Long Islander's Blog – January 2019 Archive (15)

Tucker Carlson: "Wind Power is a scam perpetuated on rural America making the landscape ugly"

"More destructive than a major war on U.S. soil" is how Mr. Carlson describes what would be the effects of replacing fossil fuel and nuclear power with wind and solar in 12 years, as called for in the "Green New Deal", a plan being embraced these days by at least some of our supposed representatives on Capitol Hill.

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2019 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Another New England Winter, Same Natural Gas Shortage

Hyper-localism and enviro-ideology have blocked construction of several needed natural gas pipelines into the region in the past decade, leaving it the only part of the country that has constrained supplies of natural gas.

There are some signs that New England’s governors are finally willing to do something about this. If so, voters should support their efforts to change, because the status quo means depending on perpetually mild winter weather.

While the winter so far…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2019 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

BDN elicits opinions of wind advocates Kurt Adams, David Littell and Jeremy Payne in article on Hydro-Quebec

Ultimately, the burden of proving that Maine needs the line falls on CMP, which is also responsible for making sure regulators have all the information they need to make a decision on the project, said former Maine Public Utilities Commission Chairman Kurt Adams..............Instead of asking Hydro-Quebec questions directly, participants in both Maine and Massachusetts regulatory proceedings have had to direct questions…

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Added by Long Islander on January 29, 2019 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Proposal envisions replacing, CMP, Emera Maine with a ‘consumer-owned utility’

The plan by Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, would require Central Maine Power and Emera Maine to sell all of their transmission and distribution assets to the proposed Maine Power Delivery Authority. Bill supporters said the authority would use low-interest revenue bonds to make the multi-billion dollar purchase, allowing the new consumer-owned utility to provide electricity to most Maine residents at lower rates than those charged by the two investor-owned utilities.

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Added by Long Islander on January 28, 2019 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

China Three Gorges halts talks on EDP takeover (of Maine Number Nine wind "farm" fame)

From Wikipedia. Note ownership by the government of China.

January 25, 2019

CTG launched a bid to take control of EDP, of which it already owns 23 percent, in May last year, but the transaction has moved at a slow pace.

Sources say CTG has yet to complete regulatory filings in Europe and the United States, although…

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Added by Long Islander on January 27, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments

Backyard wind turbines renew R.I.'s energy debate

Cranston isn’t the only Rhode Island community concerned about the impacts of siting wind turbines close to neighborhoods. Some residents of Coventry have complained of shadow flicker and noise from the 10 414-foot-tall turbines in their rural village of Greene. They say the utility-scale facility isn’t consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan and has dramatically changed the village’s long-established characteristics.…

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Added by Long Islander on January 26, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Massachusetts: Totems of good intentions gone awry

If the turbines had operated as planned, functioning 24 hours a day, they were projected to earn the town between an estimated $1 million and $2 million a year..............In addition to the $10 million that the town spent on building the turbines, they now have to pay as much as $2 million more to remove them.

“It’s a shame,” said Susan Moran, chair of the town’s board of selectmen, who initially supported the turbines but voted to take them down. “This is absolutely a financial…

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2019 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 21, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Schumer’s Green Energy Subsidies Cost Much More Than Trump’s Wall

This May Be the Greatest Renewables Story Ever Told

The carbon tax – a wolf in green clothing

Superior video: Infrasound caused by Industrial Wind Turbines

Study: Acoustics and Biological Structures

Report: Concerns about Wind Turbines and Human Health

US Supreme Court Decides Against Wind Developer

President Trump…

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Added by Long Islander on January 21, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Maine lawmakers propose dozens of bills, including a "Green New Deal."

The bill would chart a path for Maine to get all its power from renewable sources by 2030, transforming the economy and creating clean-energy-sector jobs. In important ways, it mirrors national aspirations to slow global warming that are embodied in controversial Green New Deal legislation being championed in Congress by another young newcomer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y...............................

More than 60 separate working titles…

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2019 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Weaver Wind DEP Meeting - "It’s going to benefit the colonial masters of the state of Maine" (Ellsworth American)

Usual $uspects Parade to Podium

The article (see link at the bottom) states "The company also has put bids into Connecticut and Rhode Island and officials have said they would consider selling to a corporation if the bid is not accepted by the PUC." However there is no mention of the fact that three weeks ago on 11/28/18, Weaver Wind's bid as well as the bids of five other Maine land-based wind projects were…

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Added by Long Islander on January 19, 2019 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Sierra Club disputed on wind power claims

Regrettably, the Sierra Club, in its Another Voice column, has issued egregious errors of fact.

The U.S. does not garner 30 percent of its power from industrial wind. The real number is around 4 percent (some say 8 percent and others, 6.3 percent) and this is often disputed as well, as these heavy fossil fuel constructed and maintained machines also draw conventional power when the wind does not blow, to stabilize, heat and cool.

Facts are also: bird and bat kills are…

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Added by Long Islander on January 19, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments

Gov Mills' New Innovation Head Pingree on the Maine Wind Law

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law in 2010:

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 – the number is likely to be at least 1,000 and perhaps as…

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Added by Long Islander on January 17, 2019 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Two Maine senators solicit Rhode Island for wind money in RI newspaper

As state senators for Aroostook County, we plan to usher in a new era of renewable energy investment in our state. And that means talking with our neighbors in other New England states about the benefits of siting projects in Maine to help them reach their renewable energy goals, while at the same time inviting investment that helps us with property tax relief, jobs, and energy security.

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Added by Long Islander on January 10, 2019 at 8:00pm — 17 Comments

18 Maine Alternative Energy Bills Submitted In Legislature - See All 2,042 Bills Here

The titles of bills submitted below derive from the Maine State Legislature's "Preliminary Lists of Working Titles" dated 1/8/19 at the following link:

http://legislature.maine.gov/news/359/preliminary-lists-of-working-titles

As noted at the above link, "the title, sponsor and index term information contained in these preliminary lists are subject to change in the course of bill…

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Added by Long Islander on January 10, 2019 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Sun Journal: Public hearings set on Roxbury Wind Project (HEARINGS TOMORROW)

Posted January 4 / Updated January 5

EXCERPTS

..........The closest of these towers is 2.4 miles from the summit of Whitecap and it is possible that some of the west facing clearings would be visible from Whitecap.

The towers would be highly visible. The closest Record Hill tower, visible from Whitecap, is 4.6 miles away...........Kirk G. Siegel, executive director with Mahoosuc Land Trust, said the project would be within plain view of…

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Added by Long Islander on January 6, 2019 at 9:00am — 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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