Long Islander's Blog – April 2018 Archive (42)

Clyde MacDonald: Wind turbine fire danger (BDN)

April 30, 2018

Wind turbine fire danger

Google Caithness Windfarm Information Forum’s “windfarm accident reports” and “wind turbine fires” for data on turbine fires. The forum’s entries are derived from world media accounts because no government records turbine fires. Lack of official data enables wind power advocates to claim fires are rare. The forum reports …

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2018 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Three Maine Solar Projects - Fairfield, Clinton and Cumberland

Fairfield solar project wins Maine DEP approval

The Fairfield project is the largest planned solar array in Maine to receive DEP certification.

The company building multiple massive solar arrays throughout the state has received environmental approval for its project in Fairfield.

NextEra Energy Resources won approval April 11 from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to move forward with…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

NextEra CEO: Offshore wind is 'terrible energy policy'

NextEra Energy CEO Jim Robo said the economics for offshore wind projects are bad for customers during an earnings call Monday. He said the company has not ventured into those projects because of the expensive costs and lengthy timeline, concluding that ultimately it is "terrible energy policy."…

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2018 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

PPH Editorial Board: Maine PUC should not sink ocean wind project

Again, the newspaper shills for wind development, ignoring common sense and the people of Maine.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission usually sets prices for electricity, natural gas, telecommunications and water systems. It’s not every day that it also regulates the state’s credibility.

But that’s what will be happening when the PUC reconsiders a power purchase agreement it signed in 2013 with Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private partnership involving the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2018 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The $100-Million Solar Scam and Maine Energy Committee Chair’s Shocking Power Trip

1/16/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

The Colosseum on the Kennebec is still buzzing following an Energy Committee hearing late last week.

The controversy surrounds, one piece of unconstitutional legislation, a committee chair on a power trip and a GOP Gubernatorial Candidate missing in action.

The bill in question is LD 1686, the $100-Million Solar…

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Added by Long Islander on April 28, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Former Gov Baldacci Lauded by David Farmer but Wind Law Left Out

In listing Baldacci's supposed accomplishments, David Farmer somehow omits Baldacci's expedited wind law which is one of the most transformative pieces of land use legislation ever enacted in the state's history.

http://davidfarmer.bangordailynews.com/2018/04/25/democrats/baldaccis-answer-to-what-have-you-done-for-the-people-today/

Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2018 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

Bill introduced to ban non-disclosure clauses (Ontario)

He said if a landowner chooses to have an industrial wind turbine on their property, and “you start to encounter any type of . . . health problems, due noise or vibration or suddenly your well goes bad, because of pile driving or so on, the non-disclosure agreement says to people, you can't complain to anybody other than you take it back to the wind turbine company.”

He said the non-disclosure agreements are done intentionally to prevent residents from talking to third-parties about…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2018 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr. Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 23, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Why some rural communities are fighting back against wind development

Wind turbines delivering next to nothing to grid despite hysteria

Environmental activists ignore energy security realities

America’s Next Energy Crisis

Short video: Overcoming Bias in Energy Conversations

The World Bank’s anti-energy policy betrays its core development mission

Offshore Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2018 at 10:04am — No Comments

NRCM: "Hydropower would be a shell game"

Will a transmission line run through the wilds of Maine?

By David Abel, Globe Staff

April 23, 2018

Where are the articles in the Boston press talking about the destruction of Maine's natural world by wind power? Why do the so called Maine environmental groups embrace wind power, ignoring the damage it is bringing to Maine?…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2018 at 9:15am — 6 Comments

800 Words of Renewables Propaganda - How Often Does the PPH Give Us 800 Words?

Natural gas is piped in from faraway states, and our money runs right back out the same way.........There are viable alternatives today. Electricity from wind and solar is already cheaper than coal and oil.................

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Potvin, M.D., is a resident of Hampden and a member of the Public Health Committee of the Maine Medical Association.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

PUTIN FUNDS AMERICA’S ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

PUTIN FUNDS AMERICA’S ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

With all the attention being paid to Russian “collusion” these days, it is remarkable that there has been so much focus on Facebook ads while far more serious meddling by Vladimir Putin goes mostly unremarked. In particular, Russia’s subsidizing of U.S. environmental groups, specifically those who oppose development of U.S. energy resources by blocking fracking and…

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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2018 at 10:01am — 3 Comments

Running for Governor - Adam Cote's Clean Energy Plan

Candidate Cote would appear to love all things wind. "Adam Cote knows Maine can be a leader in clean energy:".
Cote's specific energy plan post is at the following link on his Facebook page.…
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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2018 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Maine # 1 in the U.S. in CAMPGROUNDS & RV Parks Per Capita - Why Befoul the State with Industrial Wind?

Using the latest available U.S. Census data pertaining to the NAICS category "RV Parks and Campgrounds", on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 1 in the nation in terms of establishments, sales and payrolls.

Description of this NAICS category:

This U.S. industry…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

New NH energy strategy calls renewables into question

The 62-page document to be released today by the Office of Strategic Initiatives raises questions about the state’s renewable portfolio standards, which require utilities to purchase a certain amount of energy from renewable sources at above-market prices............While the 2014 strategy called on lawmakers to “strengthen and stabilize” the Renewable Portfolio Standards, the new policy calls them into question..................Gov. Chris Sununu said the new plan sets the stage for…

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Added by Long Islander on April 17, 2018 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine # 7 in Nation in Non-Resident Fishing License Revenues Per Capita

Using the latest available U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service data on fishing licenses by state, on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 7 in the nation in terms of revenues from non-resident fishing licenses. I was not able to determine if these fees are based on freshwater only or if they also include saltwater fishing fees. In…

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Added by Long Islander on April 17, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Barry Hobbins and Ken Fletcher: Costly infrastructure is driving up Maine’s electricity costs

High energy costs are a challenge for Maine residents and businesses. We can tell you from our daily interactions with colleagues that there is increased frustration with electric utilities on issues ranging from storm response costs to …

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2018 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

Recreational Camps Industry - Why Jeopardize Maine's Outdoor Brand with Industrial Wind?

Using the latest available U.S. Census data pertaining to the NAICS category "Recreational Camps", on a per capita basis, Maine ranks # 2 in the nation in terms of sales and # 1 in terms of payrolls.Description

Description of this NAICS category:

"This U.S. industry comprises…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

First Wind Spinoff: "We're Not Enron"

Zinke told attendees at the April wind power conference that BOEM was opening an additional 2,711 square miles for potential wind farm development, more than 20 times larger than the Empire Wind lease area in the New York Bight, a broad expanse of ocean south of Long Island and east of New Jersey. It seemed to be everything NYSERDA asked for and more. The decision opens the possibi

Brian Redmond, a current Deepwater board member, was a managing director at Enron and received what a…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2018 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

WHICH ENERGY SOURCES ARE ACTUALLY SUSTAINABLE

Wind and solar energy are basically an expensive joke.

During the harsh storm of December 27, 2017, to January 8, 2018, called the Bomb Cyclone, the PJM Interconnection almost failed. John Constable of the Global Warming Policy Foundation discusses an important study of this near failure, and the near failure of other ISOs in the Northeast and Midwest. Failure was prevented by coal-fired power plants increasing electrical generation by 63%, natural gas plants by 20%,…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2018 at 10:35am — 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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