Brad Blake's Blog – May 2015 Archive (5)

Democrats are Going after the PUC in a Desperate Move to Save the Wind Industry from Scrutiny

Legislative Energy Committee Chair Rep. Mark Dion and Sen. Dawn Hill, both Democrats, are attacking the integrity and independence of LePage PUC appointees Mark Vannoy and Carlisle McLean.  They have created a false charge of "crisis of confidence" and it is all centered around the realization that things just might not go their way of protecting the wind industry from scrutiny. 

The Governor has stricken fear into the Democrats by nominating an economist with no ties to Maine, Bruce…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 31, 2015 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Partisan Move by Desperate Democrats Block PUC Nominee in Committee

As we all know, the Democratic chair of the Maine Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Rep. Mark Dion of Portland has been carrying out the directives of Maine Democratic leaders to protect the wind industry.  With wind cheerleader David Littell being replaced by a LePage nominee, a highly regarded economist named Bruce Williamson, the Democrats fear economic scrutiny of the wind industry will stop the scam rather than promote it as in the past when the PUC was Baldacci…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 28, 2015 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Disapponting News from PUC About Contract for Highland Wind Project

This is disappointing news from the PUC.  Are wind critics' hopes being dashed by LePage appointee Carlisle McLean voting with outgoing wind power cheerleader David Littell to possibly approve the long term contract for useless wind power that threatens to destroy the Highlands near Concord and Lexington Townships?  We need lots of comments on this one! 

Excerpt:  "Maine Public Utilities Commissioners David Littell and Carlisle McLean agreed a deal was near with NextEra and…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

American Bird Conservancy Wants Rules to Protect Birds From Wind Turbines

The American Bird Conservancy says more than 30,000 of the existing 48,000 turbines are in places that government agencies or nonprofit organizations such as the National Audubon Society describe as having special significance to birds.  The article is focused mostly in the upper mid-west and around the Great Lakes, but Maine has raptors and migratory flyways that are already threatened by massive wind turbines.  A good example is the Rollins Wind site in Lincoln Lakes, where two nesting…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 20, 2015 at 12:03am — No Comments

Reminder of the Economics of Wind Subsidies

While I am appalled by the destruction of Maine's natural and scenic resources by the proliferation of the industrial wind scourge, I have always tried to make economic arguments.  The article linked here does a good reminder of the reliance of the wind industry on subsidies.



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"New data show just how bad a deal wind energy is for taxpayers — and the largesse extends far beyond the PTC. In 2013, wind received almost $6 billion…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 10, 2015 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

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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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