February 2019 Blog Posts (65)

Gov Mills sets renewable energy goals in climate change speech

In a speech to the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, Mills said she will introduce legislation to create a Maine Climate Council that will develop an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to a changing climate. Mills has set an interim goal of 80 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030 and a longer-term goal of 100 percent by 2050.

She also reiterated her pledges to promote…

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Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2019 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Tomorrow's Presentation by the nearly all-Female Energy/climate/innovation secretariat led by Mills

a taste of things to come...good , bad or just more emotionalized  policy making?

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME - 

MAINE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL

POLICY IN 2019

Breaking News: Governor Mills to Keynote E2Tech Energy & Environmental Policy Forum

E2Tech is excited to announce that Governor Mills will provide closing remarks at E2Tech's Thursday morning (2/28)…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on February 27, 2019 at 2:14pm — No Comments

NE WIND AND SOLAR ELECTRICITY AND BATTERY REQUIREMENTS BY 2050

At present, gas turbine plants perform most of the peaking, filling-in and balancing services for the New England electric grid. Diesel plants also are used. If fossil fuel and nuclear plants were shut down, mostly hydro plants and battery systems would have to perform those services.

Projected Load on NE Grid 

Table 1 shows the energy sources of the NE grid in 2018, and the likely energy sources in 2050, with fossil and nuclear plants shut…

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Added by Willem Post on February 27, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 211

STATE OF MAINE

129TH LEGISLATURE

____________________

LEGISLATIVE NOTICES

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

Sen. Mark Lawrence, Senate Chair…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2019 at 11:04am — 6 Comments

THEY CAME FOR MY LAWN TRACTOR, BUT I DID NOTHING

   The people elected to represent you in Augusta are coming after you with their own green deal, offered so that you can't refuse. 

  They  exclaimed "We're going to have to electrify transportation, heating and cooling" and the plan is to make it happen in twelve, yes twelve years from now. 

    Your oil and…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2019 at 7:32am — 4 Comments

Cranston, RI Wind Power Debacle - "The zoning laws did not keep up with technology"

Residents say they received no notice of the wind farm’s construction, and say there are health, noise and quality-of-life issues at stake. Verdecchia said the project followed the law, and that antiquated zoning laws were the issue.

“It appears the proper procedures were followed,” he said. “The zoning laws did not keep up with technology.”

State law requires only that property owners within 200 feet of such a project be notified, and Alpine Estates is 1.4 miles…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Mills says oil and gas drilling off of Maine would jeopardize tourism (BDN)

Meanwhile, for over 10 years industrial wind turbines, now near 600' tall, have been proliferating throughout inland Maine with virtually no regard to tourism and property values. It seems there is a two tiered system - one for folks living on the Maine coast and another for those living in interior Maine. Remember also, Sen. Susan Collins cheered offshore wind because it would be "over the horizon and out of view". But inland, the politicians define setbacks in mere hundreds of…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 25, 2019 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind and Solar Energy (Two minute YouTube video)

"Whenever we came up with this term clean energy, I think it screwed up people's minds"...................."What battery solution is going to sit there and provide that power?"............."It does not solve the reliability problem"......................"Do planes fly through the sky because of some number you put on a spreadsheet"?...................."There is no substitute for how the industrial economy runs today"...........................…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2019 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

SPECIAL: The proposed US Green New Deal (John Droz, Jr. single topic newsletter 2/25/19)

This version of the AWED Newsletter is dedicated to a single topic: the proposed US Green New Deal (GND).

Read the articles listed below at:

https://www.masterresource.org/alliance-for-wise-energy-decisions/energy-environmental-newsletter-2-24-2019/

Energy &…

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Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2019 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Press Herald Just Can't Not Publish Pro-Wind Propaganda

Excerpted from the newspaper's "Climate is top concern in CMP powerline case":

Creating a pathway for Canadian hydropower into northern New England is not all Maine should be doing to reduce its carbon footprint. It will still be important to increase the use of electricity for space heating and transportation, while generating more power from renewable sources, like solar and wind, both onshore and offshore.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Public Hearing on 2/26/19 - Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

Tue, Feb 26, 2019 1:00PM

Public Hearing on Tuesday - Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

Link for audio:

(AUDIO ONLY) EUT…

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Added by Long Islander on February 24, 2019 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

Report: Massachusetts has the 8th highest utility rates in the country

All six New England utility companies made their top ten list.

In Massachusetts, the average cost for utilities every month is $469.13.

According to the New England Ratepayers Association, right now there's little consumers can do.

“As a consumer, the best thing to do is to use as little electricity as possible," said Marc Brown, president of the New England Ratepayers Association.

The problem he says is how electricity is produced here. Half is made using natural…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2019 at 1:47pm — No Comments

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2019 at 7:51am — 12 Comments

Governor Mills Statement Regarding NECEC Stipulation Before the PUC

February 21, 2019

Portland, MAINE -- Governor Janet Mills released the following statement in response to the announcement of a signed Stipulation regarding the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) proposal:

“Last night thousands of Maine households turned up their thermostats to keep their families warm as the wind…

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Added by Long Islander on February 21, 2019 at 11:08am — 10 Comments

BLOCKBUSTER: Mueller’s ‘Foreign Agent’ Prosecutions May Lead to Probes of Green Groups

EXCERPTS from the article:

By invoking a law regulating foreign agents to pursue prosecution of former Trump campaign officials, special counsel Robert Mueller opened the door to more intense scrutiny of some U.S. environmental groups, according to legal analysts who say China and Russia use such groups to influence America’s energy policy.By invoking a law regulating foreign agents to pursue prosecution of former Trump campaign officials, special counsel Robert Mueller opened the…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 21, 2019 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Green New Deal Is a Trojan Horse for Socialism

The title of this tells it all. There is a new system afoot and it is the most scary future we face as Americans. Our education system has failed us and our progeny has been indoctrinated into the ranks of socialism and elite control of our lives. They have no concept of what real science is and have been brainwashed by the system and the complicit media. …

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Added by Eskutassis on February 20, 2019 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

T. Boone Picken’s Little Green Deal (remembering a stillborn crony scheme)

A decade ago, a rent-seeking, vainglorious Texas oil man named T. Boone Pickens spent tens of millions of dollars to promote what today might be called the Little Green Deal.

There are many lessons to be learned from T. Boone’s ill-fated, expensive, distracting venture. Here are several:

  • Industry cronyism, from Ken Lay to T. Boone to James E. Rogers, gave the…
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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 20, 2019 at 8:00am — 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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