February 2015 Blog Posts (50)

“Irresponsible and shameless exploitation” – new tourism chief takes stand against Navitus Bay

n a statement attacking the proposals, Bournemouth Tourism Management Board also said it was furious that EDF Energy, one of the backers of the Navitus Bay project, was “completely disregarding the environmental and consequential economic impact on the local area and refusing to compensate for the multi-million pound damage local businesses face”.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 27, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Concerning Friends of Maines Mountains v AG of Maine, Wind hack, JaNET Mills



Mills is a highly biased democrat party AG appointee and strong pro-wind advocate. 

This would appear to be biased political payback for the appointment of LePage's general council Carlie Mclean to the PUC who recently helped cause a new unbiased look at wind power contracts to occur in Maine.

Maine is a dirty little state politically. She forces a small organization she dislikes to be held to the highest…

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Added by arthur qwenk on February 27, 2015 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

Maine PUC: Long-term wind deals in Hancock, Somerset counties will be reconsidered (BDN)

...the term of commissioner Littell, appointed by LePage’s Democratic predecessor John Baldacci, expires in March. “This proceeding has already had a lot of delay, and I think we should proceed with all due speed,” Littell said.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Billionaire husband of US Congresswoman pushed green energy in his newspapers having possibly held ownership position in state's largest wind developer

D.E. Shaw is half owner of First Wind and may have roots with the principal owner of the state's largest media company, Maine Today Media's S. Donald Sussman (Mr. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree) according to the following:
From hedgetracker.com…
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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Oakfield Opponents' Attorney: "The fix is in for wind"

U.S. court upholds Maine wind farm permit in bald eagle case

Ayesha Rascoe



(Reuters) - A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not violate environmental regulations when it granted a permit to a Maine wind farm, prompting an environmental attorney to remark that "the fix is in" for wind power projects.



Environmentalists sued the agency in 2013, arguing that construction of the wind energy facility in Oakfield, Maine would violate the…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Permitting appeals board staff recommends OK for First Wind Bingham wind power project

Friends of Maine Mountains filed an appeal of the project permits to the BEP in October, arguing in part that the company did not have adequate financing to provide for the project’s decommissioning.

BEP staff wrote in the draft order that the company was right in its estimates of those costs and that its plan meets the requirement that project decommissioning be fully funded before construction begins.

First Wind has reached agreements to make for 20 years annual…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Maine PUC's scrutiny of wind contracts has the wind grifters running scared

When Governor Baldacci handpicked a wind task force and told them to remove all obstacles for the wind developers, today's critics never said that was meddling. Or how about the 171 pages of emails between then Senate president Justin Alfond and the wind industry that…

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Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2015 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

First Wind Oakfield windmill parts driven 100 miles away for storage

Other windmill components also will be coming to Maine from Denmark by ship, he said. The first ship carrying windmill blades and generators is expected to dock at Mack Point on Wednesday night.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/23/business/aroostook-county-windmill-parts-driven-100-miles-away-for-storage/

Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2015 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

Date set for Oral Arguments in BOWERS Supreme Court appeal

The State Supreme Court has decided it wants to hear oral arguments before ruling on Champlain Wind's (First Wind's) appeal of the Bowers project denial.

Appellant Champlain, Appellee DEP/BEP, PPDLW and the Conservation Law Foundation will each be allowed a few minutes to present. Each presentation will be followed by questions from the Justices. There will not be an…

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Added by Gary Campbell on February 23, 2015 at 7:14pm — 3 Comments

30,000 birds a year set on fire

"A report last year found that nearly 30,000 birds flying over California near the world’s largest solar plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, were scorched to death."...



"The KCET Rewire reports that over 100 birds were injured during a Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project test. On January 14, the energy facility was testing a 110-megawatt solar project near Tonopah, Nevada, when biologists witnessed approximately 130 birds enter the concentrated energy zone and…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on February 23, 2015 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Watch Enron's Robert Bradley connect industrial wind to Enron on YouTube

'Robert L. Bradley, Jr.: Obama's Enron Problem'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G08bIB2Y9Cg

I did not know that this You Tube video existed until it was brought to…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on February 23, 2015 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Why do we look to the wind industry for solutions to our energy needs when the cradle of industrial wind in the U.S. is ENRON?

Why do we look to the wind industry for solutions to our energy needs when the cradle of industrial wind in the U.S. is ENRON

The Director of First Wind is (was?) Patrick Wood III.  First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor is former MA Deval Patrick’s appointed Advisor to the MA energy secretary on green policy under the Global Warming Solutions Act.  Wood is also the Former FERC Chair who failed to address energy market manipulation that led to the CA Energy Crisis, and…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on February 23, 2015 at 10:25am — 3 Comments

Maine: The wind energy plantation — Part I

.....So, they get an agreement to sell the power in another state before they even have a permit in place to build the wind turbines, or even more significantly, before the Maine ratepayers of CMP and Emera (without knowing it) pay for the transmission lines to get the power to the grid out of state! 

..........Part 2 will delve into other aspects of Big Wind, including the contradiction of Maine environmental organizations taking donations from First Wind and other…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2015 at 6:46pm — 5 Comments

Carlisle McLean - New member of Maine PUC ready to start work (PPH)

“Obviously the substance will be very complicated and very complex … but I think what I will bring is an understanding of the process, to make sure the integrity of the process is upheld transparently,”......…

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Added by Long Islander on February 21, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER: WIND INDUSTRY RIDDLED WITH 'ABSOLUTE CORRUPTION'

What she says applies equally well to supposedly more transparent democracies such as Britain, Australia, the US, Canada and Denmark. The wind industry is necessarily one of the most corrupt enterprises on earth because it depends for its entire existence on government favours, backhanders, dishonest environmental impact assessments and on regulators turning a blind eye to the known health problems caused by wind turbine noise. Without crony capitalism, the wind industry simply would…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 21, 2015 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Toxic wind, rare earth minerals, carcinogens, radioactive waste, extortion, weapons trafficking, murder and executions

To the friendly readers at Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power-Maine:

As an anti-wind campaigner since 2004, I was initially solely concerned about damaged aesthetics associated with offshore proposed Cape Wind, now struggling for survival :)  For the past decade, I have been researching wind energy as a private citizen, and I'm encouraged that finally the truth about this ENRON business model is surfacing.  I extend credit and thanks to all who have looked behind the…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on February 21, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Put the pedal to the meddle Governor LePage

If helping the people of Maine is meddling, then please Governor, put the pedal to the meddle. Does the Bangor Daily News work for its readers or for the wind corporations and Portland law firms? How is looking out for the people meddling? I didn't see use of the word meddling when Governor Baldacci put together his wind task force and told them to remove all barriers for the wind developers.…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 21, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine wind industry alarmed as utility regulators consider rethinking approved projects

Maine's reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago.........Payne said he believes LePage, who has long opposed wind power because of its high cost, is trying to interfere in the process.......…

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Added by Long Islander on February 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

BDN Editorial Board Pushing for Wind Power

Maybe the Bangor Daily News ought to have a reporter sit in an EUT meeting and see 12 citizen wind bills get killed before they write sentences like the one below in italics. The notion that fossil fuels have other costs is now starting to crop up elsewhere at this very time so it is patently obvious that the PR coordination from on high is in full swing and all good socket puppets are falling in line.

Renewable energy should be central to that…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2015 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments

BDN - Maine supreme court won’t reconsider Clifton farmers’ appeal of wind farm permit

Despite the decision, the Beckfords say the legal fight isn’t over. Earlier this year they filed a motion with the lower business and consumer court seeking to amend their original complaint against the town. That motion has yet to be ruled on.......

For Fuller and his partners, the next step in the process is to order to turbines and to select an investor.

“We have to choose between two investors. Both have experience in wind,” Fuller said. “We’re not…

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Added by Long Islander on February 19, 2015 at 9:20pm — 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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