This needs to be a conversation at every energy committee in every state legislature -
"In Maine, plans to erect turbines atop ridges have outraged people worried about marring the rugged landscape and hurting tourism. The group Friends of Maine's Mountains has been fighting wind-energy developments in the state Legislature, before regulatory panels and in the courts. It has managed to slow or stop nearly all of the proposals.
Group spokesman Christopher O'Neil said he knows wind farms remain popular with many people in distant, more populated areas near Portland or…Continue
Added by Steve Thurston on February 20, 2018 at 9:34pm — No Comments
The PSB just issued its new rule, which has been submitted to ICAR. See this section, excerpted from the rule, below. This is a huge victory for us!! They adopted the German nighttime standard of 35 dBA and the highest standard in Denmark for daytime of 42 dBA, plus a setback of 10x the total height which is what Poland requires and the Cape Cod Commission recommend. The wind industry just sustained a huge loss. This comes as a big surprise, and we will have to defend this through the…Continue
A study led by wind developers, AWEA, turbine and solar panel manufacturers, and other renewable advocates paid for by our tax dollars through NREL/DOE concludes that renewables can supply up to 30% "penetration" in the Eastern US and Canada. Not included in the study is the cost of generation, transmission, or market rule changes needed for this to happen - which would of course be immense. The study does highlight the relatively clean ISO-NE grid compared to the other grids serving the…Continue
Public Workshop on the Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning - Wednesday September 21
Solar Panels are a Waste of Taxpayer and Ratepayer Money for the Environmental Benefits Achieved.
Solar proponents (https://solarpowerrocks.com/vermont/) advertise a 9.9% annual rate of return over the life of a 5 kw solar project, which costs about $20,000. Investors can claim a first year tax credit of 30%, or $6000. The electric utility is required to credit 5.4…Continue
Renewables advocates constantly imply that wind and solar are becoming “competitive” but they fail to include the cornucopia of subsidies, which add up to much more than the value of the electricity produced. When challenged they talk about the “social cost” of fossil fuels, as if fossil fuels provide no benefit to society, and imply that these social costs justify the high cost, human suffering, visual blight, habitat destruction, environmental degradation, loss of local control,…Continue
EUT Committee Co-Chairman Representative Mark Dion's bill to allow generators to be owned by affiliates of T&D utilities was given a sound thrashing at today's work session. Witnesses representing utilities, consumer groups, generators, and the conservation of Maine's landscape all emphasized that there could be no "Code of Conduct" written that would prevent Iberdrola from profiting from its ownership of both CMP as the transmission company and Avangrid as the generation company in…Continue
Added by Steve Thurston on March 8, 2016 at 7:52pm — No Comments
The work session on LD 1513 introduced a completely re-written bill which has not yet been published on the EUT website. Co-Chairman Dion, one of the sponsors, defended his role in allowing only proponents of the bill to work with the EUT's policy analyst to draft the "amended" bill. The EUT will allow opposition to this bill to be heard at its next work session on Tuesday. Please email the Committee members if you cannot attend the work session in person.
According to Mitch…Continue
February 3, 2016
Honorable Members of the EUT Committee,…Continue
The state attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into criminal complaints against a prominent champion of Vermonters who are adversely affected by renewable development.
The attorney general’s office is investigating whether Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, has practiced law without a license — a charge with penalties left entirely to the court’s discretion.
Smith says the complaints that prompted the AG’s investigation are…Continue
The IPCC lists Bangladesh as the country most at risk from climate change. But guess what? Bangladesh is shifting its electricity generation from expensive imported gas to cheap domestic coal in order to increase its GDP. “Bangladesh’s short-term economic and political costs resulting from not using its coal for the generation of electricity are far higher than the longer term costs resulting from climate change. This also explains why there are no specific plans for using the more…Continue
At the moment ISO-NE's is using about 15,000 MW of electricity. 35% of that electricity is coming from 4 nuclear generators with a combined capacity of 4000 MW that consistently operate at a 90% capacity factor year after year. On the opposite end of the efficiency spectrum, 104 MW is coming from over 800 MW of installed capacity of wind turbines that occupy over 80 miles of New England's ridges. That has been the story all summer long - the time of peak demand on the…Continue
I have been checking the ISO-NE website regularly for the past few weeks, since they announced the addition of the "real time fuel mix chart". The chart is on the bottom of the "ISO Express" page. Today's fuel mix has been typical. Total demand follows a curve from low during the night to high during the day. …Continue
ISO-NE prepared a forecast in 2011 which outlined several scenarios for wind development in Maine. This picture taken from slides from that report shows what may happen if nothing is done to prevent it. Wind developers will continue to build wind projects, and ratepayers will share the costs of transmission, as long as there are mountains or fields on which to build turbines. The upper left shows potential wind project locations, the upper right shows the transmission needed to support…Continue
He running a close second to a picture of a rainbow. Let's put him over the top!
Added by Steve Thurston on July 14, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments
I took the accompanying pictures on Roxbury Pond two weeks ago. A pair of eagles have been raising their young on an island in the pond for several decades. Most eagles hatch 2 or 3, but only one survives to fly. These eagles have rebuilt their nest in the same tree and successfully parented 2 chicks to fly from the nest year after year. The value of their DNA to future generations of eagles is enormous. But with the coming of the turbines, and Obama giving free…Continue
Cudnohufsky: The devastation of ridgeline turbine installations in New England
As a landscape architect, I am concerned about and cherish deeply our expansive and…Continue
Added by Steve Thurston on May 13, 2013 at 5:42pm — No Comments
The Expedited Wind Law voted by the Maine Legislature in 2008 specifically calls for protection of Scenic Resources of State or National Significance (SRSNS).
Maine's Downeast Grand Lakes region is a national treasure that contains multiple lakes that are SRSNS which will be unreasonably affected by the presence of 16 nearly five hundred feet tall industrial wind turbines. The turbines will dominate the horizon with miles of monstrous machines by day and destroy the dark night sky with…
Following is the Executive Summary Energy Plan unveiled yesterday by Energize Vermont, which has been leading the fight against ridge top wind projects. It shows how Vermont can achieve the legislated goal of 90% renewable energy use by 2050 without destroying the landscape, and citizen's well being, with industrial wind turbines. The complete plan is…Continue
Added by Steve Thurston on February 1, 2013 at 12:37pm — No Comments