Long Islander's Blog – August 2014 Archive (14)

BDN: Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/08/28/business/bingham-wind-energy-project-wins-preliminary-approval-from-maine-environmental-regulators/

Proposed 62-turbine wind farm for Bingham gets…

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Added by Long Islander on August 28, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Listen to Saving Maine's first three radio commercials exposing wind power in Maine

Click right here and turn your speakers on. These spots are being aired as part of Saving Maine's continuing advertising effort to counter the wind propaganda spewed by the wind industry and their sock puppets at Maine's so called environmental groups who have sold out the people of Maine.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Germany's push into renewables has unnerved German industry

"Energy intensive industries in particular have lost confidence in the future of Germany as a business location," said Thomas Mayer, a former chief economist at Deutsche Bank who now runs the Cologne-based Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. "I think this is a major issue that will burden German industry for years to come."

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Added by Long Islander on August 23, 2014 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

SPECIAL REPORT: WIND’S ROLE IN VERMONT’S ENERGY FUTURE

"Harnessing wind in Vermont is like “growing bananas” in the state, according to Mark Whitworth, executive director of Energize Vermont, a group opposing large-scale wind. It just does not make sense, he said. Ben Luce is a Lyndon State College professor of physics and natural science who is critical of Vermont’s renewable energy program. He said…

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Added by Long Islander on August 11, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

BDN: Pembroke residents question proposed power project

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff Posted Aug. 09, 2014

EXCERPT: While two people did speak in support, most speakers, however, were against the project or raised questions about it. Those who spoke included residents of Pembroke, a mixture of people with long ties to the area, transplanted retirees and summer residents. The objections raised frequently generated applause.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Can New PTC Guidance Open the Wind Market?

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Some larger wind companies stockpiled turbines or other equipment in 2013.  They may have had a list of projects at which they might use the equipment.  Companies have been asking whether they can change their minds -- for example, can a company decide in 2014 to use the equipment at a project it acquires from another developer who did not start construction in time on his project, use the stockpiled 2013 equipment, and treat the acquired project as under…
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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

First Wind in Maine Suffers Loss with Failure to Pass Mass Clean Energy Bill?

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First Wind: The Boston based wind developer was eyeing the clean energy bill, with the idea that some of the company’s wind turbines in Maine could piggyback on a new electricity connection to Canada. Now First Wind will have to rely on other ways to get its power into Massachusetts.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Appalachian Mountain Club to measure economic impact of conservation in the Maine woods

And what of the economic impact of industrial wind projects and their transmission lines in the Maine woods?

Appalachian Mountain Club to measure economic impact of conservation in the Maine woods…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2014 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Legal Petition by neighbors re Vinalhaven wind turbine noise now before the Maine Law Court

Fox Islands Wind Neighbors final brief to Maine Law Court

August 6, 2014

The final brief to the Maine Law Court by Fox Islands Wind Neighbors is now available to read, by clicking:

http://fiwn.wordpress.com/

Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Yet More Legal Problems for First Wind: Lawsuit filed against Deepwater Wind

Shields files lawsuit against CRMC, Deepwater Wind

August 5, 2014



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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Research points to serious under-reporting of wind turbine fires

Energy Editor, 5th August 2014

Fire is the second main cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to research at Edinburgh University, Imperial College and Sweden’s SP Technical Research Institute.

Moreover, the findings suggest that incidents of wind turbines catching fire are a problem that is not currently being fully…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2014 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

BDN - 2 bird, 2 bat species among Maine animals in line to be listed as endangered

2 bird, 2 bat species among Maine animals in line to be listed as endangered

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They get it from each other,” said Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist for the Falmouth-based Maine Audubon Society. “They’ve totally crashed. We don’t have huge bat populations in Maine, but … we’ve had places where we’d seen 200 to 300 to 600 bats now down to just a dozen. In some places, those northern long ears are gone. In some places, they’re not…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2014 at 7:32am — No Comments

Dixfield selectmen approve warrant for town meeting on wind energy moratorium

Dixfield selectmen approve warrant for town meeting on wind energy moratorium

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Since January 2013, the Planning Board has been revising a wind power development ordinance that was approved by voters in 2012. The revised version will be placed before voters at a later date.

During the June 16 board meeting, Selectman Hart Daley said he attended a recent Planning Board meeting at which lawyer Kristen Collins wanted to know why the town doesn't have a…

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Added by Long Islander on August 1, 2014 at 10:56am — No Comments

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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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