Long Islander's Blog – June 2017 Archive (20)

Rural America doesn’t want to become America’s power plant

Donald Trump was in Iowa recently, and issued a Trumpism critical of wind power.  The media jumped on its propaganda pony to point out that Iowa loves wind, and gets 36.6% of its energy from wind.  The story was that Trump was a lone critical voice and that Iowans are happy to reap wind profits and jobs and nobody minds becoming America’s power house.  That’s just not true, according to the op ed.  There is serious resistance to industrial wind in Iowa and other rural states.  I already know…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Maine Woods Consortium urges tourism throughout areas of the state

And what about wind turbine and transmission blight?

The consortium is a partnership of 20 public, business and nonprofit organizations focusing on development and promotion of outstanding tourism destinations in northern and Down East Maine. We are committed to a “triple bottom line” mission: quality career opportunities, thriving rural communities and conservation of Maine’s phenomenal natural assets.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 28, 2017 at 9:42am — No Comments

Wind Power’s Future in U.S. Could Be Thwarted by Grassroots Opposition

The luster is coming off wind power as an economically viable, environmentally friendly, community-friendly source of America’s energy future—and for some very good reasons. To start, rural residents across America are increasingly rejecting the encroachment of wind-energy projects in their communities whenever they get a chance to voice their opinions in local ballots.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2017 at 10:41am — No Comments

Governor LePage to meet with President Trump on energy issues

LePage has made energy costs a key platform of his administration as he repeatedly suggests that high energy prices are squelching economic development in Maine. He has pushed the federal government to loosen regulations on smaller hydropower projects but has been an active opponent of policies aimed at encouraging development of other types of renewable energy in Maine, especially wind and solar power. Critics contend that LePage’s positions on renewable energy are suppressing job growth in…

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

Mainebiz Wind Article Completely Ignores the Countless Negatives of Wind Power

Paul Williamson, a Portland-based development manager with Apex Clean Energy, of Charlottesville, Va., has similar frustrations. "The biggest issue with permitting is that there's a fair amount of subjectivity in the process. That makes it difficult for the developer."....................."When we talk about support from the state government, we're not looking for subsidies or financial support," Williamson says. "We're specifically looking for that ability to permit projects and solve…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2017 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

JAMES LABRECQUE: Ideology shouldn’t trump practical solutions

Commentary: Ideology shouldn’t trump practical solutions, LePage energy adviser says

Special interests just want to force the public to pay for their solar collectors, James C. LaBrecque says.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2017 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

BIRD ALERT: Application of Atlantic Wind LLC for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility

Ex-Gov of Maine John Baldacci became vice chairman of Avangrid, whicich owns Atlantic Wind LLC, in December 2015 and it was never reported by the Maine media. The ex-Gov and creator of Maine's heinous expedited wind law becomes vice chair of the nation's 2nd largest wind company and the media refuse to report this.

Please see the attached PDF which I was just advised by the person who provided this that he has approval to distribute. Click on the link to get the PDF: …

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Added by Long Islander on June 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

New feature at MasterResource will periodically review important wind-related news

Editor Note: A new feature at MasterResource will periodically review important wind-related news in the US and around the world. For proponents of fuel-neutral, let-the-market-decide energy policy, as well as those opposing industrial wind turbines for environmental reasons, the news is increasingly positive. It should be highlighted and shared to motivate grassroots energy activists. MasterResource is indebted to Lisa Linowes for authoring this new series.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Rent-Seeking

Think Ken Lay at Enron. James Rogers at Duke Energy. Jeff Immelt at GE. Elon Musk in all things solar and electric. It is a very long list in today’s mixed (up) economy.............. Baumol was worried, however, by a very different sort of entrepreneur: the “unproductive” ones, who exploit special relationships with the government to construct regulatory moats, secure public spending for their own benefit, or bend specific rules to their will, in the process stifling competition to create…

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Added by Long Islander on June 16, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins to Divest Himself of Investments Like Wind Company Stock

Hobbins says his ties to the telecommunications industry won't influence him in his role as chief advocate for utility customers. He plans to divest investments like wind company stock.

http://mainepublic.org/post/maines-new-public-advocate-job#stream/0

Added by Long Islander on June 16, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

BDN - Saco doesn’t like its broken wind turbine and wants it gone

Since 2008, a 100-foot wind turbine has stood tall on York Hill, greeting visitors as they cross over the Saco River to the city. Now, less than 10 years later, the city is planning to remove the structure that has never lived up to the city’s expectations.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 15, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Is Angus King & Yale's Record Hill Wind Project Living up to the Promises it Used to get $102 million Loan Guarantee from U.S. DOE?

A concerned Maine resident and U.S. citizen and taxpayer has just provided the following bit of analysis:

From September, 2016:

Record Hill Wind missed the filing deadline again with FERC for 2Q2016 (it was 8/31). I have to believe that they are in serious financial trouble. The ISO-NE Average Wholesale Energy rate for 2Q2016 was $23.39 MWH. In 2013 it was $40.74 MWH and in 2014 it was $38.18 MWH. Kibby reported an average rate for 2Q2016 of $20.42 and Stetson 1…

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Added by Long Islander on June 15, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

"Saintly" Senator Angus King Singled Out on Fox News Channel's "SwampWatch"

King's $102 million loan guarantee was singled out on the new Fox News Channel program, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, on Sunday, 6/11/2017

The video of the program is at the link below in a segment on "The Green Lobby" at the 33 minute and 30 second mark. The part on King begins at the 36 minute and 30 second mark.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Saco looking to get rid of wind turbine

The wind turbine has never come close to generating amount of energy promised, and Entegrity Wind went bankrupt in 2009.

The wind turbine is in need of repair and was shut down last year due to safety concerns, said City Administrator Kevin Sutherland.

The city’s Energy Committee and city staff have recommended getting rid of the wind turbine, and putting it out to bid to see if someone will purchase it for scrap material.

Howard Carter, chairman of the city’s Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2017 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

John Droz: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 12, 2017

Sample articles:

Human Health, Rights and Wind Turbine Deployment

A startling case of two schools in proximity to wind turbines

Wind company dealt blow by Indiana Supreme Court

Wind developer stonewalls efforts for independent noise tests

Significant Vermont Public Service Board Appointment

“Analysis of turbine aerodynamic sound noise…”

“Assessment of turbine noise effects on the general health of staff…”

Freedom from Unwarranted…

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

"An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places"

The Governor's veto of this bill was sustained by the legislature today.

The Governor's veto is here:

LD%20901.pdf

STATE OF MAINE…
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Added by Long Islander on June 13, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Ultimate Insider: GE’s Windy Jeff Immelt stepping down as CEO

GE under Immelt:

It also invested more heavily in new technologies, including a recent $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/12/ges-immelt-stepping-down-as-ceo/

May 22, 2017…

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Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

BDN Polling Question Evidences Huge Hypocrisy

The BDN has the gall and/or stupidity to ask its readers the following poll question:

Do you think the proposed U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord will harm Maine's tourist industry?…

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Added by Long Islander on June 2, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Maine legislature kills proposal to prevent lobbyist contributions to lawmakers

The bill, titled An Act To Limit the Influence of Lobbyists by Expanding the Prohibition on Accepting Political Contributions, was defeated in both the Maine Senate and House on May 24 and 25, respectively. Members of both parties, in both chambers, voted against the measure.

https://pinetreewatch.org/legislature-kills-lobbyist-contributions-proposal/

Added by Long Islander on June 2, 2017 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

NY Times Suggests Wind May be "The New Base-load Source"

"Although wind energy on its own cannot fill all the functions of traditional power plants, it is increasingly serving some of them; utility executives are beginning to call it the new base-load source".

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/business/energy-environment/wind-power-base-load.html?ref=energy-environment

Added by Long Islander on June 1, 2017 at 9:30am — 3 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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