Long Islander's Blog – September 2019 Archive (11)

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 30, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Wind turbine infrasound articles became too hot for the Sierra Club to handle

Study: No significant reduction in infrasound damage until 9+ miles from wind turbines

Short video: RN Testifies About Apparent Local Turbine Health Consequences

Climate and the Money Trail

Climate change: the Hoax that Costs Us $4 Billion a Day

US Wind Developers Rush to Secure Tax Credits

Green Energy Policies (esp Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Mills vows that Maine will lead in reducing emissions, but state GOP sees 'destructive proposals'

The executive director of Maine’s Republican Party described Gov. Janet Mills’ speech to the United Nations last week as inspiring but not realistic in the long term.

“What happens is Janet Mills and other Democrats make positive speeches that sound wonderful, and what happens to follow it up is a whole bunch of destructive proposals that don’t have the people of Maine at heart,” Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, told The Center Square.

The speech…

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Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2019 at 4:44pm — 7 Comments

Trump aide offers no guidance on Vineyard Wind

Refuses to say when review of project will be completed

Sep 27, 2019

With the project in danger of being canceled if the delay lasts too long, James Bennett, the renewable energy program manager at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, gave no indication of when the agency’s review will be completed........................

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, who was a member of the panel, said the Vineyard Wind project probably needs some tweaks. But he also said the Trump…

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Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2019 at 9:56am — 7 Comments

Vermont renewable energy trade scheme comes under scrutiny

When Vermont policymakers discuss the state’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, the consensus is that the electric sector is doing pretty well. 

Vermont requires utilities to supply 75% of their energy renewably by 2032 — one of the highest mandates in the country — and multiple utilities are already 100% renewable. 

Nationally, electricity accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions; in Vermont, electricity accounts for just shy of 10%.  …

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2019 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

UMaine awarded surprisingly small share of $26 million floating offshore wind program funding

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $26 million in funding for 13 projects as part of the Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program. These teams will develop new technologies for floating, offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) using the discipline of control co-design (CCD). Maine's share is $1.4 million, a surprisingly small piece given Maine has prided itself as the U.S. leader in floating offshore wind.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 24, 2019 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Gov Mills has declared September 23rd-27th, 2019 as National Clean Energy Week in Maine

The coordinated effort can be easily seen in the media. Note that this declaration was made on May 24, 2019.

Governor Mills Declares National Clean Energy Week in Maine…

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Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2019 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership

Mills Administration Announces Maine Climate Council Membership

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Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2019 at 5:31pm — 12 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 16, 2019

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

(Click on the link at the end of the list to read any article)

How AWEA…
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Added by Long Islander on September 16, 2019 at 9:32am — No Comments

Fed funds will go to UMaine wind energy

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an energy and water funding bill that includes support for several research and development projects at the University of Maine. 

The bill is expected to provide funding for UMaine’s offshore wind energy demonstration project, Aqua Ventus, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Also included is support for a program to create energy-efficient, high-rise mass timber building…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2019 at 10:24pm — 6 Comments

Maine Land Regulators Deadlock, Postpone Critical Decision On Proposed CMP Powerline

State regulators deadlocked Wednesday on whether Central Maine Power's proposed powerline through western Maine would have unreasonable impacts on a remote pond in Beattie township.

Everett Worcester is Chair of the Land Use Planning Commission, which acts as a zoning board for Maine's unorganized territories.

“At this point I think we're…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2019 at 6:42pm — 5 Comments

Big Wind’s big headwinds / Texas Turbine Fire

Big Wind’s big headwinds

By Robert Bryce

On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution that adds the city to the list of municipalities that have committed to a local version of the Green New Deal. More than 100 cities have now declared their intent to obtain all of their electricity from renewables or “clean” energy sources. Furthermore, the Sierra Club claims that one in four Americans now live in communities that are “committed to a…

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Added by Long Islander on September 1, 2019 at 2:00pm — 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

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(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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