August 2016 Blog Posts (71)

How electricity providers siphoned more than $20M from customers

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 31, 2016 at 3:24pm — No Comments

UMaine's Habib Dagher slams Hoover Dam's capacity factor in praising wind but ignores dispatchability

".....But the massive Hoover Dam, which has a nameplate capacity of 2,000 megawatts, has a capacity factor of only 25 percent. That’s because the flow of a river, like wind, fluctuates over time. So a 50 percent capacity factor for offshore wind energy is actually pretty decent".…

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Added by Long Islander on August 31, 2016 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Tidal power firm nabs $5.4 million federal grant for Maine project

"Time to Dive for another round of…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 31, 2016 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump can get rid of wind energy ‘over my dead body’

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the author of the original wind energy tax credit in 1992, said a hypothetical President Trump wouldn’t be able to get rid of wind power in the U.S. as long as he’s alive. The GOP nominee has railed for years that wind farms are “ugly,” “obsolete” and “terrible for the…

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Added by Long Islander on August 31, 2016 at 6:38am — 3 Comments

MidAmerican's 2-GW Wind XI

"Iowa board approves"…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 30, 2016 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Maine utility commissioners grappling with net metering

Maine utility…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 29, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

More Reasons to Get Out of the UN

The UN, that irrelevant body of nations that has not gotten anything right since the 60's, is at it again.  With all the turmoil going on in the world, mostly based on religious extremes, they have been promoting the idea that it is all based on CLIMATE CHANGE.  They have taken on the role as leader in flim flamming the world population that we here in the US are going to have to pay for everyone else's problems, and our Executive…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 28, 2016 at 10:01am — 5 Comments

OUTRAGE!!! The EPA and ethanol: Something smells

Our corrupt gubment' continues to get more and more committed to the asinine theory that ethanol is better for the environment than gasoline, though we all know it increases the pollution factor of motor vehicle emissions.  The EPA has not put forth required reports and this shows that real science will not support their lies.  They are actually telling us they won't have good data until 2024 . . . eight years from now!  Amazing!

This is another phony agency that has to be deleted…

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Added by Eskutassis on August 26, 2016 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Sen. King's trip to Greenland

One step closer to his…
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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 26, 2016 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

LePage targets hybrid, electric cars in ‘free ride’ gas tax discussion

“Hybrids are getting a free ride on our roads,” LePage…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 24, 2016 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

Wind industry: Replace transmission after only 25 years to accommodate wind - after all, it's not our money!

If building wind projects on the Maine woods' skyline is the crime, then building the required new transmission amounts to forcing the people to pay for the getaway car.

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2016 at 10:57am — 13 Comments

PPH - Frighteningly limited baseload supply (NE Ratepayers Association)

CONCORD, N.H. — On Aug. 17, the Massachusetts supreme court vacated a rulingby the state’s Department of Public Utilities that would have permitted electric utilities to charge ratepayers for pipeline capacity – and then sell the gas to generators. This could be the swan song for the last major natural gas pipeline expansion project on the table for New England.......................

Marc Brown is executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association in Concord,…

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2016 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

First Wind Spinoff Out to Sea

The CEO was the chief of staff of the governor of Rhode Island.

Initial financing for the $300 million project came from the D. E. Shaw Group, a big investment firm based in Manhattan.

D. E. Shaw’s head of United States private equity investment, Bryan Martin, had invested huge sums…

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Added by Long Islander on August 24, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments

Subsidy Sam - Shared by Brad Blake via Facebook

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 24, 2016 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

Conservatives should offer solutions on environment, not ignore it

"Conservatives should offer…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on August 23, 2016 at 11:56am — 3 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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