Ron Huber's Blog – April 2010 Archive (6)

FOIA'd MDEP and BPL post-legislature wind, wave and tidal energy documents for March 24th to April 9, 2010.

Used the Maine Freedom of Access Act to request documents from DEP and BPL from close of committee decision on LD 1810 to two weeks later when filed request.…


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Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Cape Wind: Maine public radio news gets it righter than most

There but for the grace of ...I'm assured that decades of litigation shall be wreaked upon the hapless Cape Wind Wannabes that want to set their poles in the seafloor off Massachusetts.


Maine public radio's story is better coverage than…
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Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 1:32am — 4 Comments

Nantucket Shoal wind sprawl plan approval- at least it's not in the Gulf of Maine.

So we'll get to watch and learn the actual impact of these machines on coastal tourism, fisheries, birds, bats, local weather, etc. Sounds cold to say "better there than here", but there it… Continue

Added by Ron Huber on April 28, 2010 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Wind at the university - hearts and minds at stake

We mustn't cede the universities to the wind thieves. Winning hearts and minds is the thing. We must occupy the moral high ground, as industry occupy the economic high ground. To do this, we need to think of "University" in a larger context. Such talkers as George Baker the scholar speaking at UM Fort Kent will draw from the engineering and business administration students, appealing to them with predictions of vast wealth and gigantic power devices spawning limitless clean electrical…
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Added by Ron Huber on April 21, 2010 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Bats win over windmills in federal court ESA case. Read case & analysis

This is an interesting case that readers may already be familiar with.Below are excerpts from pro-wind lawfirm's Stoel…

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Added by Ron Huber on April 9, 2010 at 12:26pm — 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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