July 2013 Blog Posts (37)

"It's over" for the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s government has voted to end support for renewable power generation in a bid to reduce rising consumer electricity bills.

The law proposes to stop subsidies for new projects and goes in to effect from 2014. Read the rest at Bloomberg...

Meanwhile, check out this neat graphic from Germany...…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on July 30, 2013 at 12:45am — No Comments

PPH - N.H. utility to end renewable energy rate program

N.H. utility to end renewable energy rate program

Other utilities face similar situations if not enough customers sign up to pay higher rates to support renewable sources.

The company says it would take just 1 percent of its total customers signing up to keep the program alive, but after two years, only 148 customers were enrolled, or about .04 percent.

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Potential rusting derelict wind turbines will be no wind advocate's fault

Frary: Adventurous Investments

EXCERPT:

Confident predictions about our energy future may be foolish, but I will make one prediction with absolute certainty. If those thousands of wind-power projects end as rusting derelicts no politician or advocate who supported them will suffer for it; no one will be held accountable. Politically motivated investments are the most risk-free ventures known to…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Bill Gates Tries Thorium

July 27, 2013

Bill Gates Tries Thorium

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Bill Gates chairs a company called TerraPower that is keen on taking nuclear power technology into the 21st century. The company primarily focuses on a so-called fast reactor that would produce nuclear waste with relatively low toxicity and a much shorter lifetime. But it’s also making inroads on a type of nuclear power with…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 29, 2013 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Grounds enough for Gov. Paul LePage's criticisms of our state-mandated wind-power industry

Ever-changing reality shows that LePage right when it comes to energy

by John Frary

John Frary, of Farmington, is a retired professor.

Excerpts:

These are grounds enough for Gov. Paul LePage's criticisms of our…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Rep. Larry Dunphy: Adding more large-scale hydro would lower bills

Another View: Adding more large-scale hydro would lower bills in Maine

The Press Herald's July 23 editorial, "Our View: Maine can have both hydro and wind power," criticizes the…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

William Chapman: “Renewable” energy is the current buzzword for ruining our mountains and devastating the wildlife (BDN)

Restore mountaintops

It is interesting that after more than a century of damming our rivers for hydropower, we are now restoring these rivers. The removal of the Veazie dam is just one example of the efforts now being made so fish can once again swim upstream to spawn.

More than a century ago, when these dams were…

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Added by Long Islander on July 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Passadumkeag : proposed changes to the BEP draft order and vote on permit !

Will  the BEP approve  the Passadumkeag wind  project , and  if  they  do how  will they  justify such abhorrent decision  to generations of Mainers and nature lovers of the world ????

 

 

FROM THE BEP WEBSITE :

This is a reminder that the Board of Environmental Protection is meeting on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 9:00 am to consider and vote on an order that would grant a permit for the Passadumkeag Windpark…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 26, 2013 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

A Mainer whose Family Dates Back to 1698 Writes "Ten Ways to Kill Big Wind"

Mike Bond is a Maine native whose family arrived here in 1698. Although he now lives out of state, he returns to Maine regularly. He has done considerable environmental work in Maine and beyond and would be happy to help us out in keeping these horrible wind projects out of his and our beloved state.

Please read the following document from Mr. Bond entitled "Ten Ways to Kill Big Wind" and heed it well. It is made available in both Word and PDF:…

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Added by Long Islander on July 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

On UMS Board, First Wind's Kurt Adams now Outnumbered by Gov LePage Appointees

UPDATE on 7/26/13 - from the UMS website, it would appear that Governor LePage has just extended the terms of two of the three UMS Trustees whose terms expired back in May, when we last reported on this. They are Michelle Hood and Kenin McCarty. (See bios below).

There is still one person whose term expired 5/26/13 who has not yet been replaced, Eleanor M. Baker.

As a result of the two…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Maine DEP Draft Order, Application of Champlain Wind, LLC

For those who were not on the interested parties list and did not  receive DEP's Bowers announcement, here's a link to the draft of the decision document:



http://www.ppdlw.org/articles/ChamplainWindL25800ANBN%20draft.pdf



Also, the following links to a word…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Bower Power: DEP staff recommends rejecting Carroll Plantation wind farm (Bangor Daily News)

DEP staff recommends rejecting Carroll Plantation wind farm…

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Added by Long Islander on July 24, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

PPDLW: Bowers Project DENIED!!

This afternoon DEP released the draft of its decision on First Wind's Bowers Mountain Wind Project. The Department concluded that "The proposed activity would significantly compromise views from a SRSNS and would have an unreasonable adverse effect on the scenic character and existing uses related to scenic character of the resource."

The decision specifically states that even if the radar-activated lighting were to be retrofitted to the project, it would still have an unreasonable…

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Added by Gary Campbell on July 24, 2013 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

PPH - Maine residents divided on wind turbines

Maine residents divided on wind turbines

The biggest wind farm in the state could bring significant cash, but it could also mar the rural scene in northern Somerset County.

By RACHEL OHM Morning Sentinel

http://www.pressherald.com/news/residents-divided-on-wind-turbines_2013-07-23.html

Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

BDN - Bingham Wind Project meeting brings out supporters, opponents

Bingham Wind Project meeting brings out supporters, opponents

Posted July 22, 2013, at 10:30 p.m.

Last modified July 23, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Governor LePage: Mainers Should Not be Forced to Pay More on Their Electricity Bill

July 20, 2013

Official Photograph of Governor LePage

Radio Address: Mainers Should Not be Forced to Pay More on Their Electricity Bill

July 20, 2013

My fellow Mainers, I have two simple questions for you.

Would you like to pay more or less for electricity? Would you like to pay more or less to heat your homes?

Hello, this is Governor Paul…

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Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Canton Mountain Wind and DEP meet Wednesday 7/24

July 17, 2013  

To: Interested Persons  

RE: Canton Mountain Wind Project Draft Staff Analysis, #L-25558-24-A-N & L-25558-TB-B-N  

Dear Interested Person:  

Attached you will find a draft staff analysis for the Canton Mountain Wind project.  This represents the Department’s current analysis of the statutory requirements in the Site Location of Development Act, the Natural Resources Protection Act, and the Wind Energy Act as they pertain to this project.  The…

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Added by alice mckay barnett on July 19, 2013 at 9:34am — 8 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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