Long Islander's Blog – March 2015 Archive (30)

Ellsworth American - Possible regulatory uncertainty for wind corporations in Maine a welcome occurrence

Critics of the decision — many of them directly involved in the wind industry — claim that reopening the bidding will create “regulatory uncertainty” in the global market and put the flow of investment dollars to the state at risk. We believe any such risk would be limited to further investment in land-based wind power development in Maine. And our view — one shared by many others in Maine — is that such a slowdown is a welcome occurrence.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 7, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

100% of Maine Wind Decisions Appealed to BEP since Wind Law Enacted vs 2.7% for Non-Wind Decisions

In other words, something is terribly flawed with the law that was of course created by and for corporations who continue to write legislation affecting the wind industry, most recently evidenced by former Senate president Justin Alfond's 178 pages of emails with the wind industry exposed by the nonpartisan …

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Added by Long Islander on March 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Dan McKay: Dixfield Wind

Any ordinance writer knows regulations are fact-based documents, not political mandates written to accommodate a possible, chosen one.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/weeklies/2015/03/04/dixfield-must-get-line-wind-power-money/1660599

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Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Dana Marble: Wind law that favors the out-of-state wind industry at the expense of Mainers (BDN)

 The state continues to prop up unreliable and intermittent wind power with a wind law that favors the out-of-state wind industry at the expense of Mainers.....

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/03/opinion/letters/wednesday-march-4-2015-acadia-bus-stop-harvesting-wood-products-national-park/

Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Prospects for U.S. offshore wind power are marginal at best

“To demonstrate the challenge offshore wind is having, 12 companies qualified to bid but only two submitted bids. Although the four leases were in the heart of some of the windiest areas of the U.S., they are further south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. But being in deeper water than the stymied Cape Wind project located to the north, their development and operating costs will be considerably greater.”

The prospects for U.S. offshore wind power, after…

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Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2015 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

ON AIR NOW DEP-EUT Wind Meeting started at 1:20PM

Listen to live webcast in five minutes: DEP to brief EUT Committee on wind power

If you are interested in hearing the DEP's briefing on wind energy to be presented to the Legislature's Utilities Committee, tune in Tuesday at 1 pm. It will include the DEP's lessons learned and a glimpse at their future plans to regulate Maine's worst boondoggle. Click here to listen:…

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Added by Long Islander on March 3, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Ea$y for Maine environmental groups to turn a blind eye to citizen’s concerns about wind (Part II)

BY PAUL ACKERMAN

Maine Audubon’s 2014 list of corporate sponsors notes the following among the wind industry & backers/ beneficiaries: Eagle donor ($10,000-plus from First Wind), Falcon donor ($5,000 from Reed & Reed Inc.), Osprey donor ($2,500-plus from Central Maine Power Company), Owl donor ($1,000-plus from Cianbro and Patriot Renewables).…

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Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2015 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Firm vs. Intermittent Resourcing

Firm vs. Intermittent Resourcing: A primer on wind/solar power deficiency (Part I)

By Thomas Stacy II -- February 26, 2015…

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Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

BEP to consider Friends of Maine's Mountains' Bingham Wind Project appeal

The appeal, filed by Friends of Maine's Mountains, asks the board to overturn a DEP decision approving the construction of a 56-turbine wind farm in Somerset County

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/02/wind-opponents-hope-for-reversal-on-project/…

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Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2015 at 9:00pm — 11 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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