March 2015 Blog Posts (71)

White House Claims About Wind Power Are Implausible and Dangerous

The White House's estimate is based on hope - hope that some as-yet unimagined future technology will change the economics of wind power, making it more cost effective than fossil fuel-based generation.......expanding wind penetration beyond about 10 percent requires a significant increase in the amount of available "spinning reserve" - instantly available power generation from an alternative source that can be brought online whenever the wind is too strong or too weak to supply enough power…

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Added by Long Islander on March 31, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

VT weighs turbo-charge from Hydro-Québec

Base-rate residential service from provincial utility Hydro-Québec clocks in at 5.6 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to its website — about one-third that of the typical customer in New England (Green Mountain Power's base rate for residences is 14.7 cents/kWh)........Fed by Québec's seemingly limitless resource of running water, banks of hydro turbines provide steady, reliable "base-load" power. Some turbines, too, can be reserved in standby mode, ready at a moment's notice to…

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Added by Long Islander on March 31, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Audubon selling out the wildlife at Altamont

The new turbines were declared safer at Altamont after conducting rigged studies with search areas 10 times too small and using other tricks. One of those tricks was to exclude over 1500 carcasses for various reasons.  Altamont is not just replacing turbines. They are expanding and adding millions more raptor killing cubic feet of rotor sweep these ridgelines. When they are finished repowering at Altamont, these killing fields will have more than twice the deadly rotor sweep…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on March 29, 2015 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Only 52% of Maine survey respondents would invest in renewable energy or energy efficiency

If a bare majority of 52% supports renewable energy OR energy efficiency, then perhaps only a minority supports renewable energy. Does a yet smaller minority support industrial wind? Considering the Maine media have been feeding their audiences with a steady diet of pro-wind propaganda for years, it is highly likely that such a minority of Mainers supporting wind would shrivel up significantly more once educated that wind power has high negative…

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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Campaign To Make You Care About Climate Change Is Failing Miserably

Since 1989, there’s been no significant change in the public’s concern level over global warming. To put this in perspective, note that the most expensive public-relations campaign in history—one that includes most governmental agencies, a long list of welfare-sucking corporations, the public school system, the universities, an infinite parade of celebrities, think tanks, well-funded environmental groups and an entire major political party—has, over the past 25 years or so, …

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 29, 2015 at 1:23am — No Comments

Is Maine a land of leaders or suckers?

According to the following, 3 of the nation's 28 colleges which have divested themselves of fossil fuels are located in Maine. In other words, 10.7% of the nation's college divestments are in a state accounting for only 0.42% of the nation's population, meaning our per capita divestment rate is 26 times that of the nation as a whole.

Are we leaders?

Or are we suckers who have consumed far too much green kool-aid?

Even liberal Bowdoin is…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 28, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

Energy at Bowdoin: Some students becoming attuned to the perils of placing symbolic value over critical thinking?

Maybe Bowdoin and other campuses in Maine would be open to hearing the facts that wind turbines have nothing but symbolic value, e.g., Robert Bryce's "Climate Change Scarecrows".

Excerpt: (from Bowdoin Orient's Editorial Board)

We are beginning to see students who do not support divestment speak out. Kuangji Chen ’15 wrote a detailed op-ed…

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Added by Long Islander on March 27, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

David Littell staying on at PUC after term expires until replacement starts

David Littell said he wants to continue participating in cases involving wind power contracts........ By law, commissioners can remain on the job after their term has ended, if a new commissioner hasn’t been nominated and confirmed by the Legislature.

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/25/puc-commissioner-plans-to-stay-after-his-term-expires/

Added by Long Islander on March 26, 2015 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Enron and National Audubon working together

Enron Wind Development Corp., Cottonwood (previously Gorman) Project

"The Cottonwood project will be a 40 MW wind facility consisting of fifty-three 750 kW wind turbines. Due to opposition from local land developers and from the National Audubon Society, the project moved its location 20 miles northeast of the original site, which was in the Tejon Pass near the city of Gorman. This project is expected to come on-line in December 2002. The project has not yet applied for all…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on March 26, 2015 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Future Transmission Upgrades For Wind Will Need PUC Approval

2014 ISO-NE Regional System Report

"Integrating Intermittent Renewable Resources. A number of wind projects have interconnected to electrically remote and weak portions of the regional power system, and additional wind projects are proposed for these areas. These facilities pose operational and planning challenges due to issues with voltage and stability…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 26, 2015 at 9:21am — 8 Comments

New facts about rigging data for excessive wind energy Tax credit's part 3

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) data pertaining to wind energy production is greatly inflated.  As I had reported earlier about the claimed wind energy produced in America, which relates to the capacity factor of installed wind farms changed dramatically in 2005.  From 2005 forward the wind industry's energy production had magically increased and capacity factor reported to be in the range of 30-35% for every turbine in America. What all this means is that this industry may have…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on March 25, 2015 at 4:57pm — 32 Comments

BIG Brother speaks to the people

I happen to believe that wind energy is a well organized scam being promoted for tax dollars. I also believe the primary perpetrators should be going to prison with right along with Robert Durst.…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on March 25, 2015 at 1:09pm — 11 Comments

More political issues in Orland

Thought some of you might be interested in reading this. Our selectmen are telling our Planning Board that they do not support their decision to review (and possibly revise) the town's current wind facility ordinance. This is after all 7 members voted to review it as they have all found issues with parts and pieces of it.…

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Added by Nikki Fox on March 24, 2015 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

Two Products, Two Contracts, Ratepayers Beware.

Could Maine Ratepayers end up paying wind plants in Maine the REC value obtained from contracts  involving other State RPS programs ? That would be quite perverse, but strange things happen when lawmakers screw around in the private sector.

    Maine ratepayers have endured many long term contracts for electrical energy that became so burdensome with  exorbitant  costs, the contracts were bought out, the generator shut down and compensatory payments to the generator becoming…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 24, 2015 at 9:47am — 3 Comments

Credible Leadership, Please Step Forward, NOW!

Regarding the completion of transmission lines paid for by Maine taxpayers to accommodate out of State users.

We are in desperate need of leadership. We talk to each other but that is not enough. We have anti Wind organizations in Maine, but none offer leadership necessary to run a campaign to expose abuse of Maine electric rate payers. With leadership from a Maine 501c3 organization, we would easily get hundreds of signers of a petition! The 501c3 gets recognition and exposure they…

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Added by Donald Moore on March 23, 2015 at 4:45pm — 23 Comments

Analysis: IRS sets stage for two years of robust wind development

A decision by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to give wind developers an extra year to bring projects online and still collect the $0.023/kWh production tax credit (PTC) sets the stage for two years of robust growth in the US market.

http://www.windaction.org/posts/42391-analysis-irs-grants-developers-an-extra-12-months

Added by Long Islander on March 23, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

RIPOFF REPORT: CMP nears completion of 5-year, $1.4B power grid upgrade

This candy coated AP release does not tell the real story.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2015/03/23/cmp-nears-completion-5-year-14b-power-grid-upgrade/1672280

This $1.4 billion travesty (gift to the wind industry) demands an investigation. Please read more at the link below and prepare to get involved. If we do not hold the Baldacci PUC…

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Added by Long Islander on March 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Renewable, or Recoverable Energy

This was the first LD heard on the 19th of March by the 127th Legislative EUT committee. Though this is not directly related to Wind Power, it may provide more insight as to the competing renewable energy sources credited to Maines overall electrical generation. 

LD 273 An Act To Encourage and Enhance the Future of Waste-to-energy Facilities by Establishing a Portfolio Requirement for Electricity…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on March 22, 2015 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Lies on the US Department of Energy Web site

The latest post about the Department of Energy prompted me to go back a few years and retrieve this information. In May 2010, before I could absolutely prove that the wind industry was rigging their mortality research and hiding over 90% of turbine mortality, I posted this information below.  For anyone that does not believe that the Department of Energy is not corrupt and in the wind industry's pocket, just look over propaganda posted on this site. It has been there since…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on March 22, 2015 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments

Wind Timeline Costs

 As with any new market, changes take awhile, but the added costs from the new, Maine wind market are real and coming fast.
Wind Timeline Costs:
   1. ITC, federal program using tax-paid or more correctly, future tax-paid funds plus interest,  which grants a wind development company 30% of the costs of construction.
    2. Long term contracts with regional utilities lasting 15 to 20 years that sell energy output. This attracts investors, quelling fears of…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 22, 2015 at 10:39am — 3 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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