Long Islander's Blog – April 2017 Archive (39)

PPH Shills Again: State should not block ocean wind project

This wind cheer leading piece, which sounds as though it came from a wind developer's PR firm, starts off with the line "There are no oil wells in Maine." That should tell you a lot of what's to follow given that we make virtually zero electricity from oil and electricity is all that wind power makes, however paltry. The wind pushing then goes on to imply that wind is inexpensive electricity:…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2017 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

NY's Exclusive Hampton's: First Wind Spin Off Company Accused of "Buying" Support

“You can try to buy advice, you can try to buy trawl surveys, you can try to buy scientific data,” he said. “I would suggest . . . that you don’t necessarily listen to somebody that was hired by them,” he told the trustees. “Listen to the people doing the job, somebody actually out trawling, running around that bay, trying to catch fish, and trying to make a living.”…

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2017 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The winds of woe - Annette Smith

Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises:  “Quiet as a library.”  “Like a baby’s breath.”  “The same decibel level as a refrigerator.”  The more brazen wind developers claimed “you will not hear them.” Then the four hundred and fifty foot wind towers with their bus-size nacelles and three-bladed fans were built. Sixteen in Sheffield, four on Georgia Mountain, twenty-one in Lowell.  And  neighbors learned the truth.  Yes, you can hear them.  They sound like “a jet…

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

PPH - Bill would lift restrictions on current large-scale solar projects, and set new power goals

Next Thursday, a bill that would fully preserve the financial incentive known as net-energy billing, or net metering, is due for a hearing. That bill also would give rebates to homes and businesses to encourage more solar installations. It’s likely to be the most contentious solar proposal to come before lawmakers this spring. Environmental groups are planning a noon rally outside the Cross Office Building prior to the hearing.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2017 at 9:15am — No Comments

Offshore Maine Wind Test Project “Dead in the Water” If Bill Passes

Monhegan residents are preparing for a heated showdown in Augusta next week over a contentious bill that would effectively cancel a proposed offshore wind test project to be sited approximately 2.5 miles to the south of the island. The bill LD 1262, sponsored by Sen. Dana Dow (R-Lincoln Cty.), would prohibit the placement of wind turbines within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2017 at 3:07pm — No Comments

NH wind project blown off course

A controversial wind turbine project is again on hold after opponents filed motions asking a state committee to rehear and reconsider its approval of the facility last year. The main argument in the three motions, each filed during the past month and a half, is that the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee broke its own rules to approve the nine-turbine installation.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

EUT Committee Upcoming Schedule - Posted Thu, 4/27/17

Please attend and tune in if you cannot attend.

Committee On Energy, Utilities and Technology

Clerk Abben Maguire

Cross Building, Room 211287-4143

Link: …

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PPH: Maine's renewable power is a valuable export

Perhaps the Press Herald should look beyond a single "piece of the puzzle" and heed the Maine Tourism Association's recent warning that wind projects threaten the tremendous Maine economic driver, tourism.

It’s well known that Maine’s high cost of energy is a drag on our economy, but the growth of the state’s renewable power sector is also a valuable export. These are issues that should not be studied with…

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Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Mass Clean Energy Bidders Conference Held Today

“In order to facilitate the financing of clean energy generation resources, every distribution company shall jointly and competitively solicit proposals for clean energy generation and, provided that reasonable proposals have been received, shall enter into cost-effective long-term contracts for clean energy generation for an annual amount of electricity equal to approximately 9,450,000 megawatt-hours… by December 31, 2022.” [Section 83D]…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2017 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Maine’s Outdoor Recreation Economy

4/25/17

MAINE

Here you’ll find information on Maine’s outdoor recreation economy, as well as the issues OIA and outdoor businesses are working on relating to climate change, international trade, regulatory and recreation policy. Dig in and take action.

Download the full report on Maine here:

https://outdoorindustry.org/state/maine/

Download the full U.S. report…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY REPORT

April 25, 2017

The outdoor recreation industry is a powerful force in the overall U.S. economy, with consumers spending $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation and creating 7.6 million American jobs......

Download the report right here at the following link where you see:…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Berkshires vs Boston: NIMBYism wasn't issue, the environment was

The Eagle editorial's implication that NIMBYism must not stand in the way of saving the planet is as irrational as it is unfounded. The hard-working politicians and administrators in the East have neither wind nor ridges in their backyards, so they pontificate to us out here in the Berkshires that we must (must!) accept wind turbines on every ridge if they say so. Or else.

No thanks, that's not my idea of a free country.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2017 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Maine bats fighting for survival

Biologists fear that all eight of Maine's bat species are in trouble — if not from white-nose syndrome, then from wind turbines, though some turbine operators have started shutting down the machines when bats are most at risk of getting killed by them.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Maine Wind Related News - The Week in Review

BATES – Conceptions and Constructions of Rurality: A Case Study on Wind Power Development in Maine

My research was aimed at understanding why people were in such strong opposition to the Bowers Mountain project.

http://scarab.bates.edu/envr_studies_theses/140/

FIRST WIND: Superior court justice…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2017 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

BDN - How Maine universities made big carbon emission cuts over the past decade

Would the UMS board of trustees be equally willing to listen to Mainers and the tourism industry as to how its politically correct and self serving (grant $$$) wind advocacy is harming Maine's hallowed countryside the state over?

Divestment group members say they plan to continue promoting further divestment at system trustees meetings and urging system officials to take action.

“This is very different from other…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2017 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Investigation after Maine Reed & Reed crane operator killed at Avangrid wind project site

The 15-turbine wind power project on Green Mountain National Forest land in Searsburg and Readsboro is overseen by Oregon-based developer Avangrid Renewables.

A spokesman for Avangrid, when reached by the Banner on Friday, directed an inquiry to the project's civil contractor, Reed & Reed Inc.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2017 at 5:52am — No Comments

Maine man dead in accident at Reed & Reed wind site; Maine Press Omits Connection to Wind Power

The civil contractor for the project is Reed and Reed Inc. of Woolwich, Maine. A representative from Reed and Reed said that the company was aware of an incident but would give no further comment, including whether or not Sprague was an employee of the company. A representative for Avangrid declined to comment.;;;;;Ground broke on the project, the first of its kind on National Forest land, in September.......…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Head in the Sand Reporting from the BDN on the Clifton Wind "Farm"

Since the turbines went online on Dec. 17., no one has complained. “There has not been one complaint. Not one loud noise complaint, and not one bird kill,” said developer Paul Fuller...................…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2017 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

Green Energy Poverty: Are Low Income Americans Impoverished by Alternative Energy?

According to a 2009 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the tax burden of green policies would be three times more expensive for low income households than for middle income ones. This reflects the reality that higher electricity prices raise the prices of many other goods and services. Consumers end up paying for more expensive electricity in the form of higher prices.......

On the whole, green energy is more expensive than electricity generated through…

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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

PPH - Portland councilors want city to use 100% clean energy by 2040

Thibodeau will formally announce the goal Thursday at a 1 p.m. news conference at City Hall, where he will be joined by councilors Belinda Ray and Jill Duson, Mayor Ethan Strimling and Glen Brand, the state director of the Sierra Club.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/20/portland-councilors-want-city-to-use-100-clean-energy-by-2040/

Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2017 at 2:09pm — 4 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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