Long Islander's Blog – November 2016 Archive (14)

Gov. Paul LePage takes aim at green power that raises energy costs

“Decades of corruption, poor decision-making and wealthy special interests controlling Augusta” have left the state shouldering higher-than-necessary costs for energy, the governor said......LePage seeks to end initiatives aimed at bolstering wind and solar use that call for above-market-rate payments that proponents say are needed to get the renewable sectors off the ground. He prefers to move toward more use of natural gas and imported hydropower.......…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

BDN - Solar, wind industries hope years courting Republicans pays off under Trump

The renewable energy industry got a boost last year when Congress approved a five-year extension of tax credits for new power projects fueled by solar panels and wind turbines, and the industry’s main concern in Washington is to ensure they are not withdrawn in Trump’s first term, or allowed to expire should he win a second.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 28, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

BDN - First Wind Loses in Maine Court

Efforts to reach attorneys for First Wind to determine if an appeal might be filed were unsuccessful Tuesday.

The 2011 contract required the wind power companies to act in good faith to finalize the sale to the cooperative of a 12.54-mile section of transmission line connecting two wind farms located on Stetson Mountain in northern Washington County and another on Rollins Mountain near Lincoln in Penobscot County to the electric power grid, according to a press release issued Monday…

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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2016 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

President-elect Trump ‘presses Nigel Farage to fight wind farms

November 22, 2016

“One thing Mr Trump kept returning to was the issue of wind farms. He is a complete Anglophile and also absolutely adores Scotland which he thinks is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. “But he is dismayed that his beloved Scotland has become over-run with ugly wind farms which he believes are a blight on the stunning landscape.”…



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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Phyllis Austin, prominent Maine environmental journalist, dies at 75

“Phyllis may have reported more stories about conservation issues in Maine than anyone,” St. Pierre said. “It was not just the extensive breadth of issues Phyllis wrote about, it was her approach that stood out. Always thorough in her reporting, she was respected by virtually everyone she covered, whether or not they agreed.”

An avid hiker, she trekked the Himalayas in Nepal and in the Scottish Highlands. Her last piece “On Reaching the End of the Trail” was published in the…

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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2016 at 5:38am — 2 Comments

Rep. Mike Pompeo: Profit model for wind companies is to take government handouts

"The wind PTC is an enormous government handout, and it is wrong to borrow money from future generations to give away corporate favors to those who promise jobs but – as we can see now in Kansas – who cannot deliver on that promise without continued reliance on other taxpayers.

Most important, the wind PTC does not work. Proof of this is that the wind PTC has been in effect for two decades and, still, wind-generated electricity is multiples more expensive than other sources of…

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Added by Long Islander on November 19, 2016 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lisa Linowes: Big Wind vs. Little Taxpayers: An Easy Budget Cut for Trump

By Lisa Linowes -- November 18, 2016



“After billions in public hand-outs spanning nearly four decades, big wind has never been able to stand on its own and there’s no reason to believe this will change. … If yanking the handouts causes the industry to flat line then so be it. The US has elected a businessman at the helm who understands what it means to cut your losses. It’s time we did exactly that!”

Elections matter!

Last week, untold thousands of…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2016 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

President-Elect Trump likely will try to reverse Obama’s environment initiatives (PPH)

“Coal is not coming back,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director. “Ask investors on Wall Street, or regulators at the state and local level who are choosing solar and wind because of basic economics.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/11/11/trump-likely-to-try-to-reverse-obama-environment-initiatives/

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2016 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Robert Bryce: Big Wind Blown Away in Vermont

by ROBERT BRYCE November 15, 2016

Big Wind lost big last Tuesday. While it’s not clear what Donald Trump’s election means for federal energy policy, it’s abundantly obvious that the wind-energy sector’s agenda was crushed in Vermont.

Although it cannot be stated definitively that wind energy was the deciding factor in Scott’s win over Minter, it is abundantly obvious that wind has been one of the most divisive issues in the state. During the Democratic primary for governor, two…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2016 at 11:43am — 7 Comments

PPH - Patrick Woodcock enjoyed his job, but was frustrated by the influence of special interests in Augusta

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2016 at 11:43am — 4 Comments

LePage: Bring Pennsylvania natural gas to Maine through Canada

“My idea is to come in from Canada. And we’ve got a proposal, we’re going to be looking to bring natural gas in from Pennsylvania up into Canada and down through Quebec,” he said.

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/11/07/politics/lepage-bring-pennsylvania-natural-gas-to-maine-through-canada/

Added by Long Islander on November 8, 2016 at 5:24am — 1 Comment

PPH: "Protect Monhegan" challenges plans to test two full-scale floating wind turbines 2½ miles off the island

“Simply put, Monhegan is no place to experiment with wind turbines or to establish a commercial wind farm, any more than it would be to place these massive turbines this close to Acadia National Park or Mt. Katahdin,” wrote Travis Dow, a year-round resident and outspoken critic of the project. “Surely there must be other locations in the vast Gulf of Maine that would serve your purposes without forever marring Monhegan’s unrivaled 360-degree view of the ocean and incredible night…

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Added by Long Islander on November 5, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

BDN - Monhegan Island residents ask developers to move offshore wind project

Travis Dow, a spokesman for the newly formed group, Protect Monhegan, said the two proposed 600-foot tall turbines would do irreparable harm to the island community.

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/11/01/news/midcoast/some-monhegan-island-residents-ask-developers-to-move-offshore-wind-project/

Added by Long Islander on November 1, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

VERMONT SECRETARY OF STATE QUESTIONS IBERDROLA PAYMENTS TO VOTERS

“Regardless of whether the partnership payments are deemed legal, I remain greatly concerned about where this may lead if we start down this road,” Condos wrote. “In a democracy, a ballot item should pass or fail on its own merits and not because of cash incentives.”…

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Added by Long Islander on November 1, 2016 at 12:00pm — 6 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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