Added by Whetstone_Willy on July 30, 2013 at 10:24am —
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...… Continue
Added by Ellin Beltz on July 30, 2013 at 12:45am —
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.
Continue reading here:…
Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 5:18pm —
Frary: Adventurous Investments
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 4:00pm —
Bill Gates Tries Thorium
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…
Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 29, 2013 at 12:16pm —
Ever-changing reality shows that LePage right when it comes to energy
by John Frary
John Frary, of Farmington, is a retired professor.
These are grounds enough for Gov. Paul LePage's criticisms of our… Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am —
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2013 at 7:30am —
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 28, 2013 at 12:00am —
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… Continue
Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 26, 2013 at 4:40pm —
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:…
Added by Long Islander on July 26, 2013 at 10:00am —
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… Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2013 at 5:30pm —
Added by alice mckay barnett on July 25, 2013 at 10:18am —
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: Continue
Also, the following links to a word…
Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2013 at 8:00am —
DEP staff recommends rejecting Carroll Plantation wind farm…
Added by Long Islander on July 24, 2013 at 9:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Gary Campbell on July 24, 2013 at 5:34pm —
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
Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2013 at 10:45am —
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.…
Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2013 at 10:00am —
Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2013 at 11:23pm —
|July 20, 2013
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…
Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2013 at 6:30am —
July 17, 2013 Continue
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…
Added by alice mckay barnett on July 19, 2013 at 9:34am —