Long Islander's Blog – February 2019 Archive (21)

Gov Mills sets renewable energy goals in climate change speech

In a speech to the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, Mills said she will introduce legislation to create a Maine Climate Council that will develop an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to a changing climate. Mills has set an interim goal of 80 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030 and a longer-term goal of 100 percent by 2050.

She also reiterated her pledges to promote…

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2019 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Cranston, RI Wind Power Debacle - "The zoning laws did not keep up with technology"

Residents say they received no notice of the wind farm’s construction, and say there are health, noise and quality-of-life issues at stake. Verdecchia said the project followed the law, and that antiquated zoning laws were the issue.

“It appears the proper procedures were followed,” he said. “The zoning laws did not keep up with technology.”

State law requires only that property owners within 200 feet of such a project be notified, and Alpine Estates is 1.4 miles…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind and Solar Energy (Two minute YouTube video)

"Whenever we came up with this term clean energy, I think it screwed up people's minds"...................."What battery solution is going to sit there and provide that power?"............."It does not solve the reliability problem"......................"Do planes fly through the sky because of some number you put on a spreadsheet"?...................."There is no substitute for how the industrial economy runs today"...........................…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2019 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

SPECIAL: The proposed US Green New Deal (John Droz, Jr. single topic newsletter 2/25/19)

This version of the AWED Newsletter is dedicated to a single topic: the proposed US Green New Deal (GND).

Read the articles listed below at:

https://www.masterresource.org/alliance-for-wise-energy-decisions/energy-environmental-newsletter-2-24-2019/

Energy &…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2019 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Press Herald Just Can't Not Publish Pro-Wind Propaganda

Excerpted from the newspaper's "Climate is top concern in CMP powerline case":

Creating a pathway for Canadian hydropower into northern New England is not all Maine should be doing to reduce its carbon footprint. It will still be important to increase the use of electricity for space heating and transportation, while generating more power from renewable sources, like solar and wind, both onshore and offshore.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Public Hearing on 2/26/19 - Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

Tue, Feb 26, 2019 1:00PM

Public Hearing on Tuesday - Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

Link for audio:

(AUDIO ONLY) EUT…

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Added by Long Islander on February 24, 2019 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Report: Massachusetts has the 8th highest utility rates in the country

All six New England utility companies made their top ten list.

In Massachusetts, the average cost for utilities every month is $469.13.

According to the New England Ratepayers Association, right now there's little consumers can do.

“As a consumer, the best thing to do is to use as little electricity as possible," said Marc Brown, president of the New England Ratepayers Association.

The problem he says is how electricity is produced here. Half is made using natural…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2019 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Governor Mills Statement Regarding NECEC Stipulation Before the PUC

February 21, 2019

Portland, MAINE -- Governor Janet Mills released the following statement in response to the announcement of a signed Stipulation regarding the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) proposal:

“Last night thousands of Maine households turned up their thermostats to keep their families warm as the wind…

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Added by Long Islander on February 21, 2019 at 11:08am — 10 Comments

Gov Mills lifts LePage ban on new wind power permits in Maine

....................Mills’ order means that state agencies with the “legal authority to issue permits can once again do their work with Maine’s local communities and stakeholders to determine which projects should go forward,” according to a Friday prepared statement.

Groups with legal authority include the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s Land Use Planning Commission and the Public Utilities Commission.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 15, 2019 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Yale Climate Connections: The Northeast is back

Crony capitalism hopes to get a boost here in Maine.

Perhaps someone needs to tell Jeremy Payne that on February 1, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a condemnation of the current approaches to floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) and a decision to proceed by researching radically different design concepts. The DOE advised that  "the current state of the art for FOWT is too massive and expensive for practical deployment", also saying "Floating Offshore Wind Turbines…

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Added by Long Islander on February 14, 2019 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Janet Mills warms up to CMP transmission project

Gov. Janet Mills seems to be warming up to Central Maine Power’s plan to build a major new power line through western Maine’s forests, now that CMP and Hydro-Quebec are offering a new benefits package to the state............................Mills said she wants to see a finalized package before passing final judgment. The companies and other stakeholders are negotiating the terms of that agreement as CMP seeks permits from state utility and environmental regulators.

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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2019 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Governor Mills on Energy in Address to the Legislature Yesterday

Excerpts from the governor's 2/11/19 address to the legislature:

The world is changing. We need to define Maine’s place in the new world.

We will work with the private sector and with groups like the Maine Development Foundation to identify our state’s many assets and build upon them to foster and attract:

  • Sustainable farming, diversified fisheries and innovative forest products businesses
  • Clean energy producers
  • High tech…
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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2019 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 11, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Bill Gates about the foolishness of renewables

New Huge Study: Wind Turbines Devalue nearby Homes

Short Anti-wind video by Ohio citizens

Study: The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

Evolution of Electricity Rates

Abstracts for upcoming 8th International Meeting on Wind Turbine Noise

PhD Letter re Turbine Health Impacts

German citizen anti-wind…

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Added by Long Islander on February 11, 2019 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Hopefully new Maine DIF&W director cares more for eagles than the wind shilling "environmental" groups

‘Bird nerd’ Judy Camuso achieves goal of leading Maine’s DIF&W

..................Then Maine Audubon called her with a job offer.

To say that Camuso was eager may be an understatement.

“When they called me to offer me the job they said, ‘When can you start?’ And I said, ‘Tomorrow,’” Camuso said. “They were like, ‘We’ve got to clean out your office. Can you give us…

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Added by Long Islander on February 11, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

EDPR claims its proposed site in Maine would provide a GREAT wind resource for RI and have a small footprint

This is a short video where a representative from EDPR (Energias de Portugal Renovaveis), Kellen Ingalls, is speaking to a softball pitching local Rhode Island reporter. This is likely part of an effort to convince the state of Rhode Island to select their project, Number Nine Wind "Farm" for Rhode Island's clean energy RFP.

Info on the RFP is here:

https://ricleanenergyrfp.com/

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Added by Long Islander on February 11, 2019 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Mass Gov Charlie Baker defends wind power on Capitol Hill

Baker talks about "one failed experience" with onshore wind, conveniently ignoring all the harm that Maine and Mainers have experienced from numerous wind projects.

Charlie Baker defended wind power after a Republican congressman questioned him on Capitol Hill

Rep. Tom McClintock, a California Republican, said Baker had “waxed eloquently” about the Bay State’s offshore wind projects, but raised questions…

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Added by Long Islander on February 7, 2019 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

EUT Public Hearing Today at 1PM

Cross Building, Room 211

Please note that bills may not be taken up in the order listed.
Public Hearing, Today at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours
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Added by Long Islander on February 5, 2019 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

DOE to Floating Wind Turbine Technology: Go Back To Square One

A quick read of this announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA-E agency may indicate a condemnation of current approaches to floating wind turbines and a decision to proceed by researching radically different design concepts.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Department of Energy Announces up to $28 Million for Offshore Wind Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on February 5, 2019 at 10:00am — 4 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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