Long Islander's Blog – May 2013 Archive (26)

First Wind gave $25,000 or more to MPBN during the period July 2011-June 2012

It's interesting how the wind industry cries about their desperate need for government subsidies and preferential treatment but has all kinds of money to hand out to the media and the despicable self-described "environmental groups" who are selling Maine out.

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Iberdrola CEO Shills Away in a Softball Interview Betraying Maine Ratepayers

EXCERPT:

"It's a large investment, which doesn't require any public funds — it's absolutely profit-funded."

- Ignacio Galan, CEO of Iberdrola, a government sanctioned rent seeker monopoly

Here's the link to this reckless"journalism":…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2013 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Maine Sunday Telegram - No major wind projects would have been built without production subsidies and government policies that allow wind to be sold at above-market rates

5/26/13

Maine poised for historic transition to natural gas

Amid the state's rush to convert from oil to natural gas, however, it's possible that some issues important to Mainers are not being fully examined.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on May 26, 2013 at 2:31am — 5 Comments

The Environmental Groups - Parasitic Pretenders

http://www.masterresource.org/2013/05/sierra-club-war-on-gas/

Jim Wiegand { 05.22.13 at 1:14 pm }

From what I have seen from conservation groups like the Sierra club, as soon as these other industries (natural gas, oil, coal, hydro, and nuclear) started giving the Sierra Club “Mitigation Funding” and…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

BDN - LePage needs stiffer wind requirements before he supports energy compromise

LePage needs stiffer wind requirements before he supports energy compromise

Posted May 22, 2013, at 8:39 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2013 at 11:16pm — 2 Comments

Wind power’s grip on Augusta weakening

Updated: 11:32 AM 

Wind power’s grip on Augusta weakening

Rural Maine communities protest turbines, which they say deface 'God's country,' but wind developers say they've invested too much money to be shut out now.

By NAOMI SCHALIT and JOHN CHRISTIE The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting…

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Added by Long Islander on May 21, 2013 at 12:09pm — 6 Comments

Letting George Smith Run Wild by Al Diamon

5/17/13

Letting George Smith Run Wild

by Al Diamon

http://thebollard.com/2013/05/17/media-mutt-78/

Added by Long Islander on May 19, 2013 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Massachusetts Town Folk to pay $14 million to Tear Down Two Wind Turbines - Making People Sick

UPDATE at 12:30PM:

Hi again all,

You can listen to the 3:41 minute radio report about the town of Falmouth, MA voting to take down two 400 foot wind turbines by clicking on the link below.



And my error, the cost to take down these two turbines is $14 million, not the measly $12 million I stated in my prior email to you. Progressive Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod is actually holding a vote on this matter next week. It sounds like a…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

BDN: "Time for a comprehensive review and update of Maine’s wind energy policy"

Redirecting Maine’s wind energy policy

Posted May 13, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.

EXCERPT:

Other cost factors to be considered include the benefits of locally produced energy, especially when compared to the volatility in fossil fuel markets; the potential to reduce Maine’s greenhouse gas production; and the positive…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2013 at 12:40am — 1 Comment

Good BDN Article...Except for Baldacci's War on The Night Sky

I'm not sure how accurate this article is ever since Mr. Baldacci declared a war on night blight caused by celestial bodies.

Aurora borealis in the northern Maine skies could be big draw for tourists

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

NRCM, Maine Audubon, and the Sierra Club "live more in a bubble" (Portland Phoenix article)

Maine’s environmental movement reinvents itself for a new era of challenges

Blooming Activists

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 10, 2013



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It's a class thing, Jim Freeman…

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Added by Long Islander on May 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

U.S. Senate Energy Committee Passes Hydroelectric Power Bills to Full Senate for Voting

Senate Energy Committee Passes Hydroelectric Power Bills to Full Senate for Voting

By Michael Harris, Online Editor, HydroWorld.com 

May 8, 2013   |   2 Comments…
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Added by Long Islander on May 10, 2013 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Governor LePage wants wind energy goals out of Maine law

LePage wants wind energy goals out of Maine law

Posted May 09, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2013 at 9:39pm — 2 Comments

Tune In RIGHT NOW - Energy & Utilities Committee Hearing

The meeting has just started. It is a packed room. There is an overflow room also.

The link is http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/Utilities_cmte.html and note there is more than one media player…
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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

BDN - Proposed sale of Maine’s largest power plant a sign of region’s changing energy market

Proposed sale of Maine’s largest power plant a sign of region’s changing energy market…



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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2013 at 6:00pm — 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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