When you click on the below link you'll see in the top picture a gathering of interested parties at the RPS/Climate change bill-signing.
That's Beth O'Hearn (teal dress) from League of Conservation Voters, which is the overarching organization for the Airhead Enviro Cabal (LCV, NRCM, Sierra, Audubon, Environment Maine, et al). Over her shoulder in Maroon/white is Katelyn Bernard, the lobbyist for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which for a few years had…Continue
Very quietly, First Wind creeps back into Maine like Godzilla rose from the fetid lagoon.
Let's hope it's the last wind project ever in Maine.
Read the Draft Order here: …Continue
On May 10 the Environment & Natural Resources Committee will take up a substantive bill that hopes to reform and update Maine's landfill policy, which is a very big duty of the Department of Environmental Protection. The bill is here: LD%20112%20sponsors%20proposed%20amendment%20for%20PH.pdf
Earlier this year during the public hearing for the RoxWind…Continue
For dramatic effect, the opponents of the NECEC have been publishing scary stock photos of massive power lines from the midwest and elsewhere. As a result, most of the vocal-local opposition has been focused on scenic impact to Maine's wilderness. Here are some of their published photos, some provided to media outlets.
The headline calls it a "ban" but it is not. It, like over 100 other ordinances around Maine, is zoning written to regulate and protect a community from a gawdawful land use. The maximum height of 150 feet to top of blade pretty much kills any industrial wind project, which is a community's right. They are copying/pasting the…Continue
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While the CMP/HQ 1200 MW HVDC line is seeking approvals at the Maine DEP and PUC, it is also seeking approval of a power purchase agreement at the Massachusetts DPU (the equivalent of our PUC). This attachment explains that if the CMP/HQ project is built, it…Continue
After last month's public hearing, the original LD 1810, introduced by Governor Paul LePage thanks to Representative Joel Stetkis, was drastically overhauled in committee. Unfortunately, the House didn't even debate the minority report; they just voted to kill the bill outright.
This minority report of the committee simply would have given the DEP a little bit more opportunity to request a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) when a wind project is proposed close to a Scenic Resource of…Continue
Lots of talk lately about High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission systems. New Hampshire's Northern Pass or CMP's New England Clean Energy Connect might be built soon, providing 1000+ MW of clean dispatchable Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Such a project -- or perhaps two or three of them -- could greatly slow the wind bandwagon.
This link provides a good primer on HVDC: …Continue
WGAN RADIO ALERT TODAY
Tory Ryden is guest hosting "Inside Maine" today. She announced that she will be talking at noon for an entire segment about "alternative energy" and how we can expand it at a time when "we have a governor who doesn't believe in alternative energy."
(Believe…is it a religion? ...Alternative…to what?)
Chances are she will have a guest who is in the wind lobby.
Tune in to 560 AM or you can listen live online (about a minute delay).…Continue
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1st of 4 weekly installments in the Franklin Journal.
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The mission statement of Natural Resources Council of Maine states, in part, that it is "a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations."
In 2011, the NRCM position regarding Bowers Mt. wind project was "neither for nor against". What has changed? More money from the wind industry and their cohorts? Surely the facts from First Wind’s production reports to FERC should clearly tell NRCM that destroying…Continue
State Rep. Mark Dion of Portland has always seemed to be a bright and sensible guy. This week he gave a radio speech on heating Maine homes and businesses. As so often happens, he committed many sins of omission and/or commission, thereby misleading Maine people. Below is the text of his speech in quotations, with our comments embedded: …Continue
It makes people feel good, like they're doing something to save the planet. But let's assume that this gathering will be devoid of science and scientists. Let's assume that uneducated ideologues will populate these "Power Hours" and propose all sorts of flakey ideas which will eventually become policy. We suggest that GPCOG insist that engineering experts attend all of these meetings.
"Reducing energy..." What does that mean?
Maine Representative Stacey Fitts, House Chair of the Energy and Utilities Committee, was quoted AGAIN mentioning our "energy problems."
Some of those lawmakers are willing to listen. Representative Stacie Fitts from Pittsfield, who chairs the Energy Utilities and Technology Committee, says wind power could be a part of the solution to our energy problems in Maine.
Feel great about what you are doing to help others...…Continue
I read with interest the report that is included in the agenda (item #4) of the upcoming LURC meeting. There is a lot of good analysis and it commendable that LURC is making the effort to understand the many impacts of wind power.…Continue
This aired on Maine Public Radio. By far the most comprehensive discussion of energy and electricity so far in the campaign. It is almost two hours long, but worth hearing, for sure.
The moderator was BernsteinShur attorney…Continue
The AG says ratepayers and taxpayers are on a pretty big hook, so First Wind has to show financials. The rascals object! Go figure.
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