January 2014 Blog Posts (51)

The Biggest Loser in the State of the Union address was the wind industry.

ROBERT BRYCE | 01/28/2014

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But several key energy words were missing in action. There was not a single mention of biofuels. Not a word about wind energy. And nothing about electric vehicles. 

Recall that it was during his State of the Union …

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2014 at 3:49pm — 11 Comments

UMaine Offshore Wind Developers Envision a Wind-Driven Economy

Excerpt:

"The biggest corporate welfare in the country is subsidies to windmills" - Governor LePage

UMaine Offshore Wind Developers Envision a Wind-Driven Economy

http://freepressonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=52&SubSectionID=78&ArticleID=30555

Added by Long Islander on January 30, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Trescott and Edmunds residents invited to wind power meeting on Feb 1

Trescott and Edmunds residents invited to wind power meeting

http://bangordailynews.com/community/trescott-and-edmunds-residents-invited-to-wind-power-meeting/

Added by Long Islander on January 29, 2014 at 12:29am — No Comments

BDN - New England states prod power grid operator to get more clean electricity, natural gas into region

The letter can be downloaded here:

ISO%20assistance%20Trans%20%2B%20Gas%201%2021%2014.pdf

New England states prod power grid operator to get more clean electricity, natural gas into region…

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Added by Long Islander on January 23, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

European Commission to ditch legally-binding renewable energy targets

European Commission to ditch legally-binding renewable energy targets

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Added by Long Islander on January 23, 2014 at 4:04pm — No Comments

BDN - Standard offer electricity prices jump more than 10 percent for CMP, Emera

Standard offer electricity prices jump more than 10 percent for CMP, Emera Maine customers

Posted Jan. 22, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.

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Added by Long Islander on January 22, 2014 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

10 Reasons Intermittent Renewables Are A Problem

10 Reasons Intermittent Renewables Are A Problem

By Gail Tverberg  |  Commodities  |  Jan 22, 2014 08:05AM GMT …
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Added by Long Islander on January 22, 2014 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Governor LePage takes new swipe at wind power (Sun Journal and BDN)

As Maine lawmakers consider solar energy goals, LePage takes new swipe at wind power

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Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was also urging lawmakers to take action on the energy front this year.

LePage again took aim at Maine’s wind energy industry, saying the growing production of wind power in the Pine Tree State was doing little to lower ratepayer costs, noting energy prices increased significantly in 2013.

“Our…

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Added by Long Islander on January 21, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Maine DEP and Governor LePage seek nominations for annual Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Governor LePage seek nominations for annual Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

January 21, 2014

Environmental Protection

Jessamine Logan, DEP Director of Communications at (207) 287-5842, jessamine.logan@maine.gov

-The annual awards program from the DEP honors entities whose voluntary innovation has resulted in measurable environmental and economic benefits

AUGUSTA – The…

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Added by Long Islander on January 21, 2014 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Maine risks being left behind in natural gas revolution

Maine risks being left behind in natural gas revolution

Posted Jan. 20, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2014 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Bristol: Survey paints cool reception for Maine wind project

Funny how the wind industry claims overwhelming public support for wind (using rigged polling) yet 90%+ of the time wind is put to the people of Maine, (e.g., wind ordinance votes), it is rejected.

Survey paints cool reception for wind project…

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Added by Long Islander on January 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Gallup: Lack of Wind Power Not a Concern of Voters

January 15, 2014

Government Itself Cited as Top U.S. Problem

The leading answers to the OPEN-ENDED question as to our top problem: Government

Dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians; Poor leadership/Corruption/Abuse of power

The environment/pollution garnered a mere 1%. Energy/lack of energy sources garnered a mere "statistically insignificant".

See the full results and methodology…

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Added by Long Islander on January 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

THE FUTURE OF WINDPOWER IN MAINE DISCUSSED TODAY AT THE EUT COMMITTEE AND SOON TO BE VOTED !!!!

PLEASE IF  YOU CAN AT  I PM  LISTEN TO  THE EUT COMMITTEE WORK SESSION. LEGISLATORS  WILL DISCUSS LD 616, 1147, 1323, 1434 - ALL  BILLS  DEALING WITH RESTORATION OF  THE RIGHT OF SELF DETERMINATION   IN THE  UNORGANIZED  TERRITORIES AS  WELL  AS  A  PROPOSAL FOR  EXTENSION OF WIND SITING  DISTANCE FROM THE APPALACHIAN  TRAIL  FOR  SCENIC  CONSIDERATION , THE PRESERVATION OF MAINE SCENIC CHARACTER AND NOISE  PROTECTION .

THE  HEARINGS  ON  THOSE  BILLS  OCCURED  LAST MONDAY  AND  IT …

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on January 16, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Today's Maine EUT Wind Work Session Starting 1:00PM - Listen on Web (Thursday Jan 16)

Energy, Utilities, and Technology (EUT)



Live audio streamed over the Web of today's EUT wind work…
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Added by Long Islander on January 16, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine legislators once again contemplate setting state renewable goals - this time for solar

There you go again.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Lawmakers_looking_for_Maine_s_place_in_the_sun_.html?pagenum=full

The article references the German experience. Here's some more on that:

Economic impacts from the promotion of renewable energies:The German experience

 

Excerpt:…

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Added by Long Islander on January 16, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

P.T. Barnum is smiling in his grave

The above heading is from a reader comment that says it all.

 
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Added by Long Islander on January 15, 2014 at 6:23pm — No Comments

All that matters in a crony capitalist world is closeness to state power

INEQUALITY IN A CRONY CAPITALIST WORLD

All this new concern ignores a main cause.

By Samuel Gregg

Crony capitalism is an expression that’s used a great deal these days, so let’s be clear what it means. Crony capitalism is not criminal activity or outright corruption — though it verges on, and often enters, these spheres. Crony…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 15, 2014 at 4:34pm — No Comments

MIT Professor: Politicians and the green movement portray catastrophe from climate change

MIT Professor Urging Climate Change Activists To ‘Slow Down’

“Global warming, climate change, all these things are just a dream come true for politicians. The opportunities for taxation, for policies, for control, for crony capitalism are just immense, you can see their eyes bulge,” he says.

“Even many of the people who…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 15, 2014 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

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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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