Long Islander's Blog – July 2013 Archive (20)

PPH - N.H. utility to end renewable energy rate program

N.H. utility to end renewable energy rate program

Other utilities face similar situations if not enough customers sign up to pay higher rates to support renewable sources.

The company says it would take just 1 percent of its total customers signing up to keep the program alive, but after two years, only 148 customers were enrolled, or about .04 percent.

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Potential rusting derelict wind turbines will be no wind advocate's fault

Frary: Adventurous Investments

EXCERPT:

Confident predictions about our energy future may be foolish, but I will make one prediction with absolute certainty. If those thousands of wind-power projects end as rusting derelicts no politician or advocate who supported them will suffer for it; no one will be held accountable. Politically motivated investments are the most risk-free ventures known to…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Grounds enough for Gov. Paul LePage's criticisms of our state-mandated wind-power industry

Ever-changing reality shows that LePage right when it comes to energy

by John Frary

John Frary, of Farmington, is a retired professor.

Excerpts:

These are grounds enough for Gov. Paul LePage's criticisms of our…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Rep. Larry Dunphy: Adding more large-scale hydro would lower bills

Another View: Adding more large-scale hydro would lower bills in Maine

The Press Herald's July 23 editorial, "Our View: Maine can have both hydro and wind power," criticizes the…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

William Chapman: “Renewable” energy is the current buzzword for ruining our mountains and devastating the wildlife (BDN)

Restore mountaintops

It is interesting that after more than a century of damming our rivers for hydropower, we are now restoring these rivers. The removal of the Veazie dam is just one example of the efforts now being made so fish can once again swim upstream to spawn.

More than a century ago, when these dams were…

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Added by Long Islander on July 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

A Mainer whose Family Dates Back to 1698 Writes "Ten Ways to Kill Big Wind"

Mike Bond is a Maine native whose family arrived here in 1698. Although he now lives out of state, he returns to Maine regularly. He has done considerable environmental work in Maine and beyond and would be happy to help us out in keeping these horrible wind projects out of his and our beloved state.

Please read the following document from Mr. Bond entitled "Ten Ways to Kill Big Wind" and heed it well. It is made available in both Word and PDF:…

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Added by Long Islander on July 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

On UMS Board, First Wind's Kurt Adams now Outnumbered by Gov LePage Appointees

UPDATE on 7/26/13 - from the UMS website, it would appear that Governor LePage has just extended the terms of two of the three UMS Trustees whose terms expired back in May, when we last reported on this. They are Michelle Hood and Kenin McCarty. (See bios below).

There is still one person whose term expired 5/26/13 who has not yet been replaced, Eleanor M. Baker.

As a result of the two…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Maine DEP Draft Order, Application of Champlain Wind, LLC

For those who were not on the interested parties list and did not  receive DEP's Bowers announcement, here's a link to the draft of the decision document:



http://www.ppdlw.org/articles/ChamplainWindL25800ANBN%20draft.pdf



Also, the following links to a word…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Bower Power: DEP staff recommends rejecting Carroll Plantation wind farm (Bangor Daily News)

DEP staff recommends rejecting Carroll Plantation wind farm…

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Added by Long Islander on July 24, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

PPH - Maine residents divided on wind turbines

Maine residents divided on wind turbines

The biggest wind farm in the state could bring significant cash, but it could also mar the rural scene in northern Somerset County.

By RACHEL OHM Morning Sentinel

http://www.pressherald.com/news/residents-divided-on-wind-turbines_2013-07-23.html

Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

BDN - Bingham Wind Project meeting brings out supporters, opponents

Bingham Wind Project meeting brings out supporters, opponents

Posted July 22, 2013, at 10:30 p.m.

Last modified July 23, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Governor LePage: Mainers Should Not be Forced to Pay More on Their Electricity Bill

July 20, 2013

Official Photograph of Governor LePage

Radio Address: Mainers Should Not be Forced to Pay More on Their Electricity Bill

July 20, 2013

My fellow Mainers, I have two simple questions for you.

Would you like to pay more or less for electricity? Would you like to pay more or less to heat your homes?

Hello, this is Governor Paul…

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Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

BDN - Clifton planners hear arguments in remanded wind farm plan; August workshops scheduled

Clifton planners hear arguments in remanded wind farm plan; August workshops scheduled

Posted July 19, 2013, at 5:25 a.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on July 19, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments

BDN - Board delays final vote on Passadumkeag Mountain wind project

Board delays final vote on Passadumkeag Mountain wind project

Posted July…
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Added by Long Islander on July 19, 2013 at 12:21am — No Comments

EUT's Ed Youngblood: Bold energy bill is game changer for Maine (BDN)

Bold energy bill is game changer for Maine

By Ed Youngblood, Special to the BDN

Posted July 17, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.
Sen. Ed Youngblood, R-Brewer, is the ranking Republican on the Energy, Utilities, and…
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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2013 at 2:28pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr - AWED is officially announcing its new website

AWED (Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions) is officially announcing its new website

http://www.wiseenergy.org/new-members/

AWED (Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions) is officially announcing its new website: WiseEnergy.org.…
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Added by Long Islander on July 16, 2013 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Where is your wind this week liars? (BDN article)

Let's see where all this wind is that supposedly powers all these homes everytime some of the slick wind industry thieves from Massachussetts are persuading legislators and judges to crush Mainers' rights.

Here's how UMPI's turbine has been doing:…

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Added by Long Islander on July 16, 2013 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Al Diamon writes about MPBN's non-disclosure of First Wind contributions in article about First Wind

Please see Mr. Diamon's piece here:

http://thebollard.com/2013/07/01/media-mutt-90/

In addition to disclosure, it would be nice to see some hard edged reporting.

For example, the MPBN article used the wholly deceptive and tired wind industry claim that "...the project would generate 186 megawatts of electrcity - enough to power as many as 87,000 homes." …

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Added by Long Islander on July 5, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

BDN - Offshore wind project put on hold after political battle over energy bill

Offshore wind project put on hold after political battle over energy bill

Posted July 03, 2013, at 2:07 p.m.

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Added by Long Islander on July 3, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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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 (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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