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Collins, King Back Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Bipartisan legislation also cosponsored by senators from six east coast states currently participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

WASHINGTON, D.C.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 15, 2019 at 11:40am — 5 Comments

Mills Says She Won't Get Involved In Potential Ballot Campaign Over CMP Transmission Line

November 13, 2019

By Steve Mistler

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says she does not plan to get involved in a potential ballot campaign that could determine whether Central Maine Power (CMP) can build a controversial transmission line through Western Maine, even though…

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Added by Long Islander on November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 11, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



Everything You Hear About Billion-Dollar Disasters Is Wrong

Wind turbines don’t lead to a windfall

Perpetual Infants: $100 Billion in Subsidies and US Wind & Solar Want More

NY State blows smoke to hide wind costs

California Subsidizes Natural Gas Plants to Prevent Widespread Blackouts

The Electric Car Fantasy

Germany stipulates turbine setbacks to be 3300± feet

Conventional Wind Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on November 13, 2019 at 12:12pm — No Comments

The gov’s well-paid wind-power liars

The New York State Energy Research Development Authority really doesn’t want you to know how much you’ll have to pay for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offshore-wind boondoggles.

Our recent editorial on this waste cited the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin, who’d found used the agency’s own public filings to deduce a cost to electric ratepayers statewide of some $6 billion for just the first wave of wind farms NYSERDA is subsidizing off the Long Island coast, vs. the ageny’s…

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Added by Long Islander on November 11, 2019 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

State approves power-purchase contract with UMaine wind project

The 20-year agreement requires CMP to buy electricity from an experimental floating wind turbine off the Maine coast.

Maine regulators approved a power contract with the experimental offshore wind project led by the University of Maine, an essential next step in the project’s development.

The 20-year power-purchase agreement requires Central Maine Power to buy electricity produced by a floating wind power project built by a partnership between the Maine Aqua Ventus consortium…

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Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2019 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Sale of Hancock County wind farm project puts it on fast track toward completion

A Canadian investment firm has acquired the roughly $150 million Weaver Wind project in Hancock County and intends to begin installing turbines on the state’s newest wind farm in February.

The land-based wind farm project, which has been in planning stages for five years, is scheduled to be up and running by October 2020. It will comprise 22 turbines and is expected to produce 72.6 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power 15,000 to 20,000 Maine homes annually. The…

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Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2019 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Governor Mills Applauds PUC’s Approval of Maine Aqua Ventus Contract

November 5, 2019

In June, Governor Mills signed bill requiring PUC to approve key contract allowing innovative project to move forward

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement today applauding the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) approval of a contract for Maine Aqua Ventus, a first-of-its-kind floating…

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Added by Long Islander on November 6, 2019 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

NREL is partnering with the UMaine and DNV GL on $1.5 million wind grant

Not exactly sure who the other named partner is - DNV GL. But from their website, it would appear that they are headquartered in Norway. Why is so much U.S. taxpayer money being handed out like candy to foreign countries for basically useless endeavors? https://www.dnvgl.com/about/in-brief/our-organization.html

NREL Selected for Series of Offshore Wind Turbine Research Projects

Oct. 30, 2019

The…

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2019 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

UMaine Revisits Offshore Wind Approach - Follows Feds Telling Industry to Go Back to Square One

Bowling for subsidies continued. So long as there is an endless supply of ratepayers who have been hoodwinked by the media to believe wind power is a viable and necessary electricity source, there will be an endless supply of hucksters looking to take advantage. Why is nuclear power almost never mentioned by the media? Why are the true costs of wind power almost never mentioned by the media? Did a university ever see an opportunity for grant money it didn't like?

Note that the…

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

China coming on Mayflower to New England

Mayflower is a joint venture of Shell New Energies and EDP Renewables....and EDPR is owned by Energias de Portugal whose largest stock holder by far is China Three Gorges, aka, the government of Communist China.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 28, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

After $100+ Billion in subsidies, U.S. wind industry demands more

Full cost of living impact of renewables subsidies revealed

Math is Hard for the Green-Minded

US Electrical Energy Reliability Gone With the Wind

Can This World Survive Without Fossil Fuels?

Bernie Sanders’ Perpetual Motion Green New Deal

Short video: All Electric?

What is a Nuclear Microreactor?

New DOE and NRC Agreement Will…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2019 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Susan Collins Introduces Bill to Expand U.S. Office of Wind Energy

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

U.S. Senators Tina Smith, Susan Collins Introduce Wind Energy Research and Development Legislation…

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Added by Long Islander on October 27, 2019 at 1:23pm — 9 Comments

PPH - Energy efficiency remains the improbable dream

Politicians like to envision a shiny future of solar and wind and electric cars...........................

Maine has roughly 500,000 homes. And while some are newer and energy-efficient, most aren’t. Upgrading them will take time and money – and at the current pace, many decades.

That timetable could be accelerated, if weatherization becomes a priority for the new…

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Added by Long Islander on October 27, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Oct 22, 2019 - UMaine to develop alternative floating wind in place of Monhegan planned two 6-MW turbine project

The University of Maine at Orono will develop an alternative floating substructure design for a 10–12 MW wind turbine in place of the currently planned two 6-MW turbine floating offshore wind demonstration project planned for deployment off Monhegan Island, Maine.

DOE Awards $28 Million for Wind Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects

October 22, 2019…
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Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Jürgen Weiss: Decarbonizing economy requires big ramp-ups in solar, wind power

Boston and Brussels Energy and industrial organization economist Jürgen Weiss pushes for wind and solar but is mum on nuclear. What's up with that?

Article:

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/olympics/decarbonizing-economy-requires-lot-more-electricity/

Author Bio:…

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Added by Long Islander on October 20, 2019 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Having taken over $100 Billion in subsidies, U.S. wind industry demands more after promising they'd need no more

Is it possible that our lawmakers could be so stupid as to believe every lie from the wind industry since the introduction of the PTC in 1992 when they first said "Just this one time"? Since that time the wind crooks have incessantly said "Just this one more time". That is junkie speak. Be outraged and let your congresspersons know you demand an end to this rigged game for the insider class. The middle class would like to see this money itself. The insider class has robbed us…

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Added by Long Islander on October 20, 2019 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lance Tapley: Is Mills for Real on Climate Change?

.......Gov. Janet Mills got a lot of attention when she stood before the United Nations General Assembly’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 and announced she had signed an executive order pledging Maine to become “carbon neutral” by 2045.



Problem is, it’s too easy a goal to achieve. We’re either close to it or already there. That’s because of our vast forest, which covers 89 percent of the state. The…

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Added by Long Islander on October 16, 2019 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 14, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



Why Wind Turbines Threaten Endangered Species With Extinction

It Costs $532,000± to Decommission A Single Wind Turbine

In a “Reversal” Wind Power Industry Wants More U.S. Tax Credits

NY County Health Board Eyes Wind Turbine Regulations

A new tool in China’s kit of repression

Video: Kentucky Governor’s Keynote Speech on Low Cost Energy

Weathermen Wild As Wind Turbines Interference Wrecks Their…

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Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2019 at 12:11am — No Comments

In a reversal, wind power industry wants more U.S. tax credits

October 11, 2019

Less than a year after the U.S. wind industry swore off federal tax credits, its top lobbyist wants another go at the incentive that helped it become the cheapest source of new energy in much of the world.

The tax credits are now needed for the industry to maintain its cost advantage against competing sources such as solar and natural gas plants. That’s because President Donald Trump’s import tariffs on steel and other wind-farm components…

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Added by Long Islander on October 12, 2019 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Why everything is getting louder

Why Everything Is Getting Louder

The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt.

When regulatory officials evaluate environmental noise—to determine, say, whether to soundproof schools near airport runways—their calculations emphasize the mid-frequency sounds to which our ears are most sensitive and discount the…

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Added by Long Islander on October 10, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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