standard already calls for them to reach 75 percent renewable by…

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Added by Long Islander on February 20, 2020 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Laurie Nichols Kelly: Maine’s Finest Lakes Study Includes Area Targeted with Wind Turbines

Dear Editor:

Are you aware that in the Planning Report No. 90 prepared for the Maine Critical Areas Programs titled “Maine’s Finest Lakes: The Results of the Maine Lakes Study” an area 10 miles east of Bangor that includes the areas surrounding Pisgah Mountain in Clifton is ranked third in the entire state for especially scenic lakes? Regardless of this prestigious designation, there is currently an alarming proposal. A wind turbine project by Silver Maple Wind Energy’s permit was…

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Added by Long Islander on February 15, 2020 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

When will the Maine legislature change its unsafe wind turbine setback distance?

Mass board declares turbines a public health nuisance

Neighboring Bourne residents have complained of ill effects for years.

PLYMOUTH — After years of running into roadblocks, residents who live near Future Generation Wind made some headway Wednesday night when the Plymouth Board of Health unanimously voted to declare the four turbines along Route 25 a nuisance.

“We want to do justice to this and to all the parties involved,” board…

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Added by Long Islander on February 15, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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