Long Islander's Blog – April 2010 Archive (11)

The Simpsons Discover Wind Power (or lack thereof)

If you're a politician and the late night talk show comics go after you, the end may be near.

Similarly, if you are an electricity generating source (Hint: It doesn't work), and the Simpsons go after you, it can't be good. Well, that's just what they did on TV last night and you can see it whenever you like at:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/video/the-simpsons-discover-wind…

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Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Kase of the Krazy Killowatts

April 23, 2010 at 6:42PM

OK, figure this one out, UMPI's wind turbine under performance is apparently exceeded only by that of the turbine's data reporting. The 554,781 KWH year to date production observable just a few hours ago is now ZERO.

Better data are kept by exercisers recording their workouts at $2 spinning classes than at this $2 MILLION spinning class.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2010 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

MPBN and First Wind

I know this is a free country and public broadcasting relies on corporate underwtiters these days. But that didn't make me any happier when I saw the following company listed as one of their underwiters on their website.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Something Fishy on Vinalhaven?

From the March 2010 Fisherman's Voice. Someone just brought this article to my attention.

DEP Questions Fox Island Wind’s Noise Study

DEP Questions Fox Island Wind’s Noise Study

by Steve Cartwright

Fox Islands Wind used an unusual and possibly misleading method to calculate what area should be designated a “quiet zone” around its wind turbines, a state environmental official confirmed.

Jim Cassida, director of the Department of Environmental…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

National Columnist George Will Unleashes Criticism of Wind

George Will has unleashed the following critique of wind in the 4/19/10 Newsweek. It's been on sale / in mailboxes for at least a week, so you may have seen it.

Excerpt:

"Meanwhile, America, which pioneered nuclear power, is squandering money on wind power, which provides 1.3 percent of the nation's electricity: it is slurping up $30 billion of tax breaks and other subsidies amounting to $18.82 per megawatt-hour, 25 times as much per megawatt-hour as the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2010 at 12:16pm — 4 Comments

UMPI Wind Turbine Scorecard

It's near impossible to get electricity production data from commercial wind complexes. So it is refreshing that UMPI has pledged to the people of Maine to share the data on electricity production from its $2 million wind turbine.
For those of you who thus follow the UMPI wind turbine progress with the same fervor as your favorite sports team, the attached simple Excel file (UMPI Turbine Analysis) can be downloaded and will let you keep score.
Just go to…
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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2010 at 1:03pm — 18 Comments

UMPI - please provide project to date minute by minute wind turbine data

I just looked around the UMPI website and almost 11 months after the commissioning of the $2 million project I still am not able to see the type of basic performance data one would expect accompanying such a large investment.

You can read about the commissioning in the 5/15/09 Bangor Daily News at…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2010 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Sun Journal - The Economics of Wind: What's behind the interest, and what's it mean for jobs

The Sun Journal is running a two part series called "The Economics of Wind". Part 1 runs today, Part 2 tomorrow.

You can find it at

Some observations I made while reading it:
Truly massive…
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Added by Long Islander on April 11, 2010 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

The Mahoosucs - aka "The Heights of Hypocrisy" - Shame on the Mahoosuc Land Trust

Mahoosuc Land Trust Accepts Dirty Wind Money

It's a very bad thing when a wind company destroys a mountain top for money. But it is arguably more revolting when an organization whose mission is "To Protect and Conserve Land" for "Unspoiled Scenic Views", celebrates the destruction of a mountain top for money.

Please see the following article where you will read how the Mahoosuc Land Trust did just that.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 9, 2010 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

I'm proud to be a NIMBY from Musquacookimby

Maine Voices: An activist discovers that it takes a NIMBY to protect the village

They are the people most willing to defend their territories, families and way of life.



KAREN BESSEY PEASE

When I entered the campaign to save Maine's iconic mountains from development, I had a huge dread: the fear of being seen as a "NIMBY" (Not in my backyard).





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Bessey Pease is a…

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Added by Long Islander on April 9, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

How about protecting all of Maine's mountains and ridges AMC?



New Study Highlights Challenges Facing the Appalachian National Scenic Trail



The impacts of wind-energy developments are not limited solely to aesthetic considerations such as undeveloped scenic vistas. These developments often include high-grade access roads in fragile, high-elevation terrain, outbuildings, and transmission lines. They adversely affect soils (e.g., increase erosion or compaction), vegetation (e.g., facilitate the spread of invasive…

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Added by Long Islander on April 3, 2010 at 11:33pm — 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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