August 2014 Blog Posts (21)

BDN: Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/08/28/business/bingham-wind-energy-project-wins-preliminary-approval-from-maine-environmental-regulators/

Proposed 62-turbine wind farm for Bingham gets…

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Added by Long Islander on August 28, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Listen to Saving Maine's first three radio commercials exposing wind power in Maine

Click right here and turn your speakers on. These spots are being aired as part of Saving Maine's continuing advertising effort to counter the wind propaganda spewed by the wind industry and their sock puppets at Maine's so called environmental groups who have sold out the people of Maine.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Germany's push into renewables has unnerved German industry

"Energy intensive industries in particular have lost confidence in the future of Germany as a business location," said Thomas Mayer, a former chief economist at Deutsche Bank who now runs the Cologne-based Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. "I think this is a major issue that will burden German industry for years to come."

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Added by Long Islander on August 23, 2014 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Dixfield Voters Approve Wind Moratorium

Voters in Dixfield voted tonight 89 to 7 to approve a (6) month wind moratorium that can be extended by the selectboard for additional 6 month increments until an acceptable wind ordinance for the town has been finalized! The previous board which had a majority of members who were pro wind actually "illegally" rejected a legal petition for a moratorium submitted by a Dixfield citizen. This has now been rectified.

Added by Hart Daley on August 21, 2014 at 9:14pm — 10 Comments

Evidence of Shorter Lifespan for Wind Turbines

I came across this and I believe it really is important for critics of wind power in Maine to start monitoring what takes place at the existing wind sites as they start aging through the freezing and thawing and icing of Maine winters.  I always believed that if GE or Siemens said the useful life of a wind turbine is 20 years, that would be reduced to 10 to 15 years in Maine's harsh northern climate.  More down time for repairs should be a frequent criticism if we pay attention!…



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Added by Brad Blake on August 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Saving Maine Media Campaign Returns with Statewide Radio Effort

As we stated in May, Saving Maine's statewide public education program highlighting "The Truth About Wind Power" would take a summer hiatus around July 4th and resume with statewide radio in August. Starting Monday,  August 18th, we will be running three radio commercials ("Poor Wind," "Wind Exporters," and "Goodbye Saddleback") on WGAN and WVOM. The radio schedule runs through September. The highly successful newspaper program will return after Labor Day --  it will run through the…

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Added by richard mcdonald on August 16, 2014 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

At Portland meeting EPA officials listened, but they still say that CO2 is air pollution

"I attended the EPA presentation and “listening session” last Wednesday with about 50 other people – all of whom seemed to be members of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Island Institute or various other environmental activist groups. As the Press Herald reporter so aptly described, the audience was “decidedly friendly” to the EPA position – not so much to my objections".

"About two dozen audience members rose to voice their opinions. Each expressed alarm and concern about…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 13, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

SPECIAL REPORT: WIND’S ROLE IN VERMONT’S ENERGY FUTURE

"Harnessing wind in Vermont is like “growing bananas” in the state, according to Mark Whitworth, executive director of Energize Vermont, a group opposing large-scale wind. It just does not make sense, he said. Ben Luce is a Lyndon State College professor of physics and natural science who is critical of Vermont’s renewable energy program. He said…

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Added by Long Islander on August 11, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Take your green, grubby hands off our freedom and our economy - Bangor Daily News

Higher energy prices will reduce economic and individual freedom. Green crony capitalists, the environmental left and progressives think that’s just fine, justified by their faith in a coming climate change apocalypse and their moral superiority.…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 10, 2014 at 1:03am — 2 Comments

BDN: Pembroke residents question proposed power project

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff Posted Aug. 09, 2014

EXCERPT: While two people did speak in support, most speakers, however, were against the project or raised questions about it. Those who spoke included residents of Pembroke, a mixture of people with long ties to the area, transplanted retirees and summer residents. The objections raised frequently generated applause.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Can New PTC Guidance Open the Wind Market?

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Some larger wind companies stockpiled turbines or other equipment in 2013.  They may have had a list of projects at which they might use the equipment.  Companies have been asking whether they can change their minds -- for example, can a company decide in 2014 to use the equipment at a project it acquires from another developer who did not start construction in time on his project, use the stockpiled 2013 equipment, and treat the acquired project as under…
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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

First Wind in Maine Suffers Loss with Failure to Pass Mass Clean Energy Bill?

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First Wind: The Boston based wind developer was eyeing the clean energy bill, with the idea that some of the company’s wind turbines in Maine could piggyback on a new electricity connection to Canada. Now First Wind will have to rely on other ways to get its power into Massachusetts.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2014 at 8:46pm — No Comments

National Review Four Part Article on Maine

"Higher energy costs have not attracted major investments to Maine". 

"Governor LePage is doing what he can to reverse that. He wants to foster conditions that allow people to stay, if they want. He is trying to make Maine business-friendlier — but he is running up against a social-democratic culture".…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 8, 2014 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

Appalachian Mountain Club to measure economic impact of conservation in the Maine woods

And what of the economic impact of industrial wind projects and their transmission lines in the Maine woods?

Appalachian Mountain Club to measure economic impact of conservation in the Maine woods…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2014 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Legal Petition by neighbors re Vinalhaven wind turbine noise now before the Maine Law Court

Fox Islands Wind Neighbors final brief to Maine Law Court

August 6, 2014

The final brief to the Maine Law Court by Fox Islands Wind Neighbors is now available to read, by clicking:

http://fiwn.wordpress.com/

Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Yet More Legal Problems for First Wind: Lawsuit filed against Deepwater Wind

Shields files lawsuit against CRMC, Deepwater Wind

August 5, 2014



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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Research points to serious under-reporting of wind turbine fires

Energy Editor, 5th August 2014

Fire is the second main cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to research at Edinburgh University, Imperial College and Sweden’s SP Technical Research Institute.

Moreover, the findings suggest that incidents of wind turbines catching fire are a problem that is not currently being fully…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2014 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

BDN - 2 bird, 2 bat species among Maine animals in line to be listed as endangered

2 bird, 2 bat species among Maine animals in line to be listed as endangered

EXCERPTS:

They get it from each other,” said Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist for the Falmouth-based Maine Audubon Society. “They’ve totally crashed. We don’t have huge bat populations in Maine, but … we’ve had places where we’d seen 200 to 300 to 600 bats now down to just a dozen. In some places, those northern long ears are gone. In some places, they’re not…

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Added by Long Islander on August 6, 2014 at 7:32am — No Comments

Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines

This is a thought provoking essay from an Australian website called "Andy's Rant". 

http://www.andysrant.com/ ; His carbon focus is mostly on the base but frequently the question has come up about what goes into the base and the fact that manufacturing cement is a heavy carbon emitting process.  I thank him for that analysis alone.  He also states what I have been saying all along in this battle to educate the public about the false…

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Added by Brad Blake on August 4, 2014 at 10:46pm — 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

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(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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