Long Islander's Blog – July 2012 Archive (17)

A foreign corporation must not have greater rights than American citizens

July 29, 2012

Letter to the Editor - Maine Sunday Telegram

Citizens in Lexington and Concord townships have taken a stand. In 2008, without our input, our rural communities were haphazardly rezoned as "industrial," but for one industry only -- the wind industry.

Spain's Iberdrola Renewables has set its sights on the mountain summits of these townships.

If we were citizens in an organized town, we would have the ability to draft an ordinance to…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2012 at 9:09am — 12 Comments

BDN - Aging power grid on overload as U.S. demands more electricity

Aging power grid on overload as U.S. demands more electricity

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/02/business/aging-power-grid-on-overload-as-u-s-demands-more-electricity/

Not a single mention of the strain on the grid caused by wind…
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Added by Long Islander on July 28, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Portland Press Herald article: Are smart meters hurting Mainers?

Posted: July 24

Updated: Today at 1:24 AM
 

Are smart meters hurting Mainers?

The Maine Public Utilities Commission wants an answer – and decides to investigate safety concerns.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Press-Herald: Electricity rates expected to climb – and climb

Posted: July 22

Updated: Today at 9:32 AM
 

 

Electricity rates expected to climb – and climb

This month’s modest increase will be followed by more hikes over the next five years to pay for power grid upgrades.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Portland Daily Sun Commentary: Energy speculators ruining Maine's mountains for subsidies and tax breaks need to be stopped

The Crash Report: The Answer is Not Blowing In the Wind

Commentary: The energy speculators ruining Maine's mountains for subsidies and tax breaks need to be stopped.



(The Portland Daily Sun welcomes feedback on this commentary. Please send feedback to…
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Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Governor LePage: I look forward to introducing legislation that will lower energy prices.

7/19/12

Governor’s Address: Let’s Get Maine Working 

Hello. This is Governor Paul LePage.

It’s the number one debate on the national front, and no I’m not talking about Obamacare. While we must find a solution to our health care crisis, what Americans and Mainers are most concerned with is the uncertainty of our economy – in short, jobs or lack thereof. But is there really a shortage of…

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Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2012 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

CMP completes 39-mile transmission line in Somerset County

CMP completes 39-mile transmission line in Somerset County

Posted July 16, 2012, at 4:56 p.m
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Added by Long Islander on July 17, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Angus King's New Wheels

The Crash Report: The King's New Wheels

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Added by Long Islander on July 17, 2012 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Residents protest wind site proposal for Passadumkeag Mountain

Residents protest wind site proposal for Passadumkeag Mountain…

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Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2012 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Maine Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against PUC and Therefore Iberdrola on Smart Meters

12:55 PM 

Court sides with smart-meter foes on health issues

Because the meters already are installed, it’s not clear what the practical effect of the court’s decision may be.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Lynne Williams to NRCM: Please begin to listen to us

 

The following note to Lisa Pohlman, Executive Director of NRCM is posted on behalf of Lynne Williams, former chairperson of the Maine Green Independent Party, and candidate for the party's nomination for Governor of Maine in the 2010 election. The note is in response to Ms. Pohlmann's blog of earlier today, parts of which are excerpted immediately following Lynne Williams' note.

7/3/12

Dear…
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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2012 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Wind Project Born of Backroom Deals?

Do wind projects ever come about in any other way?

Brown calls for fed probe of Cape Wind

By Hillary Chabot and Matt Stout

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown yesterday…

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Added by Long Islander on July 3, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

KEAG PARTY Thursday Night July 12

Passadumkeag that is. And hardly a party, but hopefully a turning point.

 

Exercise your rights as a citizen and be present at the DEP Public Meeting in Greenbush on Thursday, July 12 from 7-9 PM.

Maine Government News…

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Added by Long Islander on July 2, 2012 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

WIND ENERGY CO2 EMISSION REDUCTIONS ARE OVERSTATED

WIND ENERGY CO2 EMISSION REDUCTIONS ARE OVERSTATED

 

Because wind energy is variable and intermittent, it requires backup by quick-ramping, open cycle gas turbine generators that ramp up when wind energy ebbs and ramp down when it surges which occurs at least 100 times per day. Such part-load-ramping operation is inefficient and requires extra fuel/kWh and emits extra CO2/kWh. The extras offset a significant part of what wind energy was meant to reduce, as…

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Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Imagine that government mandated that 20% of all air transport be in the form of gliders

"Imagine that government mandated that 20% of all air transport be in the form of gliders, which is what it is doing in the electricity sector."

Read the rest of this thoughtful piece here.

The Inhibiting Power of Dilute Energy

Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

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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 (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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