March 2018 Blog Posts (110)

Canton Mountain Wind Video

Tyler Kachnovich used a drone to capture this video of Canton Mt. Wind project.  He had posted it on Face Book.  Even under winter snow, the destruction to the ridge is clear.  The blades are spinning so slowly that it likely is producing little or no electricity.…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 31, 2018 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

What energy production will look like in as little as 7 - 8 years

http://innovationreform.org/ ;

Thorium based MSR/LFTRs... we built one at Oak Ridge as an experiment and ran it for over 20,000 without a major problem, just some minor repairs as you would expect. It worked!  Now it's time to finish the last steps to make them commercially usable so we can put them to work.  …

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Added by John F. Hussey on March 31, 2018 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE CO2eq OF THE VERMONT ELECTRICITY SECTOR

The US Environmental Protection Agency, US-EPA, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, VT-DEC, and the Independent System Operator of New England, ISO-NE, calculate the CO2eq of Vermont’s electricity sector. They use different methods and obtain results that are significantly different from each other.

 

In this article I propose another method, which allocates the NE grid CO2eq to each state, based on the percent load each state imposes on the NE grid,…

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Added by Willem Post on March 31, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

NextEra Complains To The Maine Public Utilities Commission

NextEra Complaint 1 :
6." NextEra’s Operating Assets are substantially and directly affected by CMP’s HVDC
line because Maine’s bulk transmission grid is interconnected, and a HVDC line of
this voltage and length may impact economics and the reliability of the transmission
grid, and, therefore NEER’s operating assets on that grid. Under Section 3132 of
Title 35-A, the…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 31, 2018 at 9:23am — No Comments

Oklahima Turbine fire 28 March 2018

https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaForestry/posts/10160122617060632   ; Just what we don't need on the mountain tops and ridge lines of MAINE!

Added by John F. Hussey on March 31, 2018 at 7:17am — 1 Comment

Don't Try Voting Your Conscious If You Are A Democrat

Lawmaker Flips Vote, Denies Mainers Public Hearing, Flees Chamber

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Added by Dan McKay on March 30, 2018 at 1:14pm — 2 Comments

Wind Loving, Environmentally Confused Groups Petition PUC For Intervention In NECEC Case.

The following groups have petitioned the PUC to intervene in the NECEC  case. I wonder how many have wind pushing them .

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION 

ACADIA CENTER F/K/A ENVIRONMENT NORTHEAST  
FilingCompanyName NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL OF MAINE 
RENEW NORTHEAST…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 30, 2018 at 9:46am — 3 Comments

LUPC Development Expansion Plans ?

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on March 30, 2018 at 8:12am — 9 Comments

$950 Million Power grid project

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on March 29, 2018 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Imagine This In Maine's dry forests!

Imagine This Somewhere

In Maine's…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on March 29, 2018 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Kibby Wind

I skied at Sugarloaf on March 26 & 27, 2018.  LD 1810 would have extended the scenic impact zone for wind projects to 40 miles.  While that seems like a lot, recent attempts in other legislation supported by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and others would extend the impact zone to 15 miles from either side of the Appalachian Trail.  The AT crosses Crocker Mt and most of the Bigelow Range.  If either of the proposed increases had been adopted instead of killed by the Maine Legislature's…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 29, 2018 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Canton Mt. Wind

Driving on State Rte 4 through the Androscoggin River valley towns of Livermore Falls and Jay, Maine's newest wind project on Canton Mt. was jarring as to how dominating it is in the affected region.  While the Patriot Renewables website touts the project with production figures showing expected capacity factor to the 30.9%, Eric Tuttle has been tracking its output via ISO-NE and shared recent days tracking on a Face Book discussion.  Here is a photo of the project taken from North Jay, as…

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Added by Brad Blake on March 29, 2018 at 1:50pm — 8 Comments

HYPOCRITE ALERT

These are the talking points of Mr. Voorhees,  , climate and energy policy director of the NRCM regarding the NECEC project :

 
ON WILDLIFE IMPACTS :

The NECEC project would "fragment wildlife habitat by cutting through 50 miles of undeveloped…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 29, 2018 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

Wind Pushing CLF Concerned About Hydro Transmission Line's Effect on Birds!

Just curious, why is it anytime wind power opponents call out wind projects for killing birds, the so called environmental groups tell us there's nothing to worry about?

From the article, Next up, Central Maine Power - Mass. drops N. Pass, opts instead for Maine transmission line:

Greg Cunningham, a vice president at the Conservation Law Foundation said the proposed route of the…

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Added by Long Islander on March 29, 2018 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

James LaBrecque and Canadian Hydro Destroy The Wind Lobby

Green Crony Corporatists Are Obstacles to Lowering Energy Bills, Cleaning Environment

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Added by Dan McKay on March 28, 2018 at 3:27pm — 8 Comments

Understanding Vermont’s Energy Policies (Annette Smith)

Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE) provides facts and information so people can make informed

decisions. In our discussions with Vermonters it became evident that most residents do not understand the

statutory mechanisms to achieve the state’s renewable energy goals. To that end, this paper provides an overview of enacted policies, a discussion about northern Vermont’s grid constraints, and information about Vermont as part of the regional electric grid.…

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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Mass ends talks with Northern Pass, clears way for CMP project

The Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP issued a statement saying that the state’s electric utilities had terminated the conditional selection of the Northern Pass project and are now working to conclude negotiations with Central Maine Power for its New England Clean Energy Connect line.

The action comes after a siting committee in New Hampshire rejected the Northern Pass proposal, and the developer was unable to gain approval by a March 27 deadline set by…

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Added by Long Islander on March 28, 2018 at 11:00am — 4 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

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(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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