Weaver Wind DEP Meeting - "It’s going to benefit the colonial masters of the state of Maine" (Ellsworth American)

Usual $uspects Parade to Podium

The article (see link at the bottom) states "The company also has put bids into Connecticut and Rhode Island and officials have said they would consider selling to a corporation if the bid is not accepted by the PUC." However there is no mention of the fact that three weeks ago on 11/28/18, Weaver Wind's bid as well as the bids of five other Maine land-based wind projects were REJECTED by Connecticut in favor of nuclear plants in the state's "zero carbon" RFP.

Nor does the article mention that the wind developer, Longroad Energy Partners, is run by the same people who ran controversial wind company First Wind, which had vaporized in the Sun Edison merger and bankruptcy.

https://www.longroadenergy.com/about-us/

Nor does it mention that First Wind's long time owner, hedge fund D.E. Shaw, was put into business by S. Donald Sussman, the same person whose Maine media empire at the time (Maine Today Media) never criticized wind and whose wife, U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree used her official position to get Angus King (whose son, Angus King III headed up M&A for First Wind) his $102 million federal loan guarantee on the bogus pretense it offered "breakthrough technology". Sussman then sold Maine Today Media for a supposedly favorable priced to Reade Brower, who since acquired the Ellsworth American in July 2018.

On July 8, 2016 the Ellsworth American wrote an editorial on wind called "Wind and Big Money", with statements such as:

  • What the southern New England consortium wants to do — with the complicity of developers — is to turn Maine into the wind plantation that its members don’t want in their own state

  • The value of subsidies given to the biggest players in the U.S. wind industry is now $176 billion. 

  • Maine’s greatest resource is our unparalleled scenery — our mountains, lakes, rivers and ocean coastline. Continuing to despoil this birthright to support a misguided energy policy and put big money in the pockets of developers and investors is a travesty that must be stopped.

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/opinions/wind-big-money/

Does the Ellsworth American stand by this position in 2019?

January 17, 2019

Both sides make their cases at wind project hearing

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/environment/both-sides...

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Comment by Art Brigades on January 21, 2019 at 2:25pm

Does the Ellsworth American stand by this position in 2019?  

Doubtful.  Alan Baker wrote that when he was the publisher, before the paper was sold to Reade Brower.

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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