May 2015 Blog Posts (76)

Democrats are Going after the PUC in a Desperate Move to Save the Wind Industry from Scrutiny

Legislative Energy Committee Chair Rep. Mark Dion and Sen. Dawn Hill, both Democrats, are attacking the integrity and independence of LePage PUC appointees Mark Vannoy and Carlisle McLean.  They have created a false charge of "crisis of confidence" and it is all centered around the realization that things just might not go their way of protecting the wind industry from scrutiny. 

The Governor has stricken fear into the Democrats by nominating an economist with no ties to Maine, Bruce…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 31, 2015 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

The PUC MUST Represent the Public Interest, Not the Shills of Wind in Maine

Mainers could start to benefit from real competition in the electricity market .

The subsidized high cost lies from the wind lobby and the lying sleazeballs of "Enronesque" First Wind would soon be under  close PUC analysis.

If  soon to be data wonk in the Maine PUC, Dr. Bruce Williamson, runs the numbers on wind energy as a PUC commissioner, look out Big Wind in Maine!

First Wind and the wind lobby never can stand close scrutiny based on facts and cost benefit…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 31, 2015 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Why Williamson is seen as a political threat by the Dems in Maine; Why confirmation may be very difficult.

Paid off  wind shills, political self - servers  and paid off enviro-groups like NRCM  made the law, PL-661 (The Expedited Wind Law of 2008).

The damage has festered and grown for years now.

Damage has been inflicted  to  legal process , to Maine's environment and to the citizenry , for next to naught in benefit.

This "lie", called a legislative emergency bill, PL-661, was the take over by wind corporate interests and unctuous self-serving political…

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Added by arthur qwenk on May 31, 2015 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

A Governor who is watching out for ratepayers.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/29/politics/lepage-rips-repugnant-democrats-for-delaying-vote-on-puc-nominee/

This  is the mission statement  of the PUC:

The PUC’s “mission statement” is, essentially, the statute that created the PUC and which defines its duties and responsibilities – Title 35-A of the Maine statutes.  If there is any one…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on May 30, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Partisan Move by Desperate Democrats Block PUC Nominee in Committee

As we all know, the Democratic chair of the Maine Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Rep. Mark Dion of Portland has been carrying out the directives of Maine Democratic leaders to protect the wind industry.  With wind cheerleader David Littell being replaced by a LePage nominee, a highly regarded economist named Bruce Williamson, the Democrats fear economic scrutiny of the wind industry will stop the scam rather than promote it as in the past when the PUC was Baldacci…

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Added by Brad Blake on May 28, 2015 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

PUC Nomination tabled

Governor LePage's nomination of Bruce Williamson as PUC Commissioner was table by a party line 7-6 vote today.

Added by Pineo Girl on May 28, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments

PUC Nominee Confirmation Hearing Today in EUT Committee

The confirmation hearing of Bruce Williamson. the economist from Tennessee recommended by Governor LePage to fill the PUC seat vacated by David Littell, is today at 1:00 pm in the EUT Committee.  Tune in!!

Added by Pineo Girl on May 28, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

Cheeseburgers and the wind industry

Cheeseburgers and the Wind industry is now playing........... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDOr2kjc-bM  

This video, while quite entertaining, clearly illustrates a very dark side to wind energy, the hidden wind turbine slaughter taking place at wind energy facilities.

 

Each year the slaughter to millions and millions of birds and bats is being concealed by the wind industry and America's…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on May 27, 2015 at 5:22pm — No Comments

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition has urged the US Congress to extend tax credits

In a letter to House and Senate leadership, the chairman and vice chairman pressed Congress to approve a multi-year extension of the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) as soon as possible. The most recently passed extension expired last year.…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on May 27, 2015 at 1:17pm — No Comments

A Better Idea!

Emera announces contract awards for its Cape Sharp Tidal project.  What about tidal power for Maine?

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150525005158/en/Cape-Sharp-Tidal-Partners-Award-Contracts-Nova#.VWScDM9Viko

Added by Pineo Girl on May 26, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments

ISO-New England - Energy Prices Down

ISO-New England  reports - Wholesale energy prices down - Renewable energy credits still up!

http://www.wbjournal.com/article/20150522/NEWS01/150529966/1002

Added by Pineo Girl on May 26, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Cabinet Level Energy Department for Maine?

Some Maine lawmakers are calling for a cabinet level Energy Department. Would you go out for a search for the Commissioner?  Please!!!

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2015/05/24/gop-push-state-department-energy-highlights-desire-lower-maines-energy-costs/1705900

Added by Pineo Girl on May 25, 2015 at 10:55am — No Comments

Maine utility regulators extend talks for long-term wind project


The Highland Wind project was one of two that the PUC voted in February to renegotiate, triggering claims that two commissioners caved to pressure by Gov. Paul LePage.


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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on May 23, 2015 at 9:26am — No Comments

Broadwind Energy CEO Elected to AWEA Board of Directors

Stacking the Deck?


CICERO, Ill., May 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWEN…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on May 22, 2015 at 11:07am — No Comments

Irish statutory planning body refuses consent for 150-MW wind project

May 22 (SeeNews) - Ireland’s statutory planning body An Bord Pleanala (ABP) this week refused giving planning permission to natural resources management firm Coillte for its up to 150-MW Cluddaun wind power project in County Mayo.


Short Article…


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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on May 22, 2015 at 10:51am — No Comments

Wind power isn't making the big impact its champions claim

The Maine Renewable Energy Association released a white paper touting that Maine wind power in 2013 theoretically offset CO2 emissions equivalent to 94,000 vehicles. To state the obvious--wind power does not offset vehicle emissions; it offsets CO2 from power plants. And, in 2013 it barely offset 1% of New England's CO2 from power plants. Here are the real facts about the potential for Maine wind power to offset CO2:…

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Added by Paula Moore on May 22, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Whats up with that???!

No longer under her bosses thumb - Is Carlisle McLean stepping out on her own??  I hope not!!

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/20/business/puc-gives-conditional-ok-on-long-term-wind-deal/

Added by Pineo Girl on May 20, 2015 at 11:23pm — No Comments

ENR Committee Final Comments on LD 911 [05-20-15]


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While at the ENR Work Session where I only intended to record on LD 750 (Mining) I was…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on May 20, 2015 at 8:44pm — 2 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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