Long Islander's Blog – September 2017 Archive (17)

The Wind Industry Does Not Want Mainers to See this Video

Not as long as we get Noreasters.

The AWEA claims that wind "farms" survive hurricanes:

"In summary: wind turbines can survive hurricanes. It’s up to existing projects, project developers, turbine manufacturers and the industry as a whole, to update the public on how turbines handle extreme weather events".…

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Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2017 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

DOE Secretary Perry Urges FERC to Take Swift Action to Address Threats to Grid Resiliency

9/29/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take swift action to address threats to U.S. electrical grid resiliency.  Pursuant to his authority under Section 403 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, the Secretary urged the Commission to issue a final rule requiring its organized markets to develop and implement reforms that would…

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Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2017 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

LePage wants to develop a new gas pipeline from Quebec

Environmental groups in Maine have been fighting pipeline expansions, favoring investments in efficiency, wind and solar........In his remarks to the gas group, LePage blamed “liberals” who have pushed policies to subsidize wind and solar energy for Maine’s above-average electric costs, noting that nearly half of the state’s electricity is generated by gas. …

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Added by Long Islander on September 28, 2017 at 7:47pm — 2 Comments

The Free Press: Major Article on Maine Wind Power Transmission

Those of us involved in the wind battle before CMP got to build its "CMP Upgrade" or Maine Power Reliability Project (MPRP) will recall that during the "sale" of this project to Mainers, the media hammered away about the project being needed for reliability -- primarily needed because of "aging lines" and population growth (despite population forecasts of next to nothing for both Maine and New England). What the Maine ratepayer almost never heard from the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 14, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Wind Developers Must Stop Their Lies And Scare Tactics

The various companies currently operating in Palo Alto County would have us believe that their proposed 177-turbine project is all but a done deal. In fact, a neighbor of mine was approached just a week or so ago for permission to cross his land with connecting cables. When he declined, the man insinuated that they would be able to do so anyway. This is not true. If you don't give them permission, they cannot cross your land! What disturbs me most is the unscrupulous but highly effective…

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Added by Long Islander on September 14, 2017 at 9:50am — No Comments

BDN - Lucas St. Clair says having industrial activity near national monument was in "his plan"

Hopefully industrial wind in the monument's long touted nearby host communities is not in Mr. St. Clair's "plan" or definition of what is acceptable. Tourists seeking tranquility would be repelled by noisy and flashing turbine blight.

BDN - Canadian company wants to mine land near Maine’s national monument

Environmentalists have expressed concern about development around…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2017 at 1:14pm — 6 Comments

Hydro-Québec moving ahead with contentious cross-border energy corridors amid local dissent

According to ISO New England Inc., a non-profit group focused on transmission systems, between 7,000 and 8,000 MW of generation could be shut down in the next 10 years as state regulators scramble to meet their climate goals. In January, officials confirmed the 2,000-MW Indian Point nuclear facility, located about 77 kilometres north of New York City, would be shut down in 2020.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

FTC Issues New Endorsement Guides, Takes Hard Line On Disclosures

One would think that the wind industry's "army of bloggers" which we have read about, may well be in violation of FTC rules when they post online comments pushing a wind project, etc. without disclosing their ties. For example, a farmer who stands to get lease payments from a wind developer if a project goes in might blog or comment online as to why the project is great. If that farmer doesn't disclose his financial relationship to the project, it would…

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Added by Long Islander on September 11, 2017 at 11:35pm — 6 Comments

Mike Bond's wind thriller "Killing Maine" will be free on Amazon from Sept 11-15

This is to let you know that wind warrior Mike Bond's thriller Killing Maine will be free on Amazon from Sept 11-15. For anyone who has not read this gripping story, I encourage you to take advantage of this most special offer. 

Here is the Amazon link:…

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Added by Long Islander on September 10, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Ex-Gov John Baldacci's Avangrid Attempts to Silence Citizen Opposition

“When tasked with selecting nominations for the ad hoc committee, I was very transparent about selecting individuals from both sides of this issue,” wrote Mr. Votra in the letter. “This appears to be nothing more than an attempt by Avangrid to silence the opposition.”

http://www.windaction.org/posts/47158-wind-company-opposes-appointment-to-state-siting-board…

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Added by Long Islander on September 9, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

PPH-CMP faces questions about power line plan for western Maine

People at a public information meeting say they believe the project will serve wind farms.

Carroll said the project filings on the transmission line project could be done by next month.

“The Public Utilities Commission has to approve it, but if the PUC approves it and the (Department of Environmental Protection) doesn’t approve it – a no and a yes doesn’t get us where we need to be,” he said. “We would have to go back to the drawing table to see what we could…

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Added by Long Islander on September 8, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sep 7 at 5PM: CMP Transmission Meeting in Bingham - Attendance Encouraged

The following information has been passed on to me with a request that it be posted:
On Thursday, 9/7/17 at 5 pm at Valley High School in Bingham, CMP is holding a public information meeting on their proposed MCPC/NECEC transmission corridor that would run…
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Added by Long Islander on September 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

BDN Plays Down The Effect of Maine's Expedited Wind Law

The BDN writes that in SOME cases Baldacci's expedited wind law has boosted wind generation. The fact is that this law has had a tremendous effect on the proliferation of wind factories in Maine. Although the article attempts to be wide in scope, explaining the Governor's work on energy, it ignores many, many factors. For example, every citizen initiated attempt to protect Mainers from wind proliferation was stonewalled by a wind industry controlled EUT…

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Added by Long Islander on September 6, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

TODAY: Somerset County Commissioners Wind Discussion on Wed, September 6 @ 3PM (Attendance encouraged)

Time: 3:00 PM on Wed, 9/6/17

Place: 41 Court St. Skowhegan, ME

Purpose: Somerset County Commissioners to discuss resolution to oppose industrial wind development

Open to the public? -- YES

The following is excerpted from the Somerset County Commissioners meeting agenda for Wednesday, 9/6/17 at 3PM:…

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Added by Long Islander on September 6, 2017 at 12:41am — 1 Comment

Wind Power Presentations in Greenville - Sat, 9/9/17 (Attendance encouraged)

"Presentations on wind development in the Moosehead Region by Moosehead Region Futures will take place Sat Sept 9 hourly from 11AM-3PM at the Center for Moosehead History - 6 Lakeview St Greenville, ME.

These are timed to coincide with this year's annual Seaplane "Fly In" and are part of the ongoing public awareness campaign publicizing the threat/adverse impact of industrial wind in the Moosehead Region. Anyone can attend and ask questions. No registration is required.

Added by Long Islander on September 3, 2017 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

Angus King on Maine tourism: "Compromising our environment is not only immoral, it's bad economics."

"In the process of rebuilding Maine, we must never compromise the integrity of our environment. It's not only immoral, it's bad economics." - Angus King in the following must see 41 second video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK2wOmoCEaQ

U.S.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 3, 2017 at 3:17pm — 8 Comments

Portland is fine with wind turbine noise in Aroostook, but won't tolerate noise in Portland

We should add that Portland is at least consistent in protecting its residents from noise - a city ordinance essentially banned industrial wind turbines over five years ago. Now if they'd only think of their fellow Mainers outside of Portland and help repeal the heinous expedited wind law, given to us by former Governor Baldacci and his wind industry friends. By the way, Baldacci said in a radio interview yesterday, he'd…

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Added by Long Islander on September 1, 2017 at 11:30am — 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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