Long Islander's Blog – February 2020 Archive (14)

New wind turbine project in Washington County approved by Commissioners

A project to build dozens of new wind turbines around Washington County was approved by County Commissioners during a public hearing Monday afternoon in Machias.

30 new wind turbines are coming to parts of Washington County.

7 in Columbia, 23 in unorganized territories.

Washington County Downeast Wind says the project will cost about $250 million dollars.

They believe the turbines will benefit the residents of Washington County from job creation to the increased…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2020 at 2:37pm — 3 Comments

Electric vehicle charging stations get a boost from Maine regulators

“The commission is pleased to make these awards today to support electrification of the transportation sector,” said Philip Bartlett, the PUC’s chairman.

The number of charging stations for electric vehicles in Maine will increase by 120, roughly 50 percent, following action Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission.

Through a rebate program run by Efficiency Maine Trust, 60 rebates will be provided for…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2020 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

In Scotland, Mills will glimpse Maine’s offshore wind potential

The governor will travel overseas to meet with developers, including a company turned away from Maine by former Gov. Paul LePage.



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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2020 at 9:29am — 6 Comments

Cost of boosting renewable energy mandate gives senators pause

Credit: Kevin McCallum | Seven Days | Feb 19, 2020 | www.sevendaysvt.com ~~

A plan to speed up Vermont’s adoption of renewable energy is hitting headwinds over concerns about potentially enormous costs.

Senators seem to support a bill that would require electric utilities to get all of their power from renewable sources by 2030. The state’s renewable energy standard already calls for them to reach 75 percent renewable by…

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Added by Long Islander on February 20, 2020 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Laurie Nichols Kelly: Maine’s Finest Lakes Study Includes Area Targeted with Wind Turbines

Dear Editor:

Are you aware that in the Planning Report No. 90 prepared for the Maine Critical Areas Programs titled “Maine’s Finest Lakes: The Results of the Maine Lakes Study” an area 10 miles east of Bangor that includes the areas surrounding Pisgah Mountain in Clifton is ranked third in the entire state for especially scenic lakes? Regardless of this prestigious designation, there is currently an alarming proposal. A wind turbine project by Silver Maple Wind Energy’s permit was…

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Added by Long Islander on February 15, 2020 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

When will the Maine legislature change its unsafe wind turbine setback distance?

Mass board declares turbines a public health nuisance

Neighboring Bourne residents have complained of ill effects for years.

PLYMOUTH — After years of running into roadblocks, residents who live near Future Generation Wind made some headway Wednesday night when the Plymouth Board of Health unanimously voted to declare the four turbines along Route 25 a nuisance.

“We want to do justice to this and to all the parties involved,” board…

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Added by Long Islander on February 15, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Down East Wind seeking 70 percent break on new property taxes in plans to fence in the state's largest peatland with 650' wind turbines

It's curious that there's no mention in this article that the turbines would be spread out on three sides of the 7,000-plus acre Great Heath the largest peatland in the state and an area the state protects. See earlier post:…

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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2020 at 9:48am — 6 Comments

Why fossil-fuel generators oppose the CMP hydropower corridor

By Lori Valigra, BDN Staff • February 10, 2020 6:00 am

Updated: February 10, 2020 7:27 am

Fossil fuel and nuclear generation companies could lose millions of dollars in revenue annually — or $1.8 billion over 15 years — if Central Maine Power Co.’s hydropower corridor is approved, according to a new study released Monday.

The $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect project, known as the NECEC, could lower wholesale energy prices paid to companies that generate…

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Added by Long Islander on February 10, 2020 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Hopkins Pond property owners critical of Clifton wind project

CLIFTON – More than 50 area residents, many of whom own property around Hopkins Pond (which straddles the Hancock and Penobscot County lines north of Mariaville and Otis), ventured to the Clifton town office on Monday evening to voice their displeasure with a proposal to erect five wind turbines on Pisgah Mountain.

“The natural beauty of Hopkins Pond is priceless,” Molly Kealy, who owns property on the pond, told a panel of four Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)…

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Added by Long Islander on February 8, 2020 at 11:03am — 6 Comments

Wind Industry Wipeout: Wind Turbines Killing Millions of America’s Bats: Endangered Species Under Threat

February 8, 2020

The wind industry claims a virtuous, moral superiority, but the millions of birds and bats that it slaughters each year, no doubt, think otherwise.

If wind power proponents weren’t so arrogant and sanctimonious, the fact that their beloveds slice and dice countless birds and bats and crush millions of tonnes of beneficial insects each year would probably pass as the natural and justifiable incident of an important power source.

But, starting from the…

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Added by Long Islander on February 8, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Wind Turbine Safety Setbacks

Wind Turbine Safety Setbacks Now Exceeding 3000 Feet



One Falmouth Massachusetts 110 Db Wind Turbine Requires Almost 3000 Feet

By Frank…
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Added by Long Islander on February 7, 2020 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Electric Vehicles in Maine: Consumer awareness and interest remains very low

................An estimated 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in Maine stem from burning petroleum products, and more than half of that comes from cars and trucks. And as of last year, less than 1 percent of the 1.3 million vehicles registered in Maine were all-electric vehicles, or EVs.

There are many reasons. Even with government incentives, EVs cost more than comparable gas-powered cars. Drivers have lingering concerns about running out of battery charge, so-called range…

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Added by Long Islander on February 6, 2020 at 11:17am — 4 Comments

Eric Brakey on Wind and Solar

Eric Brakey on Wind and Solar

On Jan. 30, the University of Maine’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) hosted Eric Brakey, a former Republican Maine state senator that is running for U.S. Congress in Maine’s 2nd District. Brakey’s visit was held as a town hall style meeting in the Donald P. Corbett Building on the Orono campus. 

Those in…

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Added by Long Islander on February 3, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 3, 2020

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



FERC Orders PJM to Expand Minimum Offer Price Rule

Another perspective on the important FERC ruling

Intermittent & Unreliable Wind & Solar The Greatest Subsidy Scam In History

The Evolution of Electricity Rates

Wind power in France: a lie and a swindle?

The Left’s Opposition to Mining Threatens Its Green Dream

Iowa cardiologist shares health concerns over wind turbines

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Added by Long Islander on February 3, 2020 at 10:27am — No 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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