Long Islander's Blog – January 2017 Archive (18)

BDN - Maine PUC approves rolling back solar credits

AUGUSTA, Maine — It didn’t go far enough for Gov. Paul LePage, but Maine utility regulators rankled advocates on Tuesday when they rolled back a policy allowing homeowners with solar panels to be credited for excess power sold to the grid.

The move was opposed by pro-solar groups, and it’s likely to be followed by another bid in the Maine Legislature to liberalize solar policy........Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, called the…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN: ISO-New England Discusses Maine Wind and Transmission

On land, 97 percent of that wind power is proposed for Maine, which still requires significant power line improvements to get electricity from wind-rich areas to population centers. The same goes for getting Canadian hydropower into the New England system.

“Connecting wind farms in northern New England or bringing hydro energy from Canada will require extensive transmission expansion, which will be costly and take years to build,” van Welie said.

Considering offshore wind…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Shareholder Voice: SunEdison (SUNE) is the new Enron!

We are group of over 1000 shareholders both U.S and International. We are seeking justice. We are actively…

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Added by Long Islander on January 29, 2017 at 6:00pm — 11 Comments

UMPI-like Wind Turbine Being Partially Dismantled for Repairs in Newburyport, MA

The turbine is reportedly built by the same turbine manufacturer which built the UMPI wind turbine in 2009. It is also believed to be similar in size. In the past, the Newburyport turbine provided live data and history going back two years at the following web page:
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Added by Long Islander on January 26, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

First Wind spinoff's sales pitch on turbines rings hollow

 The investors will be rewarded by the federal treasury with a check for an estimated $100 million.......But, who will ultimately pay for this roughly $400 million project? 

http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20170112/zachariah-allen-sales-pitch-on-turbines-rings-hollow

Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2017 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

"Environment Massachusetts" : 100% Renewable Energy Bill Sends a Clear Message to President Trump

Environment Massachusetts says the bill is designed to complement and strengthen the Global Warming Solutions Act, legislation passed in 2008 that requires the state to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.......Last year, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law H.4568, An Act Relative to Energy Diversity, which requires Massachusetts to generate a whopping 1.6 GW of electricity from offshore wind over the next 10 years. In addition, the bill requires utilities to…

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2017 at 6:30pm — 15 Comments

Where's Wind at Whitehouse.gov?

1/20/17

An America First Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2017 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Angus King invites Energy Department nominee Perry to look at Maine projects

Angus -be sure to show him the data on UMPI's wind turbine that the University has been covering up for just under eight years now. And show him everything you can about your very own Record Hill wind project and all the nonsense surrounding it. Or should the people of Maine bring all of that to the attention of the new administration?

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, invited Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, to visit the…

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2017 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 16, 2017 - John Droz

By John Droz, Jr. -- January 16, 2017

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a…

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Added by Long Islander on January 18, 2017 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Trump’s tax reform plans could threaten wind-power financing

(Bloomberg) — Wind-power skeptic Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform may have an unintended consequence: threatening wind farms’ balance sheets......The president-elect’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to as low as 15% may curb availability of an esoteric, but critical, clean-energy financing mechanism known as tax equity......That could significantly curb businesses’ need for tax credits. It would also drag down wind developers’ after-tax internal rates of…

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Added by Long Islander on January 18, 2017 at 8:41am — 9 Comments

Portland's Biodiversity Research Institute: "Bald Eagles are a Problem"

What about the federal government's recently issued "KILLING PERMIT" of 6,200 eagles a year to protect the Wall Street crowd and other insiders who make billions off the U.S. taxpayer from wind?

The article states the US population is 30,000 pairs but fails to note what it used to be. Some estimates put it at 250,000 pairs in the 1700's.

"In Maine, where the breeding population of great cormorants is small and efforts to save them are underway,…

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Added by Long Islander on January 17, 2017 at 3:06pm — 5 Comments

Maine's Biodiversity Research Institute on list of Wind Industry's Vendors

Why should we care?  Well, for one, Maine's Biodiversity Research Institute just labeled eagles a problem in today's Portland Press Herald:

"In Maine, where the breeding population of great cormorants is small and efforts to save them are underway, the bald eagles are a problem, said Chris DeSorbo, director of the raptor program at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Portland". …

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Added by Long Islander on January 16, 2017 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments

Vermont Takes its Wind Complaint Directly to the People of Connecticut; Maine Must do the Same

This much needed letter appears in the Hartford Business Journal. It's the people of Vermont (actually a former Lt. Governor) going directly to the people of Connecticut telling them of the problems their wind power "needs" cause for both Vermont and Connecticut.

More letters like this are sorely needed from all of northern New England to all the media in CT, MA and RI whose corrupt legislative leaders are a large reason these fraudulent projects are still getting built. The average…

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Added by Long Islander on January 11, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

View from Massachusetts: Renewables not cheap (Commonwealth)

The difference in price is huge. For a typical customer using 600 kilowatt hours a month, the Eversource price is $49.20, while the CleanChoice product costs $85.20. That’s just the price for electricity, and doesn’t include separate transmission, distribution, and customer service charges assessed by Eversource.

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Added by Long Islander on January 11, 2017 at 11:27am — 4 Comments

BDN - Sierra Club of Maine: Trump Cannot Stop Wind Power

Sierra: "The truth is that Trump cannot prevent states, cities and towns from advancing the clean energy economy and sustainable policies. And while he can slow it down, Trump cannot stop the clean energy revolution driven by dramatically lower costs for solar, wind, efficiency and other smart energy technologies."…

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Added by Long Islander on January 10, 2017 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

Maine wind power promises failing

January 6, 2017 on Editorials, Opinion       

In 2008, Governor John Baldacci worked with a very cooperative Legislature to craft a special zoning and permitting process that significantly aided developers seeking to capitalize on Maine’s rural resources for large-scale wind power projects........Maine’s wind power law, as Governor LePage has consistently proclaimed, needs to be drastically changed.…

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Added by Long Islander on January 6, 2017 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Wind Opponent Named "Vermonter of the Year" by State's Leading Newspaper

Vermonter of the Year: Annette Smith

Free Press Editorial Board 5:30 a.m. EST January 2, 2017

In February, the state Attorney General’s Office dropped a criminal investigation into a complaint brought by a lawyer who represents a major solar and wind developer that Smith had practiced law without a license in the course of advising those preparing to testify before the Public Service Board.

Private citizens with limited means often find themselves outmatched from…

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Added by Long Islander on January 6, 2017 at 9:19am — 2 Comments

PPH - Inability to Secure Power Purchase Agreement Halts NJ Wind Project

The U.S. Department of Energy says Fishermen’s Energy failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have a power purchase agreement in place.

The department is revoking most of the $47 million in funding it pledged to the project in 2014; about $10.6 million has been spent already on preliminary work.…

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Added by Long Islander on January 4, 2017 at 7:30am — 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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