June 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Statoil Speaks: 6 interviews from deepwater floating ind meeting in Rockland June 16, 2012

At the Hywind Maine meeting at Rockland library on Tuesday,  I was the only visible critic of deepwater floating ocean windpower among the attendees.  I  interviewed 3 Statoil officials, one consultant, a representative of the DeepCwind Consortium and a Seagrant staffer. The recordings  have background crowd sounds

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Added by Penobscot Bay Watch on June 28, 2012 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

Robert Bryce: Economists Without Calculators

Economists Without Calculators 

Be wary of op-eds in the New York Times that tout an…
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Added by Long Islander on June 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

UMPI turbine website reports new total

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 -The UMPI turbine website just posted a new production figure: 374,690 kWh since "mid-November".

That's 217 days, or an average of 1727 kWh per day.  The "installed capacity" is 14,400 kWh per day, so that's a Capacity Factor of  11.99%.  No other new information is posted - the "full turbine informaiton" software is still not working.

Harry Roper   Houlton/Danforth

Added by Harrison Roper on June 27, 2012 at 3:39pm — 5 Comments

Stetson II and Harvard

It is good that attention is being paid to Harvard's purchased interest in Stetson II. Here are some hard facts - let's see if Harvard cites these uncomfortable figures:

  According to FERC's quarterly summaries, Stetson II (when construction was completed) produced 10 GWH in the third quarter of 2010 and 20 GWH in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The installed capacity of Stetson II is 57 GWH per quarter. That's 30 GWH produced for the half year; installed capacity for the period…

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Added by Harrison Roper on June 27, 2012 at 10:44am — 2 Comments

First Wind and Emera announced wind deal despite risk posed by legal appeal

Energy firms announced wind deal despite risk posed by legal appeal

Posted June 27, 2012, at 5:26 a.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Huge Ozzie Wind Turbine Faces Closure for Noise

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-23/wind-farm-faces-closure-over-noise-breach/4087900

Victorian Ballarat Senator John Madigan "Better to put our energy instead of accusing people of being hysterical... we should get on and do the research..."

Waubra resident "All we want is our life back on the farm."

At several Australian projects, turbines are…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on June 26, 2012 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Public Comment Period Extended ...

In bureaucracy language, to "take" is not only to kill but has implications for habitat use as well.



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends comment period to revise eagle permit regulations

June 22, 2012 -- Docket Number FWS-R9-MB- 2011-0054



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the comment period on the proposed rule, published on April 13, 2012, to revise the regulations governing permits for nonpurposeful take of…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on June 26, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

Pressuring the FAA, Capacity Factor Declines, and 31,000 BLM Acres Saved in Nevada. Sun. 6/24/12 7pm ET

Please join Harley Keisch and Lisa Linowes for this Sunday's Wind Wise Radio program. We encourage our listeners to dial in and talk with us and our guests.  The dial-in line is 213-943-36683

 

In Massachusetts, Freedom of Information Act requests have turned up evidence of the massive…

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Added by WWR on June 23, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Norwegian company hosting three public info sessions about wind project off Maine coast next week

Norwegian company hosting info sessions about wind project off Maine coast

Posted June 22, 2012, at 4:20 p.m.

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Added by Long Islander on June 23, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Wind PTC: There’s No Free Lunch

Wind PTC: There’s No Free Lunch

Real men wear pink. Real women wear fur. And real market-based policy …

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Added by Long Islander on June 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Something old, something new...

This is a good read to remind us our problems may be local but they are shared by many across the world.

"How Not To Build A Windsite" but oh oops, they did.  Read all about it.

 

Meanwhile the folks who brought you the Condor Cuisinarts in Southern California are now suggesting…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on June 22, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

UMPI turbine's latest power production data

Today (July 20, 2012) the UMPI wind turbine site reported  actual power produced since mid-November of  2011 at 364,689 KWH. That's 210 days, and an average 1736 KWH per day. Divide that average by the "installed capacity" of 14,000 KWH per day and you get .124. This is called the "capacity factor"; capacity factor is seldom mentioned by wind promoters. It means the turbine has been working at one eighth  (12.6%) of its potential since it was repaired in mid-November of 2011.  This, for an…

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Added by Harrison Roper on June 20, 2012 at 11:20am — No Comments

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on First Wind, Emera, etc.

Now that First Wind and Emera have announced their joint venture to be both utility and generator (what many believed was against the law), we thought it might be helpful to summarize some of the writings on this from the non-partisan Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

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Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Peru Wind Committee goes back to work

Peru Wind Committee goes back to work

 
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Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

First Wind Changes Name

Monday | June 18, 2012

First Wind, Emera close joint venture deal

Massachusetts-based First Wind Holdings and Nova Scotia-based Emera Inc. have closed a $361 million deal to jointly own and operate wind energy projects in the Northeast through a new company called Northeast Wind Partners.

Added by MaineHiker on June 18, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Patriot Renewables Wind Project Opponents Win Dixfield Board Seats

Daley, Belskis win Dixfield board seats

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Added by Long Islander on June 18, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Wind Wise Radio -- Victorious Pennsylvania. Mistreating a Veteran. Vile Politics from AWEA. Sunday 6/17, 7pm ET.

Three large wind projects in Pennsylvania have been stopped.



WWR will speak with Laura Jackson, the President of Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR), and Jack Buchan, an active opponent of these projects, about these important victories including how a small, endangered bat helped save a mountain from being…

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Added by WWR on June 17, 2012 at 10:53am — No Comments

Maine Republican Candidates for U.S. Senate Respond to Question on Wind Power

Every candidate is against subsidizing wind power.

This is well worth watching - start at minute 14:00 by dragging the time bar on the bottom of the video.

Click here:

http://video.mpbn.net/video/2242839005/

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Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Most Hated Word in the English Language to a Wind Developer

The above screenshot is from the movie "Windfall".

As this gentleman points out, wind projects do not make sense for the wind companies when there is no way to attach the turbines. When greedy landowners decide to throw their neighbors under the bus so that they can line their pockets at others' expense, their schemes fall apart when other…

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Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2012 at 6:00am — 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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