Eskutassis's Blog – August 2015 Archive (35)

Group of 14 Mainers taking ‘climate tour’ of Denmark

I hope while they are in Denmark, they take notice of the cost of energy in Denmark.  It is roughly $.47 per kwh!  We in Maine can not sustain that kind of cost for electricity.  Maine would become a wilderness again as all the businesses and people would move to where they could afford it.  I notice that all these people in the group are from the southern part of the state, where they have yet to put any wind turbines.  They want to send more our way!…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 31, 2015 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

SAY WHAT? Solar advocates see bright opportunity in northern Maine

While I have long been a user of a solar array on my camp that is off the grid, and I support those who want to put solar arrays on their own home, here in Maine, 4.2 usable hours of wintertime sun is hardly a "bright opportunity."  That is just 17.5% of usable power for the array.  As long as this is used by private homes or businesses, I have no problem, but this sounds like wealthy investors might jump into the market for the massive subsidies available.…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 31, 2015 at 7:21am — 3 Comments

Keeping the lights on

Massachusetts is so far behind Maine in clean air and energy yet they are depending on Maine to provide "renewables" (wind) for the future.  Maine is the second cleanest state in the union when it comes to greenhouse gasses due to our use of hydro, gas and biomass.  We can not turn Vacationland into Wind Devastated Land for Mass, Conn, RI and NY.…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 30, 2015 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Energy Delusions

Last week was the big Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.  This article was written from our side of the argument so it is like preaching to the choir.  Prepare to get a good laugh at the continuous stream of mis-truths and outright lies as told by our opponents.  

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/energy_delusions.html   

Added by Eskutassis on August 30, 2015 at 12:05am — 2 Comments

Here is a good use for a wind turbine!

I don't know about any of you, but I get the willies just looking at this.  But who knows, it might just become the new fad.…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 29, 2015 at 6:32pm — 3 Comments

Sun Edison is testing for another Wind Farm in Somerset County.

It might take another two years for the data to be collected, but Sun Edison is looking to expand their holdings in Maine.  Let's all hope that the subsidies die out, and there is new blood in Washington that will put an end to the madness.  The folly of wind has got to end before all our hilltops look like Stetson, Hancock and others.…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 29, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

I'm not sure where all the facts that this article throws out there came from, but I know not one of them to be true.

The Pres gave a speech in Las Vegas at the National Clean Energy Summit and threw out a bunch of pure fiction.  Read it and see if you can't poke a few holes in it.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/renewable-energys-success-could-mean-end-of-subsidies/article/2570901

Added by Eskutassis on August 27, 2015 at 1:51pm — 1 Comment

Governor of Maine Implores Legislature to Help Trim Power Prices

Honestly, nothing more need be said beyond the Headline.  The Legislature is dragging their feet and having trouble seeing that wind is not working, and is driving rates up and businesses and jobs out.  This is not just economic theory, but is economic FACT.  How can the people we elected be so obtuse?  (I love Shawshank Redemption)…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 26, 2015 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

This may be good news, but somehow Emera is going to keep pressing,

The staff for The PUC has made the recommendation that Emera NOT build the new transmission line through the County.  Building it would cost every Maine average ratepayer $34.07 a year more in transmission fees and would further drive more businesses out of the state.  Emera has not given up yet, but this is a step in the right direction.  No more rubber stamps for wind power.  …

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Added by Eskutassis on August 26, 2015 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Thanks to Arthur Quenk for this VERY infomative piece on the true cost of energy and share of subsidies.

I wish all the legislators and congresspeople would read these and believe what they say.  It is VERY revealing.

http://www.strata.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Full-Report-True-Cost-of-Wind1.pdf…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 24, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

WOW! This guy hits every nail square on the head. Why aren't these guys running our energy policy?

Mark W. Anderson, a 35 year professor of economics at U Maine has figured out the real economics behind the "Renewable" energy policies we have been led to believe are going to save our country.  This is one of the first academics I have heard tell the real truth.  …

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Added by Eskutassis on August 24, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

They are thinking that Offshore Wind might still make it in Maine.

They are thinking that Offshore Wind might still make it in Maine.  That is after all the other three that were chosen over Maine failed because they could not make electricity economically enough to get contracts from distribution companies.  The Windies just won't give up their quest to reap government money whether or not it helps the environment and how much it really hurts the economy.…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 23, 2015 at 2:35pm — 5 Comments

Cramer: Mea culpa! Why I was wrong on SunEdison

This is a video and a little long, but worth watching.  

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/20/cramer-mea-culpa-why-i-was-wrong-on-sunedison.html

Added by Eskutassis on August 21, 2015 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Another Government Energy Official falls into a lucrative job at one of the big companies (Sun Edison). Imagine THAT!

The amount of interplay among the officials looking after the citizens and the big businesses they are regulating isn't limited to Maine.  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton has jumped ship for greener pastures at Sun Edison.  Read below…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Patriot Renwewables trying to push around the citizens of Dixfield area and ignore their concerns about noise levels.

Dixfield area residents have made it clear they don't want wind turbines that make more noise at night than 35 decibels.  Patriot Renewables says it is not feasible to build turbines like that so they are pushing to get the levels raised.  DON'T DO IT DIXFIELD!!!!!  YOU WON'T BE HAPPY.  Keep the Colonel Holman Mountain Ridge pristine!…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 21, 2015 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

The Western US is facing a problem. Low winds are making wind very costly.

Shifting wind patterns in the Western US are making it hard for the wind producers to take advantage of the PTC.  The grids are being forced to go to other more reliable fuels.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/wind-energy-gets-blown-away-by-shifting-patterns-in-the-west/article/2570517

Added by Eskutassis on August 20, 2015 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

Governor LePage is beating the energy drum again. But it seems so futile with the legislature.

His weekly radio address is telling the facts of the failed energy policy of the last forty years here in Maine.  Why is it so hard for the legislature to vote for the good of the State and the people?  It is the lies they have been fed for all that time.

http://news.mpbn.net/post/lepage-liberal-policies-blame-maines-high-energy-costs

Added by Eskutassis on August 20, 2015 at 3:58pm — 2 Comments

European Wind Manufactures Having a Banner Year . . . . At OUR Expense!!

Wind Development is up a huge amount this year from last, and the boom has to be done quickly as the PTC will expire at the end of next year.  I can only hope that we will get it stopped at that point, or we will be supporting overseas companies to our detriment.  …

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Added by Eskutassis on August 19, 2015 at 9:08pm — No Comments

More drivel from George Smith, that great scientist bought off with Wind Money

Our old friend George Smith has published again.  He is touting the Warming Headlines and the non-scientists.  The people he thinks are great are the financial people who are raking in money hand over fist on the backs of the common citizen and ratepayer.  He is part of the problem why business is deserting Maine and leaving it to the devastating Wind Machines which will eventually drive the tourist trade from our borders.…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 19, 2015 at 8:53pm — No Comments

This pretty much tells the story of how we in Maine are being pulled and pushed

What’s at stake in Maine’s power struggle over energy?

The BDN published an op ed today that is worth reading.  I heard the interview with Gov. LePage on the radio and am firmly in his corner over what has to happen in Maine.  Businesses are exiting the state in record numbers because of the high prices of electricity.  As he said at the end of the interview about our legislators, “Many of them will ignore it until the last company [in Maine] turns the lights…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 19, 2015 at 8:41pm — No Comments

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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