Long Islander's Blog – May 2011 Archive (24)

Norman Kalloch: The coming chronicle of industrial wind in Maine

 

 

Highland Wind a challege to 'environmental' groups (Portland Press-Herald)

I suspect that in the future some ambitious person will write a history of industrial wind power in Maine and in that book will be a chapter on the Highland Wind project in Highland Plantation.

The cast of characters, the plot and the long winding road to resolution will make for an interesting read.

Angus King, past Maine…

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2011 at 11:52am — No Comments

Linda Miller: Wind industry is not what Maine needs going forward

 

Posted: May 29, 2011

Updated: Today at 9:45 PM


Wind power won't get us off our dependence on oil

When Gov. Paul LePage was running for office, his biggest selling point to me was his concern for Maine's economy and lack of good-paying, long-lasting jobs.

 

Next was his ability to turn…

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Rumford board extends wind development moratorium

Rumford board extends wind development moratorium

RUMFORD — By a 4-1 vote Thursday night, selectmen extended the moratorium on wind development projects by 60…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2011 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Kevin Gurall: Arrogant Boston Company Defiling World Class Pristine Lakes With 43 Story Turbines

 May 28

Updated: Today at 10:44 PM

Maine Voices: Downeast Lakes watershed needs protection

A forest of wind turbines would forever change the pristine woodland into an industrial site.

 

SPRINGFIELD - It's not hunting season, but there's plenty of "shots" being fired in the ongoing battle to save one of the state's most historic and significant…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Steve Bennett: Money, not people, has the deciding influence in Augusta

Posted: May 28

Updated: Today at 12:26 AM


MAINE COMPASS: Freedom wind site neighbors 'not entitled to equal protection'

Steve Bennett

Beaver Ridge Wind in Freedom is the only non-regulated industrial wind site in the state of Maine and the only one not approved by the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2011 at 11:25am — No Comments

Frankfort approves six-month wind energy moratorium

 

 

Frankfort approves six-month wind energy moratorium

Wind developer remains optimistic about Mount Waldo proposal

By Ethan Andrews | May 24, 2011…
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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2011 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

Vinalhaven: Wind Power Noise Dispute On Tranquil Maine Island Intensifies

Wind Power Noise Dispute On Tranquil Maine Island Intensifies

Wind Power Noise Pollution

First Posted: 05/24/11 01:47 PM ET Updated: 05/24/11 01:48 PM ET…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

MDIF&W: Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine

Now that White-nose syndrome has shown up in Maine, do we really need to further unduly stress these important insectivores with wind turbines which may first attract the bats and then burst their lungs due to air pressure changes, i.e., barotrauma, otherwise known as mid-air drowning?

 

MDIF&W: Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine; Not Harmful to Humans, But Deadly to Bats

May 24,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2011 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Gallup Poll on Effects of High Gas Prices

The nannies and schemers who have decided for us that we will all drive electric vehicles seem to have forgotten one important thing - us.

 

May 23, 2011

In U.S., High Gas Prices May Make Many Get Fuel-Efficient Cars

Roughly 7 in 10 Americans would not move or change jobs, no matter how high prices go

by Dennis Jacobe, Chief…
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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Jonathan Carter: The great green wind scam

May 22, 2011

 

The great green wind scam

Not only will large-scale wind power blight Maine, but it won't lower emissions or reduce our oil dependence.

By JONATHAN CARTER

 

Mountaintop industrial wind development in Maine is both an ecological disaster and economic boondoggle. The mountaintop wind developers, or as I like to call them, "the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Here Comes the Sun - Governor LePage's Weekly Radio Address (on WIND POWER)

At the end of his address, the Governor tells us to pray for sun. I for one will. In the meantime, in the speech below we have more sunlight on the wind industry in Maine than we have ever seen.
                                 "It feels like years since it's been here"

Weekly radio address…

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Added by Long Islander on May 21, 2011 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Why the LinkedIn IPO Is Bad for Cleantech

Why the LinkedIn IPO Is Bad for Cleantech

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Public hearings set for Clifton referendum questions

Public hearings set for Clifton referendum questions

Posted May 17,…
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Added by Long Islander on May 18, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Mike DiCenso: Time for a UMPI wind reality check

GUEST COLUMN

Time for wind reality check

Posted May 17, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2011 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

LePage Administration Proposes Maine Energy Policy Overhaul

 

Below, Jeremy Payne of the wind industry decries unpredictability as an enemy of his business. I say that a good business person will figure out a way to make money in the face of unpredictability -- these are not business people, rather these are rent seekers expecting guaranteed gargantuan gains on the backs of the little person, Joe Ratepayer and Jane Taxpayer.

 

Also, Phil…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Two letters: Rent-seeking wind firms / Mount Waldo — is wind worth it? (Bangor Daily News)

 

Rent-seeking wind firms

In recent years politicians have spent billions on subsidies and grants to encourage the development of wind power. The result is that rent-seeking entrepreneurs have jumped on the wind power bandwagon to cash in the subsidies. One such firm is Eolian Renewable Energy.
Eolian’s business strategy: Find a small rural community with some terrain suitable for industrial wind…
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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2011 at 8:18pm — No Comments

North of Ordinary, South of Openly

 

 

The two candles on this cake produce more power than the UMPI wind turbine has produced much of the time.

 

Today is the two year anniversary of the University of Maine's $2million wind turbine…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

A Letter to the Legislature - Putting Maine's wind potential in proper perspective

The following letter went to every Maine legislator today - along with the following Excel file.

 

KW%20per%20Sq%20Mile.xls

 

*** Copies addressed to all Maine legislators via Multiple Emails ***

 
A lot of "biomass" got thrown around during the Baldacci era with…
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Added by Long Islander on May 13, 2011 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

UMPI Wind Turbine Update News Clip - WAGM-TV 8

 

Watch the video: http://www.wagmtv.com/newssource8/story/2011-05-09-umpi-windmill-update

 

"After a strong first year,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2011 at 10:30pm — 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

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(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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