June 2015 Blog Posts (50)

Governor Signs LD 828 into Law--Unorganized Territories Citizens Now Have a Say About Wind Power Proposals

In a seesion of the legislature where the Governor has been vetoing legislation , Governor LePage stood up for the rights of the citizens in the state's Unorganized Territories and SIGNED LD 828 into law.  What a long and skillfully fought victory!  The following is the message from UT Citizens for Fair Policy.…


Added by Brad Blake on June 30, 2015 at 11:42pm — No Comments

ISO New England Retiring More Energy Plants - Is Maine Supposed to Foot the Bill?

ISO New England is retiring more energy plants and looking to Maine to provide more energy, but openly states that Maine lacks the transmission infrastructure.  Are we supposed to foot the bill?  We are already being told new transmission lines are for us! Really??


Added by Pineo Girl on June 30, 2015 at 2:12pm — 7 Comments

Bill Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

It is interesting that there is no US media coverage of this perspective from Bill Gates.  This article comes from the UK.  The UK doesn't utilize direct taxpayer subsidies like the USA, but instead has forced a "Feed-in Tariff" on the grid, forcing electricity costs to skyrocket.  This, in turn, has led to poor and working class people to endure what has been termed "energy poverty" such that they must sacrifice heavily on other things to try to keep the lights on.…


Added by Brad Blake on June 28, 2015 at 1:03pm — 7 Comments

Biased Reporting Continues Promotion of Wind Power in Maine--the Latest Example

One of the problems we have continually struggled with is the bias of the Maine media in their complicity with the wind industry in promoting this scourge in Maine.  When I saw this completely biased article in the Lewiston Sun Journal, from a reporter who I know must have my phone number and email from previous interactions (as well as contacts for other wind power critics), I got angry and fired off this email:

"Mr. Karkos, I have to strenuously object to the article…


Added by Brad Blake on June 25, 2015 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

E2Tech and Patricia Aho

State of the Environment – Maine DEP Commissioner & Bureau Chiefs…


Added by alice mckay barnett on June 25, 2015 at 7:43am — 2 Comments

Green Energy Steals from the Biosphere

.....Hydro power is one of the few green energy sources that is “grid ready” and can supply economical reliable energy. So, naturally, many greens are opposed to it. However, in most places there is competition for fresh water for domestic uses, irrigation, industry and environmental flow. Hydro power is just one more competitor for this valuable green resource.

So Green energy is not so green after all. It reduces the supply of food, water and…


Added by Eric A. Tuttle on June 24, 2015 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Massive Oakfield Project has Towers Going Up

The massive Oakfield Wind project has towers being erected at a steady pace.  There will be 50 Vestas V112 turbines when complete, each standing 492 ft tall from base to apex of the blade.  This project represents one of the worst travesties in our sordid history of wind power projects in Maine, as DEP Commissioner Aho allowed First Wind (now SunEdison) to amend an existing license for 35 1.5 MW GE turbines, each at 389 ft tall, and expand it to this completely different project, impacting a…


Added by Brad Blake on June 23, 2015 at 11:52pm — 8 Comments

Victory for Citizens' Rights in the Unorganized Territories of Maine as LD 828 Passes!

We have gotten few victories from the State Legislature, but the dogged determination of the Maine Citizens of the state's Unorganized Territories now have won a process to have a say about whether or not to be in the Wind Energy's Law's arbitrary "Expedited Permitting Zone".  Great job to the group "UT Citizens for Fair Policy".  Here is their press release:…


Added by Brad Blake on June 23, 2015 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

Will Maine PUC finally work for ratepayers?

Good bye David Littell, ex-chairman of REGGIE and DEP commissioner under Governor Baldacci , then conveniently appointed PUC Commissioner  , your damage has been done . Your heavy hand, which so faithfully served the wind industry ,has been removed from the regulatory process.

We now hope and will watch for fairness. 

Economist Bruce Williamson Takes Oath to Serve on Maine Public Utilities Commission…


Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 23, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Stop The East West Corridor Coalition ~ 3 Years of Successful Resistance

As a Member of:

The Alliance for the Common Good

We at STEWC welcome the Wind Warriors to join us. …


Added by Eric A. Tuttle on June 23, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

"They are not green. " The movie.

Thank You Barbara Durkin for re -alerting our attention to this movie .

Please share wide and large on your social networks. Reverse propaganda will take time and we need to be relentless if we hope to save our landscape, wildlife and the well - being of affected residents.


Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Thank You Thank You Thank You

LD 828 Passes Maine House and Senate


One step in the right direction - Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen!!!

Added by Pineo Girl on June 23, 2015 at 12:29pm — 10 Comments

Three years of torture from Iberdrola to the towns of Grafton and Windham, Vermont

same bad actors, same playbook, same abuse of New England rural residents.....

Iberdrola discusses potential turbines at public information meetings


Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 23, 2015 at 9:19am — 2 Comments

Electricity prices down (still) Renewable energy credits up


With energy prices so low how can wind developers pay the debt service on projects?  Oh wait! There are renewable energy credits to sell - at over $50.00 a MW hour!  Without a single electron leaving Maine!  Hmmm - Wasn't Paul Gaynor one of Deval Patrick's energy advisers?  And…


Added by Pineo Girl on June 20, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

State wildlife officials oppose Hancock County Turbine Project !!!

move over Sun Edison.....

State wildlife officials oppose Hancock County turbine project

Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16 in Hancock County.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Turbines on Heifer…

Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 19, 2015 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Reality versus Illusion

"Reality versus Illusion"

There comes a point in time when reality sets in. The winter  seems  longer, the back a bit stiffer, the fingers   a bit less nimble perhaps  and the daily costs of living spiral higher.

Those realities hit me last year, and I decided to act. My beloved wife and I became full time residents of the great State of Florida ,after working  almost  40 years in our professions in our adopted  and  beloved   State of Maine .

Change does and must occur…


Added by Gary Steinberg on June 18, 2015 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Protect Citizens' Initiatives - Call Your Legislator TODAY!

A bill currently making its way through the Legislature would make it much more difficult for volunteer citizen petitions to get on the ballot.

LD 742 would require 50% of the signatures to be collected from each congressional district. 

The current requirement is about 61,500 signatures. The bill would require about 31,000 from each district. The paid signature drives will just pay people to do whatever they have to…


Added by hillary on June 18, 2015 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

Bonanza Opportunity to Bring Our Criticisms of Wind Power to City-Based Supporters

The Portland Phoenix  weekly edition has just been posted on-line.  There are several articles relating to wind power and other issues that relate to wind power.  Chris O'Neil of Friends of Maine's Mountains and Brad Blake of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power were both contributors, but this is a great opportunity for us to bring our case to readers of the Phoenix. 

The Phoenix is one of the most prominent "freebee" news tabloids that are distributed everywhere, plus it is on-line. …


Added by Brad Blake on June 17, 2015 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Portland Phoenix revisits Angus King's Record Hill Wind Project controversy

The King wind saga: When Record Hill hit Capitol Hill

Author:David Carkhuff


Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on June 17, 2015 at 5:28pm — 10 Comments

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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 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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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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