Long Islander's Blog – April 2016 Archive (22)

BDN - Cianbro, CMP squabble over fees to connect solar, offshore wind

Cianbro Development Corp. has told state regulators that a $26 million Pittsfield solar project and the offshore wind farm it is developing with the University of Maine “are at serious financial risk” because of charges Central Maine Power Co. proposed to connect the projects to the grid.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2016 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

IT HAS HAPPENED: SunEdison Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy...the Decay of Maine's Turbine Litter Formally Underway

Governor Baldacci's darling company subsumed by a house of cards that has now collapsed.

Let's see how the Maine wind cartel, including all their handmaidens in the "environmental" groups spin this disaster. Meanwhile, the 500'+ tall turbines are all over our landscape and the process of decay is now formally underway. Thank you…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2016 at 10:10pm — 4 Comments

PPH - Senate OKs bill overhauling U.S. energy policy

The bill would boost renewables such as solar and wind power, as well as hydropower, geothermal energy and even...........Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the senior Democrat on the energy panel, called energy “the lifeblood of our economy” and said the Senate bill would push the nation toward “cleaner, more efficient, more cost-effective and renewable energy sources.”......The conservative Heritage Foundation denounced the bill as a “continuation of government meddling in the energy…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

In the shadow of Katahdin - MOLUNKUS: Large landowner gives up on challenging wind “opt-out” petition

One of Maine’s largest private land owners has cited the “uncertainty” of wind power development in Maine as one of the primary reasons it has withdrawn its request to challenge Molunkus Township’s petition to remove itselffrom the state’s “expedited permitting area.”

Attorney Dean Beaupain, representing Lakeville Shores, Inc., notified the Maine Land Use Planning Commission of the change of heart in a letter dated April 19th. Lakeville Shores is owned by H.C. Haynes, Inc.

The…

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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2016 at 8:03pm — 3 Comments

Study shows wind farms would impact local toursim

“Folks feel really strongly about these location.  They often grew up going to these beaches and now take their children.” “If you build turbines that are close to shore and you lose those loyal customers, you have to find the new ones." Attracting an entirely new customer base to replace current renters could be a lengthy and difficult process.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

MaineBiz - Need for clean energy spurs wind farm development — and opposition

The word "need" in the title is bogus. What it really should say is government mandates. Just as the wind industry has "gotten to" key legislators in Maine to put in the fix, they have done the same with key legislators in southern New England with regard to mandating ratepayers buy wind.

Excerpt:

O'Neil counters: "Utilities are thrilled to build new transmission and get their guaranteed 12% return on equity. When you add it all up, building wind is essentially an…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2016 at 2:35pm — 4 Comments

BDN - SunEdison to file for bankruptcy as early as Sunday, source says

Such a move would represent a fall from grace for the former darling of Wall Street and the renewable energy sector, whose rapid, debt-fueled expansion with solar and wind energy plants around the world proved unsustainable. 

In January 2015, SunEdison acquired First Wind, which built multiple projects in Maine. In December, the company sold its Oakfield and Bingham wind projects in order to have cash on hand.

It also is part of a joint proposal with Emera Maine and Central…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2016 at 9:42am — 4 Comments

Quebec looking to push wind power

Beware every single transmission proposal folks.

With the most developed wind energy supply chain in Canada and the northeastern United States, Quebec's wind industry is in a good position to meet our continent's energy challenges," said Jean-Francois Nolet, vice president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

BDN - Regulators OK audit of Emera Maine billing upgrades

The PUC voted Tuesday to include a review of Emera Maine’s management of its transmission and distribution system in the audit.

https://bangordailynews.com/2016/04/12/business/regulators-ok-audit-of-emera-maine-billing-upgrades/?ref=moreInstate

Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2016 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

Citizens group asks AG to investigate green-energy ‘corruption’ in Vermont government

The group also claims that citizens and town leaders have endorsed dozens of bills at the Statehouse to improve renewable energy siting, but that those efforts were blocked by elected representatives and state agencies captured by green corporate interests.........According to the Swanton-based group, cozy connections between government officials and renewable-energy companies have resulted in regulatory capture, a form of corruption that occurs when state regulators advance the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 12, 2016 at 11:07am — 3 Comments

BDN - What a SunEdison bankruptcy would mean for Maine

The fate is less clear for other projects in its pipeline, such as the massive 600-megawatt King Pine project proposed for land in the Unorganized Territory northwest of Houlton on the border of Aroostook and Penobscot counties.

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/04/10/the-point/what-a-sunedison-bankruptcy-would-mean-for-maine/

Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2016 at 11:03am — No Comments

Energy costs seen as nail in Madison mill’s coffin (PPH)

The mill and others in New England have struggled to procure reliable electricity at affordable prices to the point that it has been a factor in temporary layoffs and shutdowns.

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/10/energy-costs-seen-as-nail-in-madison-mills-coffin/

Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments

NY Revises Code of Conduct for Wind Energy Companies

"According to the A.G., these disclosure requirements deter improper relationships between wind development companies and local government officials, such as improperly sought land-use agreements with citizens and public officials, and improper benefits being given to public officials to influence their official actions relating to wind farm development."..........

The New NY Code of Conduct:

  • Bans wind companies from hiring municipal employees or their relatives,…
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Added by Long Islander on April 8, 2016 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

Near-shore offshore wind farms would have huge (negative) impact on coastal tourism

“There was a lot of support for wind energy, but no one was willing to pay more to see wind turbines from the beach by their vacation rental property. And if turbines are built close to shore, most people said they would choose a different vacation location where they wouldn’t have to see turbines."…

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Added by Long Islander on April 7, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Wind-power opponents vow to fight potential project on Misery Ridge

A nonprofit that opposes such projects in the Moosehead Lake region fears what might happen if developer Sun Edison files for bankruptcy.

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/07/wind-power-opponents-vow-to-fight-potential-project-on-misery-ridge/…

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Added by Long Islander on April 7, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Gov LePage: Company On Verge of Shedding 900 Southern Maine Jobs Due To High Energy Costs

The governor said energy costs were driving the unnamed company out.

“Again, it’s about energy costs for that company,” he said. “The biggest single issue is they’re competing against Chinese nuclear power, and they’re in Maine with the No. 12 energy costs in America.”…

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Added by Long Islander on April 7, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

BDN: Largest developer of wind projects in Maine sued over finances

TerraForm Power owns four of the company’s Maine projects that it acquired through the purchase of Massachusetts wind developer First Wind. Those include the Mars Hill, Stetson, Bull Hill and Rollins Wind projects. Its Oakfield and Bingham projects were sold to the J.P. Morgan-backed Terra Nova Renewable Partners in December..................

It’s not clear just how a bankruptcy filing by SunEdison would affect proposed projects, including large wind farms…

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Added by Long Islander on April 5, 2016 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Study: Wind Farm Would Reduce Vacation Home Rentals by More Than Half

This news, of course, comes as no surprise to Mainers who have seen real estate sales and rentals decimated by industrial wind projects - despite all the rigged government and wind industry studies that claim no adverse effects on property values.

“Over 50 percent of those surveyed indicated that they would not return to the same beach for their next rental should a utility-scale wind farm be placed offshore,” the report…

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Added by Long Islander on April 4, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Time to Revisit the Way Maine Assesses Financial Capacity of Wind Developers

First Wind, forced wind, failed wind.........Decommisioning funds are wholly inadequate. When the subsidies run out, wind developers will walk away from their taxpayer money harvesting contraptions leaving a befouled Maine landscape. And the legislature is not doing anything about it. In fact, a predecessor legislature and a wind insider Gov Baldacci caused this scourge. The wind company "executives" will move onto their next fast buck somewhere and the so called Maine environmental groups…

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Added by Long Islander on April 4, 2016 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Attorney: Wind in Maine is a Growth Area for Lawyers (Maine Law Review)

".....I also knew that not just in Maine but nationally, there is a steady increase in wind farm applications, and thus it and other renewable energy technologies are a growth area for lawyers.......

http://www.mainelawreview.org/volume-68-no-1-2015/experiential-educating-in-the-classroom/

Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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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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