June 2010 Blog Posts (32)

Energy Industry appeals for ARRA extension (6/30/10)

See the following article in this morning's News Wire:



http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20100630005842&newsLang=en



It appears the markets have decided that wind scams are too risky for their capital so the Scammers expect taxpayers to continue fueling their gravy trains!



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Added by Gary Campbell on June 30, 2010 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

Need advice: First Wind trying to redefine expedited zone again.

HELP! They're at it again. First Wind (Champlain Wind LLC) is about to apply for the permit to put 25 turbines on Bowers Mtn and Dill Hill Ridge. That's about 20 miles east of Lincoln and just south of their Stetson industrial wind facilities (DeLorme map 45, 1E). Although some of the project will be in Carroll Plt, which is in the Expedited Zone, the other part is in southern Kossuth Plt which is NOT in the Expedited Zone. All of… Continue

Added by Gary Campbell on June 29, 2010 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

Who are the Brain Police?

Please look at the following three Harvard Crimson pieces on wind. The old links (where lots of anti-wind comments once existed) no longer work.
I searched their site and found the articles in new locations, but there are no longer any of the original comments.
Am I doing something wrong or are the brain police at work?
First Wind half owner D.E. Shaw's Larry Summers attended Harvard and used to be…
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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2010 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Property value comment from a professional appraiser

(from National Windwatch)

In a closing comment on page 17 his firm's June 8, 2010 report of to the Adams County Board (Quincy, Illinois), professional real estate appraiser Michael S. McCann states, in part:

When people react to the negative influences (of industrial wind energy) in ways that would normally seem extreme, such as filing lawsuits or selling their properties for steep discounts from what they…

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Added by Harrison Roper on June 27, 2010 at 8:35am — No Comments

Problems of Maine offshore wind energy extraction. Part 1

While many consider offshore Maine locations for windfarming to be preferable to the building of more and more wind utility operations in Maine's majestic mountains, a decent respect for the opinions of humankind requires we take a careful look at what effects ocean wind extraction operations could have on Maine's ocean weather and currents, and thusly on the wild fishes shellfish whales plankton birds and others that already occupy that oceanic environment.


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Added by Ron Huber on June 23, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Tilting at Windmyths



Electrical energy produced by the wind.…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on June 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Load control finally considered

I am glad to read that UMPI plans to "reduce its building cooling load" when the wind does not generate power. That is the first mention I had seen of load management as a consideration in living with wind power. It's about time someone thought of it.

Here in northern Maine when we have a hot day (like today and yesterday) there is usually little if any wind. Turning down the air conditioners is a good way for UMPI to save power, and good for them for thinking of of it.

When I…

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Added by Harrison Roper on June 22, 2010 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Wilting at Windmills

Summertime, and the living is breezy --- NOT.



Just as the air conditioners are starting to crank up in earnest, the wind turbines stop turning. They hardly produce any electricity in the windier winter. And they produce almost zero electricity when Maine turns on its air conditioners. Brilliant, simply brilliant.

UMPI's $2 million (and counting) wind turbine experiment is clearly elucidating the gross failure of wind…

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Added by Long Islander on June 22, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Expense Of Wind

Let’s get real now. Wind turbines of the scale proposed for the destruction of the Western Maine mountaintops and environmental repercussions downhill and downwind do not last 20 years as everyone seems to take for granted. These machines have many parts to them : gears meshing with each other, blade tips whipping at 180 miles per hour, hydraulic systems straining against tremendous resistance to keep the machines facing the wind. Evidence is showing these machines wear out in 10 to 15 years,… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on June 19, 2010 at 7:44am — No Comments

How The Gold Glitters

Another wind project, another TIF presentation brought to the people of Carthage by the money of Patriots Renewables looking for the credit enhancement return.

Just as sound was the dominate issue in the previous meeting, tonight it was all about money.

The line of forces that have ripped apart many towns on the issue of wind projects reared it's ugly head again last night.

How powerful is the promise of money ? It's power was on display creating quite a tempest among life long… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on June 18, 2010 at 4:50am — 4 Comments

Clifton Moratorium

The Clifton voters voted tonight at a special town meeting on the moratorium. The Clifton Task Force on Wind lost the vote, 86 to 75. This really stinks. The vote was counted and it was legit. My husband watched the vote count happening. Now What?

Added by Phyllis Wolf on June 17, 2010 at 9:43pm — 2 Comments

Phillips, Wind Ordinance

FYI:

The Phillips Planning Board will hold a public hearing and informational meeting regarding the progress of their work on the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance for the Town of Phillips. The public is invited to attend 6 p.m. on Monday, June 28, at the Town Offices, 22 Russell Street, Phillips.

Added by Lisa Lindsay on June 17, 2010 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Ragged Mountain could get three to 7 turbines if Camden, other towns take the bait.

How many? That fundamental question nearly went unanswered during the hour long presentation and Q&A session at the June 15th meeting of the Camden Selectboard, by George Baker of the Island Institute's "Maine Community Wind" group, the institute's for-profit subsidiary. Listen to Baker (30 minutes) and to the question and answer session afterward.(24…
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Added by Ron Huber on June 16, 2010 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Tonite at 7pm Camden Selectboard hears from Ragged Mtn Wind wannabes

Tonight the Island institute's lucrative community wind subsidiary will be giving a dog and pony show to the Camden Maine selectboard about their plan to put windmills on Ragged Mountain. They are agenda item 3.


Listen to a 7 minute recording discussing this plan from May 20th, of (1) Des Fitzgerald of principle power and of the Camden Energy Committee describing what the 'Tute and he and various…
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Added by Ron Huber on June 15, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

It is summertime in Maine, and there are many things for our guests to see and visit!

It is summertime in Maine , and there many things for our guests to see and visit!



Come see the Wind Turbines In Danforth Maine (The Stetson Project) and Mars Hill. Ask the residents there how they like them. Visit the Island of Vinalhaven and be awe struck at the majestic machines, as they cause residents to leave their properties for relief from the noise. Visit Freedom Maine and ask the residents there how… Continue

Added by arthur qwenk on June 14, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Another Biostitute Alert! Wind Power-paid consultant Kerlinger spews 'warm and fuzzy' about 'no impacts' of wind turbines on birds!

For those of us who are still trying to find a comfortable balance between wind development, other renewable energy sources, and environmental issues could barely sit still last night as Dr. Paul Kerlinger, keynote speaker at the Acadia Birding Festival talk in Bar Harbor, claimed 'no impacts' to birds, in spite of over 10,000 Golden Eagles killed so far by the Altamont Wind Farm, and the estimated hundreds of thousands of other birds documented to date killed each year in the U.S. by wind… Continue

Added by Scarlett on June 11, 2010 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

BLASTING THE TOP OF THE SADDLEBACK RIDGELINE



Last evening while at Patriots Renewable Info. meeting in Carthage, the topic was brought up on access roads to get to the proposed site on Saddleback Ridge. From the way it sounds the mountain top ridge will be blasted for a total of at least 3 and a half miles. WOW! Now look what we will have after this! Western Maine Man Made Mountain tops. What a site that will be! I wonder how that will appear in tourism brochures! If this passes in all the surrounding towns, our state government will… Continue

Added by janice glover on June 11, 2010 at 7:16am — 2 Comments

and always remember this: THE DAMN THINGS DON'T WORK ANYWAY!

At the very least, after you stand on the shoulders of Nina(Pierpoint) and Calvin, and others like them, and explain the potent and insidious health hazards; or quote the first-hand accounts of people in Vinalhaven or Falmouth or Mars Hill Maine; or call attention to the work of scientists like Dr. Kurt Fristrup at NPS Sounds Program on the devastating impact of “chronic noise” upon the habitat; you should immediately say: “And the worst thing is, THE DAMN THINGS DON’T WORK, ANYWAY!”

Added by arthur qwenk on June 8, 2010 at 9:44am — No Comments

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS, THEY ARE ALL DESPICABLE SNAKE OIL SALESMEN

"They are neither virtuous nor wise. The developers are mostly cynical profiteers out to make a buck, who pull the necessary strings and grease the necessary palms to win their approvals. They are opportunists who travel to financially stressed rural areas and entice unsuspecting farmers to sign their lease agreements which neuter their rights to their own land. Most of the others are ill-informed and idealistic – and maybe a bit impulsive – who have no idea what they’re in for once the blades… Continue

Added by arthur qwenk on June 8, 2010 at 9:41am — No 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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