Long Islander's Blog – March 2014 Archive (37)

**** !!!! LD 616 Being Discussed Right Now - TUNE IN

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Added by Long Islander on March 31, 2014 at 12:28pm — 4 Comments

Scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis: Renewables Won't Work

3/30/14

James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion

Scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis says environment movement does not pay enough attention to facts and he was too certain in the past about rising temperatures…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2014 at 11:48pm — No Comments

Maine should leave Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (PPH)

Please note that the former Vice-Chair of RGGI and now Treasurer of RGGI, David Littell, is one of three commissioners on the Maine PUC which has a demonstrated track record of overruling its staff recommendations in favor of the wind industry, e.g., approving the First Wind-Emera merger and approving the Maine Power Reliability Project at a ratepayer financed price tag of $1.4…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Ct. Wind Power: "Important symbolically for an administration that has emphasized renewable energy"

How nice that Connecticut feels it's important to get behind wind power as a "symbol". It's indeed a great symbol -- of ideology, political correctness and reckless government meddling triumphing over empiricism and common sense.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Kay Michka: Telling citizens they no longer have a say in zoning guidelines

Letter to the Editor: LD 616 is about more than just wind

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Because I was not aware of the loss of my rights when it occurred, I want to sound an alarm and educate my fellow Mainers.

The story is simple. In 2008, The…

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Added by Long Islander on March 30, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Natural Gas, Renewables and the Future of Maine's Energy Policy

When reading CLF's comments, please bear in mind that their CLF Ventures works with the wind…

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Added by Long Islander on March 27, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Maine PUC Decrees Smart Meters Are Safe

Please bear in mind that so called smart meters have everything to do with central planning's embrace of wind:

A smart grid would allow the integration of variable energy sources like wind and solar. For example, if electricity output dropped suddenly due to a change in wind generation, the grid could dim the lights in big box…

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Added by Long Islander on March 26, 2014 at 4:55pm — 2 Comments

Welcome mat not fully out, wind industry summit comes to Maine

Welcome mat not fully out, Northeast Wind Summit comes to Maine

Politics aside, market demand is driving business deals, organizers say.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com

Staff Writer

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Although U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine gave opening remarks by video, no…

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Added by Long Islander on March 26, 2014 at 7:18am — 3 Comments

PPH - Companies wants to build multimillion-dollar power lines through Maine

Do ratepayers think that the extraordinary costs of this possible transmission build-out will not somehow end up hitting their pocketbooks? Is it not time for the formation of a New England ratepayers association?

Will we allow the kleptocracy to keep handing everything we have to the rent seekers?

And why…

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Added by Long Islander on March 25, 2014 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Why Mass. Lags On Gov Deval Patrick’s Wind Power Goal

Three things to think about when looking at Massachusetts and wind power:

1. It is policies in southern New England that are causing wind projects to be built in Maine. These policies mandate that wind electricity be purchased. The average citizen in southern New England has very little awareness how wind power is adversely impacting their electricity bills or northern New Englanders. It is not the average citizen in southern New England that is "demanding"…

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Added by Long Islander on March 24, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

BDN - Maine PUC ponders future of multimillion-dollar wind deal rejected by Maine Supreme Judicial Court

PUC ponders future of multimillion-dollar wind deal rejected by Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Posted March 22, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.

Last modified March 22, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
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Added by Long Islander on March 22, 2014 at 4:51pm — 2 Comments

Conservation Law Foundation accuses New England governors of ‘backroom’ power deals

Let's keep in mind that wind pusher Conservation Law Foundation derives revenues from wind companies, for example, Portugal's Horizon Wind in Aroostook County, now EDP Renewables, set to place a massive flashing noisy wind turbine on every hilltop it can in the County, draining the U.S. Treasury to the full extent it can.

See: …

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Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

PPH - Renewable energy emerges as early issue in this year’s race for governor

Clean-energy views add heat to Maine governor’s race

In a day of staking out positions, Gov. LePage says pro-renewables policies cost money and jobs, clashing with his two rivals’ support for solar and wind.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com

Staff Writer

Renewable energy emerged Thursday as an early issue in this year’s race for governor, and it was immediately clear that voters will…

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Added by Long Islander on March 21, 2014 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

LePage slams ‘green’ energy; criticizes Justin Alfond

LePage slams ‘green’ energy at clean-tech business forum

The governor repeats calls for more natural gas infrastructure. He also aims a personal attack at Senate President Justin Alfond, calling him 'a little rich boy.'

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com…

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Added by Long Islander on March 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

NH wind company welshing on ridge top promise

A con artist trying to get the money it believes it is entitled to will say anything to get its money. In this case a wind company agreed to a mountain road width and is now acting surprised that turbine maintenance is required and that the giant cranes require far wider roads! 

Owner seeks to widen roads after turbine failure

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Added by Long Islander on March 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

BDN - Yet Another Wind Moratorium in Maine Voted In

Let's see how this goes. The wind industry's rigged polls tell us a majority of people like wind power. Yet greater than 90% of votes on moratoriums in Maine towns go against wind. In other words, when people stop to study the issue, they quickly see that wind is nothing but a fraudulent house of cards harmful to human health, the environment and the economy. Or as the wind industry itself has privately…

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Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

First Wind - Give Them an Inch and They'll Take a Yard - a Deer Yard

3/19/14

LETTER

After reviewing the Department of Environmental Protection analysis of the Bingham wind project, I felt like the state was being bought out by First Wind to put in the largest wind farm in the state.

The project will permanently affect four separate deer wintering areas, with a total of 21.54 acres. First Wind proposed to minimize the impact of one deer wintering area by using single pole structures in a 21-foot-wide…

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Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2014 at 10:34am — No Comments

PPH - Wind industry growth at stake in Maine talks on fate of First Wind-Emera joint venture

March 19 

Wind industry growth at stake in Maine talks on fate of joint venture

A court decision forces the PUC to review the legality of the Emera Inc.-First Wind partnership.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com

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Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2014 at 12:48am — No Comments

PPH - Gov LePage: Heat pumps, not solar rebates, are key to the state’s energy future

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LePage implored the Legislature to do more to help Mainers, and to invest in growing technologies and energy sources, including heat pumps and natural gas, that both help families save money, and attract businesses by making the energy market in Maine more competitive.

“This bill died because the Natural Resource Council of Maine didn’t want revenues to go help Maine people, they wanted it to go buy land,” LePage said. “I find that scandalous.”…

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Added by Long Islander on March 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Mountaineering Council Study: Wind Projects Deterring Visits to Mountains

Walkers are 'turning away from wind farm Scotland'

A new survey by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland finds two-thirds of people think turbines are making Scotland a less appealing place to visit.

3/18/14

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Added by Long Islander on March 18, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 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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