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

Wind developer’s payment to Ducks Unlimited raises questions

A North Dakota wind project that raised concerns with wildlife officials about impacts to habitat is moving forward this summer after the developer made a $557,000 payment to Ducks Unlimited.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department wrote in comments to state utility regulators that a considerable portion of the Foxtail Wind Project in Dickey County would affect native, unbroken prairie that is vital to declining wildlife populations.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 11, 2018 at 12:17pm — No Comments

PPH - Recommendation to restore office that fast-tracked wind projects under Baldacci

June 9, 2018

The report includes recommendations that include restoring an office that fast-tracked wind power projects during the administration of Democratic Gov. John Baldacci. It was dismantled by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/09/report-maine-poised-to-reap-new-jobs-from-offshore-wind/

Added by Long Islander on June 10, 2018 at 7:24am — No Comments

White House challenges FERC on grid security

During the two-year window, DOE would determine which electricity systems and gas pipelines are critical for ensuring that military installations get the power they need and where power outages could cause the most damage.

The DOE plan said this review "has never previously been undertaken," which appeared to ignore a library of studies, analyses, surveys and "war games" directed at grid vulnerabilities, including gas-fired generators' dependence on natural gas pipeline…

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Added by Long Islander on June 9, 2018 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Town supervisor: 'I can’t be bought by Avangrid. I heard the majority.'

Former Governor John Baldacci is of course vice chair of Avangrid, although the media in Maine refuse to report on this.

Town Supervisor Susan Wood says she can’t be bought and questions tactics used by wind developer Avangrid in its attempt to build a 27-turbine wind farm in her town.

Wood was responding to claims in the Sound Off…
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Added by Long Islander on June 9, 2018 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Dylan Voorhees, Glen Brand and Beth Nagusky credited by group claiming 2,100 Maine wind jobs

It feels like Governor Baldacci's wind task force all over again. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

"We thank the following individuals and organizations—in addition to those who respectfully choose to remain anonymous—for offering their insight and perspectives on this work."…

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Added by Long Islander on June 7, 2018 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Wind Shill Habib Dagher: "This is our last chance in Maine to really transform the state's economy"

Yes Habib, flushing billions in taxpayer money down the toilet, killing ratepayers, harming fishermen, harming tourism and driving companies out of Maine due to yet higher electricity costs will indeed help the state's economy. What a shamelessly shilling self serving statement. BRASS. Give us a break. …

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Added by Long Islander on June 7, 2018 at 10:21am — No Comments

California's Patagonia joins NRCM in opposing Canadian hydropower transmission line through Maine

NRCM and the wind developers do not want this line. If the line is not built, many more wind projects would be planned for Maine. Does anyone think that NRCM told Patagonia how many ridges get destroyed and how many birds get killed when industrial wind projects come to Maine?

“Most of the power lines are in place already! Wind power causes way more destruction by blowing holes on tops of our beautiful mountains! Hydro power is steady,…

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Added by Long Islander on June 7, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Greenwood Maine - Public Information Meeting Tomorrow Night (Tue 6/5/18)

It appears that the Calpine “meet n greet” tomorrow is what the DEP calls a “Public Informational Meeting,” or PIM.

For more information on Greenwood wind, including minutes for various meetings, please click on:…

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Added by Long Islander on June 4, 2018 at 11:43pm — No Comments

John Droz, Jr.: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 4, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Electric rates going up again: grid constraints and green energy are culprits

Wind Turbines vs Bats — and the Health Consequences

Democrats’ dark money and the climate industrial complex

Following passage of good wind law, wind developer loses interest in NY town

40 New Scientific Papers Say Global Warming Does Not Exist

Study: Wind turbines increase the dependence on fossil fuel…

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Added by Long Islander on June 4, 2018 at 11:30am — 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

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(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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