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.…
Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 7:20pm —
Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 4:03pm —
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.
Added by Ron Huber on April 29, 2010 at 1:32am —
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 —
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.… Continue
Added by Karen Bessey Pease on April 26, 2010 at 8:00pm —
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:
Added by Long Islander on April 26, 2010 at 5:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Joanne Moore on April 25, 2010 at 11:44pm —
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 —
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.…
Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2010 at 6:30pm —
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…
Added by Whetstone_Willy on April 22, 2010 at 3:00pm —
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.…
Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2010 at 2:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Ron Huber on April 21, 2010 at 4:58pm —
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2010 at 12:00am —
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 —
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…
Added by K Campbell on April 20, 2010 at 5:04pm —
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.
"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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2010 at 12:16pm —
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… Continue
Added by alice mckay barnett on April 18, 2010 at 7:58am —
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2010 at 1:03pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2010 at 11:30am —