Long Islander's Blog – January 2015 Archive (31)

Senate votes down PTC amendment

Just three Republicans backed the measure — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine; Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who wrote the first PTC law in 1992; and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who is expected to face a tough re-election race next year. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has criticized the credit in the past, was the only Democrat to vote against it.…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

UM's Prof Richard Hill: How many wind turbines does it take to power a supermarket?

To quantify the dilution of wind power, consider a supermarket. Each square meter of floor space calls for about 300 watts for lights, refrigeration, heating, etc. The energy produced by a wind farm is about 5 watts per square meter — many square meters of wind farm are needed to supply one square meter of supermarket. Building larger and larger wind turbines does not help. Larger units must be spaced farther apart. The 5 watts per square meter prevails.

China has 50 nuclear…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2015 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

Mount Desert Islander: Look at future Maine wind development proposals with an ever more critical eye

We can only hope that as Mainers become more and more familiar with the shortcomings of intermittent wind power generation and the environmental degradation that results, they will look at future development proposals with an ever more critical eye.

http://www.mdislander.com/opinions/editorials/wind-power-co2

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Added by Long Islander on January 30, 2015 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

BDN - SunEdison finalizes $2.4 billion purchase of First Wind

Those include the Weaver Wind, Bowers Wind, Molunkus Wind and Somerset Wind projects....The Bowers project is listed as in development despite permit denials by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and a pending appeal with the Board of Environmental Protection.…

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Added by Long Islander on January 29, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Angus King joins Senate tourism caucus to help Maine tourism

Record Hill Project, Roxbury; owner: Independence Wind

Angus King's Record Hill Tourist Attraction

"Indeed, tourism is one of the cornerstones of the Maine economy, supporting thousands of important jobs and helping communities to thrive," King said in a prepared statement. "As a member of the Senate tourism caucus, I look forward to working with my colleagues to further the interests of Maine's tourism industry."…

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Added by Long Islander on January 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Paul Rudershausen: Wind tax credits little more than corporate welfare

Some Mainers still fall for the wind energy scam. This is sad because taxes have had a crushing impact on Maine’s economic lifeblood, and it consistently ranks among the states with the greatest tax burden. Yet Dorle and Chapman have the nerve to propose that still more still tax credits (read: private taxpayer subsidies) support their lobby’s pocketbooks and debunked environmental fantasies.

Paul Rudershausen is a research associate at the Center for Marine Sciences and…

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Added by Long Islander on January 28, 2015 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

First Wind Provides Some "Details" as to Location of Molunkus Katahdin Area Project

1/28/15 PM

Proposed Wind Turbine Placement Near Molunkus Lake

He emphasized that this is just a first draft and there could be significant changes when the MET data comes in and that the layout could change over time. Following are the conclusions.........

Continue at: https://molunkuswind.wordpress.com/

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Added by Long Islander on January 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 26 Comments

VERMONT: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS VOTE TO OPPOSE LARGE WIND PROJECTS

The commission said this has raised “troubling questions” about the reliability of wind energy, electricity prices, social disruption, human health and environmental impacts, aesthetics, property values, tourism and false claims about environmental benefits.

“We are also troubled by the state’s energy policies, the state’s permitting process, and the ease with which the public good as expressed in our municipal and regional plans can be overridden by people who may never have even…

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Added by Long Islander on January 26, 2015 at 10:28pm — 4 Comments

Alan Michka: Wind battle centers on right to have input into local projects

Residents of Maine's Unorganized Territory seek a place at the table as critical decisions are being made.

After being called out in a Jan. 14 letter by wind industry representative Paul Williamson ......…

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Added by Long Islander on January 25, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

WV House and Senate pass repeal of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

The West Virginia House of Delegates debated House Bill 2001, which would repeal the state's Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio, for about an hour during a Jan. 22 floor session.

Ultimately, the bill passed the House by a vote of 95-4 with only Delegates Mike Puskin, D-Kanawha; Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia; Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson; and Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha, voting no.…

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Maine needs a code of conduct for wind companies as in NY

Question: Why do the same wind companies investigated in NY State which then signed a code of conduct in NY State not have to do so in Maine? Is this not reasonable?

 

The following is not new, but I'm posting for our new members who may not have seen.

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Added by Long Islander on January 22, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN Editorial Board: Long-term Maine energy strategy needed

To their credit, the Bangor Daily News did not mention wind in its prescriptions for energy strategy. Let's hope that the editorial board is weighing the harm done by wind against its lack of benefit and is seeing its absurdity.

The region’s oil-fired plants, including one in Yarmouth, are old and will eventually be retired. Nuclear power plants are also being taken off line; …

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Added by Long Islander on January 21, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Orland Town Council Chair on wind regulations: They don't think we need anymore and I don't either

But Town Council Chair Ed Rankin believes current regulations shouldn't change because they meet state approved standards and cited two prior temporary wind bans as evidence.  Rankin explained, "And our planning board has worked very hard, done all their homework and visited a lot of sites.  They don't think we need anymore and I don't either."  …

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2015 at 11:00pm — 24 Comments

Connecticut Rumbling: The Case Against RPS

Because wind and solar energy sources tend to be more distant from population centers, we will likely have to add an additional 4,300 miles of new transmission lines to move energy to our market. That will cost billions of dollars, which will be subsidized by energy consumers. 

Wind power generation will require a vast new network of transmission lines. In 2010, the grid operator ISO New England estimated that for wind power to reach 15.9 percent of electricity production for…

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

EPA's Bad News for Maine Wind Industry: Maine's CO2 Emissions from Electricity Production Less Than 1/3 the National Average

Maine's 2008 Expedited Wind Law was to large degree predicated on reducing CO2 as summed up by Governor Baldacci's Wind Task Force Chairman Alec Giffen: "Wind power is an essential response to global warming".

But according to the EPA, it…

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2015 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

"Your 50-story turbines are not wanted here, not now, not ever”

“EDP’s industrial complex spanning five towns has been overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of all towns except Canaan, which has yet to vote,” said Lori Lerner, president of New Hampshire Wind Watch. “The signal is clear. The message is simple. Your 50-story turbines are not wanted here, not now, not ever.” 

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05

Added by Long Islander on January 18, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Is Maine's landscape being ravaged due to a new and untested financial instrument from the Wall Street crowd?

In the event the First Wind acquisition is not completed, TerraForm Power intends to use the net proceeds of this offering for general corporate purposes.

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/01/14/697481/10115580/en/TerraForm-Power-Announces-Public-Offering-of-Common-Stock.html

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Added by Long Islander on January 17, 2015 at 2:30pm — 25 Comments

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Added by Long Islander on January 15, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Maine Investigative Reporters Attacked by Wind Industry

Alan Michka is not a sole individual who is fighting a good fight against the Goliaths. The anti-wind coalition is a well-funded minority ...

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/14/letter-to-the-editor-center-for-public-interests-story-was-misleading-on-wind-politics/…

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Added by Long Islander on January 14, 2015 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Alan Farago: Legislators ought to try having their home equity, health and quality of life hijacked

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, at 10:16…
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Added by Long Islander on January 13, 2015 at 10:30am — 8 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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