Long Islander's Blog – October 2015 Archive (17)

Vermont's PUC: Vermont’s green energy plan not about global warming

It was never about global warming. Global warming simply provided cover for developers, corrupt politicians and so called environmental groups to line their pockets. The mainstream media know this, but most are part of the problem.

Public service commissioner: Vermont’s green energy plan not about global warming

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Added by Long Islander on October 29, 2015 at 9:23am — No Comments

Angus King Query: Was the SunEdison Crew that Just Dealt out $2.5 million in "Mitigation" Protected by Angus King back in the 1990's?

It appears that at least two persons involved with SunEdison (which acquired First Wind) were with Kenetech, a wind company that set aside $300,000 in "mitigation" for so called Maine environmental groups in the 1990's. The two persons are Michael U. Alvarez, SVP Global Operations of SunEdison and Mark Lerdal, Independent Director of TerraForm Power, a SunEdison affiliate.

Apparently both of these fellows worked for Kenetech. Appearing below (in a blue font) is an excerpt from…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

TerraForm Investors Say SunEdison Duped Them

10/27/15 - The complaint is the Top Download for Courthouse News on Tuesday. Lead plaintiff Simon Fraser's securities class action, filed Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court, asserts violations of the Securities Act against TerraForm Global and its parent company SunEdison Inc.

Besides TerraForm and SunEdison, the class action also names TerraForm's CEO, chief financial officer and senior vice president; JPMorgan Securities; Barclays Capital; Citigroup Global Markets;…

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Added by Long Islander on October 27, 2015 at 9:20pm — 2 Comments

Will Ratepapyers Have to Fund Transmission for Number Nine?

Number Nine Wind

Number Nine Wind Farm, LLC proposes to construct a 119 turbine utility scale wind energy facility with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts in Aroostook County. The turbines are primarily located in T10 R3 WELS; E Township; T9 R3 WELS; T8 R3 WELS; and Saint Croix Township.  The applicant is proposing 4 permanent and 4 temporary meteorogical towers, a collector substation in T9 R3 WELS; an Operations and Maintenance building in T9 R3 WELS; access roads; and 34.5…

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Added by Long Islander on October 26, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Gov LePage's Energy Office Director Seemingly Supports EDPR's Number Nine Wind Project

Energy Office Director writes a letter which seemingly endorses EDPR's project because it gives $2 million to help Aroostook County with their heating bills. Quite frankly, for a project of this size -- the largest in the state, $2 million is nothing. It thus seems like nothing more than a FACE SAVING MEASURE so that the Governor's Energy Office can break policy which includes opposing wind because …

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Added by Long Islander on October 22, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

BDN - Get Out the Wind Shill Wipers for George Smith .... Again

Kurt Adams, SunEdison’s senior vice president and a guy I have known and admired for many years, explained, “We have deep roots in Maine, many of us live here and we value the state as a special place that is worthy of protection.” Kurt said SunEdison’s folks “are excited” to be working with conservation and environmental groups “to preserve the state’s open…

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Added by Long Islander on October 20, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Portlanders at Odds Over Protecting Scenic Views

Meanwhile, I believe Portland prohibits wind turbines above 160' high and even lower outside of designated Industrial Zones. I wonder how the pro-wind legislators in Portland are coming down on this issue.

Those opposed to an ordinance protecting city views fear unintended economic impacts. Supporters say it will preserve treasured resources.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Eagles chopped in half, headless, or with massive meat clever type wounds

Jim Weigand remarks: You can not sit at a table and mitigate for impacts that are being hidden behind a wall of fraud. Yet that is what has taken place.  The wind industry along with the USFWS has used rigged research and gag orders to rig the deck.        

 

I was recently told by an industry informant of a great number of eagle deaths coming out of a particular wind farm. I was shown dozens of eagle carcass images found near…

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Added by Long Islander on October 10, 2015 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Does Maine PUC get to approve sale of these projects? Purchase by utility is blatant violation of the intent of deregulation

Please see the question from Kathy Sherman below.

This financial free-faller somehow recently found $2.75 million to try and buy off Mainers yet they are almost universally despised in Maine, the state where I believe most of their U.S. current and planned wind business is…

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Added by Long Islander on October 8, 2015 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

SunEdison First Wind - Former PUC head Kurt Adams taking helm of Summit Utilities

Kurt Adams, a former head of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, is leaving his job as chief development officer at wind developer SunEdison to become chief executive of Summit Utilities, Summit has announced.

.......Adams who chaired the PUC from 2005 to 2008, was previously chief development officer at First Wind, which was acquired last year by a SunEdison subsidiary. First Wind/SunEdison are the largest wind developers in…

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Added by Long Islander on October 6, 2015 at 9:12am — 6 Comments

Bad News Piles On For Hedge Fund Hotel SunEdison: First $315MM Margin Call, Now Mass Layoffs

It has been a long way up and quick ride down for SunEdison but bad news keeps piling up for the hedge fund hotel even as it dead-cat-bounces again. As the stock bounces, just as it bounced in September after Steve Cohen's Point72 exposed their stake and JPM jumped to the rescue, uncertainty remains extreme. Amid a surge in debt and increasingly negative…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Why is SunEdison/First Wind giving away so much money to so called environmental groups in Maine?

Layoffs at SunEdison as Investors Question the Renewable Energy Developer’s Strategy

Why is a company that has to lay off so many of its workers giving so much money away to so called environmental groups in Maine?

It started off as a normal gathering. People mingled at multiple bars. A house band played on a small stage upstairs. Waiters handed out meat on sticks.

Suddenly, all the…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2015 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Four workers injured following fire at Sun Edison plant in Pasadena

Our thoughts and prayers are with the workers.

What sort of safety problems might be lurking in Sun Edison's (First Wind's) wind turbines throughout Maine?

http://abc13.com/news/four-workers-injured-in-pasadena-plant-blast-fire/1013167/

Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2015 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

FIRST WIND: Home values will not be negatively affected by the arrival of a wind farm

Folks near proposed wind farms should know that this topic has been thoroughly researched and the results indicate that home values will not be negatively affected by the arrival of a wind farm.

Charles Baldwin, Development Project Coordinator

SunEdison

Portland…

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Added by Long Islander on October 3, 2015 at 2:30pm — 19 Comments

Mass Governor conspiring with First Wind to destroy Maine so Mass citizens can feel "green"

From the archives -- wasn't First Wind (now Sun Edison) CEO Paul Gaynor some sort of green energy adviser to then Mass Governor Deval Patrick?

Who are these people destroying Maine?

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Time is running out for Gov. Deval Patrick’s clean energy bill, and he is starting to sound a little worried about its prospects.

I caught up with him today as he…

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Added by Long Islander on October 3, 2015 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

How was Maine's Expedited Wind Area drawn up?

How that map got drawn is not clear from the official record of the task force’s meetings. That’s because summaries for the last two meetings don’t exist, says task force chair Alec Giffen’s secretary, Rondi Doiron...... Maine Audubon’s Jody Jones described the process as “I want this in, I want this out.” Whatever the process looked and sounded like is lost to the public record because no minutes were taken or recorded.

Much more here:…

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Added by Long Islander on October 3, 2015 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

J. Dwight: Maine’s wealthy elite such as Angus King profit from political connections

The following was originally posted April 11, 2012

Op-Ed: Maine’s wealthy elite profit from political connections

Pictured at right with…

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Added by Long Islander on October 3, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 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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