Long Islander's Blog – December 2018 Archive (27)

Mills shaping her cabinet with eye on energy, planning and opioid crisis

She also has promised to take a new approach to problems the state is facing relating to climate change and has said she will establish an Office of Policy Innovation to provide independent analysis to her and the Legislature on a variety of state economic, community development and natural resource issues that include increasing clean-energy production...............................“Additionally, she is considering elevating the Governor’s Energy Office to a Cabinet-level position in order…

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Added by Long Islander on December 4, 2018 at 9:45am — No Comments

State reviewing application for wind farm in Hancock County

The state has begun reviewing an application to develop a wind farm in northern Hancock County and is weighing whether to schedule a public hearing on the proposal, which three years ago generated concerns about its potential to kill birds and bats.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection determined in mid-November that the application from Longroad Energy to develop a 22-turbine wind farm in Eastbrook and Osborn is complete, Mark Bergeron, director of the DEP’s bureau of…

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Added by Long Islander on December 4, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Summary of Public's Comments to Governor's Wind Energy Commission

These do not appear to be the public's actual comments but rather descriptions of each comment. If you sent in a comment, please make sure that nothing got lost in the translation. I'm not sure why the precise words from the public weren't used. I understand someone deciding to summarize for faster reading, but I would think the actual comments should be posted.

Unfortunately, it seems that the PDF file is restricted in a manner that doesn't allow use of the…

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Added by Long Islander on December 3, 2018 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 3, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

 - Wind project opponents: Zoning is best protection
 - Never Economic, Never Competitive: Wind Industry Built on Lies & Runs on Subsidies
 - Study: Wind turbines adversely affecting nearby citizens
 - Citizens living too close to wind turbines can experience cardiac instability
 - At least 10 local…
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Added by Long Islander on December 3, 2018 at 9:21am — No Comments

Weaver Wind: Osborn Select board has formed a Community Benefits Committee

Our attorney, Jon Pottle from Eaton Peabody will be present at all meetings to provide his professional guidance. The following dates

have been designated for meetings which will be held at the Osborn Community Building and will start

promptly at 6:00 pm;

12/3/18 – Community Benefits Committee Meeting

12/17/18 – Community Benefits Committee Meeting

1/3/19 – Community Benefits Committee Meeting

1/9/19 – Community Benefits Committee Meeting

1/21/19 –…

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Added by Long Islander on December 1, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Former First Wind crew's project approved by LUPC as “allowed use” on state-managed land

"The turbines themselves would be some of the world’s tallest, measuring 591 feet from ground to blade tip.

If the turbines are as efficient as the company has predicted, they will generate enough electricity to provide energy for around 40,000 homes each year."…

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Added by Long Islander on December 1, 2018 at 9:30am — No 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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