Long Islander's Blog – September 2010 Archive (15)

First Wind key backer hits skids

Please note that D.E. Shaw is also a major backer of First Wind.

Deepwater Wind's key backer hits skids

Big layoffs at D.E. Shaw as assets plunge

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

Published : Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

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Added by Long Islander on September 29, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Iberdrola CEO Finally Admits To Real Reason Behind $1.4 Billion Maine Power Reliability Project: WIND

Building the transmission upgrade for wind, eh? What about the originally cited reason of "aging lines". See: "Central Maine Power wants to replace aging lines"…
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Added by Long Islander on September 29, 2010 at 12:57am — 1 Comment

Iberdrola: "Let's experiment on Maine"

The primary reason for the $1.4 billion upgrade is so that wind farms can transport their electrons from disfigured Maine mountains to Mass and Ct. where they can power giant screen TV's and air conditioned McMansions when nobody's home. Great.

Yet when this project was "sold in" to us, it was done so under the entirely false pretense of aging lines. See:

"Central Maine Power wants to replace aging lines"…

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Added by Long Islander on September 28, 2010 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

State's Only Wind Turbine Experiment Marks 500th Day

Today marks the 500th day of operation of the UMPI wind turbine, the state's only experiment in this technology which creates enormous impact across the state and virtually no benefit. After 500 days, only 10.8% of capacity has been attained. These are very clear and compelling results that argue for a revisitation of all the bloated industrial wind claims within the context of the damage to Mainers, the damage to our environment and the negative economic effects that will result from the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2010 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

State's Only Wind Turbine Experiment Marks 500th Day

Today marks the 500th day of operation of the UMPI wind turbine, the state's only experiment in this flawed technology which creates enormous impact across the state and virtually no benefit. After 500 days, only 10.8% of capacity has been attained. These are very clear and compelling results that argue for a revisitation of all the bloated industrial wind claims within the context of the damage to Mainers, the damage to our environment and the negative economic effects that will result from…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Future Postcard From Maine?

Turbines destroyed in France
September 18, 2010

Credits:…
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Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

UMPI Spins Turbine - Get Out The Microscope

UMPI has added a new feature to the page on its website that provides data for its wind turbine - the page now includes a spinning turbine. And unlike the actual $2 million plus turbine on the campus, it seems to spin all the time. Please see http://www.umpi.edu/wind/live and click on "Live Turbine…

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Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Boston Herald Editorial on the "No Hydro" Rule, etc.

Revisit renewables

By Boston Herald Editorial Staff

Saturday, September 18, 2010

http://bostonherald.com/news/opinion/editorials/view.bg?articleid=1282285

National Grid has testified that its contract with Cape Wind is the best way of meeting new state requirements that a portion of electricity come from renewable sources. Yet Cape Wind’s extravagant $2 billion…

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Added by Long Islander on September 19, 2010 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Voices of Vinalhaven - A Listen Back

Rep. Hannah Pingree, Gov. Baldacci, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, George Baker, and students celebrate the largest community wind development in NE on Vinalhaven. (Source: Maine Insights)

For a look back (or listen back) please see the Vinalhaven video at:

Part 1…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Important: From Fox Islands Wind Neighbors

Important UPDATE: September 9, 2010



State of Maine finds Fox Island Wind Turbines in violation of noise standard





After months of data collection and analysis, the State of Maine agrees with the neighbors of the turbine farm on Vinalhaven: Fox Island Wind is in violation of state noise standard…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2010 at 9:38am — 5 Comments

Denmark to abandon future onshore wind farms in the country?

For all the hype we hear about Denmark cited as a shining example of wind power, it is interesting to read that "Last month, unnoticed in the UK, Denmark's giant state-owned power company, Dong Energy, announced that it would abandon future onshore wind farms in the country. "Every time we were building onshore, the public reacts in a negative way and we had a lot of criticism from neighbours," said a spokesman for the company. "Now we are putting all our efforts into…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

UMPI Wind Turbine Site Now Reporting CO2 Emissions - Incongruity Revealed?

Has anyone noticed that the UMPI site now reports CO2 along with wind turbine KWH production? Although the site provides no reference to time period in its reporting, one can only presume that the CO2 reported is for the same time period as the KWH reported - presumably project to date, with the project start date of 5/14/9 as reported in May 2009 by the Bangor Daily News.

The new CO2 reporting seems to reveal an incongruity.

When the project was started the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 10, 2010 at 10:42am — No Comments

Maine Freedom of Information Coalition is challenging all candidates

NEWS from MFOIC…

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Added by Long Islander on September 7, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Steve Thurston: True impacts obscured

True impacts obscured

By Steve Thurston



Published:

Friday, September 3, 2010 2:12 PM EDT

I am writing in response to Karin Tilberg’s letter-to-the-editor, in which she defends the “Wind Law” and the task force that led to its implementation “Articles were unfair,” Aug. 27).

She criticizes Naomi Schalit for unfairly characterizing the process, but the incriminating words in Schalit’s three-part series came not from Schalit, but…

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Added by Long Islander on September 3, 2010 at 4:11pm — 3 Comments

Archived Documents - latest document added 9/1/10

This is a place to find and download archived documents on this website. Please add documents to this repository as desired. Adding a file is very easy to do. This is accomplished by adding a comment to this post (entitled "Archived Documents") - when doing so, you simply click on the icon above the comment box that looks like a piece of paper, browse your hard drive for a file, add the file and click "Add Comment". A link to the file now exists as the comment and anyone can now…

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Added by Long Islander on September 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — 46 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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