Long Islander's Blog – February 2012 Archive (25)

Wind Industry Playbook: Statoil Stakeholder Analysis

An interesting short PDF from Statoil describing how they handled fishermen (and other…
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Added by Long Islander on February 29, 2012 at 2:27am — No Comments

First Wind Denied Motion to File Exceptions by Maine PUC

STATE OF MAINE

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION                                   Docket No. 2011-170

 

                                                                                                February 27, 2012

 

BANGOR HYDRO-ELECTRIC COMPANY                    ORDER

and MAINE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY

Request for Exemptions and for

Reorganization Approvals

 

WELCH, Chairman; VAFIADES AND…

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Added by Long Islander on February 29, 2012 at 1:54am — No Comments

FEN's "The Maine Woods" January 2012 Edition Devoted Entirely to Industrial Wind Power in Maine

2/29/12

The January 2012 edition of FEN's publication The Maine Woods is devoted to the issue of industrial wind power in Maine.…



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Added by Long Islander on February 29, 2012 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

A Business Model of "Lie, Cheat and Corrupt"

For those of us who are new, a letter to the President you will likely find interesting. This is from a U.S. Democratic Representative in NY State.

Download here:

Massa_USRep_DNY__letter_to_Obama.pdf

We found it interesting. Governor Baldacci's Attorney General,…

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2012 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

FIRST WIND & Emera - MPUC Special Deliberations scheduled for March 8, 2012

STATE OF MAINE

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION                                   Docket No. 2011-170

 

                                                                                                February 22, 2012

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

LURC to discuss public comments on changes to expedited wind development permitting

February 23, 2012



EXCLUSIVE: LURC to discuss public comments on changes to expedited wind development permitting

At its March 2 meeting, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission will discuss public comments received on proposed revisions to LURC's application review process…

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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

"Windfall" Being Screened at Environmental Leader Unity College

Provocative Film Windfall Examining Wind Power Debate to be Screened on February 28 at UCCPA

By Unity College | Feb 22, 2012…
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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2012 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

Vermont leaders back away from renewable energy goals - Citing Higher Costs

Vermont leaders back away from renewable energy goals

Two key legislators say businesses are worried about higher costs and that the 2017 state goal is unreachable.

By Dave Gram / The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two key state lawmakers said Tuesday that Vermont won't meet its goal of getting 20 percent of its…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

New Documentary Illustrates Global Backlash Against Big Wind

Reading this, it occurred to me that some of the "CO2 trumps all" mainstream environmental groups are so addicted to their "ties" with the wind industry that their repeated lying is just like that of a junkie who must have his fix. When the wind industry dies, who will they cozy up to next?

Someone just sent me the following which I believe totally applies to the tired…

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Added by Long Islander on February 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Learning from Others’ Mistakes

February 2012

Learning from Others’ Mistakes: What Europe’s Experience with Renewable Mandates and Subsidies can Teach Texas

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2012-02-PP03-LearningFromOthersMistakes-ACEE-JosiahNeeley.pdf…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

University of Maine Fails Wind Power Data Test

The $2 million University of Maine wind turbine experiment, the state's only wind experiment that actually measures electricity, continues to fail the data test, not to mention the viability test.

When this grossly wasteful and expensive experiment began, great promises were made by the University about openly sharing data on electricity production and how much in supposed cost savings (ha!) could be truthfully attributed to the turbine.

It's been about a YEAR…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2012 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Regulate the Maine SCEGS - "So Called Environmental Groups"?

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Added by Long Islander on February 17, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander: “It’s Time to End Big Wind’s Big Loophole”

Calls $27 billion wind subsidy “a waste of money that could be used for energy research or to reduce the debt”; says, “I’m ready to reduce the subsidies for ‘Big Oil’ as long as we reduce the subsidies for ‘Big Wind’”

February 15 2012

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“And what do we get for these billions in subsidies? A puny amount of unreliable…

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Added by Long Islander on February 16, 2012 at 12:55am — No Comments

Maine BEP rules for wind turbine noise approved by Environment and Natural Resources Committee with unanimous "ought to pass"



For Immediate Release

The Citizen’s Task Force on Wind Power (CTFWP) applauds the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for its “unanimous ought to pass” vote today on new regulations governing noise from wind…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Technology, not Politics: Meet LePage’s Energy Team

Technology, not Politics: Meet LePage’s Energy Team

by Terrilyn Simpson

They’re self taught. They’ve traveled the world solving energy and engineering problems. They learned practical applications of complicated theories during World War II and studied at Harvard and Brown and Princeton. All Maine residents now, they…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

The Penalties of Feel-Good Energy Policies

February 14, 2012

The Penalties of Feel-Good Energy Policies

By Marita Noon

Because of the unproven notion that burning fossil fuels causes global warming, saving energy has become the cultural norm with the expectation that reducing the use of coal-fueled electricity and gasoline will help everyone. More…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Alan Farago: Big Wind’s Inconvenient Truth

Showcased today at Real Clear Energy:

REAL CLEAR ENERGY TODAY
White House Is All Talk on Energy Strategy - Rep. Ed Whitfield, The Hill

Bain Capitalism Or Solyndra…
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Added by Long Islander on February 10, 2012 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Island Falls Snowmobile Club Windfall Screening - Friday March 30 at 6:30PM

Mattawamkeag Lake - slated to be maimed with a useless and out of scale wind factory

Island Falls Snowmobile Club Windfall Screening - Friday March 30 at 6:30PM - A PDF of all currently scheduled Maine screenings can be downloaded…

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Added by Long Islander on February 9, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Using the Maine PUC's Virtual Case File

The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities to ensure that Maine consumers enjoy safe, adequate and reliable services at rates that are just and reasonable for both consumers and utilities. The Commission oversees emerging competitive markets for some of these services.

A tremendous number of interesting documents affecting us are available on their website.

One way to find something is to search for it…

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Added by Long Islander on February 7, 2012 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

New documentary: Wind farms are a lot of hot air (NY Post)

Tilting at windmills

A new documentary on turbines in upstate New York shows that wind farms are a lot of hot air





Last Updated: 5:16 AM, February 5, 2012

Posted: 10:14 PM, February 4,…

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Added by Long Islander on February 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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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 (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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