Long Islander's Blog – March 2018 Archive (38)

TODAY: LD 1810 Public Hearing and Worksession - Beginning 10:00AM

PUBLIC HEARING 

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

Friday, March 16, 2018, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 211

 

(L.D. 1810)          Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Expedited…

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Added by Long Islander on March 16, 2018 at 12:16am — No Comments

Boston University: “Transmission is essential for wind development"

And to think that the liars in the Maine wind industry, the Maine environmental groups and the Maine media had the brass to tell us the ratepayer-funded $1.5 billion CMP upgrade was due to aging lines and population growth, when in fact it was pure ratepayer robbery for the wind developers who were stuck without the new transmission. Where was the "Public Advocate"?

“Transmission is essential for wind development," said Peter Fox-Penner, director at…

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Added by Long Islander on March 14, 2018 at 9:39am — 3 Comments

Why is this Portland story not in the Portland Press-Herald?

Although this CMP proposal is highly secretive, from the BDN story below, it affects primarily the Portland area. Moreover, it would thus seem to affect readers of the Portland Press Herald more than Bangor. (See map above from …

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Added by Long Islander on March 14, 2018 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

PPH - $1 billion CMP transmission project ready to go forward; claims it won't be able to accommodate wind

The proposal to build a $950 million power line through western Maine received a major boost on Monday, when a decision by a regulatory board in New Hampshire mortally wounded the project’s competitor.

Action by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to delay its final decision on the Northern Pass transmission line likely will make an alternative proposal from Central Maine Power the default winner in a bid to supply vast amounts of hydroelectricity from Quebec to Massachusetts,…

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Added by Long Islander on March 13, 2018 at 3:29pm — 5 Comments

Maine needs new natural gas capacity to control our energy costs

"Environmental" groups' direct attack on Maine's poor and middle class

A handful of extremists are holding up Maine’s economic and energy future. They are blocking New England’s access to affordable, clean burning natural gas, keeping us captive to high energy prices during the recent bone-chilling weather.

Enbridge’s Atlantic Bridge, which would move more natural gas into our state, is being held up so Massachusetts can appease a small group of…

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Added by Long Islander on March 13, 2018 at 10:11am — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 12, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Congress: Kremlin Used Green Propaganda to Undercut U.S. Energy

How Corrupt is Audubon?

Russian interference in our politics by funding environmentalist groups

New Hampshire House backs bill to limit renewable energy incentives

Grid Operator: Rolling Blackouts Could Become A Fact Of Life In New England

The High Cost of Wind and Solar

Sustainable Development: Code for Giving Up…

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Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

After 25 years of term limits, Maine still has plenty of career politicians

Maine enacted legislative term limits in 1993, when 67 percent of voters endorsed the measure proposed through a citizen-initiated referendum.

But 25 years later, the politician it targeted is still in office, candidates with legislative service dating to the 1970s are running and Maine’s citizen legislature is populated by elected officials who would have a hard time disputing that the label “career politician” fits them. Being a…

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Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2018 at 9:53am — 2 Comments

Exorbitant power bills aren’t just a Maine thing

Michael Stoddard, executive director of Efficiency Maine, noted that homes typically use more power during the holiday season – decorative lights, holiday baking, even having device-laden college kids home contributes to usage. Combining that with longer run times for heating systems could account for some increase.

“But if their bills went up by an amount more than that would explain,” Stoddard said, “then I think the use of resistance electric space heaters for supplemental heat…

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Added by Long Islander on March 11, 2018 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

"Offshore wind turbines will be devastating for property owners"

As can be seen in this article the wind industry identifies a setback requirement of 26 miles offshore as a deal-killer. While they might cite having to request new boundaries for their lease area off Maryland and potential conflict with shipping routes as reason it is likely that cost of the undersea cable is an important factor. In Rhode Island, the cost for the 22-mile cable to Block Island…

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Added by Long Islander on March 10, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Boothbay: Selectmen hear opposing viewpoints on wind project

“We have nothing to gain and everything to lose.” Michael Dawson was one of four Midcoast fishermen who voiced their opposition to a University of Maine-led consortium of 19 other private and public partners interested in developing an experimental off-shore wind farm near Monhegan Island..........

“My concern is we will end up with wind farms from Rockland to Portland, and they will tell lobstermen, ‘You’re out of here!’” said Boothbay Harbor fisherman Andy…

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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2018 at 9:51am — No Comments

PPH Letter: Stop the Eagle Killing Wind Turbines

Eagle Nation Foundation founder Terrence Ingram, with 57 years conducting midwinter bald eagle counts, is sounding an alarm that populations of eagles dropped 25 percent between 2010 and 2017......People throughout the Midwest, the Atlantic and other New England states are standing up and saying “Stop!”…

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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2018 at 9:18am — No Comments

PPH: Quebec hydro line could leverage new pipe for natural gas

This PPH position is what many of us have been saying for some time. 

Massachusetts wants to put a transmission line across Maine, but won't allow a gas line at home.

Plans to bring low-cost natural gas to New England stalled when Massachusetts courts turned down a financing scheme for pipeline projects that would have connected with gas reserves in the West. That decision keeps Maine manufacturers from taking full advantage of the gas boom…

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Added by Long Islander on March 6, 2018 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Maine Audubon etc. - Maine seeks 1,000 volunteers to create statewide bird atlas

“In order to be successful, we want more than just birders and that crowd involved,” said Maine Audubon staff naturalist Doug Hitchcox, who’s serving as an atlas outreach coordinator with his Audubon colleague Laura Minich Zitske. …

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Added by Long Islander on March 5, 2018 at 12:45pm — 3 Comments

Isle Au Haut May be Contemplating Wind Power

Once described as "The Most Beautiful Place on Earth" on the cover of U.S. News & World Report, Isle au Haut is now giving thought to wind power down the road. Not surprisingly, the Island Institute seems involved.

"Phase two, which will be installed after the cable fails, will take the lessons learned from phase one and possibly add other renewable technologies, such as wind, to provide electricity when there is extended cloud cover over the solar panels, Wilson…

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Added by Long Islander on March 5, 2018 at 7:50am — No Comments

Dear AWEA: There Are Wind Power Nuisance & Health Effects (complaints, studies large and growing)

Regarding peer review studies, for example, consult “Literature Review 2013: Association between Wind Turbine Noise and Human Distress.” Also, Sherri Lange has document the problem in her posts:

‘Sensing but Not Hearing: The Problem of Wind Turbine Noise (Interview with acoustician Steven Cooper, AU)’ February 2, 2018.

‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ (Science advances, Australia judiciary takes note)‘ January 26, 2018.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2018 at 4:32pm — No Comments

JOHN E. BALDACCI - Why Have the Maine Media Not Reported This?

With wind power one of the most controversial issues Maine has ever seen; and with the 2008 expedited wind law "the most radical land use law in Maine history"; is it not newsworthy when the former Governor who personally rammed that wind industry-developed abhorrent law down our throats becomes the …

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Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

New England Wind Power Proposals Surpass Natural Gas Plans

The manager of New England's power grid says for the first time ever, there are more proposals for new wind power projects than there are for natural gas. But getting those wind turbines up and running is a totally different ballgame.

About half of those new proposed wind projects would be onshore -- in northern parts of New England. But here's the problem: many don't have a way to plug into the grid........…

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Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2018 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

BDN - Maine House stalls LePage’s effort to block wind energy development

Gov. Paul LePage’s push to curtail expedited permitting for wind energy projects suffered a serious blow Thursday by Democrats trying to kill the governor’s bill before it can be formally introduced...........

 The bill debated Thursday in the House is a follow-on to that order. It would reduce the expedited permitting area, which currently includes much of Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot and Somerset Counties, to only a portion of…

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Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2018 at 4:00pm — 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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