August 2010 Blog Posts (28)

Exposed: Mass Audubon’s financial interest in Cape Wind

Exposed: Mass Audubon’s financial interest in Cape Wind…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on August 31, 2010 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments

Quarterly data on output available on the internet!!!

I have learned that the websitge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has quarterly information on quantity and prices of energy sold to the grid. All power producers are required to report quarterly peak and off-peak power sold and the price. When the data appears on the computer screen there is no URL in sight, but maybe you can find it via Google at FERC.

I just did, and I learned that First Wind's Stetson ( Evergreen…

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Added by Harrison Roper on August 30, 2010 at 4:43pm — 4 Comments

Windpower operators and ski resorts: friends or foes?

It occurred to a friend that a conniving ski company could allow a wind developer to use ski trails to winch components up slope instead of building new roads. Has that been happening? Here's Wind Power and Ski Resorts By: Alexandra Kotelon,akotelon@kentlaw.edu, Energy Law 2009 Chicago/Kent College of Law Mostly a general review of the official line on windpower…
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Added by Ron Huber on August 29, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

¡No Pasarán! Coastal Mountains Land Trust gives Camden Hills wind turbines proposal the digital salute.

On August 24, 2010 Coastal Mountains Land Trust sent a letter to the Camden Selectboard concerning the proposal being floated about for a Ragged Mountain Text below or read a copy of letter here .
Not exactly a sternly worded letter - at first. But then it gets better and better.


COASTAL MOUNTAINS LAND…
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Added by Ron Huber on August 29, 2010 at 12:20am — No Comments

Maine DEP fines Fox Islands Wind Limited Liability Corporation

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Added by Ron Huber on August 26, 2010 at 9:04am — No Comments

100 Days of the UMPI Turbine in Year 2 - 8.89% of nameplate capacity achieved

We just hit the 100 day mark of the second year of the UMPI turbine and for these 100 days, only 8.89% of nameplate capacity has been achieved.

That's pretty far from the 100% nameplate figures and related stats that the wind industry constantly touts.

Since this is the only official state-sanctioned in-the-field active data providing experiment with a technology that could destroy much of Maine's core essence, perhaps it is time to investigate all electrical…

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Added by Long Islander on August 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

UMaine offshore windmill test site anemometer is up & online

The DeepCwind consortium has had its wind measuring buoy up off
Monhegan since August 11th. Photo taken before installation.…
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Added by Ron Huber on August 22, 2010 at 3:21am — No Comments

Pronounced Pinocchio Proboscis Protrusion: Governor Bashes Wind Critics

Governor Baldacci's Radio Address: The Power to Do the Right Thing

August 21, 2010…

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Added by Long Islander on August 21, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

De-greening: Saco to put wind turbine out to bid

Gee, why is it that the three turbines in Maine that don't hide their electricity production data, are all having major problems - Saco's, Kittery's and UMPI's?

De-greening: Saco to put wind turbine out to bid



The windmill in Saco,…
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Added by Long Islander on August 18, 2010 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Camden selectboard votes to create Ragged Mountain wind workgroup.

On August 17th the Camden Selectboard listened to a precautionary report by Concerned Citizens against a Windfarm on Ragged Mountain, then, following discussion and questions by citizens at the…
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Added by Ron Huber on August 18, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Contact Information for State Legislators

Here are two handy documents, each is in pdf and WORD format.

The District Locator is a guide to House…

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Added by Long Islander on August 15, 2010 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Finally , The Studies The State Didn't Conduct On Industrial Wind

Industrial Wind Power Meeting:

Friends of Maine’s Mountains and the The River Valley Alliance are holding a public meeting on the noise and economic effects of industrial wind projects sited on the mountains of Maine. Rob Rand of Brunswick, an Acoustical Engineer, will present his recordings and the results of his noise studies on two industrial wind developments in Maine. J. Dwight of Wilton, an Investment Advisor, will present his finding on the economic consequences of industrial wind… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on August 14, 2010 at 10:31pm — No Comments

The Times Record: Open access to paperless records

Open access to paperless records



Published:
Friday, August 13, 2010 2:11 PM EDT
Maine’s Freedom of Access Act is based on the principle that government best serves the public when it operates in the most open manner possible. Without open meetings and access to public records citizens won’t know what their government is up to — and…
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Added by Long Islander on August 13, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Camden Hills: "Wind work group" proposed for Ragged Mountain by Camden's Energy Committee

Listen to a 38 minute podcast of the August 12, 2010 meeting of the town of Camden energy committee to discuss the proposal they will ask the Camden Selectboard to implement: a Ragged Mountain Wind Workgroup.… Continue

Added by Ron Huber on August 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ex-partner of Boston wind exec charged

This is from last year but it's reposted here for the new members in the group who perhaps may not have seen it.…

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Added by Whetstone_Willy on August 12, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Monique Aniel, M.D. - State clears the way for wind power profiteers

From the Bangor Daily News

8/11/10 08:19 pm

By Monique Aniel

Special to the…

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Added by Long Islander on August 12, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Wind Education Event in Dixfield

Friends of Maine’s Mountains and the River Valley Alliance is holding a public meeting on the noise and

economic effects of industrial wind projects sited on the mountains of Maine. Rob Rand of Brunswick,

an Acoustical Engineer, will present the results of his noise studies on two industrial wind developments

in Maine. J. Dwight of Wilton, an Investment Advisor, will present his finding on the economic consequences

of industrial wind on electrical costs for Maine’s… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on August 12, 2010 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Kurt Adams' UMS Board Seat

8/12/10

First Wind bigwig Kurt Adams saw no conflict in his UMS Board Seat Hearing before the Education Committee

- Adams was questioned about any potential conflict that might happen if he is confirmed to the board of trustees while continuing as an executive of First Wind. The University of Maine is involved in building a pilot wind power project off the Maine coast.
 
- Adams said he does not see a conflict because First Wind is “a…
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Added by Long Islander on August 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

lurc PUBLIC HEARING 9-22-2010

From: LURC <LURC@maine.gov>

Subject: LURC - Champlain Wind rulemaking petition to add lands in Kossuth Twp to the wind power expedited permitting area

To:

Date: Monday, August 9, 2010, 10:22 AM…





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Added by alice mckay barnett on August 11, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Task force had mandate to promote wind power, not study it

Part two of a three-part series

Task force had mandate to promote wind power, not study it…



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Added by Long Islander on August 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — 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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