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Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership

Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership

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Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2019 at 5:31pm — 11 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 16, 2019

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

(Click on the link at the end of the list to read any article)

How AWEA…
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Added by Long Islander on September 16, 2019 at 9:32am — No Comments

Fed funds will go to UMaine wind energy

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an energy and water funding bill that includes support for several research and development projects at the University of Maine. 

The bill is expected to provide funding for UMaine’s offshore wind energy demonstration project, Aqua Ventus, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Also included is support for a program to create energy-efficient, high-rise mass timber building…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2019 at 10:24pm — 6 Comments

Maine Land Regulators Deadlock, Postpone Critical Decision On Proposed CMP Powerline

State regulators deadlocked Wednesday on whether Central Maine Power's proposed powerline through western Maine would have unreasonable impacts on a remote pond in Beattie township.

Everett Worcester is Chair of the Land Use Planning Commission, which acts as a zoning board for Maine's unorganized territories.

“At this point I think we're…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2019 at 6:42pm — 5 Comments

Big Wind’s big headwinds / Texas Turbine Fire

Big Wind’s big headwinds

By Robert Bryce

On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution that adds the city to the list of municipalities that have committed to a local version of the Green New Deal. More than 100 cities have now declared their intent to obtain all of their electricity from renewables or “clean” energy sources. Furthermore, the Sierra Club claims that one in four Americans now live in communities that are “committed to a…

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Added by Long Islander on September 1, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 29, 2019

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:…

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Added by Long Islander on August 30, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Press Herald joins Covering Climate Now project

The newspaper will publish a series on climate change in Maine as part of a cooperative international media effort to focus attention on the issue on the eve of a critical UN Climate Summit.

The Portland Press Herald will publish a special series in September on the impacts of climate change on Maine that is part of an international effort by 170 news outlets to highlight the issue on the eve of a critical U.N. Climate Summit.

The project, called Covering Climate Now,…

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Added by Long Islander on August 28, 2019 at 11:27pm — 3 Comments

Press Herald: We’re changing our commenting system. Here’s why.

August 28, 2019

Today we introduce a new approach to online commenting.  As we continue to add more benefits to our subscription offerings, the ability to participate in online discussions on PressHerald.com will be for subscribers only.

Different from ubiquitous tools like “email to a friend” or social sharing, commenting won’t be a de facto feature on every story. Instead, we intend to use the commenting tool less frequently but with more…

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Added by Long Islander on August 28, 2019 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Sound familar? - Yard signs opposed to proposed wind farm project are disappearing

Less than four years ago in Maine:

MAINE DOT BECOMES THE GESTAPO - CONFISCATES ANTI WIND SIGNS IN MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-dot-becomes-the-gestapo-confiscates-anti-wind-signs-in-moos…

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Added by Long Islander on August 21, 2019 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Connecticut Releases Offshore Wind RFP - Bids Due 9/30/19

Note that bids must be submitted to John Baldacci's Avangrid's United Illuminating, among others.

August 19, 2019

DEEP Releases Offshore Wind RFP
 
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental…
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Added by Long Islander on August 20, 2019 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 12, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Cost-Effective ‘Renewable’ Energy Is A Fictional Construct

There is no conservative momentum for a carbon tax

Bill Gates: The hidden costs of unreliable electricity

Why should we subsidize tomorrow’s rich in the name of the climate?

It’s Time to Flip the Bird to Wind Turbines

The New Gas Revolution That Could Make Renewable Energy Obsolete

If You Want ‘Renewable Energy,’ Get Ready to Dig…

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Added by Long Islander on August 12, 2019 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Wind developer Angus King's hypocrisy and audacity reaches new level

Record Hill Project, Roxbury; owner: Independence Wind

Sign at Angus King's Record Hill wind project in the western mountains of Maine which has grossly scarred pristine Roxbury Pond and befouled the view from Rumford Whitecap. The Land for Maine’s Future Board supported the acquisition of the Rumford Whitecap preserve in 2007.

(Photo - Brad Blake)…

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Added by Long Islander on August 10, 2019 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Feds hit brakes to study cumulative impact of eastern seaboard wind projects

Bloomberg: Trump Delay Casts Doubt on First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

The Trump administration cast the fate of the nation’s first major offshore wind farm into doubt by extending an environmental review for the $2.8 billion Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.

The Interior Department has ordered an…

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Added by Long Islander on August 10, 2019 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Commissioners divided on Hancock Wind settlement

Hancock owner Novatus is of course the company which employs former EUT co-chair Stacey Fitts who helped kill about a dozen citizen initiated wind bills in the EUT committee. See: http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/abstain-for-maine

Additionally, former Baldacci chief counsel and PUC Chair Kurt Adams, who according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, received…

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Added by Long Islander on August 8, 2019 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Michael Moore film attacks wind power and "environmental groups"

New Michael Moore-backed documentary tackles alternative energy (AP article in Portland Press Herald)

'Planet of the Humans' questions the common wisdom about electric cars, solar panels, windmills and the like.

What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by…

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Added by Long Islander on August 8, 2019 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 29, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Climate trillions frittered in the wind

Study: The Social Cost of Carbon and Carbon Taxes

Wind Farm Back-of-the-Envelope Economic Analysis

The Confusions of the ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax

Inconvenient Energy Realities

Infrasound noise guidelines: Antiquated and irrelevant for protecting populations

Archive: Big Wind’s Dirty Little Secret — Radioactive Waste

Study: The Impact of Wind Energy on…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

EV programs run out of cash. What can states do?

..................The most recent example is Massachusetts, where lawmakers are trying to rescue the state’s incentives for electric vehicle sales after drivers burned through a program that dealt out more $30 million in recent years.

A climate resilience bill passed last week by the state House contains an amendment that would replenish the dwindling coffers of the Massachusetts Offers…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

National Grid says “no thanks” to results of 400 MW RFP, selects one project

The utility has chosen to disregard the goals of the State of Rhode Island and only procure electricity from one of the projects that completed a recent solicitation.



July 29, 2019 Christian Roselund

We at pv magazine have seen utilities do a lot of unusual things. But one thing that can usually be counted on is that when a state agency wants a utility to procure a certain capacity of renewable energy, the utility typically procures…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2019 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

NWF concerned about degrading wildlife habitats but avoids naming onshore wind

The National Wildlife Foundation is worried about onshore transmission lines but makes no mention of the onshore wind factories destroying new parts of Maine with each passing year.

https://offshorewind.nwf.org/

NRCM is NWF's affiliate in…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Maine Voices: Transmission deficit is holding back wind in Maine

This appears to claim that the $1.4 Billion CMP upgrade (Maine Power Reliability Program) had nothing to do with wind power. In fact, the CMP upgrade was a ratepayer funded gift to the wind industry. Essentially, ratepayers bought the wind industry its shipping system. See:http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-electricity-rates-going-up for more on this.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — 3 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

******** 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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