Karen Bessey Pease
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Local Communities Successfully Regain Their ‘Voices’

On Wednesday, March 9th, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) convened its monthly Commissioners’ meeting at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. One Agenda item of particular interest to several Maine communities was the Chapter 10 Rulemaking pertaining to Maine’s Expedited Permitting Area for wind development.

In June of 2015, the 127th Maine…


Posted on March 11, 2016 at 6:34pm — 5 Comments

Protect and Preserve

I think it is time we watched this video again.

My friend Tom Olds and I created this a few years ago...and it is startling (and depressing) to realize how many of the rural landscapes which are showcased in this video have been lost to industrial wind development since that time.

Lincoln (Rollins Mountain, Rocky Dundee, at the hands of First Wind/SunEdison), Saddleback (Patriot Renewables), Roxbury/Record Hill (Angus King/Independence Wind), Oakfield (First Wind/SunEdison),…


Posted on January 31, 2016 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

UT Residents take the next step in their journey to regain rights taken in 2008 by the passage of the Wind Energy Act

Please read and SHARE this post previously published on "Lexington and Concord Townships-Help Protect Rural Maine" on November 25th.

Tomorrow, January 4, 2016, is the first day LUPC will begin accepting petitions from UT residents requesting removal from the Expedited Permitting Area for wind. Please take advantage of this opportunity to regain your voice in matters of zoning and development within your communities.…


Posted on January 3, 2016 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

In the Words of a King (and his Cohort)

Partial Transcript of a Meeting in Highland Plantation in August, 2010 with Rob Gardiner and Angus King of Independence Wind (Highland Wind LLC)


JJo Dunphy, Town Manager:


“We’re not going to allow any of the non-residents to speak, because… this is an assessor’s meeting and we have that prerogative.  We can’t have that happen.  If any of these extra folks that are here want to ask questions, they can talk with you…


Posted on October 28, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 4:46pm on September 25, 2011, MaineHiker said…
I've lost count of the nights I've spent atop Bigelow. I have grave concerns about the inevitability of forest fires due to exploding turbines on remote forest mountain tops.
At 9:54am on April 25, 2011, erin-kate sousa said…
That bill would be HUGE! I am sorry I cannot leave work today/tomorrow but I have been writing to everyone I can think of and keeping my fingers crossed for a big citizen turn out! Thank you for going.
At 8:58am on April 25, 2011, erin-kate sousa said…

Hi, thanks for the welcome.

We thought at the end of March that we would be OK. There was a vote in March not to qualify Eolian for the MPCU pilot program. They have to prove community support to get it. We recently found out they have still been meeting with the town planning board, even offered to address our concerns by writing their own regulations!!!! A real fox in the hen house situation here. Tonight we will find out if our petition for a moratorium really gets rejected like the selectors have threatened. We have to really step things up.

At 5:57pm on October 01, 2010, alice mckay barnett gave Karen Bessey Pease a gift
At 2:42pm on June 22, 2010, Harrison Roper said…
Hello Karen - I have been monitoring the UMPI windmill site for a year. I think you are right on point - it is indeed refreshing to see real data on power production. They are getting about 1643 kwh/day average over the past year. An identical turbine is locate in Newburyport, MA at the Mark Richey Co. and it posts power production that is considerably better than UMPI'S. UMPI does not seem to understand technicalities like the difference between KW and KWH. They are gradually learning. Harry Roper - Houlton
At 9:30pm on February 28, 2010, Linda Miller said…
You are so right! Gee! We're friends on Facebook and now on here! Aren't I lucky?! I am off to Facebook as we speak.


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


(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."


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