January 2013 Blog Posts (30)

So Called Wind Farms Dominate List of Bangor Hydro's Top Electricity CONSUMERS

Please see the following letter to FERC, which makes this very clear.

20130124-5017%20-%20Bangor%20Hydro%20Letter%20to%20FERC.pdf

While dominating the Top Ten is somewhat surprising, we have heard before that wind plants are large users of electricity from the outside grid. That alone renders inaccurate that wind turbines do not put carbon in the air. If they are…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

SELECTMEN OF THE TOWN OF FALMOUTH ,MASS, HAVE VOTED TONIGHT TO TAKE THE TURBINES DOWN

http://www.falmouthmass.us/deppage.php?number=426

 AT THEIR  MEETING  TONIGHT ,THE SELECTMEN OF THE TOWN OF FALMOUTH  MASS   VOTED  TO TAKE  DOWN TWO  VESTAS TURBINES !!.

 LAST  FALL ,COMPLAINTS OF  NOISE WERE EXPRESSED  BY  RESIDENTS  LIVING CLOSE  TO THE TURBINES  AND  A  LONG  PROCESS  OF  NOISE  STUDIES ,  INFORMATION GATHERING , TESTIMONIES, CONSULTS,   REPORTS  AND  OPTIONS WERE PRESENTED TO THE SELECTMEN FOR…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on January 30, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Report Covering Kurt Adams' Jump From MPUC to First Wind Spawns Ethics Bill

Legislator’s ethics bill would slam state’s ‘revolving door’

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Added by Long Islander on January 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Windpower bills sent to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee before cloture

The texts are not quite available yet but here are the windpower-related titles send the EUT committee.

LR 1337 An Act To Enhance Maine's Economy and Environment Sen. Patrick of Oxford

LR 1842 : An Act Regarding Wind Power Siting in the Unorganized Territories Rep. Crockett of Bethel

LR 851 : An Act To Make Decibel Level Limits Consistent on All Wind Turbines Rep. Keschl of Belgrade

LR 1281: An Act Concerning Noise Rule Amendments To Protect the Health and Welfare…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 28, 2013 at 10:08pm — No Comments

First Wind - Itemized Subsidies, etc.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

EXCERPT;

The First Wind plan was to secure taxpayer money and then go public. Now they achieved their first objective from the Bank of Obama –– since he took office (and as of 7/18/12), First Wind's projects have received over $452 million in …

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Added by Long Islander on January 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Full brief submitted by Fox Islands Wind Neighbors to Maine Superior Court

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Full brief submitted by Fox Islands Wind Neighbors to Maine Superior Court

January 28, 2013

Last week, attorney Rufus Brown filed a brief on behalf of aggrieved neighbors of the Vinalhaven (ME) wind turbines with Maine Superior Court. The filing represents a summation of the case related to noise from the turbines that has turned the lives…

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Added by Long Islander on January 28, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Governor LePage Responds to Maine Public Utilities Decision to Raise Electricity Rates on Mainers

Governor LePage Responds to Maine Public Utilities Decision to Raise Electricity Rates on Mainers



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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2013 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Two "Smart" meter opponents arrested

2 meter opponents arrested: 'A society of violating one another'

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2013 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Tux Turkel: $120 million Maine wind project faces key vote TODAY

$120 million Maine wind project faces key vote Thursday

Statoil's $120 million test of floating turbines could jump-start a Maine industry, but the power's cost and economic benefits have to satisfy regulators.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments

Angus King Strongly Endorses Wind Project

POLL QUESTION

Central Maine Power cool to Hywind Maine offshore wind project; King backs plan

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Posted Jan. 23, 2013, at …
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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

512 Foot Tall Wind Turbines Planned for Maine

Give them an inch...

First Wind files for new 18-turbine wind farm

Written by  Steve Fuller Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8:17 am 





TOWNSHIP 16 — First Wind has filed applications with state agencies to build a new 18-turbine wind farm in eastern Hancock County.



The project would be located in Township 16 and Township 22. The former is the site of First Wind’s existing 19-turbine Bull Hill wind farm, which went online…

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Added by Long Islander on January 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

UMPI turbine website is working- again.

While the  UMPI turbine "live wind data" website was down 1/19-1/22 the turbine itself apparently kept working, at a Capacity Factor  .188.

Harry Roper  Houlton/Danforth

 

Added by Harrison Roper on January 23, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Audio recording the Energy, Utilities & Technology Committee

It is always useful to listen to and when possible record the meetings of the Energy Utilities and Technology Committee when they are holding hearings or meetings of relevance.   If you attend a hearing of the committee please bring a recorder along and set it on where it will record both the committee and the testifiers.  

Or you may record from afar.  Below is a freeware program that lets you record  audio…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 22, 2013 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine still pursuing Canadian electricity

January 20, 2013

Maine still pursuing Canadian electricity

Lots of information in this article that needs to be vetted and corrected.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/mainers-still-making-pilgrimage-for-power_2013-01-20.html

Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

M.D. Harmon: Global warming forecasts suffer from conflicts over facts

1/18/13

M.D. Harmon: Global warming forecasts suffer from conflicts over facts

Basing public policies on 'cherry-picked' data that are open to interpretation can cause costly mistakes.…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 18, 2013 at 9:15am — No Comments

FULL YEAR REPORT OF WIND OUTPUT IN MAINE

Folks, we have updated our reporting of Maine wind sites output by going back and adding 4th Quarter of 2011 to go with the three Quarters of this year.  Also added is some pertinent other information about these sites.  Sorry for the diminished size of the original spreadsheet. 

I consistently say capacity factor of Maine wind projects is under 25% and you can see these figures make that a true statement!  Take away Mars Hill, which performs significantly better than all the others…

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Added by Brad Blake on January 11, 2013 at 10:30pm — 11 Comments

Mill officials say LePage’s efforts to change renewable energy policy could hurt paper industry

Mill officials say LePage’s efforts to change renewable energy policy could hurt paper industry

By Scott Thistle, Sun Journal

In both the Bangor Daily News and the Sun Journal:…

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Added by Long Islander on January 10, 2013 at 3:46pm — No Comments

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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/

 

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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