Long Islander's Blog – August 2018 Archive (30)

Franklin County officials release details of request to CMP, cry foul

But the memorandum of understanding request by local officials — which they earlier refused to disclose and kept secret — was released in detail Thursday only after they cried foul, saying the power company had canceled a meeting to discuss the matter.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 30, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

EUT Member Who Condones Wind Desecration Condemns Transmission (BDN)

Does Rep. Janice Cooper not recognize that wherever wind "farms" are built the world over, mammoth new transmission lines must go in? Why are wind transmission lines good but hydro transmission lines bad Ms. Cooper?

While I think Massachusetts should get their electricity without running roughshod on other states, if the hydro line is to go in, I agree that this should be done in a manner that maximizes benefit for Mainers and avoids all possible desecration of Maine's…

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Added by Long Islander on August 29, 2018 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Former Maine Public Advocate: Replace CMP and Emera

One wonders if former Gov Baldacci will soon be giving the former Public Advocate a call. Maybe it would go something like this:

"Hey Gordon, when CMP parent Avangrid made me their vice chairperson back in December 2015, they figured I'd be able to keep stuff like this from happening. As the former governor, this is really embarrassing. Avangrid…

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Added by Long Islander on August 28, 2018 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines every year because they are drawn to red warning light

Rollins Lights

Rollins Wind: Turbine lights on Rocky Dundee seen from Upper Pond (Rainer Egle)

Thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines every year because they are drawn to red warning light

The mystery of why more than 80,000 bats are killed by wind turbines in the UK each year may finally have been solved.

Scientists found the winged creatures are naturally drawn to sources of red light…

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Added by Long Islander on August 27, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

Wind Power Pusher Gov Baldacci Compensated $200,000 a year by Avangrid (CMP parent and giant wind company)

Baldacci was elected vice chair of the board of Avangrid, then the nation's second largest wind company, in December 2015 and only now --- for the very first time --- does the Portland Press Herald announce this. Why was this never done before. Baldacci is the creator of the state's horrendous 2008 expedited wind law that makes it near impossible to stop a…

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Added by Long Islander on August 26, 2018 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

The Hamptons and First Wind Parent D.E. Shaw

The family fund of Google’s former executive chairman Eric Schmidt owns 20 percent of hedge fund D.E. Shaw, Deepwater’s corporate parent. Google has advocated for a continent-scale wind installation called the Atlantic Wind Connection project. COMEO/Frederic Legrand

A Mighty Wind

AUGUST 16, 2018

BY | KEVIN…

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Added by Long Islander on August 25, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 20, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

A Trove Of New Research Spells Out The Folly Of Renewable Energy

The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

What Is The Cost Of Getting To A 100% “Renewable” Electric Grid?

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

Legal Power List identifies political risks for wind

NY local representative says wind turbine project has…

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2018 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Critics question plan for CMP power line through western Maine

Dot Kelly, a Sierra Club official in Maine, said she would rather see more emphasis on solar, wind and battery-storage technology.................

Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, said it is has “pretty significant concerns” about whether the plan will stymie the growth of new green power producers in Maine by tying up transmission capacity......................

The project “is going to bisect Maine,”…

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2018 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Energy Expert and Wind Critic Jim LaBrecque Running for State Senate

It is fair to say, if not for LaBrecque’s work, you would be paying more in energy bills than you are now.

LaBrecque has spent his time in the LePage Administration fighting against the wind and solar lobbies, and for energy policies that protect the environment while lowering your energy bills.

The carbon-mitigation specialist says he’s running…

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Added by Long Islander on August 17, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A bad energy gamble for Massachusetts

Take a look at what is happening in Massachusetts.

Groups like 350.org, founded by an activist named Bill McKibben, “uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all,” according to their website. They don’t mean in the future, when those new technologies might be reliable and profitable - they want it…

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Added by Long Islander on August 17, 2018 at 10:17am — No Comments

Officials ask CMP to compensate Franklin County as part of transmission line deal

A group of elected officials in Franklin County is not revealing what it has requested from Central Maine Power Co. as compensation for a proposed Canada-to-Massachusetts power line project that will cut through the county...........................In Somerset County, CMP also signed a separate memorandum of understanding with a conservation group for $22 million in mitigation payments that would help boost tourism and recreation.

More at: …

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Added by Long Islander on August 17, 2018 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Friends of Maine's Mountains Update on Canadian Hydro

Update on the CMP / Hydro Quebec Power Line

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Added by Long Islander on August 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

John Baldacci's Wind Company Has Chutzpah to Imply Bias

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Avangrid's Vice Chairperson, John Baldacci, is of course the person whose completely biased moves in Maine as governor led to Maine's horrendous expedited wind law which makes it near impossible to stop the wind developers from trashing Maine, save for protective local ordinances.

We now need some affirmative action to correct the injustices wrought by this horrible law - wriitten by and for the wind industry with full cooperation from paid…

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Added by Long Islander on August 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

NEW ENGLAND GOVERNORS STATEMENT ON REGIONAL ENERGY AFFORDABILITY

Hey Massachusetts - how about some natural gas pipeline into Maine just for starters?

NEW ENGLAND GOVERNORS STATEMENT ON REGIONAL ENERGY AFFORDABILITY

13 AUGUST 2018…
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Added by Long Islander on August 15, 2018 at 10:48am — 6 Comments

Today is last chance to send your comments to Gov's Maine State Wind Commission

If you've not done so already, please email a comment to Governor LePage's wind commission. Today, August 15, is the last day.

Governor Seeks Public Input on the Impact of Wind Development on Western and Coastal Maine  

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage is seeking input from communities, organizations and citizens of the State of Maine regarding the economic…

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Added by Long Islander on August 15, 2018 at 10:06am — 3 Comments

President Trump: “Bing, that’s the end of that windmill"

“Bing, that’s the end of that windmill,” Trump said, imitating someone shooting a windmill.

The president pointed out…

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Added by Long Islander on August 14, 2018 at 7:32am — 5 Comments

Self Declared Environmentalists: Power from massive Canadian dams isn’t renewable

The Vermont Sierra Club, 350Vermont and other environmental groups are protesting a New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference this week. They oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure and say electricity from large hydro dams or biomass plants should not count as renewable energy............

Becky Bartovics, an organic farmer from the Maine island of North Haven, detailed the environmental cost of the infrastructure needed to transport hydropower…

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Added by Long Islander on August 14, 2018 at 7:31am — 8 Comments

High court to decide fate of Northern Pass transmission line

On Friday, Eversource appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, seeking a reconsideration of the New Hampshire decision. The lawsuit claims the Site Evaluation Committee didn't follow its own rules. While Northern Pass has all federal and international permits lined up, the lack of state approval has blocked the…

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Added by Long Islander on August 12, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Mass residents raise issue with turbines

Buzzards Bay residents plagued night-and-day by four Future Generation wind turbines operating on Mann cranberry bog in South Plymouth have returned to the Bourne Board of Health seeking intervention and relief.

The board, however, says its jurisdiction does not extend across the town line. The board has been legally advised not to consider out-of-town matters already adjudicated by the Barnstable Superior Court.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 12, 2018 at 7:47am — No 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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