April 2011 Blog Posts (33)

Steve Bennett: Freedom provides wind power lesson (Village Soup - Capital Weekly)

 Apr 28, 2011

 

Freedom provides wind power lesson



Small towns in the less affluent sections of Maine are being pounced upon by wind developers who know better than to try to place turbines in places like Cape Elizabeth. First Mars Hill, then Freedom, now other places like Winn, Oakfield, Roxbury and many other small and tax-starved towns, all confronted with the promise of big money in…

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Is it time to rename UMPI's wind turbine film?

The name of the film is Wind 101. With the turbine's capacity factor headed towards a miserable but not unexpected 10%, should it be renamed Wind 10.1?

 

http://www.umpi.edu/wind/wind-101

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2011 at 7:48am — No Comments

Sumner Lipman: Do we want to be green? (Village Soup/Capital Weekly)

 

Do we want to be green?

By Sumner Lipman | Apr 27, 2011…
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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2011 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Bureau of Parks and Lands to Wind Developers: MAINE NOT FOR SALE

On December 28, 2010, Rob Gardiner, partner in Highland Wind with Angus King, on behalf of Highland Wind offered $787,000 to Maine government in a letter to LURC Chair Gwen Hilton and LURC Director Catherine Caroll. Nothing like making a massive offer of cash to the government agency that will determine the fate of one's 39 turbine industrial wind project, a veritable license to feast at the public trough on Joe Taxpayer's hard earned money.

 

This offer and a link to the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Governor LePage's weekly radio address: Enough is enough

Governor's weekly radio address

Enough is enough

By Gov. Paul LePage | Apr 23, 2011…
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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

When an unelected elite, influenced by corrupt opportunists, gives orders that all must follow

 

 Sound familiar? Think cookie cutter government mandated renewables goals.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chinas-train-wreck/2011/04/21/AFqjRWRE_story.html

China’s train wreck…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 23, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

YALE BAYROOT - looking back

 

Looking back to this article from 2005, we see that Yale's accusers were indeed correct in alleging Bayroot to be Yale University.

Wagner guards investors privacy, but says its forestry is sustainable

Bayroot LLC became one of the…
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Added by Whetstone_Willy on April 23, 2011 at 4:29am — No Comments

The False Promise of Green Energy

The False Promise of Green Energy (new Cato book packs a punch)

By Andrew P. Morriss, William T. Bogart, Roger E. Meiners, Andrew D. Dorchak

“This new work [289 pages] offers an outstanding, nearly unprecedented evaluation of claims by green energy and green jobs proponents that we can…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2011 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Hold the accolades on China’s ‘green leap forward’ (Washington Post)

Hold the accolades on China’s ‘green leap forward’…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

New research: Maine poorly classified for environmentally sound wind power development

While many of us may not agree with considerable portions of the following newly published research article, it is nevertheless recommended reading.  Despite the fact that some of the wind snake oil salesmen have told us that Maine is "the Saudi Arabia of wind", this article classifies Maine as a state where a 20% wind target cannot be reached by confining wind complexes to already "disturbed" lands, a development approach examined by the authors.

 

Publication date:…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Need spin on Maine windmill legislation - the good the bad and the ugly

Who knows anything about the plethora of Maine windpower related bills to come up in the near future Help me with yourthoughts on as many as you known anything about. ALL TO BE HEARD APRIL 24/25

 The hearings are at 9:30 Monday (probably lasting all day) and 1:00 Tuesday.  More details will follow. Meantime, below are links to the bills if anyone wants to start crafting testimony.  Thank you.…

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Added by Ron Huber on April 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud: The strength of our economy depends on renewable energy

Representative Mike Michaud declared that the strength of our economy depends on investments in renewable energy almost two years ago. The exact date was May 14, 2009 and the exact occasion was a statement he released congratulating the University of Maine on "a job well done" in constructing and commissioning its industrial size wind turbine.

 

A copy of Rep. Michaud's statement is available by clicking on the green link below.

 

In less than one month, on May…

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Added by Long Islander on April 18, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

is the DEP slowly understanding the concept of cumulative impacts ?

hello  folks
for  those  who attended the Dixfield meeting on Saddleback  project you may remember that James  Cassida said  that after  the meeting it was  clear that the DEP would  ask for few more questions to Patriot Renewables. Following is the response from Mark Margerum to my email on this topic .
I am baffled by the last one concerning cumulative impacts :are cumulative impacts…
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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on April 16, 2011 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

Save these dates - April 25 & 26

April 25 & 26

 

If there ever was a chance to tell our stories in Augusta it will be these two days, when several of our bills will have their public hearings.  

 

The hearings are at 9:30 Monday (probably lasting all day) and 1:00 Tuesday.  More details will follow.
Meantime, below are links to the bills if anyone wants to start crafting testimony.  
Thank you.…
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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2011 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Smart Meter Safety Coalition, seeks to inform and educate residents about CMP's smart meters

The following is excerpted from the website of the Smart Meter Safety Coalition, a group of fellow citizens in Maine battling many of the same things we are battling including large corporations who are usurping our rights and using taxpayer money to do this, along with politicians in their pocket.

 

This website, a production of the Smart Meter Safety Coalition, seeks to inform and educate residents about Central…

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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

UMPI website has explanation posted

The UMPI turbine states that several parts are expected to be delivered "soon" and the turbine should be operating late this week. It has been inoperative since 2/19.

Harry Roper-Houlton/Danforth 

Added by Harrison Roper on April 11, 2011 at 12:42pm — 5 Comments

Industrial Wind Action Group: Meeting AWEA's spin head-on

From Lisa Linowes' Industrial Wind Action Group.

 

WindAction Editorial

Meeting AWEA's spin head-on

(Posted April 10, 2011)

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Added by Long Islander on April 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Wind Power Investors Get Another Reality Check

Wind Power Investors Get Another Reality Check

By John Peterson on Seeking Altha

Last Wednesday I stirred up a hornets nest with an article titled "A Reality Check for Wind Power Investors" that included two graphs from the Bonneville Power Administration, or BPA,…

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Added by Brad Blake on April 10, 2011 at 11:54pm — 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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