Bristol Herald Courier: USDA aiding Vinalhaven electric co-op

Is any of the money going to wind "farm" maintenance and repair one wonders?

Pingree is a resident of North Haven. She says the electrical energy for the islands' grid is mostly generated on Vinalhaven by a community-owned wind farm. 

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/usda-aiding-maine-island-electric...

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Vinalhaven: Pingree Announces $1.5 million USDA "Investment" for Energy Improvements

According to USDA Rural Development, funds will be used to improve 5 miles of line and make other system improvements.  

The Fox Islands Electric Cooperative is owned by the Maine island communities of Vinalhaven and North Haven, where Congresswoman Pingree is a resident. The electrical energy for the islands' grid is partly purchased from the mainland through our submarine cable, but most of it is generated on Vinalhaven by a community-owned wind farm. The cooperative has approximately 1,950 members.

https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/pingree-annou...

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Comment by Paul Ackerman on November 5, 2017 at 9:43pm

One of my fellows in the writers group noted the following after reading the BS Pingree sent out on this that I copied him on--good points,and no doubt never things the "reporter" who penned the story would ask or note.

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North Haven has highest per capita municipal valuation in county at $1,155,000 and Vinalhaven is second highest (not counting Isle au Haut) at $408,000.  Average per capita municipal valuation for all Knox County is $186,600.  By comparison, St. George is $332,600, Rockport is $306,200, Camden is $227,700 and Appleton is $92,400.  I don’t know what kinds of properties are driving high valuations on the islands, but obviously the state considers these properties to have disproportionately high value. 
Most recent population figure I’ve seen indicates total population of 1,515 for North Haven and Vinalhaven, which makes me curious as to who the other 435 co-op ‘members’ are.  That works out to $993/co-op member. Curious to know how they plan to re-pay the loan.  (It did say loan, not grant.)"
(from Nick Lapham) 
Paul 
Comment by Dudley G. Gray on November 5, 2017 at 4:38pm

remember ,she also blessed the technological advances of Angus King's wind farm in Roxbury. There was  nothing new, however she fast tracked it so he could get his 400,000 success fee before selling out to his partner ,so he could run for the U.S. Senate.  These people are so corrupt it defies all imagination but I fear we are asleep. Dudley Gray

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 4, 2017 at 1:21pm

Ask if Pingree lives anywhere near the noise generated by the Three GE 1.5MW turbines.

Art Lindgren had to leave the island because of noise, and suffered heart issues from the project.

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 4, 2017 at 1:15pm

Ask Art Lindgren, formally of Vinalhaven and a past active opponent of the graft as it relates to those three GE 1.5 mw frauds on the island.

Sussman and Pingree had more pull unfortunately, as "We the People" being actively shafted of our rights was  built into Maine's Wind Law of 2008

Comment by arthur qwenk on November 4, 2017 at 1:09pm

No wonder they were so motivated to put in lousy wind turbines, Pingree was at the helm all along....Figures....Maine, a corrupt little state.

Comment by Long Islander on November 4, 2017 at 11:46am

I wonder if any of the money goes to the turbines themselves.

Comment by Eskutassis on November 4, 2017 at 11:44am

Ms. Pingree/Sussman should have dipped into her own pockets to upgrade the 5 miles of lines on Vinalhaven. But when you really stop and think about it, $1.5 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions spent for the wind "farms" we already have on the mainland. The wind development on Vinalhaven is owned by the residents of the island and if they want to live with it, so be it.

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

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(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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