Long Islander's Blog – June 2014 Archive (16)

Maine's top wind lawyer: Well funded ideologues cause the anti-wind "noise" at public and legislative hearings

First Wind's lead attorney Juliet Brown:

"The industry has some very vocal opponents who are well funded, who are very ideological, and who are motivated to show up at public hearings and legislative hearings, and that tends to be the noise that you hear," Brown says.

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Added by Long Islander on June 30, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Maine Audubon: Maine Bats Being Eliminated, Putting Humans at Risk

Let us see if we understand this correctly -- Maine Audubon acknowledges that bat colonies in Maine have been decimated and this has put human health at risk. Yet after suggesting in 2011 putting restrictions on industrial wind with regard to bat endangerment, in December 2013, Maine Audubon essentially green lighted industrial wind sprawl in Maine.

June 29, 2014…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2014 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

BDN Letter from Paula Kelso: I urge voters to “just say no” to the proposed changes

Just say no

Clifton votes July 1 on reconstruction by the planning board of the land use ordinance. I urge voters to “just say no” to the proposed changes.

Having worked on the land use ordinance from 2005 to 2010, I am concerned that these drastic changes are for the worse. The ordinance gives many powers and responsibilities. I question the wisdom of putting so much trust in the current board. Its proposed new ordinance “fix” is seriously…

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

BDN: Environmental group challenges basis for New England natural gas pipeline buildout

Please note that Conservation Law Foundation Ventures makes money from industrial wind, such as the developer that is trying to put tax dollar-harvesting mammoth wind turbines all over Aroostook County. See:

http://www.clfventures.org/our-results/developers/

Environmental group challenges basis for New England natural gas pipeline buildout

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

UNH Chemical Engineering Prof: N.H.’s renewable energy mandates are risky

N.H.’s renewable energy mandates are risky

The time has come for solar and wind to compete on their own with coal and nuclear power

 

Published: 06.26.14
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Clearly, the time has come for solar and wind to compete on their own with coal and nuclear power, without state mandates or subsidies. Ohio…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2014 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Canary in a coal mine: oxygen too low for developers

Canary in a coal mine: oxygen too low for developers

June 26, 2014

INDUSTRY ADDICTED TO HIGH SUBSIDIES PREPARES TO PAY PRICE…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Clifton vote (Greg Perkins letter)

Clifton vote

On July 1 the residents of Clifton will be voting to modify their wind power ordinance, reportedly to…

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Added by Long Islander on June 25, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Not in tourism's back yard, says P.E.I. group of wind power

Dune Shores Tourism Association president Matthew Jelley told CBC News on Tuesday the province needs to be careful about where it allows wind turbines to go.

"For most visitors it's the primary reason, is viewscapes," said Jelley.

http://www.windaction.org/posts/20787-not-in-tourism-s-back-yard-says-p-e-i-group-of-wind-power#.WlLoEainFPY

Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

BDN: New Maine environmental group launches anti-wind power advertising campaign

BDN: New Maine environmental group launches anti-wind power ad campaign

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Added by Long Islander on June 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

First Wind sees setbacks in Maine

First Wind sees setbacks in Maine

By Erin Ailworth

  | GLOBE STAFF   JUNE 21, 2014

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First Wind Holdings Inc., a …

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Added by Long Islander on June 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

PPH - Maine Governor touts the state's fastest-growing energy alternative

LePage touts energy efficient heat source at Blaine House

The governor is installing 22 ductless pumps as the new technology gains steam.

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Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ohio becomes first state to freeze renewable energy mandates

Kasich signs bill freezing 'green' energy requirements

Gov. John Kasich has signed a measure that makes Ohio the first state to weaken its renewable energy standards, following a long and sometimes bitter debate that has put the state in a national spotlight. …

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2014 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Hawaii wind player gets comeuppance in Maine

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hawaii wind player gets comeuppance in Maine

By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 99 Views :: …
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Added by Long Islander on June 13, 2014 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

SPECIAL REPORT: VERMONT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF CRUCIAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND DEMAND

SPECIAL REPORT: VERMONT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF CRUCIAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND DEMAND

http://vtdigger.org/2014/06/08/special-report-vermont-smack-middle-crucial-electricity-supply-demand/

Added by Long Islander on June 11, 2014 at 10:58am — No Comments

PPH - Maine will use less electricity in 2023 than today, forecast says

Maine will use less electricity in 2023 than today, forecast says

BY TUX TURKEL STAFF WRITER…

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Added by Long Islander on June 8, 2014 at 12:36am — 1 Comment

BDN - EPA wants Maine power plants to cut emissions 13.5 percent by 2030

EPA wants Maine power plants to cut emissions 13.5 percent by 2030

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In a statement, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — the union that represents workers at Bath Iron Works, FairPoint Communications and elsewhere — expressed concern the new regulations could reduce the country’s overall electricity production capacity and could negatively affect jobs and…

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Added by Long Islander on June 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — 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

******** 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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