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A Wind Noise Victims Speaks Out

This is dedicated to all the wind turbine victims in Maine and everywhere else. 

This is from VTDigger.org.  The author is a victim of the Georgia Mt. wind turbines in VT.   I have copied the entire piece here, but there are many interesting comments as well, so here is the link:  …

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Added by Brad Blake on March 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Wind Power Tax Credit ‘Dead’ in Congress This Year, according to Bloomberg.com

Don't ever count out the greedy push of the wind developers but according to this Bloomberg.com post, the revival of the wind industry's sacred Production Tax Credit may be dead this year.

Here is the lead in to the article, followed by the link:

By Alex Nussbaum Mar 11, 2014 5:18 PM ET

A federal tax credit…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 11, 2014 at 10:55pm — 2 Comments

The European Wind Folly should be a lesson for the USA

In the fight against proliferation of destructive, sprawling wind power sites, the scenic and environmental impact and noise problems are important. But I usually lead with the economic argument. Wind Turbines are a useless, expensive source of electricity that would not even exist except for overly generous subsidies (per MWH) and heinous mandates. Before we destroy more of our beautiful state with wind turbines, Congress should take heed of the disastrous results of Europe's folly with…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 2, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Bull Hill Turbines from Schoodic Mt. A ruined vista from a scenic resource

One of the most troublesome problems with the proliferation of industrial wind projects in Maine is their encroachment on the "treasures" of the state that we have purchased to protect for future generations.  We have passed a number of bond issues totaling more than $200 million (principal & interest) for the Fund for Land for Maine's Future.  We have leveraged with these funds millions of dollars more from other sources to preserve places like the Mahoosuc Range, Rumford…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 2, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

LD 1147 Testimony: "An Act To Protect Maine's Scenic Character"

This photo was taken from a clearcut on one of the ridges where First Wind proposes a huge wind project in Molunkus, Medway, and T1 R5.  It will include the largest turbines yet used in Maine, the Vestas V117 3.3MW that is more than 500 ft tall from base to blade apex.  This site is about 15 air miles from the boundary of Baxter State Park and less than 5 miles from high value Salmon Stream Pond and Molunkus Lake.  Below the photo is my testimony to the EUT Committee.…

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Added by Brad Blake on January 13, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

EUT Committee Hearing January 13th

A Reminder:



 
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!
EUT Committee Public Hearing

Monday, January 13, 2014 @10 am…

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Added by Brad Blake on January 11, 2014 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Response to Maine Audubon study condemning Maine to be a Turbine Plantation

I wrote this and posted it in response to a letter to the editor from a known wind power shill:

I was at the Maine Audubon meeting where this sham study was presented and I have read it.  It is so poorly researched that it never should have been published.  Other than saying, in order to appease the AMC, that elevations above 2700 feet are not good sites for wind power development, the reports essentially sacrifices the entire rest of the the great state of Maine's  "expedited wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on December 22, 2013 at 1:44pm — 6 Comments

Letter to Maine Audubon from James Lutz

Mr. Lutz had difficulty posting, so asked that we post this heart-felt letter to Maine Audubon for him.

Dear Friends;

I have long been a supporter of the Audubon Society, admiring your policies on saving our environment and our birds.  I have a camp on a Maine lake that only recently (in the last 15 years) has had several pairs of our most beautiful National Icon, The Bald…
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Added by Brad Blake on December 13, 2013 at 12:40am — 2 Comments

Levelized Cost of Wind Power is $151/MWh

We have recently been bombarded by supporters of wind power saying that the cost of wind generated electricity is at or near parity with conventional generation.  As usual, the zealots have found ways to twist information and conveniently ignore information in the perpetually desperate scheme to push acceptance of wind power.  Willem Post is a brilliant analyst with great credentials.  His conclusion: the total levelized cost* of wind energy averages $151/MWh…

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Added by Brad Blake on December 1, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Dr. Michael Nissenbaum continues his criticism of wind turbine noise

Dr. Michael Nissenbaum of Maine has continued to publish his findings an analysis of the impacts of industrial wind turbines on people.  His latest publication is in New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine - Michael A. Nissenbaum, MD - November 5, 2013.  

Click here: http://necoem.org/documents/V2_38e.pdf

Mars Hill is where Dr. Nissenbaum's study…

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Added by Brad Blake on November 20, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Property Values Article by Michael McCann

Folks, the wind industry has made a huge deal about the flawed report recently released by NBNL.  Mike McCann has done a great rebuttal which was posted by National Wind Watch (see attribution at end of the article).  Ask anyone who lives within a mile of the turbines in places like Mars Hill, Freedom, and Vinalhaven how much they believe their property value has dropped.  In Lincoln Lakes, nobody will buy any of the dozens of properties on the lakes that are now surrounded by wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on September 18, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

Wind Noise Modeling Consistently Below Actual Post Construction Measurements

Below is a chart presented by Mark Cool of the Firetower Wind Watch group in Massachusetts.  He has assembled a number of wind projects actual post construction dBA measurements and compares them with the noise modeling numbers presented in the wind developers' applications.  Shown on the chart is the range of dBA to which the measured readings exceed the developers' calculations based on modeling.  Remember, the section on modeling always touts the fact that the estimates are weighted to…

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Added by Brad Blake on September 2, 2013 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

Maine's Wind Law (PL 661) is Illegal

Ever since people realized the ramifications of LD 2283 being rammed through the Legislature in the waning hours of its short session in 2008 under the guise of being an "emergency", many have believed this product of such a flawed and manipulated process was illegal.  Even worse was its administrative process, which was being made up as DEP was considering applications for Rollins and Record Hill projects.  Attempting to have a say about the proliferation of destructive industrial wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 31, 2013 at 12:45am — No Comments

Medway to Oakfield: First Wind Targets Every Ridge Within Sight of Mt. Katahdin

You MUST READ this piece posted from Maineenvironews.com  By responding to Connecticut's call for PPA proposals, First Wind has tipped it hand about its intentions.  The 57 mile long transmission line from Oakfield to Mattawamkeag opens up ridge after ridge in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin for behemoth wind machines.  Thoreau and Gov. Baxter must be spinning in their graves!  We…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 13, 2013 at 12:47am — 5 Comments

Maine's Wind Future?

We have heard over & over again that we should look at Europe, and especially Denmark and Germany, for the way to a renewable energy/clean energy future centered around wind power.  Well, look we should, at the dire warnings coming from Germany as put forward in this piece.  It is lengthy, but compelling.  Read it through, then think about Maine having wind power thrust upon it to this extent.…

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Added by Brad Blake on July 13, 2013 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Op-Ed Piece in June 18 Wall Street Journal Critical of Wind Power

This piece ran in today's Wall Street Journal.  One has to buy the paper or be an on-line subscriber to read it.  By a stroke of luck, this is actually a piece picked up from June 17th in "The Hockey Schtick" blog.  So I have picked it up from that blog.  But being on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is a major coup.   The Heartland Institute was instrumental in helping to defeat the renewal of the Production Yax Credit in Congress last year and the author is the science…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 18, 2013 at 11:16pm — 2 Comments

Brad Blake Discusses Wind on WLOB on June 1

CTFWP co-chair Brad Blake was the guest for a half hour on "Box Talk Radio" show hosted by Derek Volk on WLOB-AM on Saturday, June 1.  Click on the link to hear this far-ranging discussion of wind issues.

http://www.boxtalkradio.com/BradBlakeJune2013.mp3

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Added by Brad Blake on June 4, 2013 at 2:25pm — No Comments

To EUT Commiittee; Be Bold!

I am writing today to plead to the Energy, Utilities, and Technology committee to take BOLD ACTION when considering the various wind-related LDs that were heard by your committee.  Having been involved with the citizens’ battle against the destructive proliferation of utility scale wind power projects for 5 years, I strongly believe that PL 661 must be repealed.  The bills before you only “nibble at the edges” of what is wrong with this statute.

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Added by Brad Blake on May 22, 2013 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

CTFWP Statement and Testimony Regarding Bowers Mt. Wind Project, May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

Good evening, my name is Brad Blake and I am a resident of Scarborough, Maine and I am the co-chair of the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power, a state-wide coalition of local groups and individuals who believe PL 661 is bad public policy and who oppose the resultant proliferation of grid scale wind power projects in Maine. The Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power fervently opposes the application that is before you in this hearing. Nothing has changed from two years ago. …

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Added by Brad Blake on May 2, 2013 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Government's "Green" Propaganda Has Gone Too Far

Here is evidence that "Green" propaganda from the Obama administration has gone too far.  Now, the US Postal Service (another entity that can't balance its budget!) is doing stamp cancellations with wind turbines!  This card was sent to Mr. Watson at his business and he shared it with me.  This is outrageous mis-use of the power to suggest approval and promotion of wind power.…

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Added by Brad Blake on April 12, 2013 at 9:51am — 3 Comments

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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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