Eskutassis's Blog – September 2015 Archive (36)

Governor LePage Hits the nail on the head over the closing of the Lincoln Mill

There is no doubt that we are losing jobs and tax base this week with the announcement of Bankruptcy in Lincoln, the closing of the Old Town Mill, and Verso recently.  Gov. LePage has done all he can to hold these projects back, but there is so much money in the pockets of our Legislators, they can't help themselves from making bad decisions for Mainers.  More jobs down the tube with no hope of them ever coming back.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 29, 2015 at 10:07pm — 7 Comments

I Hope our Governor remembers what to do with this grant!!!

Feds Fund State Efforts To Catalyze Offshore Wind

The money from Washington just won't stop pouring in.  It's only 15 months till we may have some rest.

http://nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.14653

Added by Eskutassis on September 29, 2015 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

Time to end New England’s energy isolation

Boston Globe article that is pushing for us to get busy building pipelines for natural gas from Pennsylvania.  It is plentiful, cheap and the price is very steady.  We could heat our homes and reduce our electricity rates so businesses like the Lincoln tissue mill could stay open.  We are going to be retiring a large number of old generating stations by 2020 and we can't move it over to unreliable renewables.  This could be our solution.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 29, 2015 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

WOW!!! I HAD NO IDEA! More Lies from our Wind Friends

I can't begin to tell you how slanted this article is that will make the uninformed citizen of Maine think Wind is one of the biggest contributors to cleaning our atmosphere, providing 4,200 jobs, (not permanent) using nameplate outputs, not the usual 25% actual outputs, and telling us it will make big changes in the quality of the air in the SECOND cleanest state in the union.I sure wish we could get one of our writers to get so believed by the biased media.  Though we already do so much,…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 28, 2015 at 8:46am — 3 Comments

$2.5 million conservation fund set up in Bingham wind pact

An agreement reached between Friends of Maine Mountains and developer SunEdison will provide $2.5 million to conservation projects statewide.  I hope this turns out to be a positive agreement for Maine.  I'm not sure any of these projects have enough salted away for decommissioning should it become necessary.  I'm afraid we will be saddled with enormous behemoths for as long as we can see.  …

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Added by Eskutassis on September 25, 2015 at 7:09pm — 36 Comments

Greedy Wind Industry In EU Is Pushing Amost Broke Nations to Up The Ante On Subsidies.

The Wind Industry in the EU is basically admitting that they are only viable with an increase in subsidies.  The increase would be suicide to many of the countries already at the brink of disaster.

http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1365584/renewable-industry-seeks-eu-investment-protection

Added by Eskutassis on September 24, 2015 at 9:41pm — 1 Comment

Why Can't Our Legislators Take The Same View?

In Scotland, the people are finally getting fed up with the destruction of view and wildlife and rejected a new set of wind turbines.  Why is it that our legislators can't see the same destruction?  Could it be that they almost all live in the part of the state that have no turbines?  Or could it be they are in somebody's pocket?  I don't know, but we sure need to get some of the Southern Maine Population up North to see what is really happening.  Pictures just don't do it…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 23, 2015 at 3:03pm — 2 Comments

Not all energy is created equal

A very good argument for doing away with the PTC and put all energy companies on a level playing field. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), makes a passionate plea to end the spending.

http://canadafreepress.com/article/75459

Added by Eskutassis on September 22, 2015 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

2,000 Greedy Organizations Leaching Off the PTC.

There are many organizations claiming that without the PTC being extended, thousands of jobs will be lost and millions of homes will go without power.  Why can't the real truth be told?

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/09/16/2000-organisations-call-us-government-extend-tax-provisions-including-ptc/

Added by Eskutassis on September 17, 2015 at 4:45pm — 3 Comments

More New England generation, transmission, pipelines needed: ISO-NE

ISO-NE is boosting the proposal that we need more improvements to our transmission grid.  Maine has an existing grid that will sustain us for the next thirty years.  We don't expect population growth, certainly can't predict business growth and we produce more electricity, (cleaner than all but one other state in the union) than we use, even on our worst day.  All the devastation done to Maine is for those other states surrounding us.  It is time we speak for ourselves.

Gas pipelines,…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 16, 2015 at 9:15pm — No Comments

This is an Oldie, But worth Repeating

Back in May, Paula Moore wrote this piece in the BDN.  It is more relevant today than ever after what happened to the grid last week.  

https://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/17/opinion/wind-power-isnt-making-the-big-impact-its-champions-claim/?ref=relatedBox 

Added by Eskutassis on September 15, 2015 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

What New England’s foolhardy, clean energy policy looks like

Chris O'Neil from Friends of Maine's Mountains Makes an impassioned and fact driven expose' of what happened to ISO-NE on Sept 8th.  Our wind farms failed to produce when they were called on during a peak period that lasted most of the day.  Prices went from $30 per MWH to nearly $1,000 per MWH during that period.  So much for "Free" Wind.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 14, 2015 at 3:45pm — 16 Comments

It's Migration Time (Audubon Society) and not a word about Maine's Dangers

Bob Duchesne, VP of Penobscot Audubon, writes a very good article about the migration season that is just beginning.  He does, however, leave out any mention of the new dangers facing our feathered friends from spinning blades.

https://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/12/outdoors/and-theyre-off-migration-season-is-underway/

Added by Eskutassis on September 13, 2015 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Fort Fairfield residents air support for wind ordinance

Fort Fairfield is entertaining a huge wind development, but they are making some demands that will make it very hard for the developers to proceed.  One mile setbacks from property owners that are opposed to the project make it almost impossible.  Read below.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 11, 2015 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Green Energy Really Is a Ponzi Scheme

Green Energy Really Is a Ponzi Scheme

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Added by Eskutassis on September 10, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

More lies and distortion from the wind industry.

Get ready to pull your hair out with the lies and distortions in this article from The Hill.  They have turned every fact 180 degrees on its head and added a few more.  The Polar Vortex of last winter is blamed, of course, on the Koch Brothers and their energy policies and global climate change.  He says wind improves our power reliability by diversifying our energy mix.  Funny how the wind farms in our northern counties are some of the biggest USERS of energy, especially in the…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 10, 2015 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Written from the point of someone who is already sucking down subsidies

Congress: Extend the Investment Tax Credit for Advanced Energy Technologies

This article is written by a man that needs the subsidies to justify his research and further existence. I say level the playing field for everyone and let the programs that excel go forward and the others die.  That is true American business.  No fair picking winners and losers before the truth is told.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 9, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Maybe there will be hope in 2016.

I know this is a little political, but when you keep hitting your head against the wall, and nothing seems to get better, maybe it is time for a change of views.  

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/09/09/gop-presidential-hopefuls-call-ending-energy-subsidies

Added by Eskutassis on September 9, 2015 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Bitter Wind: A Town Divided Over A Controversial Maine Wind Farm

 A really well done video of one of our victories, Bower Mountain.  Both sides.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/bitter_wind_a_town_divided_over_a_controversial_maine_wind_farm/2907/

Added by Eskutassis on September 8, 2015 at 7:32pm — 13 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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