Long Islander's Blog – April 2015 Archive (33)

Tune-in at 1:00PM Today: EUT Committee (Wed, Apr 29)

The importance of having firm generation capacity as opposed to non-dispatchable sources like wind power may be touched upon today in the discussion of LD 1313. As noted in FMM's most recent legislative update,  LD 1313 would remove the referendum requirement for installing nuclear plants that are small. The idea in this Governor's bill is that we need firm generation capacity as opposed to non-dispatchable…

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Expedited Permitting Area was created behind closed doors (BDN)

The Expedited Permitting Area was created behind closed doors. No minutes…

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2015 at 11:27pm — 5 Comments

S. Donald Sussman, who personally incubated D.E. Shaw, longtime half owner of First Wind, sells his newspapers

The S Donald, the U.S. Congresswoman's husband who personally incubated D.E. Shaw, longtime half owner of First Wind, sells his pro-wind newspapers.

Press Herald papers purchased by midcoast businessman Reade Brower

A memo sent to Maine Today Media staff late Tuesday confirmed financier S. Donald Sussman, husband of Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, agreed to sell the paper. …

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Office of the Governor Chief Legal Counsel, Policy Advisors Announced

Office of the Governor Chief Legal Counsel, Policy Advisors Announced

April 27, 2015

Governor's Office

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 27, 2015

Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced several staff additions to the Office of the Governor, including Chief Legal Counsel and three Policy Advisors.

Cynthia Montgomery serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of the Governor.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2015 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Appalachian Mountain Cub admits Maine wind task force never considered wind turbines' cumulative impact

Last week, on Earth Day, under questioning from Rep. Bob Duschesne, Dr. David Publicover, senior staff scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club and a member of The Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development that laid the groundwork for Maine's shameful expedited wind law, admitted that the task force never considered the cumulative impact of erecting gargantuan industrial wind turbines throughout Maine.

Please click on the following link to Eric Tuttle's video of this…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

BDN - Penelope Gray: Our energy policies should be based on science, not symbolism

Government-subsidized, grid-scale wind and solar do not pass the real cost-benefit analysis, and worse they siphon much needed funds away from finding truly clean solutions for a power-hungry planet.

Our energy policies should be based on science, not symbolism.

Penelope Gray

Registered Maine Master Guide

Freeport

Please read the rest here:…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2015 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

New England governors discuss ways to chop energy prices

An "all of the above" strategy is the energy equivalent of making sure that everyone on the Little League team is given a trophy....or perhaps telling little Johnny that 1 + 1 = "Whatever answer feels good for you Johnny". The wind industry uses the phrase "all of the above" all the time, seeking safety in the herd and vampire-like avoidance of sunlight.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 24, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Unexplained payments to public officials received from Switzerland.....

Happy Earth Day windies.

Spanish tax agency uncovers wind farm payoff scheme

Huge wind farm corruption scandal in Spain

Only part of the Spanish press covers the story,…
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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Gov LePage: "Feds will not stand in our way to allow Mainers to be profitable people"

Governor LePage says his goals are simple. "I hope to get four governors to agree that we need a pipeline and we move together to get a pipe line, and that we get together to buy cheap energy from Canada."

http://news.mpbn.net/post/lepage-attends-new-england-govs-energy-meeting

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Link to Listen in to ENR Scenic Impact Public Hearing - Right Now

For some reason unbeknownst to me, the link I provided earlier brings us to the audio for the wrong committee.

I am thus trying again.

If this happens to bring you to the wrong committee, please click on the dropdown arrow in the white box and make sure that Room 216 is selected.

http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Audio/216

Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2015 at 10:32am — 13 Comments

Scenic Impact - Tune in via Web Right Now (LD 911)

If you are not attending in person, please tune in on the Web at the following link to listen to today's Public Hearing on LD 911 as described below.  If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air. 

http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Audio/216

After clicking the above link, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of the words "Environment and…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Rep Sara Gideon's Bill Forcing Mainers to Buy $olar Required for $6 Million South Portland $olar Project

Rep Sara Gideon's Bill Forcing Mainers to Buy Solar Required for $6 Million South Portland Solar Project

L.D. 1263, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport would require 2.5 percent of Maine’s electricity mix to come from solar by 2022

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/21/city-powered-solar/

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee Work Session Today (4/21/15) at 1:00PM on LD's 791 and 828

Note: The public may speak at a work session only if a committee member requests further public input and the presiding chair grants permission. 

If you are not planning to attend in person, please tune in on the Web at the following link to listen to today's work sessions on LD 791 and LD 828 described below. One bill is from the wind industry, the other from citizens. If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

BDN - Gov LePage questions merits of electricity deregulation

Pat Woodcock is the director of the Governor’s Energy Office. “We have a goal for wind — the amount of wind to be installed in the state,” Woodcock said. “We have goals for solar, we have goals for hydro. Actually, I look at energy policy as technology is a means to carry out policy. The actual policy that we should be looking for in our state is lower pollution, lower cost.”

Woodcock said there are other bills coming from LePage this session to change Maine’s energy policy, ranging…

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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2015 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

“I think somebody needs to call the Legislature to task for not doing their due diligence on this"

Has Maine been ripped off yet again? This one's not about wind, but arguably arises from some of the same conditions that have allowed the wind fraud.

“I think somebody needs to call the Legislature to task for not doing their due diligence on this........."

"“I’m really angry to hear how (the Maine New Markets…

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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2015 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

Robert Bryce:The Environmentalists’ Civil War

"..........the power density of wind energy — as I have repeatedly proven — is 1 watt per square meter. Therefore, the land area needed to produce that much renewable electricity would total about 31 billion square meters or 31,000 square kilometers, which is about 12,000 square miles. Put another way, just to meet electricity demand in Massachusetts with wind energy would require an area larger than the state itself..........At the same time, they promote landscape- and wildlife-destroying…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Massachusetts Governor Baker all-of-the-above on energy

Marcy Reed, president of National Grid Massachusetts, said she supports the construction of two new natural gas pipelines into the region to bring down electricity costs and to allow more customers to shift to gas for heating and cooking. She said she would welcome hydroelectricity from Canada, but stressed that the state’s current subsidies for renewable energy are not sustainable.

She said the cost of one form of subsidy, called net metering, is expected to double in National Grid’s…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2015 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

BDN: Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County

Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County

Tech giant Apple has given an undisclosed amount of money to The Conservation Fund, which plans to use the money to conserve 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in southern Aroostook County.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2015 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

EUT Public Hearing at 1PM Today: LD 1107 An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Purchasing of Power

From Friends of Maine's Mountains:



LD 1107 is a curious bill that seeks to do three things:



1. Mandate a 40% off-peak discount for electricity customers. This would be good for electric thermal storage heat, electric vehicles, etc. Much of the off-peak time is when New England electricity is cleanest (the dams and nuke plants can satisfy almost all demand).



2. Mandate T&D (poles and wires) rate discounts (to be determined) for…

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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

BDN - Unorganized Territory residents still demand Wind Energy Act fix

Another bill, by House Democratic Whip Sara Gideon of Freeport has the support of the wind industry, which helped her craft the legislation...... Karen Pease, a resident of Lexington Township, agreed: “The fact is that what we do on our property can and often does impact our neighbors. That’s why we created zoning ordinances,” she said. The Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will hold work sessions on Dunphy’s and Gideon’s bill in the coming weeks. Both proposals will face…

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Added by Long Islander on April 14, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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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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