Long Islander's Blog – March 2013 Archive (33)

Governor LePage:Mainers paying higher rates for electricity due to wind power

Please note the emphasis in bold green is mine.

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2013 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting Wind Pieces

The following are the links to the various investigative series on wind power by the Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting. These are all important articles, well worth reading or re-reading.

They are being put here to make them easy to find.

WARNING: In the past, the links to these articles have gone dead. If that happens, please contact the administrator and/or post an advisory and we will try to find the latest links and fix on this…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2013 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

New England renewable energy a hard sell in region (Sun Journal)

New England renewable energy a hard sell in region

Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

EXCERPTS:

Legislation in Connecticut would expand the types of hydropower and biogas that count as alternative power in the state's portfolio, create a new class that includes certain large-scale hydropower resources and make other changes in alternative power standards.

Massachusetts…

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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Governor LePage nominates Portland lawyer as next public advocate

LePage nominates Portland lawyer as next public advocate

Posted April 01, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.

Last modified April 01, 2013, at 6:56 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2013 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Rural Mainers turn out in force to back bills that would change wind energy law

Rural Mainers turn out in force to back bills that would change wind energy law

Posted March 28, 2013, at 7:27 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

States Cooling to Renewable Energy (Wall Street Journal)

March 28, 2013, 6:21 p.m. ET

States Cooling to Renewable Energy

EXCERPTS:

Legislatures in half the states that require electric utilities to buy renewable energy are considering proposals to roll back those mandates....

...Ohio state Sen. Bill Seitz, a Republican who is leading a review of his state's renewable-energy mandate, said the policy reminded him of "Joseph…

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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2013 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

WEB TUNE IN ALERT RIGHT NOW - Energy & Utilities Discussing Wind Bills

It's 2PM and the Energy & Utilities Committee is finishing up its work sessions, then they will begin the hearings for the three bills if folks want to tune in. If Windows Media Player does not work, note there are other media players to click.
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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Did Beaver Ridge wind developer Richard Silkman's advice cost electricity consumers more than $3.3 million?

Richard Silkman was one of the founders of the horrible Beaver Ridge wind project in Freedom, ME.

EXCERPT:

"FERC charged last summer that Richard Silkman, a principal in the energy company, gave improper advice to Rumford Paper. The advice was related to a program run by New England's power grid operator, in which big power…

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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

Maine Energy Cost Reduction Authority Proposed

Proposed Maine agency would advance natural gas pipelines

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com

State House Bureau

AUGUSTA — A new government…

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Added by Long Islander on March 27, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Bill would eliminate 'opt-out' fee for smart meters in Maine

Bill eliminates 'opt-out' fee for smart meters in Maine

A bill, LD 826, sponsored by Rep. Roberta Beavers, D-South Berwick, would prohibit a utility from charging customers who decide they don't want wireless smart meters installed.  

..."There was no requirement that everyone opt in," said Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, a…

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Added by Long Islander on March 27, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

How would you like an industrial wind turbine development surrounding your vacation dream spot? (BDN)

3/20/13

William Wilson: Saponic Pond value

In 2000, I purchased Black Island, in the middle of Saponic Pond, because of the beauty and majesty of Passadumkeag Mountain. A little bit of Maine not covered with industrial sprawl.

This was before the discussion of wind turbines being built on Passadumkeag. I already see 14 wind turbines with their nightly red pulsating lights, aircraft beacons, to the north of my island.

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Added by Long Islander on March 23, 2013 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

Greg Perkins in BDN: Reed & Reed should perhaps think about another business

BDN Letter - 3/22/13

This letter is in response to Jackson Parker’s March 18 BDN OpEd, “Let wind turbines stand on Passadumkeag Mountain.”

Parker stated that the “Department of Environmental Protection created significant uncertainty in the wind power industry” by not approving the Passadumkeag project.

He also suggests that because the DEP has…

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Added by Long Islander on March 22, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

UNC/Harvard Research Suggests Scientists have Greatly Overestimated Capacity of Wind Farms to Generate Power

With thanks to Ron Huber for finding this.

Research Suggests Scientists have Overestimated Capacity of Wind Farms to Generate Power

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Feb. 27, 2013 - People think of wind as an energy source with few limits, offering an unending power source with distinct capacity advantages over sources that deplete, such as fossil fuel.

Yet, new research in mesoscale atmospheric…

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Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2013 at 4:09pm — 3 Comments

Maine DEP Concerned By State Board's Overturning of Passadumkeag Wind Project Denial

Maine DEP Concerned By State Board's Overturning of Department Wind Power Project Denial

March 21, 2013

CONTACT:

Contact: Samantha Warren, Maine DEP Director of Communications, (207) 287-5842

-Maine’s leading environmental agency had rejected the 14-turbine wind farm atop Passadumkeag Ridge because of its unreasonable visual impact but a state appeals board overturned that today-

AUGUSTA – Officials with the Maine Department of Environmental…

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Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2013 at 3:29pm — 10 Comments

Maine DEP To Hold First of Two Public Meetings On Proposed 18-Turbine Hancock Wind Project

Maine DEP To Hold First of Two Public Meetings On Proposed 18-Turbine Hancock Wind Project

March 21, 2013

Environmental Protection

Samantha Warren, Maine DEP Director of Communications, (207) 287-5842

-The meeting is one of two DEP is hosting to inform the public and invite comment on an 18-turbine wind farm being proposed in Hancock County by FirstWind-

AURORA – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on…

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Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2013 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

Chris Jackson in BDN: No wind development on Passadumkeag Mountain

No wind development on Passadumkeag Mountain

Posted March 19, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.

On Thursday, March 21, the Board of Environmental Protection will consider whether to uphold a 2012 Department of Environmental Protection denial of an industrial-scale wind development on top of scenic Passadumkeag Mountain. The…

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Added by Long Islander on March 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Meeting tonight: Bingham Wind Project Expedited Permitting

Bingham Wind Project Expedited Permitting Update Public Information Meeting

Full story: bangordailynews.com…

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Added by Long Islander on March 20, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Grid chief warns of New England power issues

Grid chief warns of New England power issues

The region's growing dependence on natural gas – combined with supply constraints – "is unsustainable," Gordon van Welie says.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 20, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

Construction CEO Advocates Wrecking Mainers' Vacation and Year Round Paradise to Line His Pockets

Let wind turbines stand on Passadumkeag Mountain

Posted March 18, 2013, at 2:48 p.m.
Jackson A. Parker is the president and CEO of Reed & Reed, a general contractor in Maine that has worked extensively on wind development…
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Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2013 at 11:30am — 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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