Long Islander's Blog – October 2019 Archive (19)

NREL is partnering with the UMaine and DNV GL on $1.5 million wind grant

Not exactly sure who the other named partner is - DNV GL. But from their website, it would appear that they are headquartered in Norway. Why is so much U.S. taxpayer money being handed out like candy to foreign countries for basically useless endeavors? https://www.dnvgl.com/about/in-brief/our-organization.html

NREL Selected for Series of Offshore Wind Turbine Research Projects

Oct. 30, 2019

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2019 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

UMaine Revisits Offshore Wind Approach - Follows Feds Telling Industry to Go Back to Square One

Bowling for subsidies continued. So long as there is an endless supply of ratepayers who have been hoodwinked by the media to believe wind power is a viable and necessary electricity source, there will be an endless supply of hucksters looking to take advantage. Why is nuclear power almost never mentioned by the media? Why are the true costs of wind power almost never mentioned by the media? Did a university ever see an opportunity for grant money it didn't like?

Note that the…

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

China coming on Mayflower to New England

Mayflower is a joint venture of Shell New Energies and EDP Renewables....and EDPR is owned by Energias de Portugal whose largest stock holder by far is China Three Gorges, aka, the government of Communist China.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 28, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

After $100+ Billion in subsidies, U.S. wind industry demands more

Full cost of living impact of renewables subsidies revealed

Math is Hard for the Green-Minded

US Electrical Energy Reliability Gone With the Wind

Can This World Survive Without Fossil Fuels?

Bernie Sanders’ Perpetual Motion Green New Deal

Short video: All Electric?

What is a Nuclear Microreactor?

New DOE and NRC Agreement Will…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2019 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Susan Collins Introduces Bill to Expand U.S. Office of Wind Energy

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U.S. Senators Tina Smith, Susan Collins Introduce Wind Energy Research and Development Legislation…

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Added by Long Islander on October 27, 2019 at 1:23pm — 9 Comments

PPH - Energy efficiency remains the improbable dream

Politicians like to envision a shiny future of solar and wind and electric cars...........................

Maine has roughly 500,000 homes. And while some are newer and energy-efficient, most aren’t. Upgrading them will take time and money – and at the current pace, many decades.

That timetable could be accelerated, if weatherization becomes a priority for the new…

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Added by Long Islander on October 27, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Oct 22, 2019 - UMaine to develop alternative floating wind in place of Monhegan planned two 6-MW turbine project

The University of Maine at Orono will develop an alternative floating substructure design for a 10–12 MW wind turbine in place of the currently planned two 6-MW turbine floating offshore wind demonstration project planned for deployment off Monhegan Island, Maine.

DOE Awards $28 Million for Wind Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects

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Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2019 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Jürgen Weiss: Decarbonizing economy requires big ramp-ups in solar, wind power

Boston and Brussels Energy and industrial organization economist Jürgen Weiss pushes for wind and solar but is mum on nuclear. What's up with that?

Article:

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/olympics/decarbonizing-economy-requires-lot-more-electricity/

Author Bio:…

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Added by Long Islander on October 20, 2019 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Having taken over $100 Billion in subsidies, U.S. wind industry demands more after promising they'd need no more

Is it possible that our lawmakers could be so stupid as to believe every lie from the wind industry since the introduction of the PTC in 1992 when they first said "Just this one time"? Since that time the wind crooks have incessantly said "Just this one more time". That is junkie speak. Be outraged and let your congresspersons know you demand an end to this rigged game for the insider class. The middle class would like to see this money itself. The insider class has robbed us…

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Added by Long Islander on October 20, 2019 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Lance Tapley: Is Mills for Real on Climate Change?

.......Gov. Janet Mills got a lot of attention when she stood before the United Nations General Assembly’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 and announced she had signed an executive order pledging Maine to become “carbon neutral” by 2045.



Problem is, it’s too easy a goal to achieve. We’re either close to it or already there. That’s because of our vast forest, which covers 89 percent of the state. The…

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Added by Long Islander on October 16, 2019 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 14, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



Why Wind Turbines Threaten Endangered Species With Extinction

It Costs $532,000± to Decommission A Single Wind Turbine

In a “Reversal” Wind Power Industry Wants More U.S. Tax Credits

NY County Health Board Eyes Wind Turbine Regulations

A new tool in China’s kit of repression

Video: Kentucky Governor’s Keynote Speech on Low Cost Energy

Weathermen Wild As Wind Turbines Interference Wrecks Their…

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Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2019 at 12:11am — No Comments

In a reversal, wind power industry wants more U.S. tax credits

October 11, 2019

Less than a year after the U.S. wind industry swore off federal tax credits, its top lobbyist wants another go at the incentive that helped it become the cheapest source of new energy in much of the world.

The tax credits are now needed for the industry to maintain its cost advantage against competing sources such as solar and natural gas plants. That’s because President Donald Trump’s import tariffs on steel and other wind-farm components…

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Added by Long Islander on October 12, 2019 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Why everything is getting louder

Why Everything Is Getting Louder

The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt.

When regulatory officials evaluate environmental noise—to determine, say, whether to soundproof schools near airport runways—their calculations emphasize the mid-frequency sounds to which our ears are most sensitive and discount the…

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Added by Long Islander on October 10, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

New law and Gov. Mills’ energy goals set off solar-farm land rush

10/6/19

By Tux TurkelStaff Writer

Now that friendly policies are in place, developers are jockeying for access to Maine's grid to build community solar projects.

Maine this fall is in the midst of a land rush, not for gold but for sunshine.

A recent law encouraging large solar projects, combined with the aggressive…

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Added by Long Islander on October 6, 2019 at 11:09am — 3 Comments

Italy's “Lord of the Wind” Gets 9 Years For Financing Mafia

By Irina Slav - Oct 03, 2019, 4:00 PM CDT

Italy’s “Wind King”, or the “Lord of the Wind” Vito Nicastri has been sentenced to nine years in prison for channeling profits from his wind power business to Cosa Nostra’s Matteo Messina Denaro.

The Guardian reports that Nicastri was stripped of his companies and property back in 2013 during an investigation into his ties with the Sicilian mafia. The assets that prosecutors seized were worth about $1.7 billion (1.3 billion…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2019 at 3:32pm — 1 Comment

FMM Submits Letter to New Maine Climate Council

10/2/19

Quantify the Impacts vs the Benefits

Honorable members of the Maine Climate Council: 

Friends of Maine's Mountains is the non-governmental organization in Maine that opposes mountain-based wind energy on the basis that the meager benefits are dwarfed by the massive impacts. FMM thanks Governor Mills, and it…

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Added by Long Islander on October 5, 2019 at 9:45am — 4 Comments

Maine Audubon fails to mention wind turbines in protecting birds in Maine, the “baby bird factory” for the entire Atlantic Flyway

In the past, bird slaughtering wind developer First Wind was touted on Maine Audubon's website as an "Eagle Level Corporate Partner" of Maine Audubon ($10,000+), their highest level corporate partnership level, along with only two other corporations.

Maine Voices: Our state’s actions are key to reversing trend of bird population decline

Excerpts:

There are many reasons for these declines. Some of the more persistent are habitat loss on both…

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Added by Long Islander on October 4, 2019 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Regulators decide to consider revised route for CMP power line

10/3/19

Central Maine Power Co. wants to adjust the course of its 145-mile transmission line to avoid a remote pond, and state regulators have agreed to reopen the case.

Environmental and land use regulators have agreed to consider a proposed change to Central Maine Power’s plan for a 145-mile transmission line through western Maine that would bring Canadian hydropower into the regional grid.

In a procedural order filed Thursday, the Maine Department of…

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Added by Long Islander on October 4, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

PPH - Trump’s hatred of wind turbines worries an otherwise booming industry

More shilling from the mainstream media for the insider's rigged game of wind power .

September 30, 2019

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — The winds are blowing fair for America’s wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 1, 2019 at 8:00am — 2 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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