Long Islander's Blog – February 2015 Archive (27)

“Irresponsible and shameless exploitation” – new tourism chief takes stand against Navitus Bay

n a statement attacking the proposals, Bournemouth Tourism Management Board also said it was furious that EDF Energy, one of the backers of the Navitus Bay project, was “completely disregarding the environmental and consequential economic impact on the local area and refusing to compensate for the multi-million pound damage local businesses face”.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 27, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Maine PUC: Long-term wind deals in Hancock, Somerset counties will be reconsidered (BDN)

...the term of commissioner Littell, appointed by LePage’s Democratic predecessor John Baldacci, expires in March. “This proceeding has already had a lot of delay, and I think we should proceed with all due speed,” Littell said.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Billionaire husband of US Congresswoman pushed green energy in his newspapers having possibly held ownership position in state's largest wind developer

D.E. Shaw is half owner of First Wind and may have roots with the principal owner of the state's largest media company, Maine Today Media's S. Donald Sussman (Mr. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree) according to the following:
From hedgetracker.com…
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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Oakfield Opponents' Attorney: "The fix is in for wind"

U.S. court upholds Maine wind farm permit in bald eagle case

Ayesha Rascoe



(Reuters) - A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not violate environmental regulations when it granted a permit to a Maine wind farm, prompting an environmental attorney to remark that "the fix is in" for wind power projects.



Environmentalists sued the agency in 2013, arguing that construction of the wind energy facility in Oakfield, Maine would violate the…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Permitting appeals board staff recommends OK for First Wind Bingham wind power project

Friends of Maine Mountains filed an appeal of the project permits to the BEP in October, arguing in part that the company did not have adequate financing to provide for the project’s decommissioning.

BEP staff wrote in the draft order that the company was right in its estimates of those costs and that its plan meets the requirement that project decommissioning be fully funded before construction begins.

First Wind has reached agreements to make for 20 years annual…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Maine PUC's scrutiny of wind contracts has the wind grifters running scared

When Governor Baldacci handpicked a wind task force and told them to remove all obstacles for the wind developers, today's critics never said that was meddling. Or how about the 171 pages of emails between then Senate president Justin Alfond and the wind industry that…

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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2015 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

First Wind Oakfield windmill parts driven 100 miles away for storage

Other windmill components also will be coming to Maine from Denmark by ship, he said. The first ship carrying windmill blades and generators is expected to dock at Mack Point on Wednesday night.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/23/business/aroostook-county-windmill-parts-driven-100-miles-away-for-storage/

Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2015 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

Maine: The wind energy plantation — Part I

.....So, they get an agreement to sell the power in another state before they even have a permit in place to build the wind turbines, or even more significantly, before the Maine ratepayers of CMP and Emera (without knowing it) pay for the transmission lines to get the power to the grid out of state! 

..........Part 2 will delve into other aspects of Big Wind, including the contradiction of Maine environmental organizations taking donations from First Wind and other…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2015 at 6:46pm — 5 Comments

Carlisle McLean - New member of Maine PUC ready to start work (PPH)

“Obviously the substance will be very complicated and very complex … but I think what I will bring is an understanding of the process, to make sure the integrity of the process is upheld transparently,”......…

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Added by Long Islander on February 21, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Maine wind industry alarmed as utility regulators consider rethinking approved projects

Maine's reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago.........Payne said he believes LePage, who has long opposed wind power because of its high cost, is trying to interfere in the process.......…

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Added by Long Islander on February 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

BDN Editorial Board Pushing for Wind Power

Maybe the Bangor Daily News ought to have a reporter sit in an EUT meeting and see 12 citizen wind bills get killed before they write sentences like the one below in italics. The notion that fossil fuels have other costs is now starting to crop up elsewhere at this very time so it is patently obvious that the PR coordination from on high is in full swing and all good socket puppets are falling in line.

Renewable energy should be central to that…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2015 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Maine supreme court won’t reconsider Clifton farmers’ appeal of wind farm permit

Despite the decision, the Beckfords say the legal fight isn’t over. Earlier this year they filed a motion with the lower business and consumer court seeking to amend their original complaint against the town. That motion has yet to be ruled on.......

For Fuller and his partners, the next step in the process is to order to turbines and to select an investor.

“We have to choose between two investors. Both have experience in wind,” Fuller said. “We’re not…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2015 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Hydropower: A Dam Good Forum Thu, Feb 26 in Portland

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
  • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, USM,…
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Added by Long Islander on February 18, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

New England Ratepayers Assoc: Renewables creating grave threat of higher electricity costs

While lawmakers, facilitated by the media and so called environmental groups (the latter ON THE TAKE), have wasted precious time and money pursuing fanciful and cronyistic wind power, they have unconscionably moved Mainers closer and closer to disaster.

EXCERPTS:

How did we get here? Over the past 15 years, New England has implemented shortsighted electricity policies that have led to a hodgepodge of mandates…

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Added by Long Islander on February 17, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

BDN - Maine regulators nix Portland firm’s bid to be state’s lead ‘smart grid’ operator

In an examiner’s report filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission, the commission’s staff recommended against designating GridSolar LLC as the state’s smart grid coordinator but directed the commission to solicit proposals to fill the role of solving transmission and distribution problems with new technologies, dubbed nontransmission alternatives.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2015 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Because of Maine’s obsessive fixation with wind power, hydropower conversation long overdue

Like wind power, hydropower produces “green” energy that involves no carbon emissions into the atmosphere. But while wind turbines operate only when the wind blows, the regularity of tidal movement and river currents gives hydropower the added advantage of predictability, making it a much more reliable source of energy.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

NH: Wind power opponents bringing back influential speaker

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ALEXANDRIA — Opponents of new large-scale “industrial” wind plants in New Hampshire are bringing back an expert who they credit with helping to deter new wind-power developers with his 2013 claim that the state would see little, if any, benefits from wind power generation.

“Dr. Luce’s last appearance drew rave reviews and it was the basis for a lot of what happened,” she said. “He makes a lot of…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Oakfield wind farm opponents argue feds failed to study effect on Atlantic salmon

Opponents of a 148-megawatt wind farm in the Aroostook County town of Oakfield that broke ground in September are asking a federal judge to withdraw the project’s permit and require additional review to see if it harms endangered Atlantic salmon.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2015 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

TODAY at 11am in Bangor Federal Court - Protect Our Lakes v. First Wind

The federal court usually starts very promptly so you should be there by a bit before 11 am.

Please attend if you can and support our Oakfield/Island Falls friends in Federal Court .

 

Relaying a message on behalf of Donna Davidge:…

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Added by Long Islander on February 9, 2015 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Destroying Maine's mountains AND raising the speed limit

EXCERPTS:  Did anyone hear a peep from Mr. Lee and all those Big Wind cheerleading organizations two years ago when, without debate or even a single NO vote, the Legislature increased the speed limit on I-95?  

In the most recent year of EPA data (2012) Electricity Generation accounted for only 10.8% of Maine's CO2 emissions.  But Transportation CO2 was responsible for a whopping 50.1% of Maine CO2 output. 

Since 2007, Maine, for the noble cause of…

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Added by Long Islander on February 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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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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