Long Islander's Blog – May 2018 Archive (29)

Citing unfinished work, Angus King launches re-election bid for U.S. Senate

King’s banners, signs and bumper stickers read simply “Angus – Independent for U.S. Senate” and his address was a mix of policy priorities, light-hearted anecdotes and quotes from Abraham Lincoln.................He has been pretending to be something he is not for so long that he has lost touch with the needs of Maine people. Angus King is no independent – not even close. He plays an independent in election year sound bites and TV ads, but still votes like an elite California liberal…

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Added by Long Islander on May 31, 2018 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Legislators Battle with Gov LePage Over CMP’s Proposed Transmission Line

hursday, May 31, 2018 7:19 AM

Gov. Paul LePage and Central Maine Power are battling it out with environmental groups, local power generators and a bipartisan group of legislators over a proposed $950 million electrical transmission line from Lewiston to Quebec. The 146-mile New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), which is a joint effort of CMP and Hydro-Québec, would bring 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydro power to Massachusetts through the existing regional grid to comply with the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 31, 2018 at 10:31am — 2 Comments

Massive solar project planned near wind farm in Maine

An energy development company is requesting a zoning change for more than 700 acres of blueberry fields in eastern Hancock County where it hopes to establish a 100-megawatt solar farm.

The site in Township 16, on land owned by Elliott Jordan & Son Inc., is roughly a mile away from a wind turbine that is part of Novatus Energy’s 51-megawatt Hancock Wind farm which, according to a report by Vox, has the tallest land-based wind turbines in the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 31, 2018 at 9:55am — 3 Comments

YET ONE MORE - Wind turbine bursts into flames

30 May 2018 at 10:00am

A wind turbine has burst into flames in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

Two fire crews were sent to the blaze at Doddington, near March, which sent parts of the structure tumbling to the ground, but they could only wait for it to burn out.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but it comes after storms and lightning strikes.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 30, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Ratepayers’ group planning class-action lawsuit against CMP

CMP Ratepayers Unite said late Monday that two Maine-based attorneys involved with the matter have retained a New York firm to take the lead, on behalf of utility customers who believe they have been overcharged. It said that Sumner H. Lipman and James Belleau have retained Napoli Schkolnik PLLC, to prepare a class action on behalf of these customers.

“We have been working very hard to hold CMP accountable for their actions,” the group said in a news…

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2018 at 10:47am — No Comments

Mindless Mentality for Renewable Energy in Falmouth and Cumberland

Falmouth

Hope Cahan is 46 years old and has two children in Falmouth Middle School. She and her family moved to town from California last June.

She works as an environmental and transportation policy analyst..........

Cahan said she would like to do more to protect Falmouth’s open space while also pushing developers to incorporate…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2018 at 6:53am — 1 Comment

“We can’t squirt water that high" - Yet Another Wind Turbine Fire

A MidAmerican Energy wind turbine caught fire about 10 p.m. Thursday north of Beaver in western Boone County.................................The wind tower stands 95 meters tall and is surmounted by a 2-megawatt Vestas turbine................…

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Added by Long Islander on May 27, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) should be ashamed of itself

“The amount of electricity actually produced from the huge investment in wind power is not only very small, it is unreliable and may not be available to meet peak power demand during hot (still) summer days. And during winter storms, wind power may fall off because the winds are too strong.”

“AWEA should be ashamed of itself for bragging about the increase in installed wind capacity and leaving the rest of the story untold. But in the crony world of wind energy, image and half-truths…

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Added by Long Islander on May 27, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

BDN - What Adam Cote learned at a stalled clean energy company now fuels his campaign

The company sought partnerships with wind developers, including now-Sen. Angus King’s Independence Wind............................

Cote and his co-founders saw the business as paving the way for integrating new renewable power sources with the regional grid, making it more flexible.

“The fundamental idea for bringing the storage technology to Maine residents and businesses was that — as Maine moves…

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Added by Long Islander on May 26, 2018 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

Sun Journal - Farmington officials rethinking New England Clean Energy Connect project

At the urging of Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, selectmen are doing more research into the project, which they endorsed at the request of Central Maine Power in July 2017...................Governor LePage this week wrote a letter in support of NECEC that was sent to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, in response to a letter Saviello and three others sent to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities expressing…

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Added by Long Islander on May 25, 2018 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

PPH & BDN - Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects

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BOSTON — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy, enough to power 400,000 homes.

The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts’ first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts of energy. That’s about 5.5 percent to 6 percent of the state’s total annual electric load.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2018 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

“GREEN” ENERGY, AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

One of the worst features of both wind and solar energy is that they are terrible for the environment. Land-based wind turbines are bad enough, but offshore installations are a fiasco waiting to happen...........

It is remarkable that the heavy hand of government has lined up behind such a risky technology.............

In February, it was reported that Danish wind operator Ørsted must repair more than 600 wind turbines due to early…

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Added by Long Islander on May 23, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

Eastern states promote offshore wind systems, but they are expensive and high risk

Ocean-located turbines face one of the harshest environments on Earth. Turbines are battered by wind and waves, struck by lightning, and need to endure salt spray that is very corrosive to man-made structures.

In February, it was reported that Danish wind operator Ørsted must repair more than 600 wind turbines due to early blade failure. The blades are to be disassembled and brought to shore for repair after only five years of operation, at a cost on the order of $100…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

PPH - New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar

The University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the university system and Honeywell International............The outline of Honeywell’s power contract proposal is contained in a document prepared for the University of Maine System last year in response to requests for proposals to transition most of the Orono campus from…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2018 at 10:33am — No Comments

Tux Turkel: Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels

Note that this article glosses over extremely expensive capacity payments associated with wind and solar, as well as their tremendous transmission and taxpayer expenses.

Solar panels were covered with snow and wind turbines were buffeted by storms......“We were definitely on the brink,” said Matt Kakley, an ISO-NE spokesman. “Had the cold snap continued longer or had there been further outages in the region, it was definitely possible that (rolling blackouts)…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2018 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Dark Skies: Advocates push Maine as astrotourism destination Maine Sunday Telegram)

Rollins Lights

Turbine lights on Rocky Dundee seen from Upper Pond (Gary Campbell)

Yet another reason not to have flashing thunderous wind turbines throughout Maine defiling what we have to enrich foreign investors tapping our treasury and raping ratepayers.

The state's many precious resources include the largest light-pollution-free swath in the eastern half of the U.S. 
A new effort is underway to protect it with 'dark sky' designations…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2018 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

New Maine group: CMP Ratepayers Unite

Since this group has organized as a ratepayer watchdog, it would be worthwhile to meet with them and let them know how ratepayers have been even more abused by the legislature and enviro groups.  This looks like a good opportunity to open the eyes of what appears to be a significant audience. They may in fact be quite aware of the ratepayer abuses we have dealt with for now 10 years. However, we should not leave this to chance.

FACEBOOK users -…

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Added by Long Islander on May 18, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Gov LePage: Maine Has an Exciting Opportunity To Reduce Energy Costs

Radio Address: Maine Has an Exciting Opportunity To Reduce Energy Costs

May 17, 2018

I have been talking about the need to reduce energy prices for nearly eight years. Maine is a manufacturing state, and high energy prices have a direct and negative affect on the cost of doing business and the ability to create good-paying jobs.

Hello, this is Governor Paul LePage.

Central Maine Power Company won the proposal to create a transmission line to deliver electricity…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2018 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Views clash as DEP readies greenhouse gas reduction forced by citizen initiative

Attorneys, students and other supporters of 8% annual cuts in emissions say urgent action is needed, but industries call the proposed standards unrealistic and warn of a severe impact and business shutdowns.

Tapping a little-used section of state law, a grassroots group of attorneys and activists submitted nearly 700 petition signatures from registered voters calling for tougher standards on emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-warming gases. As a…

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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2018 at 9:50am — 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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