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Monhegan floating wind - the twenty year rationale

Listen as UMaine Anthony Viselli "explains"  for 45 seconds the need for the floating wind turbines to stay off Monhegan for twenty years. His claim:  by the time 20 years have blown past, the two floating turbines chugging away will have earned  hundreds of  million dollars or…

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Added by Ron Huber on May 4, 2017 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Monhegan - testimony for and against LD 1262 MP3s. All speakers

On May 2, 2017, the Maine Legislature's Energy Utilities and Technology  Committee heard testimony for and against LD 1262  An Act To Protect Monhegan Island by Limiting Wind Turbines.   Below, listen to mp3s of all speakers (some misspells,…

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Added by Ron Huber on May 3, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

ME AquaVentus floating windfarm federal review is starting. Critical pub mtgs in St George 2/28/17. Help prepare/be there!

The federal process has begun for the UMaine's Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV) project to build a pair of full scale floating wind turbines off Monhegan. Please help us have the greatest impact possible at the three coming meetings on ensuring it not threaten birds, the View, and shellfish - particularly lobster larvae.

On February 28 and March 1,2017 the US Dept of Energy will hold three scoping sessions:

* Two on Feb 28 at St. George Fire Dept meeting room. 2 to 4:00…

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Added by Ron Huber on February 5, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee holding Orientation , energy officials NGOs speak

 Today starting 1pm  the EUT will do its orientation for new committee members, followed by presentations by energy-related state officials and by   concerned citiens, NGOs and companies…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 19, 2017 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

Maine offshore wind test center: FOAA docs shows state trying to make it a permanent windpower site.

Maine Coastal Program's 11/22/16 response to Friends of Penobscot Bay's FOAA  re Aquaventus/Volturnus 
request was for "Public records in custody of you or your staff dating from April 1, 2016 to November 14, 2016 that pertain to the Maine Aquaventus /Volturnus floating ocean wind turbines project, slated to occupy the Maine Offshore Wind Test Center.   (FOPB letter is page 34)
Much ado about trying to tweak the rules  to make the state offshore wind test center into…
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Added by Ron Huber on December 7, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Today at 1pm Maine legislature EUT Committee hears bill to remove 100MW cap from acceptable renewable energy providers.

Listen Live to LD 646  bill to allow Mainers to purchase cheaper Canadian renewable -sourced electricity, such as comes from the dams in the Hudson Bay/James Bay bioregion of Quebec.
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Added by Ron Huber on March 12, 2013 at 12:39pm — 1 Comment

Keeping an ear on Maine Legislature's windpower related committees

Friends of natural Maine breezes

It is always helpful to check in on the Maine legislature's Energy and Utilities Committee  and Environment and Natural Resources Committee, to see if they are discussing windpower related bills. It is easy to do this.

 Check the list of public hearings by committee and time window

Go to these two committee…

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Added by Ron Huber on February 5, 2013 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Windpower bills sent to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee before cloture

The texts are not quite available yet but here are the windpower-related titles send the EUT committee.

LR 1337 An Act To Enhance Maine's Economy and Environment Sen. Patrick of Oxford

LR 1842 : An Act Regarding Wind Power Siting in the Unorganized Territories Rep. Crockett of Bethel

LR 851 : An Act To Make Decibel Level Limits Consistent on All Wind Turbines Rep. Keschl of Belgrade

LR 1281: An Act Concerning Noise Rule Amendments To Protect the Health and Welfare…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 28, 2013 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Audio recording the Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee

It is always useful to listen to and when possible record the meetings of the Energy Utilities and Technology Committee when they are holding hearings or meetings of relevance.   If you attend a hearing of the committee please bring a recorder along and set it on where it will record both the committee and the testifiers.  

Or you may record from afar.  Below is a freeware program that lets you record  audio…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 22, 2013 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Need spin on Maine windmill legislation - the good the bad and the ugly

Who knows anything about the plethora of Maine windpower related bills to come up in the near future Help me with yourthoughts on as many as you known anything about. ALL TO BE HEARD APRIL 24/25

 The hearings are at 9:30 Monday (probably lasting all day) and 1:00 Tuesday.  More details will follow. Meantime, below are links to the bills if anyone wants to start crafting testimony.  Thank you.…

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Added by Ron Huber on April 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Massachusetts fishermen hold firm against ocean windmills

"...several people expressed worry that participating in the review process is tantamount to endorsing the idea of wind farms atop a fishery and a critical habitat for spawning fish."

Wind farm hearing prompts howls from fishing interests

NEW BEDFORD — The first meeting of the…

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Added by Ron Huber on March 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

All those Maine windpower bills - any of the good ones w/ room for some language?

In Connecticut they havea statewide moratorium under review. See

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS UNTIL THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS.

Wording:

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS UNTIL THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS.…

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Added by Ron Huber on February 25, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Windmills - Fed Dept of Energy proposes new "categorical exclusions"

On January 3, 2011,  the US Dept of Energy published a notice on a plan to add twenty new categorical exclusions to review of development projects as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Windpower is, alas, part of that plan.  Deadline to add your input is February 17,…

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Added by Ron Huber on February 4, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

2nd Annual Maine Wind Energy Conference - live blogging DeepCwind section - Complete & edited

2nd ANNUAL MAINE WIND CONFERENCE 1/25/11 Edited Morning and afternoon sessions

(edited=removal of twitter links)

Live blogged by "DeepCwind Consortium"

 

Speakers for Morning DeepCwind  Session

Jake Ward UMaine's Dept of Industrial Cooperation

Gary Hunt, UMaine's School of Economics

Caroline Noblet, UMaine's School of Economics

Mario Teisl,  UMaine's School of Economics.

 

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Added by Ron Huber on January 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Maine ocean wind power - Outgoing DMR head George Lapointe's swan song presentation

Outgoing Maine Dept of Marine Resources commissioner George Lapointe's final presentation on ocean windpower off Maine

(Photo is from a meeting a month earlier)

     In…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 14, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Dozens of windpower bills before Maine legislature for 2011

The following is a list of 29 bills relating to windpower (one or 2 include tidal energy) that will come before the Maine legislature between now and the close of the 2011 session. It comes from this list of more than 1,000 submitted bills accepted by the Maine legislature for this session. (58 page pdf file)  More about the Maine legislature…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 14, 2011 at 1:24am — No Comments

PEER: Feds flying blind in Cape Wind approvals.

PEER (Public Employees for environmental Responsibility) lifts the rock under which the Cape Wind political maggots have been hiding, gnawing away at our environment. Something to consider as Maine looks to de-wind its waters.

FEDERAL AGENCIES FLYING BLIND IN CAPE WIND APPROVALS — Internal E-Mails Admit Huge Data Gaps, Inability to Monitor and Pursue Mitigation

For Immediate…

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Added by Ron Huber on December 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Maine ocean windpower wannabees hear from Mass & Rhode Island windpower officials & stakes AUDIO

At the Offshore Wind: Tools and Information for Maine Coastal Stakeholders" meeting in Belfast on December 145h , one of the afternoon panels was called Lessons Learned from Siting Renewable Energy Projects. Panelists included the Mayor of Block Island off Massachusetts, a Rhodes Island commercial fisherman, a representative of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone…

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Added by Ron Huber on December 16, 2010 at 1:45am — No Comments

NRCM, Environment Maine & other ocean windrush boosters should look before leaping offshore.

Rockland.

The announcement of a federal decision to fast-track the siting of ocean windmills off the US Atlantic coast, risks leaving many environmental impacts,including some potentially harming Maine's lobster and scallop fisheries, unexplored until after the windmills are in place. See… Continue

Added by Ron Huber on December 1, 2010 at 6:30pm — No 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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