Long Islander's Blog – April 2019 Archive (20)

PPH - Gov. Mills proposes ambitious goals for renewable energy

The Mills administration bill would also set official goals of obtaining 80 percent of electricity consumed in Maine from renewable sources by 2030 and from 100 percent renewable sources by 2050......................................“These issues need to be addressed by everyone today for tomorrow,” said Woodsome, a retired teacher and former chairman of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. “You can stand on the sidelines and be a Monday morning quarterback, or…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2019 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 29, 2019

The following articles may be found at the link below.

A short French video (in English): Three Arguments against Wind Turbines
Another socialist boom and bust in solar…
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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2019 at 8:17am — No Comments

Maine's growing resistance to wind projects - "dismissing it as NIMBY would be a mistake" (Ellsworth American)

Unlike subdivisions, filling stations or rental units, the impact of wind turbines does not stop at the town line. Visible for miles in all directions, wind turbines are not solely the business of the host town.

“It is too bad each town acts independently when one can affect the other so much,” said Otis resident Teresa Davis. She was referring to wind projects in neighboring hill towns…

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Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2019 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Weaver Wind - The gang from the old First Wind is suddenly a friend of Maine's birds and bats

Wind developer offers to conserve land to lessen turbines’ threat to birds

A wind power development firm behind a proposal that state officials think will pose a threat to birds is offering to conserve 5,800 acres of woods and wetlands in Hancock and Washington counties as wildlife habitat.

Longroad Energy, which has applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval to erect 22…

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Added by Long Islander on April 25, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Governor Mills Statement Honoring Earth Day

Governor Mills Statement Honoring Earth Day

April 22, 2019

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:

“Maine’s natural resources are a cornerstone of our heritage and our economy. Preserving them is vital to our public health and, in a sense, to the survival of our communities. Protecting these precious resources is not some partisan rallying cry, but a responsibility that all of us share and a recognition that the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2019 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Jim Fossel: Maine’s Green New Deal as substance-free as the federal version

The Maine version of the Green New Deal, formally unveiled by its proponents recently and facing a public hearing this week, was at least introduced as actual legislation. That makes it a little less vague than its federal counterpart, albeit only slightly so. Its two most concrete components require electricity providers to switch to 80 percent renewable electricity by 2040 and require the Public Utility Commission and Efficiency Maine Trust to write legislation that lets public schools use…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2019 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

DEP hosts public meeting on proposed Hancock County wind project

Members of the public got the chance to weigh in on a proposed wind project that would be located in Hancock County Thursday night.

The Department of Environmental Protection hosted the meeting in Aurora at the Airline Community School.

The Weaver Wind Project would build 22 turbines at a cost of 145 million dollars.

The…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2019 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Less than 1 in 1,000 Mainers own electric cars, people not sold on going gas-free

1,300 Mainers owning electric cars translates to 0.097% of the state's 1,338,404 population, as in "less than 1/10th of one percent or less than one in a thousand."

Just over 1,300 Mainers owned electric cars in 2018, which is more than twice as many as in 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by the Natural Resources Council of…

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Added by Long Islander on April 18, 2019 at 3:48pm — 2 Comments

UMPI Exploring New Energy Project Following Fire in Wind Turbine

“We’ve been discussing a whole range of options, from a new wind turbine to solar.”

With the insurance investigation recently completed regarding the fire that occurred last year in the wind turbine, officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle are exploring a new alternative energy project that will generate the same level of electricity.

The insurance investigation confirmed that the April 2018 fire in the nacelle of the wind turbine was…

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Added by Long Islander on April 18, 2019 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

New England Petroleum Council on Wind Power and Natural Gas

Today, and for years to come, the only feasible and affordable way to provide the on-demand backstop for variable, unpredictable wind and solar energy is to operate power plants fueled by natural gas. Across New England, we rely most days on natural gas for 60 percent or more of our electricity – and these are the plants that can cycle up their output in seconds to fill in for wind and solar that suddenly go missing. Sixty seconds of critical power that costs millions to charge up and tap in…

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Added by Long Islander on April 14, 2019 at 10:18am — 5 Comments

Weaver Wind DEP Public Meeting on Thursday night, April 18 in Aurora

The applicant is the old gang from First Wind. 100% of visitors thought the project would have no effect or a positive effect on their likelihood to visit the pond in the future according to their survey.

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a second public…

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Added by Long Islander on April 14, 2019 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

CMP wins key certificate from regulators for transmission line

HALLOWELL — Maine’s Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to grant a key certificate to Central Maine Power’s controversial, 145-mile transmission line through western Maine.

Via 3-0 vote, PUC commissioners effectively endorsed a settlement agreement negotiated by several major parties in exchange for a variety of public benefits. That agreement was signed in March by Gov. Janet Mills, the Office of Public Advocate and others following an intense debate fueled by project…

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Added by Long Islander on April 11, 2019 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Maine "sustainability" professor: The Electric Economy is the future

Excerpts:

There is ample reason that electricity will be the go-to energy for home heating and transportation in the future.

This change is coming fast due to the rapid drop in prices for renewable energy sources. Solar and wind power today are cheaper than any fossil fuel..................

Maine still has an over-reliance on heating oil. Fossil fuels are the old-fashioned and most expensive way to heat homes or water. Mainers have installed more than 30,000…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2019 at 12:50pm — 3 Comments

Doing “the green right thing" in Fairfield, ME

Homeowners Scott and Robin Weeks say a planned energy power project with 30,600 solar panels to be located 150 feet from their home off U.S. Route 201 in Fairfield will ruin not only their view of open farm fields and wildlife but ruin their property value as well................Scott Weeks said he is upset that the Planning Board could change the designation of the area from rural residential zone to an industrial energy site..................Planning Board chairman Kevin Violette said the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 9, 2019 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 8, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking
New NC bill would prohibit new wind projects in coastal swath…
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Added by Long Islander on April 8, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Pingree and Golden renege on ending the wind PTC at the end of this year

           Mars Hill

Several years ago the wind industry pleaded "one last time" for an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). This was to be the last extension of this perennially renewing "temporary" giveaway:

Under…

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Added by Long Islander on April 5, 2019 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Mass Gov rejects proposals to boost onshore wind

Sounds like crybaby wind developers, not satisfied with subsidies, REC's and other giveaways are upset that the cost of electricity is being considered. How dare they. Doesn't Governor Baker understand how much money the wind developers have to pay for their Mercedes G-Class vehicles, especially when everyone in their families requires this sort of transportation? The nerve.

Baker makes few changes in offshore wind RFP

The Baker…

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Added by Long Islander on April 4, 2019 at 1:19pm — 3 Comments

A status report on Maine onshore wind from Bill Opalka

Maine wind lobbyist Jeremy Payne chooses to attribute stalled onshore growth to former Gov LePage's wind moratorium but fails to recognize market forces, transmission constraints and citizen outcries.

Maine’s wind farm moratorium is over, but how long will ‘chilling effect’ last?

Projects generally require three to five years of predevelopment work including environmental studies, outreach to host communities, and…

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Added by Long Islander on April 3, 2019 at 6:02pm — 3 Comments

Liar, Liar University of Maine Wind Turbine on Fire

Aiding and abetting the Maine wind industry are a number of entities which we should be able to trust but cannot. Examples include the University of Maine System, the so called environmental groups and the media. The news, or lack thereof today, April 2, 2019, illustrates the pro-wind bias from two of these groups, our universities and the media:

1. The following piece in today's University of Southern Maine's (USM) …

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Added by Long Islander on April 3, 2019 at 6:02pm — 10 Comments

Crews respond to wind turbine fire in Michigan

"Jared Schuette owns the property where the wind turbine is located, he said that this is quite an ordeal because this has never happened before."…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2019 at 2:00pm — 2 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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