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Lewiston Brewer Sponsors MPBN, Claiming to be Wind-Powered

http://www.baxterbrewing.com/Baxter Brewing -  a very good beer maker - has begun an ad campaign wrapping itself in…Continue

Started Mar 20, 2012

Lewiston Brewer Sponsors MPBN, Claiming to be Wind-Powered
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http://www.baxterbrewing.com/Baxter Brewing -  a very good beer maker - has begun an ad campaign wrapping itself in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by alice mckay barnett Apr 12, 2012.

For a laugh, Google "Saudi Arabia of Wind"
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I was curious who might have first uttered that tired phrase. Try it. The results are hilarious (see them below). Pretty much every state and country that has an outdoors has gratuitously been called…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Brigades Feb 21, 2010.

Two Anti-NIMBY Consultants Talk About Manipulation

Attached at the very bottom of my post is a PDF. It is a sales brochure used by a Boston PR Firm which infiltrates ourtowns long before we get "wind" of a development proposal. In it they tell the…Continue

Started Jan 23, 2010

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Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post U of Maine: Fire not unusual for wind turbines
"The Trustees thought about all that. But Dr. Zillman was in the room to remind the that reason, math and science have no place in academia."
14 hours ago
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post U of Maine: Fire not unusual for wind turbines
"Those Aroostook kids who used to pay for college picking potatoes... Now they can shovel off the panels. Presque%20Isle%20Weather.pdf"
15 hours ago
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post PPH: Maine won’t wait long for answers on clean energy, transmission lines
"There you have it in the editorial.  NRCM, which fought bitterly against NECEC, is already ok and on board with this more significant blight. "
17 hours ago
Art Brigades commented on Frank Haggerty's blog post Massachusetts Power Politics In Maine
"AMC's Townsend implies that "the Vermont project" should be built instead of NECEC. Vermont's line is indeed a little more expensive, but don't think for a minute that it would be sail without all these people lighting their…"
23 hours ago
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine PUC RFP: "All electrons are equal but some electrons are more equal than others"
"On Wednesday, December 1 at 11:00 am the PUC commissioners will be at the EUT Committee giving an update on this RFP. The public can listen at this link:   https://legislature.maine.gov/Audio/#211"
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Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine PUC RFP: "All electrons are equal but some electrons are more equal than others"
"This RFP is a carnival. It begs for collusion between generators and transmission developers.  One thing to remember, we just passed a referendum on "high impact transmission lines." The legislature needs to approve it. See p. 13…"
Wednesday
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Sierra Club backs consumer-owned power for Maine
"Sierra Club: save the grizzlies. You're good at that.  Stay out of the regulated utility and energy market businesses. "
Wednesday
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post These Maine Legislators Are Idiots
Nov 24
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post These Maine Legislators Are Idiots
"They would, they will and they are. Massachusetts can hurt Maine's power situation a whole lot more than Maine can hurt Mass. "
Nov 24
Art Brigades posted a blog post

These Maine Legislators Are Idiots

They affirmatively tell Massachusetts that they'd rather have a power line as big as NECEC, PLUS a thousand 50-story wind turbines in "pristine Maine Wilderness" that only work 2 days out of 7. Sorry to use such a harsh term as "idiots" but that's the only word that fits. …See More
Nov 23
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC
"Vermont should consider transmitting Canadian hydro into NE and consider Maine as " a bad actor "  to the other states in ISO-NE. "
Nov 17
Willem Post commented on Art Brigades's blog post Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC
"PUC maliciously issued an RFP for a transmission line and all the wind-crazy nuts, eager to grasp at subsidies, flock to it, because the line would provide them the highway to southern NE markets, and sell their wind outputs at high prices, kept…"
Nov 17
richard mcdonald commented on Art Brigades's blog post Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC
"This is the same project that CMP/Emera bid into a MA renewable RFP back in 2015 - they called it the MREI - ME Renewable Energy Interconnect. Per that proposal, the engineering had been completed. corridor parameters were set, leases had been…"
Nov 17
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC
"New-England-Governors-Statement-of-Cooperation-on-Regional-Energy-3-15-19.pdf"
Nov 17
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC
"Heavily indebted in the unreliable electrical production from wind and solar power projects throughout the state, and having rejected a reliable electrical producing project, essentially stabbing Canada and the rest of New England in the back, Maine…"
Nov 17
Donna Amrita Davidge commented on Art Brigades's blog post Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC
"This sounds awful for aroostook just as we had a record breaking summer of people flocking to our mostly pristine county..I am truly saddened"
Nov 17

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These Maine Legislators Are Idiots

They affirmatively tell Massachusetts that they'd rather have a power line as big as NECEC, PLUS a thousand 50-story wind turbines in "pristine Maine Wilderness" that only work 2 days out of 7. 

Sorry to use such a harsh term as "idiots" but that's the only word that fits. …

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Posted on November 23, 2021 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC

And this one is a double-wammy!

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Wind developers are high-fiving today. An RFP was issued this morning by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a legislature-mandated transmission corridor that seeks to bridge the gap between Aroostook and the New England grid. While this is momentous, it’s not merely another transmission corridor case. This 12 month RFP…

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Posted on November 16, 2021 at 2:49pm — 9 Comments

Research Research Research

While offshore wind has been working (part time) for many years, Maine continues to overthink how to make it work.

https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governors-energy-office-submits-federal-lease-application-small-scale-floating-offshore-wind

Readers Digest version: erect your turbines and wait for the wind to…

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Posted on October 1, 2021 at 6:41pm — 9 Comments

Rural Mainers Finally Count?

Governor Mills has signed a bill that should have been included in the Expedited Wind Act over a decade ago.

An Act To Require Consideration of Climate Impacts by the Public Utilities Commission and To Incorporate Equity Considerations in Decision Making by State Agencies

The new law is intended to balance the power between energy developers and regular citizens who are essentially defenseless.  "Equity" is a popular word these days, but it hasn't…

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Posted on June 19, 2021 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

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At 11:07am on April 13, 2019, Willem Post said…

Hi Art,

Great data of HQ sales to NE and Vermont.

I have been looking for that a long time

Please provide the HQ URL that has the information

At 4:49am on February 21, 2010, Tom Olds said…
Tanks Art. Tom
At 3:57pm on January 7, 2010, Long Islander said…
Here is yet one more investigative reporting option:
http://pinetreewatchdog.org/?page_id=8
At 11:29am on January 7, 2010, Art Brigades said…
Awesome. Very helpful. I suppose I could have dug those out with some research. Thank you! Now please do share your feelings (or analysis )of how stringent it is.
At 9:20pm on January 6, 2010, Brian Raynes said…
I posted a couple of files on the documents page that you may be interested in. Let me know if you would like anything more.
At 2:51pm on January 6, 2010, Brian Raynes said…
In response to your questioning who may have a copy of what I referenced - what would you like a copy of? I have copies of almost all documents pertaining to this project, including the draft Permit, initial application, and much more.

As to the "ordinance" passed by the town of Oakfield, well, I have my own feelings as to how stringent it is.
At 4:42pm on January 5, 2010, Art Brigades said…
At 4:08pm on January 5, 2010, Whetstone_Willy said…
Art,
Could you please add a URL to the news article you posted - "More Sustainable Renewable Power for ME". Right now when I click on it I get a non-page.

Thanks.

Willy
At 3:58pm on December 27, 2009, Long Islander said…
Indeed, the PUC hearings are largely made up of paid reciters of the corporate line. That said, it is clear that there are many at war against the transmission upgrade and reading the transcripts reveals that many transmission upgrade opponents have not yet made the connection between the upgrade and the wind complexes. It is important that the two groups find each other and realize the similarity between our fights:

- a state government that is putting corporate interests above our welfare

- projects being jammed down our throats under false pretenses

- unnecessary projects

- scarring the landscape

- posing health risks

- feeding off the taxpayer or ratepayer - driving up the cost of living

- economically foolish
 
 
 

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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