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Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most

Here we go again, as usual! We are in the midst of a heat wave, with the highest demands of the year on the New England grid. We need to dispatch more power as demand soars far beyond base load. To what source do we turn? Gas fired plants--maxed out. Crank up the oil fired Wyman plant on Cousin's Island, fouling Maine air with the largest single point of air pollution in the state--GRRR!!! Prices soar as ISO-New England searches the spot market!

But what about wind power? Not a single…

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Added by Brad Blake on July 5, 2018 at 1:37pm — 7 Comments

Wind Liars Whine About Ensuring USA Has Generation Reliability

A great article about the politics of energy based on the reaction of wind & solar advocates whining about the proposal to ensure that the USA keep enough of its base load generating fleet to keep the lights on.  Written by Stephen Moore, who was involved in writing the administration's tax bill.

Excerpt:  "But the idea that renewables are “cheap” is a lie, and those on the Left know it. Let’s be clear about an economic reality that environmentalists have spent four decades trying…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 20, 2018 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

The PTC Scam Continues with "Re-powering"

Not satisfied with continuing to wreak havoc on Maine's mountain ridgelines, the existing wind power sites may have their lifetime extended by the incentive to "re-power", especially those sites utilizing the old GE 1.5 MW turbines such as Mars Hill, Stetson, and Rollins.  According to the article "Now May Be the Best Time to Give Your Wind Turbine a Makeover" in the May 25, 2018 Renewable Energy World newsletter, "Wind farm operators can earn an 11 percent rate of return…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 15, 2018 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Get Criticism to Wind Energy Advisory Commission!

Folks, this was just released from the Governor's Energy Office.  We MUST make our points of view known, as the wind industry and the "environmental" groups they fund such as NRCM, Maine Audubon, Conservation Law Foundation, etc.  are all over this to try to thwart criticism of the scourge of industrial wind power in Maine!…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 14, 2018 at 12:45pm — 5 Comments

Heavy Face Book "Shares" Regarding UMPI Tuerbine Fire

I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments.  On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo.  In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions".  Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's…

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Added by Brad Blake on April 3, 2018 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Canton Mountain Wind Video

Tyler Kachnovich used a drone to capture this video of Canton Mt. Wind project.  He had posted it on Face Book.  Even under winter snow, the destruction to the ridge is clear.  The blades are spinning so slowly that it likely is producing little or no electricity.…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 31, 2018 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Kibby Wind

I skied at Sugarloaf on March 26 & 27, 2018.  LD 1810 would have extended the scenic impact zone for wind projects to 40 miles.  While that seems like a lot, recent attempts in other legislation supported by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and others would extend the impact zone to 15 miles from either side of the Appalachian Trail.  The AT crosses Crocker Mt and most of the Bigelow Range.  If either of the proposed increases had been adopted instead of killed by the Maine Legislature's…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 29, 2018 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Canton Mt. Wind

Driving on State Rte 4 through the Androscoggin River valley towns of Livermore Falls and Jay, Maine's newest wind project on Canton Mt. was jarring as to how dominating it is in the affected region.  While the Patriot Renewables website touts the project with production figures showing expected capacity factor to the 30.9%, Eric Tuttle has been tracking its output via ISO-NE and shared recent days tracking on a Face Book discussion.  Here is a photo of the project taken from North Jay, as…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 29, 2018 at 1:50pm — 8 Comments

Testimony on LD 1810 by Brad Blake

Unfortunately, I will be out of town on Friday when the EUT Committee has re-scheduled the hearing on LD 1810. That is unfortunate, as I was looking forward to personally testifying.  As you may know, I am a confirmed candidate for election to fill the open seat for Maine House of Representatives in District 28, part of Scarborough.  When elected, the repeal of the heinous "Wind Energy Act" (PL 661) will be of highest priority.  I am looking forward to support from fellow opponents of the…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 14, 2018 at 1:32am — 1 Comment

Portland Support for Wind gets Zinged by O'Neil

Chris O'Neil got in a good jab at the urban Maine support for the wind power sites that are devastating rural Maine in a quote contained in an AP story about rural Americans fighting the wind power scourge.



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Added by Brad Blake on February 24, 2018 at 10:48pm — No Comments

CMP/Avangrid/Iberdrola Transmission Scheme

They are at it again!  Beattie Township on the Quebec/Maine border is an odd place to bring Canadian power into Maine, as the prime sources of newly developed and planned hydro is northeastern Quebec and Labrador, especially the massive Churchill Falls site. What this line WILL do, however, is provide Avangrid with a trunk line to develop wind power projects in the Boundary Mountains and Moosehead Lake…

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Added by Brad Blake on September 28, 2017 at 11:43am — 2 Comments

I am an active user of Facebook and belong to two groups organized around hiking in Maine.  Whenever someone posts a photo from a Maine mountain that includes wind turbines I always make comments cri…

I am an active user of Facebook and belong to two groups organized around hiking in Maine.  Whenever someone posts a photo from a Maine mountain that includes wind turbines I always make comments critical of the turbines.  If you are using Face Book, I suggest you do the same.  Just search FB for Maine Hiking.  Today, someone posted some really nice photos of Saddleback in Carthage and, unfortunately, chose to add this photo of the wind turbines.  Here is my comment:

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Added by Brad Blake on September 23, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Beautiful Mountains of Maine

Maine is an incredibly beautiful state. The views from Rumford Whitecap, which has a sub-alpine ecosystem at one of the lowest altitudes in Maine, are incredible. From Rumford Whitecap, the summit of which was protected by The Mahoosuc Land Trust, the view is marred by the Record Hill Wind project, seen here, as well as Spruce Mt. Wind in Woodstock and Saddleback Ridge Wind in Carthage.

We must stop the ravaging of Maine's natural and scenic resources by the wind industry. It is long…

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Added by Brad Blake on December 12, 2016 at 12:36am — No Comments

Passadumkeag Wind project photos

I have returned from a brief stay at Mattakeunk Lake in Lee and while I was there, I traveled out to Passadumkeag Mt., a project that should never have happened.  Brief background: the opposition to this project convinced then-DEP Commissioner Patty Aho and key staff to tour the region prior to the second public meeting at the Greenbush school auditorium.  The Commissioner heard hours of passionate testimony and the DEP issued a denial of the project based largely on the scenic impact on…

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Added by Brad Blake on June 27, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Climate Hustle Movie in Brunswick on May 2

We all know the Global Warming alarmists are driving wind power down our throats!  If this were a movie by uber-Liberal liar Michael Moore, there would be lots of hype. You can be sure no media hype will accompany this movie.  But anyone who wants to get the other side of the story about Global Warming may want to attend this showing in Brunswick at the Brunswick 10 Cinema at Cook's Corner on May 2.  

Here's how to order…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 31, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Fort Fairfield Enacts a Protective Wind Ordinance

Great news from the heart of vast Aroostook County, Maine.  By a 4-1 vote, the Town Council of Fort Fairfield has adopted an incredibly well researched and comprehensive wind power ordinance.  The key is the setback requirement for turbine siting of one mile from the property lines of non-participating property owners.  This compares to the "State Model" (written by the wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on September 18, 2015 at 11:55pm — 7 Comments

If You Don't Know Moosehead---View This Video. Save Moosehead from the Wind Power Scourge!

Moosehead Lake is simply astounding, truly a natural treasure. The iconic Mt. Kineo rises dramatically from the vast lake. The view from the top encompasses the blue water surrounded by verdant forest and the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy the vistas in this video, then envision the lake encircled with 50 story wind turbines on every available ridge. Please speak out against the destruction of this unique region that deserves national park status, not industrial wasteland…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 24, 2015 at 11:17pm — 5 Comments

Will Tall Wind Turbines Attract Lightning & Increase the Probability of Forest Fires?

This recent photo of the wind turbines on Lowell Mountain in northern Vermont in a lightning storm provokes the thoughts of the dangers of forest fires as these machines are erected throughout heavily forested areas in northern New England.  We know the turbines have lightning rods, but so have the thousands of barns that have burned down after lightning struck their rods.  If not properly maintained, lightning rods are simply ornaments, not protection.  A lightning strike on a turbine not…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 23, 2015 at 3:19pm — 4 Comments

Oakfield Ruined by First Wind (SunEdison, Whatever!) Turbines: Latest Photos

An erstwhile wind warrior grabbed his camera this week and sent in these sad photos of the Oakfield Wind project, still under construction, but with enough turbines up so the impact is clear.  First Wind bamboozled the Town of Oakfield with a so-called collaboration with a poor town that was eager for tax revenues and landowners eager to get leasing income.  Again, First Wind laughs all the way to the bank, having taken over the town at a cheap, rock-bottom price.  Then DEP Commissioner Aho…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 13, 2015 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

Wind Power Critic Mike Bond In Portland on Friday, August 14

Wind power critic and author Mike Bond, a Maine native, will be discussing his book "Killing Maine" on Friday, August 8 at Sherman's Books at 49 Exchange St in Portland, ME.   The event starts at 7 PM.  Please come if you can to support Mike and to speak to the others about the scourge of industrial wind power.…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 13, 2015 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

First Prize

NE Book Festival

 

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 (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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