Long Islander's Blog – January 2014 Archive (38)

Mike DiCenso in BDN: A Need for Empirical Data on Wind

Philip Conkling has nicely penned another pro-wind piece, but he omits the carbon debt that must be tallied before any serious discussion of environmental benefits of wind turbines can begin. The turbines do not begin on a mountain or in the ocean. Their roots are in the rare earth mines of Baiyun Obo in China.

Fueled by…

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Added by Long Islander on January 13, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

PUC Vote On Wind Off Iconic Monhegan Island Coming Tuesday

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to UMaine and its partner companies to build a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island.

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“We need to start reaping the benefits of offshore wind, both the economic benefits and renewable benefits,” said Sean Mahoney, executive vice president of the Conservation Law Foundation, who criticized the…

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Added by Long Islander on January 13, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Washington Post: Wind Power Tax Break Had Cockroach-like Resilience - Good Riddance

The Post’s View

Clean energy should do without special tax breaks

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Added by Long Islander on January 13, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Boothbay Register: "Which way the wind blows"

Which way the wind blows…

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Added by Long Islander on January 11, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

BDN Bowers: Paula Moore Response to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

In response to the Jan. 7 letter by Scott Cuddy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers , the state is not stalling the Bowers Mountain wind project. The project had already been denied by the Land Use Regulation Commission, now the Land Use Planning Commission,in April 2012.

Champlain Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on January 9, 2014 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Critical weaknesses in the Northeastern U.S. natural gas system

Critical weaknesses in the Northeastern U.S. natural gas system

The volatility shows that nearly a decade into a drilling boom that has flooded much of the country with gas, a lack of pipelines has left some areas vulnerable to shortages this year and potentially for years to come.

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Added by Long Islander on January 9, 2014 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

BDN - Clifton wind farm partners appeal to Supreme Court in effort to resume Pisgah Mountain project

Clifton wind farm partners appeal to Supreme Court in effort to resume Pisgah Mountain project

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CLIFTON, Maine — Developers of the proposed $25 million wind farm on Pisgah Mountain have filed an appeal to the state’s highest court to overturn a Maine Business and Consumer Court judge’s determination in December that the Clifton Planning Board erred in approving the five-turbine project.

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Added by Long Islander on January 9, 2014 at 1:34am — No Comments

More Allegations Against the Maine PUC

Power outages aren’t acts of nature: The lines should be underground

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What is truly shameful is the complicity of inaction by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Its mandate needs serious correction.

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Added by Long Islander on January 8, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Mainers Give AWEA an Earful in Local Maine Newspaper

Jon Hinck has now weighed in. http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2014/01/06/letter-arguments-wind-power-maine-dont-fly/184500

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Added by Long Islander on January 6, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

MST - Plan to run power lines from Canada through N.H. faces hurdles in 2014

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Plan to run power lines from Canada through N.H. faces hurdles in 2014

Opponents who fear the project would scar the outdoors brace for a fight.

By Rik Stevens 

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. 

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After a three-year review, ISO New England…

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Added by Long Islander on January 5, 2014 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

LePage continues effort to lower energy costs for Maine ratepayers

LePage continues effort to lower energy costs for Maine ratepayers

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Added by Long Islander on January 5, 2014 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

PPH - Maine wind farm still a worry in development-free town

Maine wind farm still a worry in development-free town

Officials and activists will host a meeting to discuss plans for 62 turbines in neighboring communities.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Wind_farm_still_a_worry_in_development-free_town_.html

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Added by Long Islander on January 4, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

BDN - Credits for wind power among 55 tax breaks that expired on Dec. 31

Credits for wind power, energy efficiency and teaching supplies among 55 tax breaks that expired on Dec. 31

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/01/03/politics/credits-for-wind-power-energy-efficiency-and-teaching-supplies-among-55-tax-breaks-that-expired-on-dec-31…

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Added by Long Islander on January 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

PPH - Northern Pass transmission line clears regulatory hurdle in NH

Northern Pass transmission line clears regulatory hurdle in NH

The $1.4 billion project would transmit 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydroelectric power, enough to serve 1.2 million homes.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Northern_Pass_transmission_line_clears_regulatory_hurdle_in_NH_.html

Added by Long Islander on January 1, 2014 at 6:23am — 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

******** 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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