Long Islander's Blog – December 2014 Archive (34)

BDN - Opponents step in to test Iberdrola on wind power project in Maine

PUC Chairman Tom Welch is set to retire Wednesday and Commissioner David Littell’s term expires in March. Those two commissioners voted to approve the First Wind-Emera partnership, while Commissioner Mark Vannoy …

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Added by Long Islander on December 31, 2014 at 2:03pm — 4 Comments

Why Iberdrola is in Maine

In early 2009 the Socialist government of Spain reduced alternative energy subsidies by 30%.  Calzada continues:

"At that point the whole pyramid collapsed.  They are firing…
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Added by Long Islander on December 30, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

You can’t drive very far in rural Maine without encountering massive wind turbines

You can’t drive very far in rural Maine without at some point encountering a mountain ridge dotted with massive wind turbines, which was Angus King’s vision, both as governor and, post-governor, as a major investor in wind turbine construction. Back in the good old days, Maine was decreed the “Saudi Arabia  of Wind,” ................…

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Added by Long Islander on December 29, 2014 at 11:45pm — 1 Comment

"First Wind Motel" Planned

No Holiday Inn Express

Until Dec. 22, they lived less than a mile from one of the turbines, within a mile of five more. Each of the 16 turbines are taller than 500 feet and within two miles of their home.

Help has come from many of the…

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Added by Long Islander on December 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Wind Transmission: Stopping the Monster Line

Wherever in the world wind power is installed to significant degree, new transmission lines must be built, lest the spurting occasional wind-produced electricity will thermally overload the existing lines and severely disrupt the otherwise reliable grid. Yet in Maine, when the $1.4 Billion CMP upgrade (Maine Power Reliability Project) was forced down ratepayers' throats at ratepayer expense, we were told that this project was needed because Maine had "aging…

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Added by Long Islander on December 28, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

BDN: Wind and Maine's Economy

Onshore, opponents of wind projects at the local and state levels continued to pose regulatory challenges to new projects through appeals that have risen to the state’s top court, which has clarified parts of the state’s regulatory appeals process.…

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Added by Long Islander on December 26, 2014 at 1:28pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Praising Angus King as "environmental hero" Peter Mills & Sharon Tisher advocate for wind

"However, Maine does have huge untapped potential for offshore wind, tidal power, biofuels, and solar energy. Expanding the use of these alternatives will make Maine more economically independent and generate good jobs here".

"Maine’s national and state leaders — Muskie, Mitchell, Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Angus King, Harry Richardson, Joe Brennan, Horace Hildreth, Ken Curtis, Jon Lund, and Jock McKernan, among others —…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2014 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

Somerset County approves First Wind TIF district

Karen Bessey Pease, a resident of Lexington Township, urged commissioners to reject the TIF proposal, saying that First Wind had already proved their financial capacity to the state and that there was no need to return taxpayer money to the company.

“I realize that First Wind has received their permit to build the Bingham Wind Project, but as a resident and taxpayer in the unorganized territory, I would prefer that you don’t return any money to this developer,” Bessey Pease…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

NH: "Industrial wind developers take notice, you are not wanted here"

Of those, 89 people said they would approve more wind-energy plants, and 145 were opposed to the idea, Spafford said.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20141218/NEWS05/141218876&source=RSS

Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Wind Power Propagandist Clipped by Employer

Mike Barnard’s wind wings clipped by employer: Told to stop writing on wind power, resign fellowship from Energy and Policy Institute, and delete his blog: Barnard on Wind

https://www.masterresource.org/health-safety-wind/barnard-wind-propagandist-ibm/

Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2014 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

PPH - LePage considers two on his staff to fill PUC seats at pivotal time

Jeremy Payne declined to comment specifically on the potential nominees, noting that his trade group, which represents wind power, biomass and other generators, typically meets and questions PUC nominees.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/18/lepage-considers-two-on-his-staff-to-fill-puc-seats-at-pivotal-time/

Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

FIRST WIND: Somerset County to decide on TIF

The agreement also would allow First Wind to be reimbursed for some of its costs, totaling about $10 million over the next 30 years, according to the proposal.

 

http://www.centralmaine.com/2014/12/16/somerset-county-to-decide-on-tif-for-bingham-wind-project/

Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2014 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Vermont's Energy Credits Questioned, Renewable Program Likely To Change

Connecticut has also passed a law banning double counting of renewable credits. 

http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermonts-energy-credits-questioned-renewable-program-likely-change

Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2014 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

Mainers were sold a bill of goods when former Governor John Baldacci and a carefully selected task force pushed special treatment for wind developers

Since Maine’s wind energy act became law in 2008, the energy playing field has been tilted sharply in favor of wind developers and against the state’s citizens and the environment in which they live. Every effort to modify that law has been rebuffed by the Maine Legislature.

Dan Remain of Cushing wants to do something about it and has mounted a campaign for a citizens initiative that would repeal or amend sections of the law to level the playing field and restore citizens’…

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Added by Long Islander on December 14, 2014 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Angus King secures lobbyist spot for himself on U.S. Senate's Energy Committee

The Senator is reading right from the wind hustlers' book of lies. Well then again, he helped write it. The article below reports he has just secured an appointment on the U.S. Senate's Energy Committee. It's like having a wind lobbyist on that committee - impacting decisions affecting the entire U.S., and the 316 million rent payers who live here and enrich the people on the inside.

BDN - Angus King: "The wind industry already has…

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Added by Long Islander on December 12, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

BDN: Wind Shills Touting "More Wind, Less Warming"

More Wind, Less Warming” from Environment Maine Research & Policy Center shows wind power can be a key player in that clean energy future.

Laura Dorle is a campaign organizer for Environment Maine. Katie Chapman is a project manager for EDP Renewables North America, LLC, a wind…

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Added by Long Islander on December 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Number Nine Wind Project: Malloy's Billion-Dollar Clean Energy Push Weathers Federal Court Challenge

"It appears that the electricity generated by this project will remain exclusively or largely in Maine and not be delivered to Connecticut or elsewhere outside of Maine,' and that "the environmental effects of the investment … will primarily accrue to the citizens of sparsely populated Aroostook County, certain parts of Canada's Maritime Provinces, and the Atlantic Ocean. "

The developer of the Number Nine Wind Farm, EDP Renewables North America, said it expects the project to be…

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Added by Long Islander on December 10, 2014 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment

Eolian Wind hopes to resurrect NH project (Concord Monitor)

The Portsmouth-based company, which is a subsidiary of Eolian Renewable Energy, is now proposing a slightly smaller 28-megawatt wind farm that calls for nine turbines instead of 10 and decreases their height.

 

http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/14742554-95/antrim-wind-energy-hopes-to-resurrect-project

Added by Long Islander on December 10, 2014 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

First Wind details plans for planned third wind farm in Hancock County

Jim Cassida, First Wind’s permitting and compliance manager, gave a brief overview of the project and then invited audience members to speak with one of the dozen professionals lining the back wall of the room standing alongside an equal number of color charts, maps and photos.

The experts and the materials they brought with them addressed everything from the potential visual and aural impact of the project to what effect it would have on birds.

Continue reading at: …

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Added by Long Islander on December 10, 2014 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

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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 (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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