February 2012 Blog Posts (58)

BREAKING!!! Angus King may run for Olympia Snow's Senate seat.

Today's Sun Journal, Feb 29th. Might be a good place to comment?

Added by Joanne Moore on February 29, 2012 at 8:52pm — 2 Comments

Wind Industry Playbook: Statoil Stakeholder Analysis

An interesting short PDF from Statoil describing how they handled fishermen (and other stakeholders) during their effort to get approvals for a 2009…
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Added by Long Islander on February 29, 2012 at 2:27am — No Comments

First Wind Denied Motion to File Exceptions by Maine PUC

STATE OF MAINE

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION                                   Docket No. 2011-170

 

                                                                                                February 27, 2012

 

BANGOR HYDRO-ELECTRIC COMPANY                    ORDER

and MAINE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY

Request for Exemptions and for

Reorganization Approvals

 

WELCH, Chairman; VAFIADES AND…

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Added by Long Islander on February 29, 2012 at 1:54am — No Comments

FEN's "The Maine Woods" January 2012 Edition Devoted Entirely to Industrial Wind Power in Maine

2/29/12

The January 2012 edition of FEN's publication The Maine Woods is devoted to the issue of industrial wind power in Maine.…



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Added by Long Islander on February 29, 2012 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

A Business Model of "Lie, Cheat and Corrupt"

For those of us who are new, a letter to the President you will likely find interesting. This is from a U.S. Democratic Representative in NY State.

Download here:

Massa_USRep_DNY__letter_to_Obama.pdf

We found it interesting. Governor Baldacci's Attorney General, Janet Mills, apparently didn't.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2012 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

FIRST WIND & Emera - MPUC Special Deliberations scheduled for March 8, 2012

STATE OF MAINE

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION                                   Docket No. 2011-170

 

                                                                                                February 22, 2012

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2012 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

URGENT: Another Stake for the Vampire

Keep tax dollars out of wind development–defeat the Production Tax Credit

http://windwisema.org/2012/02/26/keep-tax-dollars-out-of-wind-development-defeat-the-production-tax-credit/

February 26, 2012



"...The PTC is nothing more than an earmark that lines the pockets of project owners and…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on February 27, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Goodhue Wind Truth wins major victory.

      The A-Team in action.   Check out the last two hours of this Minnesota Public Utilities Commission webcast.
-----Original Message-----…
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Added by Rick Conrad on February 24, 2012 at 6:26pm — No Comments

UMPI website reports "annual maintenance" - for the first time.

 As of February 24, The UMPI turbine website has something new to report - "annual maintenance"  has revealed a need for some new parts, which have been ordered. Officials hope to have it working "in early March".

  I will be at UMPI on Sunday and will report if the turbine is turning or not. But I won't hold my breath. 

  The same old 164,808 kWh of power production since mid-November is reported - there has been no update since Feb. 14th. 

The turbine's third…

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Added by Harrison Roper on February 24, 2012 at 11:46am — 4 Comments

LURC to discuss public comments on changes to expedited wind development permitting

February 23, 2012



EXCLUSIVE: LURC to discuss public comments on changes to expedited wind development permitting

At its March 2 meeting, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission will discuss public comments received on proposed revisions to LURC's application review process…

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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

"Windfall" Being Screened at Environmental Leader Unity College

Provocative Film Windfall Examining Wind Power Debate to be Screened on February 28 at UCCPA

By Unity College | Feb 22, 2012…
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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2012 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

Vermont leaders back away from renewable energy goals - Citing Higher Costs

Vermont leaders back away from renewable energy goals

Two key legislators say businesses are worried about higher costs and that the 2017 state goal is unreachable.

By Dave Gram / The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two key state lawmakers said Tuesday that Vermont won't meet its goal of getting 20 percent of its…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

New Documentary Illustrates Global Backlash Against Big Wind

Reading this, it occurred to me that some of the "CO2 trumps all" mainstream environmental groups are so addicted to their "ties" with the wind industry that their repeated lying is just like that of a junkie who must have his fix. When the wind industry dies, who will they cozy up to next?

Someone just sent me the following which I believe totally applies to the tired…

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Added by Long Islander on February 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Google Earth Windmill Simulator for Any Address on Earth

http://www.windpowerinplymouth.info/Wind_Power_in_Plymouth/Google_Earth_Simulation.html

Click GET STARTED >>

new window opens

It says "ENTER your address"

  • type address in box
  • "go" button shows google map,
  • THEN press "click here when address is correct"



A new window opens.

It next prompts you to…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on February 20, 2012 at 3:46am — No Comments

The Environmental Implications of Offshore Wind Generation

Please check out the URL below.

2 Companies that are searching for “environmentally friendly” sources of energy should…

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Added by MaineHiker on February 19, 2012 at 6:32pm — No Comments

WINDFALL ( THE MOVIE ) IN ROCKLAND AT THE STRAND THEATER -SCHEDULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17, 2012 For Information, Contact: Liz Lovell Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841 Tel: (207) 594-0070 x5 Email: llovell@rocklandstrand.com…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on February 19, 2012 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Learning from Others’ Mistakes

February 2012

Learning from Others’ Mistakes: What Europe’s Experience with Renewable Mandates and Subsidies can Teach Texas

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2012-02-PP03-LearningFromOthersMistakes-ACEE-JosiahNeeley.pdf…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

University of Maine Fails Wind Power Data Test

The $2 million University of Maine wind turbine experiment, the state's only wind experiment that actually measures electricity, continues to fail the data test, not to mention the viability test.

When this grossly wasteful and expensive experiment began, great promises were made by the University about openly sharing data on electricity production and how much in supposed cost savings (ha!) could be truthfully attributed to the turbine.

It's been about a YEAR…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2012 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

If you go to the MPUC website and click on the link to "Online filing...", then go to "virtual case file".  When you get to the search function, type the case number, 2011170 and hit search.  Then yo…

If you go to the MPUC website and click on the link to "Online filing...", then go to "virtual case file".  When you get to the search function, type the case number, 2011170 and hit search.  Then you can look at 34 pages or so of filings -  several thousand pages.  You can pick which briefs, motions, procedural orders, etc. that you want.  The excerpts in a previous post were from the latest transcripts.

 

It sounds like First Wind just doesn't beleive that procedural rules…

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Added by Snowalker on February 19, 2012 at 9:25am — 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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