April 2010 Blog Posts (29)

FOIA'd MDEP and BPL post-legislature wind, wave and tidal energy documents for March 24th to April 9, 2010.

Used the Maine Freedom of Access Act to request documents from DEP and BPL from close of committee decision on LD 1810 to two weeks later when filed request.…


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Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Cape Wind: Maine public radio news gets it righter than most

There but for the grace of ...I'm assured that decades of litigation shall be wreaked upon the hapless Cape Wind Wannabes that want to set their poles in the seafloor off Massachusetts.


Maine public radio's story is better coverage than…
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Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 1:32am — 4 Comments

Nantucket Shoal wind sprawl plan approval- at least it's not in the Gulf of Maine.

So we'll get to watch and learn the actual impact of these machines on coastal tourism, fisheries, birds, bats, local weather, etc. Sounds cold to say "better there than here", but there it… Continue

Added by Ron Huber on April 28, 2010 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

Save the Highland Mountains of Maine

Many of the members of the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind know of the existence of the Friends of the Highland Mountains. We formed as a group in November of 2009, after Angus King and Rob Gardiner came to Highland with their plan to place industrial wind turbines along each of Highland’s five mountains.…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on April 26, 2010 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

The Simpsons Discover Wind Power (or lack thereof)

If you're a politician and the late night talk show comics go after you, the end may be near.

Similarly, if you are an electricity generating source (Hint: It doesn't work), and the Simpsons go after you, it can't be good. Well, that's just what they did on TV last night and you can see it whenever you like at:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/video/the-simpsons-discover-wind…

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Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

CMP relying on smart meters or just dumb customers?

In the Maine Sunday Telegram, Sun., April 25, 2010 -



"Smart meters key to cutting costs of energy"



The article itself is the usual cheerleading and boosterism for industry that I have come to expect from a paper run by Rich Conner. Why the man thinks he is producing anything like news is beyond me. His refusal to cover the Kurt Adams/PUC story says it all. But that is not my point here.



In the comment section of this article, there is a comment by…
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Added by Joanne Moore on April 25, 2010 at 11:44pm — 1 Comment

Views of a Disaster in the Making

I was wondering how visible the Bowers Mountain turbines would be from my favorite fishing hole on Duck Lake. I used Google Earth to create the attached images. Those vertical white pillars you see are a representation of 400' high structures where the turbines might be situated. I don't know how many there might ultimately be, or how far apart they'd be spaced, and due to limitations of Earthlink's drawing tools this is only a crude image, but the vertical scale and visibility from the… Continue

Added by Duck Laker on April 25, 2010 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

The Kase of the Krazy Killowatts

April 23, 2010 at 6:42PM

OK, figure this one out, UMPI's wind turbine under performance is apparently exceeded only by that of the turbine's data reporting. The 554,781 KWH year to date production observable just a few hours ago is now ZERO.

Better data are kept by exercisers recording their workouts at $2 spinning classes than at this $2 MILLION spinning class.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2010 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Governor Baldacci's Three Year Long Job Interview

Bangor Daily News - January 2, 2010

"Asked about his plans after leaving office next January, Baldacci said he hopes to do some teaching — potentially at the University of Maine — but that he also plans to stay involved in energy issues, perhaps in an advisory capacity. “It’s one [issue] that I am going to continue…

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Added by Whetstone_Willy on April 22, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

MPBN and First Wind

I know this is a free country and public broadcasting relies on corporate underwtiters these days. But that didn't make me any happier when I saw the following company listed as one of their underwiters on their website.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2010 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Wind at the university - hearts and minds at stake

We mustn't cede the universities to the wind thieves. Winning hearts and minds is the thing. We must occupy the moral high ground, as industry occupy the economic high ground. To do this, we need to think of "University" in a larger context. Such talkers as George Baker the scholar speaking at UM Fort Kent will draw from the engineering and business administration students, appealing to them with predictions of vast wealth and gigantic power devices spawning limitless clean electrical…
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Added by Ron Huber on April 21, 2010 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Something Fishy on Vinalhaven?

From the March 2010 Fisherman's Voice. Someone just brought this article to my attention.

DEP Questions Fox Island Wind’s Noise Study

DEP Questions Fox Island Wind’s Noise Study

by Steve Cartwright

Fox Islands Wind used an unusual and possibly misleading method to calculate what area should be designated a “quiet zone” around its wind turbines, a state environmental official confirmed.

Jim Cassida, director of the Department of Environmental…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Puzzling UMPI website - a partial solution?

I have been casually monitoring the UMPI Live Turbine Data website since April 16. Today is April 20. "Power" is being reported as -.2kw or -.3kw. In the past, a minus figure has appeared only when the rotor is not turning, but for these five days there has been some wind. Now, thee rotor is not turning, the blades are held at about 83 degrees, and power is -.2 or -.3 kw. This looks to me like a shutdown mode.

It is a puzzling situation. In the absence of any other information I am gussing… Continue

Added by Harrison Roper on April 20, 2010 at 5:25pm — 2 Comments

New Maine Group Formed to Oppose First Wind's Project on Bowers Mountain - Downeast Lakes Watershed



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Group Opposes First Wind’s Industrial Wind Power Project in Carroll Plantation



Lakeville, Maine, April 12, 2010 –Residents and landowners in Carroll Plantation, Lakeville, Springfield and Grand Lake Stream have formed the non-profit "Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed" (PPDLW) to oppose the construction of an industrial wind project on Bowers Mountain in Carroll Plt. PPDLW asserts that the project will threaten the…

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Added by K Campbell on April 20, 2010 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

National Columnist George Will Unleashes Criticism of Wind

George Will has unleashed the following critique of wind in the 4/19/10 Newsweek. It's been on sale / in mailboxes for at least a week, so you may have seen it.

Excerpt:

"Meanwhile, America, which pioneered nuclear power, is squandering money on wind power, which provides 1.3 percent of the nation's electricity: it is slurping up $30 billion of tax breaks and other subsidies amounting to $18.82 per megawatt-hour, 25 times as much per megawatt-hour as the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2010 at 12:16pm — 4 Comments

not a NIMBY an IMFY

Not a NIMBY an IMFY
In my front yard is a windmill; south facing are solar panels,
In my neighbors front yard is a windmill, also south facing, are solar panels.
Neither hears or sees the others.
Their is one town service we utilize.
We drive 2 1/2 miles to haul buckets of town supplied, salted sand.
We hand sand our road.
We live one mile off US highway, on a dirt road, maintained by the land…
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Added by alice mckay barnett on April 18, 2010 at 7:58am — No Comments

UMPI Wind Turbine Scorecard

It's near impossible to get electricity production data from commercial wind complexes. So it is refreshing that UMPI has pledged to the people of Maine to share the data on electricity production from its $2 million wind turbine.
For those of you who thus follow the UMPI wind turbine progress with the same fervor as your favorite sports team, the attached simple Excel file (UMPI Turbine Analysis) can be downloaded and will let you keep score.
Just go to…
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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2010 at 1:03pm — 18 Comments

Visit to UMPI April 14

We were at UMPI for "University Day" yesterday, Wednesday April 14 and attended a presentation about an under-development vertical-axis windmill designed to be used on tall buildings, as in Boston. all day, UMPI's windmill was turning merrily, and the recent glitch in live turbine data had just been fixed with a flown-in device, so the "live turbine data" site was working again.

Currently, for some reason the rotor is reported at 28.4rpm but there is no power being produced! The big figure… Continue

Added by Harrison Roper on April 15, 2010 at 2:59pm — 5 Comments

UMPI - please provide project to date minute by minute wind turbine data

I just looked around the UMPI website and almost 11 months after the commissioning of the $2 million project I still am not able to see the type of basic performance data one would expect accompanying such a large investment.

You can read about the commissioning in the 5/15/09 Bangor Daily News at…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2010 at 11:30am — 9 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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