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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 Maine Center for Public Interest: Wind and transmission line proposals for Northern Maine
"For the 3-year period 2018 2019 2020, Mars Hill, with its older turbines, had the 3rd highest capacity factor (37.37%) among the 16 wind projects in Maine.   Pisgah (38.83%) and Passadumkeag (38.59%) were the only two that had higher CF than…"
Nov 11
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Energy boom or bust? As Aroostook waits for new law’s impact, officials see dollar signs
"Some communities in Aroostook do have protective ordinances, but not many. Rest assured that most of these proposed projects are planned for townships and plantations in the Unorganized Territory, where there is no zoning. When they had the…"
Aug 23
Art Brigades commented on Long Islander's blog post Big wind farms planned in far Northern Maine could benefit Mass.
"Maine did a decent job - despite the red carpet Expedited Wind Law - of minimizing the Wind Rush. Only 1000 MW of the 2700 MW statutory goal. But the wind bastards are finally getting their way. Clearway Energy has a huge project planned just east…"
Aug 10
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post This is Historic Stupidity
"The Investment Tax Credit/Production Tax Credit for wind and solar has expired... 14 times. The IRA just extended (and even expanded) it for the 14th time.  https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/inflation-reduction-act-includes-6846237/ 30 years…"
Aug 8
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post This is Historic Stupidity
"Pardon the pun, but "how rich" is it that the legislation also contains funding for an additional 87,000 Internal Revenue Service agents?!? https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/08/06/inflation-reduction-act-irs/"
Aug 8
Art Brigades commented on Dan McKay's blog post The Scales Have Tipped Towards NECEC as a Must Project
"The short and definitive answer to your question is Yes. And it was no secret during the campaign. Prior to that, it had been no secret during the PUC and DEP proceedings. It's all public record. NextEra and Calpine stood to lose hundreds of…"
Aug 8
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post ISO-NE Study Shows Need for Dispatchable Generation - Go Figure
"ISO-NE doesn't post the individual supply bids from individual generators and imports.  All we see is the last bid offer that coincides with the energy needed at the moment. If they would disclose the individual offers, we could see…"
Aug 5
Penny Gray commented on Art Brigades's blog post ISO-NE Study Shows Need for Dispatchable Generation - Go Figure
"I truly fear for the future, if this is as high an IQ our "energy experts" can muster.  How about reducing wind and solar and battery storage to zero?  No mention of nuclear, the dirty word nobody wants to utter, because…"
Aug 4
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post ISO-NE Study Shows Need for Dispatchable Generation - Go Figure
"Nothing cheap about green except the cheap empty suits making energy policies. "
Aug 4
Art Brigades posted a blog post

ISO-NE Study Shows Need for Dispatchable Generation - Go Figure

ISO-NE: Significant dispatchable resources are a must in a decarbonized gridhttps://www.iso-ne.com/static-assets/documents/2022/07/2021_economic_study_future_grid_reliability_study_phase_1_report.pdfKey takeawaysISO New England worked with the New England states and regional stakeholders to develop assumptions and scenarios that looked at varying levels of…See More
Aug 4
Thinklike A. Mountain commented on Art Brigades's blog post Farms, Parks and Weasels
"ELECTION FRAUDGregg Phillips - How Do You Catch A Criminal? Build The Pattern Of Life, Map The Cheatershttps://rumble.com/v19uoj4-gregg-phillips-how-do-you-catch-a-crimin..."
Jun 28
Thinklike A. Mountain commented on Art Brigades's blog post Farms, Parks and Weasels
"More on BlackRock. If you ever wonder as to the mechanism of all the mainstream media spewing the same lying talking point each night.......................... Already, 90% of all S&P 500 firms are owned by a mere three investment firms:…"
Jun 22
Thinklike A. Mountain commented on Art Brigades's blog post Farms, Parks and Weasels
"EDP is owned in part by BlackRock, 9.37% to be exact. BlackRock is one of the big actors trying to pull off the "great reset" and "green new deal". These will make BlackRock wealthier and the average person poor. They are…"
Jun 22
Dan McKay commented on Art Brigades's blog post Farms, Parks and Weasels
"So, it's not OK when fellow NATO partners operate companies in Maine, who also have many shareholders in Maine, BUT when the company has a majority shareholder who is the CCP, not a peep from the critics."
Jun 22
Art Brigades posted a blog post

Farms, Parks and Weasels

With 1200 to 2000 MW planned, Number Nine Wind “Farm” will be bigger than Baxter State “Park” and far and away bigger than any “farm” in New England. Number Nine was huge when first proposed many years ago, but it has since......acquired the rights that First Wind had at the King Pine and Horse Mountain project proposals, which are planned for just north of Baxter. All of these proposed projects have been held in abeyance because there has been a transmission gap between Aroostook County and…See More
Jun 21
Art Brigades commented on Willem Post's blog post AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS DO NOT ECONOMICCALLY DISPLACE FOSSIL FUEL BTUs IN COLD CLIMATES
"I love my heat pump because it works great in central Maine. Maybe it's colder in Vermont. Yes, it needs backup from my Rennai (propane) heater on really cold days, but it will pay for itself after three years. Heat pumps don’t…"
May 18

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ISO-NE Study Shows Need for Dispatchable Generation - Go Figure

ISO-NE: Significant dispatchable resources are a must in a decarbonized grid

https://www.iso-ne.com/static-assets/documents/2022/07/2021_economic_study_future_grid_reliability_study_phase_1_report.pdf

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ISO New England worked with the New England states and regional stakeholders to develop…

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Posted on August 4, 2022 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Farms, Parks and Weasels

With 1200 to 2000 MW planned, Number Nine Wind “Farm” will be bigger than Baxter State “Park” and far and away bigger than any “farm” in New England. Number Nine was huge when first proposed many years ago, but it has since...

...acquired the rights that First Wind had at the King Pine and Horse Mountain project proposals, which are planned for just north of Baxter. 

All of these proposed projects have been held in abeyance…

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Posted on June 21, 2022 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Like Sweeping Dirt Under the Rug

Anyone truly interested in the environment should read this excellent article.

And ask, "when all those non-recyclable turbine blades disintegrate, get replaced and decommissioned, where will the battleship-sized fiberglass-composite corpses be laid to rest?…

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Posted on March 19, 2022 at 8:47pm — 3 Comments

Give Us More of Your Money, So We can Give You Back Some of the Money We Already Took

Love the photo here.

Grimly concerned Legislators at a press conference/photo op.

Responding to the proverbial fire alarm, wailing "The people need to think we're DOING something!"

Best thing they could do is stay out of energy policy.…

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Posted on March 9, 2022 at 5:23pm — 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
 
 
 

 

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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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/

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