Eskutassis's Blog – October 2015 Archive (15)

If you believe this one, I've got some swampland in Florida for you.

The CEO of Sun Edison, our friends with dubious dollars, and even more dubious credibility, say losing the PTC will not hurt them at all.  HAH!  

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-28/clean-power-losing-u-s-tax-breaks-and-it-doesn-t-seem-to-mind

Added by Eskutassis on October 29, 2015 at 12:40pm — 4 Comments

Amazing! Even though our Wind power is a minuscule % of our output!

Maine is #1 in CO2 reduction over the last decade and a half, and we have almost no production from wind.  It just looks like a lot.  The billions that have been spent on towers, turbines and grid updates have little or no effect on the CO2 level, even though measuring the CO2 level is something that is dubious at best.  Wind can hardly take credit for this noteworthy award.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 29, 2015 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Southern New England is Selling Us Off

The Boston Globe is touting all the wind energy they can get from wind farms in Northern Maine to replace the huge amount of energy they are going to lose from Pilgrim Nuke.  The only problem is the out of date grid.  Here is a proposition - Southern New Englanders pay for those upgrades to OUR grid because we don't need those upgrades.  Better yet, have them pay for hydro projects that will produce meaningful energy and travel on existing grid lines.  Why should we be stuck for the bills of…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 29, 2015 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

You only have to know that the author of this piece also writes for The Fantasy Book Review.

US Wind Industry Installed 3,600 MW So Far This Year, Still Faces Policy Uncertainty

We can only hope that the PTC fails to pass and slows down this fantasy train.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 23, 2015 at 6:25pm — 1 Comment

Wind builders bet on extension of federal tax credits in project planning

Congress still has the PTC up in the air between the House and Senate for this year.  It is still not to late to mount a letter writing campaign to our Senators and Congressmen and let them know the truth about wind.  It might also help to get some editorials and Letters to the Editor in the local press.  We have to let these people know the truth.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 21, 2015 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Defendants still protesting convictions in wind farm fraud

These scam artists are so vile that they not only steal from the taxpayers as a whole, but from individual investors, old people and their retirement accounts.  How is it that they can make such a losing proposition sound like such a bed of roses.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 21, 2015 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Our View: Compromise on Maine wind project offers model for land funds dispute

A PPH Editorial tries to make the FMM/SunEdison deal sound like a plus for both and a good compromise.  It is like putting lipstick on a pig!  I really think Sun Ed got the best of the deal and made FMM look like they had to buckle.  I only hope it may slow things down a bit.  Of course the biggest brakes that could be applied would be an end to the tax subsidies.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 19, 2015 at 1:27pm — 3 Comments

Emera thinks Bangor Hydro customer's transmissions rates will climb 75%!

New transmission line upgrades that are projected to cost $175 million over five years in Northern Maine will increase transmission rates 75% In The Bangor Hydro district.  Isn't it about time we put and end to this nonsense before every business in Maine leaves?  Write to the PUC and tell them NO!!!!…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 12, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

We Need A Rational Energy Policy

An editorial in the Ellsworth American is spreading the word.  I hope it gets some activity.

http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/opinions/editorials/a-rational-energy-policy

Added by Eskutassis on October 10, 2015 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

Hidden Costs and Benefits of Wind Power

With all the talk about how wind is lowering the price of energy, which we all know is an outright lie, this article explains them.  Most of us have heard them before, but this comes from the other side of the pond where they are beginning to wake up to reality.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 10, 2015 at 8:11am — No Comments

LD 1750: A study in how special interests get their way in the Maine legislature

Ready for a blood boil?  The corruption and influence of special interests in 2013 (very recent) control the things that get done in Maine.  This is proof that our legislators are looking out for themselves and their pocketbooks, not ours.  They are ruining Maine, the economy, jobs, the environment, energy and businesses for their own enrichment.  This has got to stop, I don't know how, but it has to stop.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 9, 2015 at 8:56am — 3 Comments

Bill introduced to end wind tax credit

Sen. James Lankford introduced a bill Wednesday, titled the PTC Elimination Act, that would remove the Production Tax Credit from the tax code entirely. 

This would be a big step toward making it impossible for wind companies to erect and operate turbines in the future.  Let's see if it can get passed.  Lankford is from Oklahoma where there is already Wind installed.…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 8, 2015 at 1:47pm — 5 Comments

There Might Be Hope, But It May Be Awhile

The PUC is working hard to get gas lines increased and updated so we can lower our energy costs.  Watch below.

http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2015/10/02/puc-working-to-bring-natural-gas-to-maine/73238250/

Added by Eskutassis on October 3, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Feel Good Energy Policy

"Will Maine legislators ever wise up to the fact that our feel-good state energy policy is draining hundreds of millions of dollars from Maine’s economy and billions from the New England economy? As giant turbines continue to proliferate on more and more of our mountains and smiling wind developers pocket vast amounts of taxpayer and ratepayer money that should have been invested instead in more dependable forms of clean energy, one has to wonder."…

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Added by Eskutassis on October 3, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

List of MET Towers for the State of Maine

Here is a list of the MET Towers in Maine, but it is one year out of date.  It is from Chris O'Neil.

listofmettowerpermits_10-2014-2.pdf

MetTowers.pdf

Added by Eskutassis on October 3, 2015 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

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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