Long Islander's Blog – May 2015 Archive (28)

A tempest of conflicts swirls within Maine anti-wind nonprofit

Decisions by executives with the Friends of Maine's Mountains raised ethical questions that attracted unusual scrutiny by the Attorney General's Office.

By Eric Russell Staff Writer
O’Neil and Stowell were represented in the settlement by Severin Beliveau,…
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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2015 at 10:30pm — 10 Comments

Gubernatorial Nomination on 5/28/2015 - Dr. R. Bruce Williamson

Gubernatorial Nomination

Gubernatorial Nomination on 5/28/2015 - Dr. R. Bruce Williamson

127th MAINE LEGISLATURE

NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION HEARING

 

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, UTILITIES AND…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Mary Kay Barton - Industrial Wind: A Net Loser, Economically, Environmentally, Technically, Civilly

By Mary Kay Barton -- May 7, 2015

Industrial wind is a net loser, economically, environmentally, technically and civilly. Let’s examine how......

https://www.masterresource.org/windpower/wind-loser/

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Governor LePage Wants Energy Policy Changes

Energy policy can be an incredibly complicated endeavor. But…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Scenic Impact - LD 911 and parts of EUT's LD 1329 at ENR Worksession Today, 5/14/15 at 1:00 PM

Scenic Impact - LD 911 and parts of EUT's LD 1329 at ENR Worksession Today, 5/14/15 at 1:00 PM

The Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will be reviewing sections 8-16 of LD 1329 at its work session today on LD 911 (wind bill in ENR) with the possibility of including any of those sections as amendments to LD 911. The Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology will hold a work session on LD 1329 next (the schedule will be out on…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Why Governor LePage took his energy agenda to Congress

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has two persistent frustrations with energy in Maine and New England: Hydro-rich Quebec and gas-rich Pennsylvania aren’t that far away as the crow flies, but those energy sources can’t get here from there.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Maine Sierra Club and Outgoing PUC Commissioner Littell Pushing Wind Fraud Friday night in Kennebunk

The article notes how President George W. Bush was an early supporter of wind, but fails to disclose his ties to the company that helped start the whole fraud, Enron.

Posted May. 13, 2015 at 2:48 PM

KENNEBUNK - The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club will present a short documentary entitled "Scaling Wind," along with a talk on "Renewable Energy: Benefits and Costs," by David Littell, Maine PUC Commissioner, at 7 p.m.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 13, 2015 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Tune in NOW - EUT LD 1314 and LD 1315 (Wednesday, May 13)

LD 1314 An Act To Establish Primary Energy Goals for the State

LD 1315 An Act To Amend Maine's Restructuring Laws

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Added by Long Islander on May 13, 2015 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

EUT Worksession - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 on LD 132

Work SessionTuesday, May 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM for about 3 hours
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Added by Long Islander on May 11, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Important Paper: Responses of male Greater Prairie-Chickens to wind energy development

The USFWS recommends that new wind energy development should be sited outside of an 8-km buffer zone around active leks in prairie grouse habitat (Manville 2004). Our results show that both male and female Greater Prairie-Chickens have negative behavioral responses to wind energy development within 8 km of turbines (Winder et al. 2014b, present study). Lek persistence was also affected by habitat and number of males. Further work is needed to test for lag effects and to explore how wind…

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Added by Long Islander on May 11, 2015 at 10:15am — 2 Comments

Vinalhaven - State high court overturns ruling, clears DEP in island wind case

The state high court overturned a lower court ruling Thursday that had chastised the Department of Environmental Protection’s commissioner for loosening noise requirements for the island’s wind turbines.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/08/news/midcoast/state-high-court-overturns-ruling-clears-dep-in-island-wind-case/

Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2015 at 1:04am — 4 Comments

As Maine regulators mull pipeline expansion proposals, CMP picks its favorite

The omnibus energy bill passed in 2013 authorized the Maine Public Utilities Commission to have the state’s investor-owned electric utilities buy up to $75 million in natural gas capacity annually from a pipeline company, for up to 20 years.

The PUC is still evaluating proposals from the different companies, against power price forecasts it commissioned from various consulting groups......…

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Added by Long Islander on May 7, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Portland energy company opening Irish facility

Portland energy company opening Irish facility

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/06/local-energy-company-opening-irish-facility/

Added by Long Islander on May 7, 2015 at 7:09am — No Comments

Maine senator unveils unprecedented federal distributed energy bill

Angus King's legislation could dramatically alter distributed energy markets nationwide. Does it stand a chance?
By Gavin Bade | May 6, 2015

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/maine-senator-unveils-unprecedented-federal-distributed-energy-bill/394599/

Added by Long Islander on May 7, 2015 at 7:04am — 3 Comments

Report on Maine renewable portfolio standard in 2013

During its 2007 session, the Maine Legislature enacted an Act to Stimulate Demand for Renewable Energy.  This Act established a new "Class I" standard, requiring Maine electricity suppliers to source specified percentages of their electricity from “new” renewable resources...........

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/report-on-maine-renewable-portfolio-stan-30718/

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Added by Long Islander on May 7, 2015 at 6:57am — No Comments

BDN - LePage’s PUC pick’s emphasis on independence and objectivity is promising

 “I value a commission that is independent and objective, and I’m looking at the economics of the choices and are they cost-effective and what’s the impact on the economy and the effect on ratepayers.”…

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Added by Long Islander on May 6, 2015 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Bill Would Reverse Maine's Course on Wind Power Development

"Maine already has the highest renewable portfolio in the nation and only two states' electricity sectors have lower CO2 emissions than Maine," O'Connor said. "We are doing great at being clean - now it's time to be smart."

And, she said, there's more. "This repeals the zone changes that made wind energy a permitted use," O'Connor said. "Thousands of residents choose to live in parts of Maine where, in 2008, a zoning decision that was made in Augusta - they lost their ability to…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

New England Governors - Malloy: $7.5 Billion vanishes into thin air

Elin Katz, a Connecticut consumer official, said winter 2015 electricity prices averaged 17.34 cents a kilowatt hour across New England compared to a 12.81-cent average across the three states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Malloy said the price spikes collectively added about $7.5 billion to the region’s electricity tab over the last two winters and LePage said the high costs put the region at a competitive disadvantage.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 10:25pm — No Comments

PUC turns down wind shill commissioner David Littell's move

Don't let the door hit you on the way out Mr. Littell.

By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff

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Posted May 05, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Maine wind energy advocates unveil study touting industry’s benefits

The announcement of the study came just two hours ahead of a hearing on a bill, LD 1329, before the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, that seeks to dramatically rewrite Maine laws aimed at helping wind energy grow in a way that opponents of wind development say would better factor in the rights of Mainers who own property near wind farms....

(Maine Sierra Club): “Despite its misleading and rather Orwellian title, LD 1329 is clearly designed to minimize, if not…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2015 at 5:33pm — 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

******** 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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