Long Islander's Blog – October 2018 Archive (22)

Heat pumps in Maine: Set it and forget it? Or turn it off for the winter?

The state's energy-efficiency experts promote the latest versions for winter heat, if they're installed and used correctly, to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. But some installers say it's best to use them any time but winter.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/10/28/hot-and-cold-on-heat-pumps-in-maine/

Added by Long Islander on October 29, 2018 at 9:15am — 7 Comments

Where the Maine House of Representatives candidates stand on wind power

Click on your House district number below to jump to the responses from your local candidates, which are being published unedited. Don’t know what your district number is? Search for the name of your town; we’ve included maps for each district to clarify towns that are divided into multiple districts.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2018 at 10:07am — No Comments

To the metal beasts on the hilltop

One generation of elites forced open-pit mining onto southern Appalachia, and another is forcing grotesque wind turbines onto northern Appalachia. The connection is powerlessness, and the belief of one group of people that they have the right to destroy the homeland of another group of people. We are a dumping ground, and no one will hear our voice........

The Big Dipper and Orion, each in their season, have climbed above the hills of dozens of home valleys, to be seen by…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2018 at 10:07am — No Comments

Maine land-based wind power - gubernatorial candidates' positions (Maine Sunday Telegram)

- Mills would rescind LePage’s ban, and is supportive of well-sited wind projects to cut fossil fuel demand.

- Moody’s position is more in line with LePage. He expresses concern for visual impacts around the Moosehead and Rangeley lakes regions, for instance. “We can’t be shortsighted in promoting the wind industry at the expense of our tourism industry,” he says.

- Caron says he wants to “move carefully,” gaining a better understanding…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2018 at 10:07am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 22, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

- Globally, $2.4 TRILLION per year required for renewables

- The high cost of being a ‘Good Neighbor’ to Big Wind

- Are Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants Less Expensive Than New Gas, Wind or Solar?

- Enough Hysteria, Madness and Mobocracy: We Need Energy Solutions

- The Reality of Industrial Wind Power

- Is Renewable Energy a Fraud?

- Anti-Wind Turbine Activism Is Sweeping Europe—and the U.S.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Mainers dig in for a big fight over CMP’s hydro project

The events set the stage for the first of four meetings starting Friday at the Maine Public Utilities Commission, one of the regulators that must approve the New England Clean Energy Connect project.

“The hearings that start Friday are to hear from and ask questions of the witnesses from the parties in the case,” said Harry Lanphear, the commission’s administrative director. The witnesses and intervenors formally applied for…

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Added by Long Islander on October 18, 2018 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Maine likely to get hit this winter with huge energy cost spikes thanks to environmental activists

Last Year’s New England Winter Was Brutal on the Energy Grid. Get Ready for Worse.

Posted to Energy October 17, 2018 by Michael Graham

The New England region will be the hardest hit—right in the wallet– due to the region’s disproportionate reliance on home heating oil. The EIA anticipates that propane prices will remain flat, electricity costs will rise 3 percent and natural…

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Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2018 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

World Health Organization: Wind Turbine Noise as a Health Hazard

By Sherri Lange -- October 17, 2018

“The wind industry has denied and ignored evidence directly linking wind turbines and sleep disruption leading to negative human and animal impacts worldwide. Expect WHO’s new Guidelines to give rise to new standards to mitigate if not eliminate this ongoing suffering.”

“The burden of environmental noise with wind turbines is not episodic or random: for the most part its effects are constant and unrelenting…. This is an…

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Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2018 at 9:05am — No Comments

Video of last night's MPUC public hearing on CMP Canadian hydropower transmission line

Public Witness Hearing

October 17, 2018

Docket #: 2017-00232

Location: Worster Room, 101 Second St, Hallowell, ME

5:00 PM

The video is archived at the PUC site at the following link:…

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Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Maine Office of Tourism Industry Input Session - Portland on October 23

Have you benefited from the growth of tourism in Maine in the past five years?

As the Maine Office of Tourism develops our next Five-Year Strategic Plan, input from our industry partners is important to help shape our goals for the next 5 years. 

More information and REGISTER HERE:…

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Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2018 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Candididates for Governor talk about Wind.....Sort Of

In this PPH article, the questions and what is left out of the candidates' answers are arguably as important as the answers.

"With the gubernatorial election coming up on Nov. 6, we wanted to know more about the environmental stances of the four candidates."…

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Added by Long Islander on October 14, 2018 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Advocates Draft Roadmap for Renewable Energy in N.H.

A group of New Hampshire legislators and renewable energy advocates issued their response Thursday to the governor’s 10-year energy strategy.

The volunteer coalition wrote plans for how the state can rapidly shrink its carbon footprint—and people’s bills—by investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy and new technologies.

They call it a roadmap to their goal of using renewable power for all of New Hampshire’s electricity by 2040.

State Rep. Lee Oxenham,…

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Added by Long Islander on October 12, 2018 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Important Radio Show on Governor LePage's Wind Commission - 16 minutes plus written summary here

Click on the link below, turn up your speakers and listen to Jim LaBrecque discuss the status of the Governor's Wind Commission.

https://www.wvomfm.com/episode/ghrt-rewind-10-10-jim-labrecque-2/

I just listened quickly, so I'm sure I'm not capturing every key point I heard, but with that caveat, here are some highlights:

- The commission is doing its work and contrary…

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Added by Long Islander on October 11, 2018 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

First Wind spinoff Deepwater Wind bought for $510 million

D.E. Shaw, which got its start via a $28 million stake from former Maine Today Media owner S. Donald Sussman strikes again.

Orsted, the Danish company that is the world’s largest offshore wind developer, has agreed to pay $510 million to buy Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, the company that two years ago built the first offshore wind farm in the United States, a five-turbine array near Block Island.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 8, 2018 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Maine regulators invite more public comment on CMP hydro project

The Maine Public Utilities Commission will hold the last of three hearings to let the public comment on Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed hydropower project.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the PUC’s office in Hallowell at 5 p.m.

It follows two other public witness hearings on Sept. 14, one in…

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Added by Long Islander on October 8, 2018 at 3:09pm — No Comments

DOE’s McNamee Nominated As FERC Commissioner

Since the Sierra Club is a propagandist for wind, perhaps this appointment augurs well for the fight against destroying Maine with useless wind.

DOE’s McNamee Nominated As FERC Commissioner

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2018 at 10:25am — No Comments

Trump's Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind Power More Expensive

Tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports, as well as on metals from Europe and elsewhere, could raise the cost of wind power in the U.S. by as much as 10 percent, Tom Kiernan, chief executive officer of the American Wind Energy Association, said at a conference in New York. Executives from three of the world’s top turbine manufacturers agreed.................................

With federal tax credits for wind power winding down, strong growth is expected in 2019 and 2020 as…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2018 at 10:16am — No Comments

PPH - Wind power can raise global temperatures, Harvard study finds

Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found.

While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

LePage’s secretive wind energy panel, thought to be near death, meets for the first time

A state office also identifies the 15 members of the commission, which is examining the permitting system and the impact of turbines on tourism.

The 15-member commission includes three members of his administration and several noted critics of wind power, as well as a representative of the tourism industry and the state Public Utilities Commission. One individual has a background in renewable energy but there are no representatives of the wind power industry in…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont

A dramatic political shift against wind energy in Vermont threatens to derail the last remaining wind project under development in the state....................................................

“It is interesting and also disturbing that Vermont has had this arc of success in developing wind and then having it come circling back to the difficulty it is having now, especially when you realize that America’s first large-scale grid connected wind turbine was installed here at Grandpa’s…

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Added by Long Islander on October 4, 2018 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

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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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