Long Islander's Blog – May 2014 Archive (26)

Brookings Institution: Wind Power a Loser in Reducing CO2 Emissions

I believe this is based on the U.S. If wind power is as terrible as Brookings describes nationally, think of how much less efficacious it is in Maine where onshore wind is overall poor.

Hopefully the shallow thinking environmental groups will soon stop taking money from the wind industry and quickly acknowledge the reality they have been helping to destroy Maine's magnificence in shilling for this wholly fraudulent electricity…

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Added by Long Islander on May 31, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Great Read: Renewable energy mandates, GE and other cronies

Great Read: Renewable energy mandates, GE and other cronies

 

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But even better for GE is the fact that wind turbines last 20 years- at best. Thus, over the 60…

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Added by Long Islander on May 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Questions about future of wind power in N.H.

Questions about future of wind power in N.H.

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“There have been several attempts in recent legislation to pass moratoria on wind energy in the state, either explicitly or de facto,” he wrote in an email. “Although those have not come to pass, there is continued pressure for the wind industry and wind supporters to defend against new legislation that…

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Added by Long Islander on May 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

US wind 'shakeout' looms: execs

US wind 'shakeout' looms: execs

Many developers were forced to rush their projects last year to meet the Production Tax Credit requirements before it was allowed to expire at…

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Added by Long Islander on May 30, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments

ACTION ALERT

ACTION ALERT
On Thursday, June 5, 2014 the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) will resume its deliberation of First Wind's appeal of DEP's…
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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Gas pipeline plan for Maine and New England gets pushback from Environment Northeast

Gas pipeline plan for Maine and New England gets pushback

Conservation group argues for lower-impact alternatives.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com

Staff Writer

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...activists say New England’s dependence on gas postpones a…

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2014 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Maine Environmental Groups Ignore CO2

Apparently there was virtually no lobbying by the Maine environmental groups last year when the legislature paved the way to increase CO2 emissions in Maine by raising the speed limit on our roads.

When extremely compelling citizen testimony is given on stopping the destructive sprawl of wind turbines in Maine, the citizens are basically treated by the environmental groups as "policy road kill" that must be sacrificed in the fulfillment of their ultimate stated goal of…

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Added by Long Islander on May 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Must read: Windonomics: 57x the profit of hydrocarbon fuel electricity courtesy of YOU the taxpayer & ratepayer

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1 kilowatt of windmill electricity produces 57x the profit of 1 kilowatt of hydrocarbon fuel electricity.

The extraordinary and outsized economics of green energy are consistent with an arcane scheme. It is originated by government mandates forcing all electric customers to pay for nothing except for the transfer of wealth to the "chosen winners" of the high priests of Green Energy Ideology.  Getting chosen to own a windmill is an…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Controversy in Clifton over wind farm setbacks

At issue are 4,000' foot setbacks. Anyone who has studied this knows that even 4,000' constitutes inadequate protection. The underlying issue is that pound for pound, wind provides 57 times more profit than other electricity sources thanks to tax breaks and other preferential treatment and that getting chosen to own a wind turbine is an economic gift of…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

NEWS FLASH: Maine poll exposes softness in wind energy support

Maine poll exposes softness in wind energy support

May 20, 2014

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“For years wind developers have peddled the general benefits of wind energy, and they have a lot of financial resources behind them that we’ll never match,” O’Neil said. “People certainly want to believe it’s all good. But impacts to…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2014 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

First Wind tries again to gain Maine regulators’ approval for wind farm partnership with Emera

First Wind tries again to gain Maine regulators’ approval for wind farm partnership with Emera



By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff

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Posted May 19, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.



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Those arguments have reversed earlier opposition by the PUC’s public advocate, whose job is to represent ratepayers in regulatory cases.



The Industrial Energy Consumer Group, which opposes the joint venture along with Houlton Water Co.,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

PTC renewal stalls in US Senate

PTC renewal stalls in US Senate

Efforts to revive the US Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind power ran into a…
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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2014 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Canton Mountain wind project wins approval

Canton Mountain wind project wins approval

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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2014 at 5:06am — No Comments

PPH - Sen. Collins Befuddled and Concerned as to Why Maine Wind Industry Lost Enormous Taxpayer Funded and Ratepayer Harming Gift

Answers sought on why Maine lost out on key grant for offshore wind project

A puzzled Sen. Collins hears one reason for the denial of full funding, amid questions about scoring and politics.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

BDN: Turbines versus tourism

Perhaps before the University goes after another huge taxpayer funded gift which grossly harms the Maine ratepayer, the University needs to come clean about its colossal failure in its sole land based wind test to date, its industrial turbine in Presque Isle. They publicized it to no end, even made a movie about it and went on a road show accepting undeserved praise. But they have never once publicized the fact that it achieved only 11% of capacity, making it an extraordinary…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Bower's: Al Howlett Will Hopefully Read

Al Howlett, who wrote a pro-wind power letter in today's Portland Press-Herald will perhaps read and consider the following two thoughtful responses.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

So Much for Maine Audubon's Endorsement of Covering Maine with Wind Turbines and Transmission

Robert Bryce testifies before US Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee

US wind turbines are killing wildlife … FWS have documented dozens of endangered species kills … “to date the FWS have brought only one prosecution against the wind industry for violating the Endangered Species Act” … “wind turbines are climate-change scarecrows” … “let’s do the math” ……

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

BDN: Clifton voters to decide on property line setbacks for wind farms, ordinance change

Clifton voters to decide on property line setbacks for wind farms, ordinance change

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The proposed ballot wording is as follows:

“Each wind turbine shall be set back at least [4,000] feet from the nearest property line of any nonparticipating parcel. Wind Energy Facility owners may negotiate with property owners to waive the setback with a written mitigation waiver agreement.

A public hearing on the June 10…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Friends of Muscongus Bay Relieved at Wind Power Grant Fail

http://www.fomb.me/news/

Meanwhile on Monhegan:

"Avian Survey - As of July 2009, Dr. Podolsky’s results have indicated that the number of birds and diversity of species at the site are low relative to the rest of the island,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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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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