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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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................…Continue
“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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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)…Continue
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…Continue
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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.
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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