Long Islander's Blog – July 2016 Archive (15)

Pierce Atwood: Maine DEP Developing NEW RULE For Wind Power Projects

Importantly, with respect to scenic impacts, the proposed rule would allow DEP to apply traditional Site Law standards to a proposed wind power project if DEP determines the project “may result in unreasonable adverse effects.” 

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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2016 at 10:23pm — No Comments

PUBLIC ADVOCATE????? - Payments by Mainers to ensure grid reliability will TRIPLE in two years (PPH)

The price that electric consumers in Maine and New England pay to make sure there’s enough power to meet future demand will more than double next June and more than triple in June 2018, before easing in 2019..............Tim Schneider, Maine’s Public Advocate, said that consumers need to recognize that the entire country is making a transition from one fleet of power generators to another, and there’s a cost associated with…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2016 at 6:29am — 1 Comment

Why are all 10 of these groups based in the same office suite in Boston?

One is left to wonder as to why so many different groups, some of them so called "environmental" are all based at the same office suite in Boston. And this may only be a partial list. Are they commonly funded and if so, who is behind them?

Three Supposedly Separate Groups With Same Boston Address Criticize Natural Gas (BDN)

"Natural gas should not be part of the country’s clean energy future…

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Added by Long Islander on July 28, 2016 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

James Lutz: Governor LePage absolutely correct on ethanol (BDN)

Gov. Paul LePage is absolutely correct that gasoline blended with 15 percent or more ethanol is bad for the consumer and the environment, contrary to what Rick Santorum had to say in his July 18 OpEd.

In my opinion, the most important issue is that it ruins fuel systems and actually corrodes carburetors and fuel injectors. It eats seals and gaskets and is particularly detrimental to small two-cycle motors. The ethanol makes them almost unusable after only a year or two.

The…

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Added by Long Islander on July 28, 2016 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Maine DEP Developing New Rule For Wind Power Projects (PIERCE ATWOOD)

Note that Pierce Atwood is offering to assist (the wind industry presumably in drafting comments and that comments are due August 8. Please be sure to read this and pass it on to all you know. We need to submit every comment we can.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it is developing a new Site Law rule that will address certain development standards for wind projects. The standards…

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Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2016 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

EDP Renewables' attorney foiled by Rights-Based Ordinance

Beliveau said the battle isn’t over -- “You’ve made a choice, and it’s unfortunate,” he told selectmen. Representing EDP Renewables, attorney Mark E. Beliveau, a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portsmouth, told the selectmen........

http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140716/NEWS05/140719204

Added by Long Islander on July 19, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

One Week to Go For Selection of Maine Wind Bids by Villains to the South

One week to go until July 26 - prepare for the coming fight which will forever affect Maine as we know it.

The projects altogether would add another 2,140 megawatts of wind power capacity in Maine.

That’s about 3.5 times the capacity of Maine wind turbines online in November 2015.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 19, 2016 at 12:35pm — 6 Comments

How to let Connecticut know we are not happy with their feelgood energy goals which harm Maine

Connecticut's Process to For Feelgood Wind Power at Mainers' Expense

The following, which was found at the website of Connecticut's Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. (DEEP), discusses their process for soliciting bids from wind power generators, as part of their three state effort with Mass and RI.

"DEEP will ultimately review the responses to all three RFPs, compare the projects against each other, and identify the best mix of…

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Added by Long Islander on July 16, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Robert Bryce: Backlash against big wind: Booing Sierra Clubbers (includes Bowers project reference)

...Gary Campbell, the president of PPDLW, told me that his group got no help from national environmental groups even though the wind project -- which was being pushed by the now-bankrupt alt-energy outfit, SunEdison  -- was to be built adjacent to some of Maine’s most scenic lakes. “Every time we approached Maine Audubon, they slammed the door in our face,” Campbell told me. Campbell’s group fought the project for six years with no paid staff and no attorneys. Their total spending: about…

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Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2016 at 10:32am — 1 Comment

PPH - At latest town hall, LePage speaks against Moosehead region wind, solar projects

SunEdison has aroused opposition to wind power in the Greenville area with a proposal for a 26-turbine wind farm on Misery Ridge, near Moosehead Lake. But the project has been mired in uncertainty since April, when SunEdison declared bankruptcy. The company has sold some of its other Maine projects.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 14, 2016 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

The Media Infers "Global Leadership" from UMaine's Toy Tax-money Taking Turbine

The Pied Piper was a leader as well. So is the first lemming over the cliff. For years we keep seeing stories like this but never an investigative piece on this complete fraud of an industry and the various players benefiting financially - including a large number who instead are supposed to be looking out for you and me.

Where's the story about wind pusher ex-Gov Baldacci who created the laws that created this mess and is now Vice Chair of the second…

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Added by Long Islander on July 10, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Must Read: Maine's Wind Travesty Must be Stopped (Ellsworth American)

...Maine’s greatest resource is our unparalleled scenery — our mountains, lakes, rivers and ocean coastline. Continuing to despoil this birthright to support a misguided energy policy and put big money in the pockets of developers and investors is a travesty that must be stopped.

http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/opinions/wind-big-money

Added by Long Islander on July 9, 2016 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

BDN - Passadumkeag Wind sells for $127 million to Southern Power

“Construction activities began in 2015 and are expected to be completed shortly after this acquisition,” the company said in a news release Monday.

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/07/05/news/state/passadumkeag-wind-sells-for-127-million-to-southern-power/

Added by Long Islander on July 6, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments

SunEdision Motion to Sell Property Free and Clear of Liens (July 1, 2016)

SunEdision asking for yet another break?



Court Name: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Southern District of New York

Case Number: 16-10992-smb

Party Name: SunEdison, Inc., et al.,

Filing Type: Bankruptcy, Office: 1 Chapter: 11 [Motion, Sell Property Free And Clear of Liens Under Section 363(f) (Fee)]

Date Published: July 01, 2016…

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Added by Long Islander on July 4, 2016 at 12:16pm — No Comments

PPH - Sierra Club Maine Attacks Gov LePage's Stance on Wind Power

The governor’s environmental policies are consistently outmoded and self-defeating. A case in point is his irrational opposition to necessary clean energy development like solar and wind.........

Becky Bartovics

North Haven

Tony Donovan

Portland

Executive Committee chair and vice chair, Sierra Club Maine…

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Added by Long Islander on July 3, 2016 at 5:30am — 2 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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