May 2010 Blog Posts (27)

Stacey Fitts: Maine wants to export electricity to major load centers in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania

Sounds like a potentially terriffic deal - for Fitts' employer, Kleinschmidt Associates.

Maine set to call September bids for 25MW wind farm

Looking to lead US offshore wind development, Maine will request proposals in September for a 25 megawatt pilot-scale project that utilizes floating turbine platforms. The location…


Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Please (test) Chat Thursday at Noon

At noon Thursday, May 27, I will be testing the Chat function of the Citizens' website. Eben has suggested that we get five or more people to log in to try it. Please volunteer to log in then. It should only take five minutes to make sure we can operate it.

The purpose of the test is because a legislator has asked me if he could "meet" with CTF members. I suggested that CTF membership is dispersed and rarely holds meetings. If Thursday's test… Continue

Added by Chris O'Neil on May 26, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Island Institute & Richard Podolsky on the negatives of windfarming

Richard Podolsky, wind industry consultant, and Susan Pude of the Island Institute/Maine Community Wind had to say something about the adverse effects of windfarming. Wasn't easy for them. Here are excerpts on that dodgy subject, pulled from their complete talks

Here's Mr.Podolsky…


Added by Ron Huber on May 25, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Rockport Wind Forum: Ragged Mountain plan; UMaine Prof says no more land windfarms: its time to go 20-50 miles offshore.

The May 20, 2010 wind energy forum at the Rockport Opera House was extraordinary for several reasons. Listen to podcasts of the meeting; below the picture.

1.Camden Windfarm Plan. On June 15th George Baker and assorted hangers-on will present a plan to Camden Select Board for a Ragged Mountain windfarm. The wind snatchers have set their eyes on the Camden Hills. (cont'd below picture) Already a meteorological tower has been set up. But don't worry,…

Added by Ron Huber on May 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Maine Deepwater Windmill R&D Site: New Development in court case

I've just received the "Administrative Record" that Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands was required to supply me and Maine Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hjelm. Please help me…

Added by Ron Huber on May 18, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

What some of the gubernatorial candidates have to say about Wind Power


Wind power development

Abbott: I am a proponent of developing all possible alternative energy, and wind is one of those alternatives, but we do have to be cognizant of the impact they have had on the people who live near them; that's a part of why I am such a proponent of the deep, off-shore wind…


Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 17, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

wind and our national security

Jay Cashman of Patriots Renewables has said he feels his wind projects are needed for our national security.

I can not comprehend how utilizing the weakest form of generating reliable electricity makes us a stronger nation. Would you turn your firearms in and replace them with peashooters and feel you have made yourself more secure in your own home ?

Added by Dan McKay on May 16, 2010 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

Maine Wind Weak: UMPI Wind Turbine Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The $ 2 million UMPI wind turbine was commissioned exactly one year ago. Since that time, our elected officials gave praise (see below) , a film about the turbine was made, budget cuts had to be made within the university system and the famous turbine's long expected goal of 1,000,000 KWH of electricity ended up overshooting reality by 65%. Efficiency was only 11.6% of capacity.

Commercial wind operations do not reveal their wind production data because they claim it…


Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2010 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Mainebiz: Should Kurt Adams’ actions be investigated? (What do you think?)

Should Kurt Adams’ actions be investigated?

On May 12, 2010, we asked if you agreed an investigation is warranted in the matter of former Maine Public Utilities Commission Chairman Kurt Adams accepting equity units from First Wind, where he now works as senior vice president, while still working for the state.

78.8% of you said yes

17.3% of you said…


Added by Long Islander on May 13, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

U Maine's offshore wind vision in one graphic

This diagram is also available online on the KJ's website Click here. This sends a chill through a cod hunter's heart


Added by Ron Huber on May 13, 2010 at 2:51am — 1 Comment

Saddleback Mtn, Carthage Video

Hi, all. We shot some video of this beautiful area one day this winter. I hope you'll get a chance to take a look so you can see what some of us over here are fighting for. The video is about 15 minutes long and is not narrated. You will likely recognize some of the spectacular scenery of the Weld/Mt. Blue area. Enjoy.…


Added by Lisa Lindsay on May 12, 2010 at 10:08pm — No Comments

John Kerry: Maine's NIMBY's have no empirical evidence for their "anxiety"

Pushing alternative energy a tough sell

Published Wednesday May 12th, 2010

Not in my backyard: Director of Maine's energy agency coins…


Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Happy Wind Weak: "Kittery Turbine Failed Significantly"

Why is the state approving a $34,214 repayment on $50,000?

Kittery will sell failed wind…


Added by Long Islander on May 11, 2010 at 10:21am — No Comments

Higher Rates Blowing In

Article in May 11, 2010 Boston Herald about rate increases from Cape Wind's power deal with National Grid.

Added by Brian Ruth on May 11, 2010 at 6:35am — 1 Comment

Sisk Mountain Public Hearing Tues & Wed Nights!!

Public Hearing Talking Points For Sisk Mountain DEVELOPMENT PERMIT DP 4860…


Added by Lisa Lindsay on May 10, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Europe's Carbon Mafia, And Ours (Investor's Business Daily)

Europe's Carbon Mafia, And Ours



Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 9, 2010 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Another glimpse at Wind's impact on your electric bill

Less than a week after getting its federal approval, Cape Wind has made a deal with an electric distribution utility in Massachusetts. The company, called National Grid, serves 3.3 million customers in MA, NH, NY, RI, VT. By comparison, Central Maine Power has about a half million customers.

According to the below reports, it is apparent that the reference to the 8 to 10 cents per kWh now paid by customers is their rate before Transmission and… Continue

Added by Art Brigades on May 8, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Has Anyone Searched The Wind Farms For Jimmy Hoffa?

If you haven't yet read the following, it is highly recommended reading:

Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2010 at 3:41pm — No Comments

UMPI website is now working

I just heard from Webmaster Eric Brisette of UMPI that the live turbine data website site is up and running again. It shows a net gain of 38277 kwh since the site went down 13 days ago. Apparently the turbine kept producing despite the glitch in the fibre link to the site's computer - a net gain of 38277 kwh is reported, or a little less that 3000 kwh a day, which is 20% of nominal capacity.
Harrison Roper Houlton/Danforth

Added by Harrison Roper on May 7, 2010 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

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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


(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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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