Long Islander's Blog – August 2016 Archive (23)

UMaine's Habib Dagher slams Hoover Dam's capacity factor in praising wind but ignores dispatchability

".....But the massive Hoover Dam, which has a nameplate capacity of 2,000 megawatts, has a capacity factor of only 25 percent. That’s because the flow of a river, like wind, fluctuates over time. So a 50 percent capacity factor for offshore wind energy is actually pretty decent".…

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Added by Long Islander on August 31, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump can get rid of wind energy ‘over my dead body’

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the author of the original wind energy tax credit in 1992, said a hypothetical President Trump wouldn’t be able to get rid of wind power in the U.S. as long as he’s alive. The GOP nominee has railed for years that…

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Added by Long Islander on August 31, 2016 at 6:38am — 3 Comments

Wind industry: Replace transmission after only 25 years to accommodate wind - after all, it's not our money!

If building wind projects on the Maine woods' skyline is the crime, then building the required new transmission amounts to forcing the people to pay for the getaway car.

Read the article at: …

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2016 at 10:57am — 13 Comments

PPH - Frighteningly limited baseload supply (NE Ratepayers Association)

CONCORD, N.H. — On Aug. 17, the Massachusetts supreme court vacated a rulingby the state’s Department of Public Utilities that would have permitted electric utilities to charge ratepayers for pipeline capacity – and then sell the gas to generators. This could be the swan song for the last major natural gas pipeline expansion project on the table for New England.......................

Marc Brown is executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association in Concord,…

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2016 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

First Wind Spinoff Out to Sea

The CEO was the chief of staff of the governor of Rhode Island.

Initial financing for the $300 million project came from the D. E. Shaw Group, a big investment firm based in Manhattan.

D. E. Shaw’s head of United States private equity investment, Bryan Martin, had invested huge sums…

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments

Rural Mainers want more say in fast-tracked wind projects (PPH)

Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, said some investors are now being “scared off” with towns leaving the zone. Payne said the expedited state process already includes public hearings and can take years.........

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/20/rural-mainers-want-more-say-in-fast-tracked-wind-projects/

Added by Long Islander on August 20, 2016 at 1:56pm — 3 Comments

End industrial wind nightmare

It’s true. The system is broken, it’s corrupt, and it doesn’t matter how many people bring attention to it. They do not care, which has been said all along, and once again, confirmed.

http://www.windaction.org/posts/45578-end-industrial-wind-nightmare#.V7MVSvkrKUk

Added by Long Islander on August 16, 2016 at 9:36am — No Comments

Wind Industry Furious That Wyoming Is Taxing Wind Turbines

Case worries too many wind turbines could ruin the state’s tourism industry and outdoor feel.

“Wind turbines are an irreversible change to the landscape,.......The benefits of wind are disproportionately on the West Coast, and the costs of wind are disproportionately in Wyoming — and I mean the social costs,”…

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Added by Long Islander on August 16, 2016 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

BDN - Wind farm proposal near Moosehead Lake has potential buyer

The renewable energy giant SunEdison has asked a bankruptcy judge to approve its sale of various wind projects, including a proposal near Moosehead Lake that has generated local opposition.

SunEdison wants to sell the proposed 26-turbine project on Misery Ridge as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it has asked a court to allow the renewable energy division of the Houston-based NRG to serve as the starting bidder, or…

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Added by Long Islander on August 16, 2016 at 12:00am — No Comments

Maine TIF law allows billions in business property taxes to be diverted (Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting)

Part one of a two-part series, "The TIF Game"

Get a TIF, and you, too, have to pay taxes on that new warehouse or factory – but the taxes don’t help pay for the schools, plowing and cops.

Instead, the property taxes paid by a company with a TIF…

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Added by Long Islander on August 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

SunEdison Shareholders Denied Official Role in Bankruptcy

A U.S. judge denied a request by shareholders of SunEdison for an official committee to represent them in the bankruptcy of the U.S. renewable power plant developer, which the judge described as “hopelessly insolvent.”

http://fortune.com/2016/08/12/sunedison-shareholders-denied-official-role-in-bankruptcy/

Added by Long Islander on August 14, 2016 at 7:49am — 3 Comments

Southern N.E. Driving Development of Maine Wind

This article talks about the growth of "public demand for clean energy". What a complete crock that is. Horrible biased reporting. The people of southern New England states don't demand "clean" energy. Rather, their legislators (many …

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Added by Long Islander on August 11, 2016 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

More Expansion Creep - Record Hill/Roxbury Pond

In light of the Spruce Mountain  "expansion creep" possibly being discussed at the Bethel Inn tomorrow, I'm re-posting the following expansiion creep post having to do with Record Hill. I'm not sure of the status but am throwing it out there.

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UPDATE Nov 9, 2015 - Wind power project presented to Roxbury residents

Apparently there was just…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2016 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments

Maine assets on the chopping block at fire sale prices?

NRG Energy bids for SunEdison wind and solar projects

Published: Aug 9, 2016

The projects up for sale are located in Utah, California, Maine, Hawaii, Texas and Washington, court papers…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2016 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

Residents seek info on wind power project

Residents seek info on wind power project

According to a resident on Bryant Mountain in Milton, seeing wind turbines when he looks across to Chamberlain Mountain is going to be an ugly sight.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2016 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Procrastinator Special: You Have One Hour for Comments

See Alice McKay's email below. Please take even five minutes and write something yourself if you have not already done so.

The email address for Mark Margerum at the DEP is: mark.t.margerum@maine.gov

A description of what they are taking comments on is here:…

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Added by Long Islander on August 8, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Less than 24 Hours Left For You To Email a Comment

The emailing deadline for comments to the DEP is 5PM tomorrow (Monday, 8/8/16). If you haven't gotten something in please do so. This is your chance to impact the rules that will affect you. Please act now.

To Read the comments that FMM has submitted, CLICK…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

GARY CAMPBELL: our chance to help DEP develop more reasonable standards for Wind Energy applications

 

  • SCENIC CHARACTER,
  • SHADOW FLICKER,
  • PUBLIC SAFETY,
  • TANGIBLE BENEFITS   and
  • DECOMMISSIONING

Gary is the man who led the successful fight against First Wind/Sun Edision…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2016 at 10:15pm — 4 Comments

Mainers Bribed and Gagged - "They all get rich while the townspeople get sick"

Please see the comments below from Alice McKay Barnett, Gary Campbell and Penny Gray.

Residents seek info on wind power project

..... “Also,” she said, “there are often economic benefits to the surrounding towns. There are payments to gas stations, stores and motels. There's a pretty significant indirect benefit to the uninvolved surrounding communities.”.......The Maine Land Use Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2016 at 10:15pm — 26 Comments

5 Days to Protect Maine's Scenery and Tranquility

Comment deadline: August 8, 2016

Please send comments in writing to Mark Margerum at:

Email: mark.t.margerum@maine.gov

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

17 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0017

Phone: 207-287-7842

Fax: 207-287-7191

Opportunity for Comment

Pre-rulemaking…

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Added by Long Islander on August 3, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 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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