February 2011 Blog Posts (40)

Request for financial Aid

Dear Friends and Family,                   

            As the President of Friends of Spruce Mountain it falls upon my shoulders to inform you as where we stand with our Appeal.

            The DEP, did not acknowledge our concerns about the Spruce Mountain Wind Project. I am convinced that LD2283 has left their hands tied and they cannot legally say no to these projects. They are working with what they have been given, which is not much thanks to Ex- Governor Baldacci’s task…

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Added by Leola R. Ballweber on February 27, 2011 at 2:43pm — 3 Comments

Katahdin Experience

     When I was 19 years old I was given the chance to go on a canoe trip into the Maine Woods. At 19, I too had read Thoreau and was influenced by his words. The trip began floating down stream for two days. The third day, we spent pulling our canoes upstream, the 4th day, we spent  1/2 the day camped by a small dam and took turns jumping off the dam to bob up down below. It was exhilarating to fall through the water,…

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Added by Leola R. Ballweber on February 27, 2011 at 1:33pm — 2 Comments

Surrounding Ktaadn with Turbines

I was born in and grew up in Lincoln, with the omnipresent Mt. Katahdin just a ways up the Penobscot River.  I was drawn to it at an early age and now, in my old age, can only savor the indelible views from high upon the mountain from the memory of dozens of hikes to the summit.  In my teens, I discovered, much to my delight, the wonderful writings of Thoreau.  How thrilled I was to read his account of climbing “Ktaadn” and his words have stayed with me forever.  In “The Maine Woods”,…

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Added by Brad Blake on February 26, 2011 at 7:23pm — No Comments

All those Maine windpower bills - any of the good ones w/ room for some language?

In Connecticut they havea statewide moratorium under review. See

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS UNTIL THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS.

Wording:

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE SITING OF WIND PROJECTS UNTIL THE ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS.…

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Added by Ron Huber on February 25, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

UMPI website down - for a full week

The UMPI website is once again not working, for the past week. There have been some good wind days, and maybe it was generating power and not reporting it for some reason. No explanation is offered.  This is a rather common situation.  Eventually it gets fixed.

  Friday 2/18 at 6:00 pm the UMPI website reported net power produced 1,099,296 kWh; since then it has reported zero net power.  I will continue to monitor the site daily.

  You will also be interested to know that when…

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Added by Harrison Roper on February 25, 2011 at 4:18pm — 5 Comments

If only we could get rid of Baldacci's legal eagles that are some of the biggest pushers

Threats to Birds From Power Lines

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Added by Whetstone_Willy on February 25, 2011 at 10:54am — 3 Comments

Two Questions

No responses to this the first time.  How about now?

 

First, can someone please tell me where/how to locate electricity production values (capacity factors) for wind farms operating in the US?  A specific FERC link would be appreciated.

 

Second, is there any more recent (than 2007) federal electricity subsidy data at the EIA's web site?  

 

Thanks.

Added by Brian Ruth on February 25, 2011 at 8:14am — 4 Comments

the true colors of NRCM



Following NRCM’s recent rally at the Hall of Flags protesting that the LePage administration was about to destroy 40 years of good stewardship of the land, their new executive director, Lisa Pohlman wrote an essay on their website suggesting that Mainers write a letter to the Governor telling him why they love their state and what they would want to see done to help…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on February 24, 2011 at 7:53pm — No Comments

THE UNTOLD STORY OF RECORD HILL WIND

The following has been submitted to the Sun Journal for consideration on their opinion page.  The details have been provided to several reporters over the past months but none of them have chosen to write about it.

 

Eileen Adams' story in the Sun Journal (Record Hill looking for federal guarantee on its loan  -  2/22/11) about the Record Hill Wind federal loan guarantee application omitted some…

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Added by Steve Thurston on February 24, 2011 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

Scratch at least one of the wind Mills

Added by Whetstone_Willy on February 23, 2011 at 8:47pm — 1 Comment

March 10th ........ The Ruckus in Dixfield

I feel it is imperative we reach all the people we can from area towns and alert them to this upcoming event. I have received assurance from one of our area state representatives that they will attend.

If we can keep our story(ies) in the spotlight, by the press, by the facebook, by the numerous websites from now to March 10th, this will definitely exceed the rally we had in Dixfield with our last forum. Dixfield is right in the center of all these projects. Patriots is getting…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments

Turbines Rising above Lincoln Lakes

Brade Blake photographed the turbines unders construction at First Wind's Rollins Mountain project.  Here is his report:

Folks, today I traveled around Lincoln Lakes and did some photography of the Rollins Project under construction.  They are much further along with destroying Rocky Dundee than Rollins Mt.  I would say about half the twoers are up but not many have nacelles and blades installed.  Very slowly progressing---maybe cash flow problems for First Wind?  Anyhow, here is the…

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Added by Steve Thurston on February 21, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Op-Ed: U of Maine renewable energy conference disallows dialogue

 

 

Op-Ed: Renewable energy conference disallows dialogue on effective alternatives for conservation at UM

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Added by Long Islander on February 21, 2011 at 6:25am — 6 Comments

Vision: How Small, Mostly Conservative Towns Have Found the Trick to Defeating Corporations

Greetings,

I came across this in my reading and thought it might be pertinent to the municipalities facing the onslaught of corporate-backed industrial wind in Maine.

 http://www.alternet.org/economy/149725



Cheers,

Grace

Dixmont, ME…

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Added by GA Keown on February 20, 2011 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Greene Grocers Inc., and the tale of Good State Folly

Note: No small animals or politically sensitive individuals were purposefully injured in the production of this piece. Any resemblance to any company or individuals pictured herein is purely coincidental, and must be due to the literal interpretation of the reader.

The Greene Grocers Inc., and the tale of Good State folly.

Once upon a time, a new idea to provide “new, clean, and technologically advanced” source of produce for The Good State, is born. The…

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Added by Lawrence E. Dwight, Jr. on February 19, 2011 at 11:42am — 5 Comments

Freedom wind developers subject of federal investigation

 Sounds like we don't need auditors as much as we do CPA's - Citizens Paying Attention!

 

Freedom wind developers subject of federal investigation

By Ethan Andrews | Feb 15, 2011…
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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

King and Gardiner's Federal Loan Guarantee Application - the Smoking Gun on their Financial Capacity?

Rumford Falls Times November 15, 2010. 

To the Editor,

 

Angus King and Rob Gardiner's Record Hill Wind project in Roxbury is not yet moving forward despite King and Gardiner's representation to the citizens of Roxbury in a letter that construction was planned to have resumed in late summer. 

 

The latest news comes from a letter sent to the town of Roxbury from the US Dept of Energy indicating that King and Gardiner have applied for a Federal Loan Guarantee, a step…

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Added by Steve Thurston on February 18, 2011 at 12:21am — 2 Comments

Wind Power - "Don’t be changing your college curriculums to prepare for it"

I have a feeling we're not in Kansas which is ranked # 3 in the nation in wind potential, versus # 19 for Maine.…
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Added by Long Islander on February 17, 2011 at 5:39am — No Comments

ANOTHER CHANCE TO COMBAT THE ENEMIES OF MAINE'S LANDSCAPE

 
 


NOTICE OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABILITY FOR THE RECORD HILL WIND PROJECT, ROXBURY, MAINE…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on February 16, 2011 at 8:47pm — 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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