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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 Feds consider compensating fishermen for wind energy effects on harvests
"Federal money to compensate impacted fishermen? What about all the camp owners, sportsmen, outdoors tourism businesses in rural Maine that were impacted by mountaintop wind?  It was government mandated development, so why not government…"
Aug 1
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Berry Bill Buried - Mills vetoes bill calling for forced buyout of CMP and Versant Power
"Seth Berry is an inept Ivy League pointy-headed pseudo-intellectual. He has never held a job, has never developed a callous on his hand, and has never had a clue. It's time, thanks to term limits, to say goodbye Mr. Berry. "
Jul 17
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post Tom Saviello, "How's This For Ruining Maine "
"The "Pillage Aroostook" bill has been signed into law by the governor.  http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0563&item=5&snum=130"
Jun 29
Willem Post commented on Art Brigades's blog post Rural Mainers Finally Count?
"Rural MAINE citizens ARE defenseless, because STATE RE bureaucrats are in cahoots with wind and solar developers up to their eyeballs, taking under the table kickbacks left and right (jobs for friends, money, lunches, etc. Little MAINE can do…"
Jun 19
Paul Ackerman commented on Art Brigades's blog post Rural Mainers Finally Count?
"Unfortunately the use of the term "equity" by leftists such as Pingree has nothing to do with "rural Mainers" in the way you suggest. It is a trojan horse for "reparations" to "native Americans" and…"
Jun 19
Kenneth Capron commented on Art Brigades's blog post Rural Mainers Finally Count?
"I thought it meant that Cumberland County should NOT set the path for the rest of Maine because of its population density. In essence, Southern Maine has controlled statewide votes based on count alone."
Jun 19
Penny Gray commented on Art Brigades's blog post Rural Mainers Finally Count?
"If "equity" means that inland residents will be given the same consideration as coastal residents when it comes to wind power, I'm all for it.  Rural Mainers have been discriminated against for far too long."
Jun 19
Art Brigades posted a blog post

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 AgenciesThe 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 existed since the Expedited Wind Law was…See More
Jun 19
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post PPH: Mills faced with filling two key energy posts (PUC and Public Advocate)
"The PUC is supposed to be apolitical with no agenda or activism. This could be ugly if Mills throws a bone to the hacks who think the PUC should help advance their agendas. LePage actually appointed some really good impartial jurists who were…"
Apr 17
Art Brigades commented on Steve Thurston's blog post LePage considering a run for Governor
"The guy said he was against mountain wind blight, but he didn't do anything about it in 8 years. Maybe this time he'll take it seriously. "
Apr 9
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine counties chafe at lower-than-expected payments from wind farms
"Just wait until the LLCs holding the keys to obsolete, non-performing, worthless assets don't just shut them down, but shut them down and walk away. The so-called decommissioning "plans" will be revealed as the negligent farces that…"
Apr 9
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post UNICORNLAND - Latest Sierra Club shilling for Maine renewable energy and attack on natural gas
"In testimony last session before the Environment & Natural Resources Committee, a representative from the Dragon Cement plant disclosed that his one facility was the largest single CO2 emitter in Maine, contributing a whopping one percent of all…"
Mar 6
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post UNICORNLAND - Latest Sierra Club shilling for Maine renewable energy and attack on natural gas
"From the Press Herald Article:  "Informing Summit’s decision is the growing national opposition to the concept that natural gas is a preferable, cleaner-burning “bridge” fuel to move from dependence on oil and coal to a…"
Mar 6
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Maine - "Welcome Home taxpayers, ratepayers and other horribly misinformed victims of the ongoing green heist"
"$$$$ Here's a link where you can hook onto the gravy train.   https://newenglandaquaventus.com/vendor-registration/"
Mar 3
Art Brigades commented on arthur qwenk's blog post ‘Cheap’ Offshore Wind Power Claims are FALSE, Data Shows
"The 2020 year-end Average Wholesale Price per MWH on the ISO-New England was $23.62. If it hadn't been for a freakish December ($41.70), the year end price would have been about $22/ MWH.  The Maine PUC recently awarded Tranche 1 of 2 in…"
Feb 20
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Tucker Carlson: Green energy means a less reliable power grid. Why do our leaders deny that?
"One of Carlson's better rants."
Feb 16

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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

Another Good Piece by Robert Bryce

250 times more tax credit than nuclear gets, although nuclear produces five times more clean energy.

Funny how Congress called it the "Investment" tax credit.  Anyone who puts (our) money in an "investment" that has such a backward ROI isn't a very good investor. …

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Posted on December 28, 2020 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Comment Opportunity Today - Governor's Energy Office

Deadline today.  Take the survey.

Well-informed, empirical, non-unicorn comments are needed:

September 11, 2020

The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) are required to develop a plan to identify pathways and strategies for advancing Maine’s clean energy economy (ie: education, training, workforce, etc). The GEO and GOPIF want to hear directly…

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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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