Long Islander's Blog – September 2014 Archive (24)

Comment Submissions to DEP Needed on Yet Taller Turbines

BDN: First Wind Pushing for 600' Tall Turbine Allowances

Two thoughts:

1. That's about 10% higher than the Washington Monument

2. Our # 1 industry, tourism, relies on people fleeing the views of…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

First Wind celebrates Oakfield windpower project groundbreaking

Please see the comments below for latest Brad Blake email to BDN Reporter Jen Lynds on First Wind.

Yet another incursion in Katahdin country.

First Wind celebrates Oakfield windpower project groundbreaking

The power that will be generated by the project is contracted to be…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2014 at 2:00pm — 32 Comments

Fudging the UMPI wind power numbers in Maine - but who's watching?

On a test score, the following sort of discrepancy could be the difference between failing a course or getting a good grade. But when it comes to electricity, i.e., the ratepayer's wallet, who cares?

PPH: The Ultimate Sustainable Campus Map

Excerpt:

UMPI’s wind turbine has not yet lived up to its projected potential of producing 700,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. 

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Added by Long Islander on September 25, 2014 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

Welch to retire early as head of Maine’s PUC

Because the term of another commissioner, David Littell, is up in March, Welch’s early departure means the next governor will appoint two of the three PUC commissioners.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/24/tom-welch-maines-puc-chair-to-step-down-early/

Added by Long Islander on September 25, 2014 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

BDN - Bristol to vote on whether UMaine offshore wind project can connect to regional power grid in town

Nauseating how the photo shamelessly wraps this taxpayer scam in the flag in an attempt to convey patriotism when in fact it is traitorous treasury draining fraud.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 24, 2014 at 9:22pm — 1 Comment

Maine regulators agree on safety of CMP’s ‘smart meters’

Maine regulators agree on safety of CMP’s ‘smart meters’

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/23/smart-meters/

When the supply can't be depended upon as it can with a source like natural gas, an alternate way to match up supply and demand is to control the demand. Enter the smart meter.

 

"A smart grid would allow the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 24, 2014 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Another Wind Shill Piece in a Maine Newspaper

EXCERPT:

Wind power from projects such as those in northern Maine have also become competitive with other sources of generation

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/23/maine-voices-with-maine-at-clean-energy-tipping-point-next-governor-to-play-crucial-role/

Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2014 at 10:55am — No Comments

Around Maine, green is BMOC: Big mandate on campus

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Bowdoin College was putting in a major new solar complex, designed to generate about 8 percent of the campus’ annual electricity needs. 

What surprised us were the efforts being made in just about every corner of the state as institutions of higher education, both public and private, gear up for a future where oil is scarce, the stresses of global warming increase and Mainers have to become more…

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Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

BDN - Maine regulators asked to decide whether to charge electricity ratepayers for natural gas expansion

Maine regulators asked to decide whether to charge electricity ratepayers for natural gas expansion

PUC staff is scheduled to report Oct. 1 on whether and to what extent the three-member commission should use its authority to assess a tariff on electricity ratepayers to pay for new pipeline capacity.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 19, 2014 at 10:32am — 1 Comment

Shamelessly in the tank for Michaud, shilling for the waste that is wind

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This is an example of what could happen in this country, especially in New England, which has no indigenous fossil fuels but is rich in the wind, sun, rivers and tides that could produce emission-free electricity long into the future, with no fuel costs.

Throughout his term, Gov. LePage has focused on lowering energy costs by chasing the mirage of low-cost hydropower from Quebec and building a pipeline from the Pennsylvania…

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Added by Long Islander on September 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wind Money - Why are so many Texans writing checks in Maine’s governor race?

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Adams, whose First Wind title is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, made news when it came to light that he had taken an equity interest in First Wind while still serving as Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. He has been on the “Host Committee” for at least two Michaud fundraising parties. 

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Added by Long Islander on September 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Hancock County approves latest financial agreements with First Wind

The project is expected to generate $11 million in property tax revenue for Hancock County over the 30-year term of the agreement — $5.82 million of which will end up in county coffers, and Hancock Wind will keep roughly $5.12 million. The wind developer will retain 70 percent of its annual tax payments to the county for 20 years, with the county getting the remaining 30 percent. But for each of the final 10 years of the agreement, the county would keep 100 percent of the project tax…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2014 at 12:17am — No Comments

So what did Cutler and Michaud say about energy this morning?

Unfortunately, I don't believe the state's major newspapers have spent any ink on the content of what candidates Cutler and Michaud had to say at E2Tech about energy this morning in Portland, instead placing all focus on the Governor's decision to withdraw from the event.

Did Cutler and Michaud disagree at all about wind power or are they each equally beholden to the wind industry?…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2014 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Jeremy Payne Pushes Eolian in Bangor Daily News

The role wind farms play in improving the quality of our air and the health of our environment is undeniable.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/11/opinion/contributors/frankfort-will-see-wind-farms-benefits-but-so-will-the-rest-of-maine/?ref=regionstate

Added by Long Islander on September 11, 2014 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Maine group gets grant to detect bats, birds near wind turbines

Biodiversity Research Institute will use the federal money to help develop high-tech cameras.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/10/maine-group-gets-grant-to-detect-bats-birds-near-wind-turbines/

Added by Long Islander on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Environmental groups split about Bingham wind project approval

Selling out:

Meanwhile, three environmental advocacy groups — the Sierra Club, Conservation Law Foundation and Environment Maine — announced their support for the project Tuesday in a joint news release. 

In February, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy …

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Added by Long Islander on September 8, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Liberal Billionaire Tom Steyer: Dems' "cash for climate change"

Meet the latest wealthy political powerhouse, California liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who has emerged as an environmental hero and major source of cash for Democrats.  



This is not just any Big-Bucks liberal. He's the extremely successful …

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Added by Long Islander on September 7, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

BDN - Habib Dagher carefully orchestrates a boat ride

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Dagher stressed that UMaine is still in the running for a significantly larger federal award. If more funding becomes available * through the budgeting process or another recipient fails to meet the terms of their agreement with the Department of Energy, the department could dole out that money to any candidates that didn’t receive the full amount, according to Danielson.

Friday’s event drew Rep. Mike Michaud and Sen. Susan Collins, who were credited for their…

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Added by Long Islander on September 6, 2014 at 7:17am — 1 Comment

West Gardiner enacts cell tower and wind turbine moratorium

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The moratorium applies to new towers more than 40 feet tall that generate wind power or provide radio or television transmission, commercial mobile wireless services, unlicensed wireless services, cellular telephone services, specialized mobile radio communications, common carrier wireless exchange access services, personal communications service or pager services.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 5, 2014 at 3:25pm — No Comments

BDN: Eolian tries again to erect wind turbines atop Mount Waldo

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This time around, Eolian officials have been seeking comment from residents about the $100,000 the company is guaranteeing to pay every year in a community benefits package.

Frankfort’s current wind ordinance, passed by a 244-222 vote, in the fall of 2011, became the first land-use regulation to be enacted in the Waldo County community. It creates a setback of 1 mile from the turbines to each property line of a landowner who is not…

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Added by Long Islander on September 4, 2014 at 8:30pm — 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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