September 2010 Blog Posts (34)

From the September 29th issue of the IRREGULAR (www.theirregular.com) : KINGFIELD — At Tranten’s Family Market recently, seven mechanical engineering students from the University of Maine and their…

From the September 29th issue of the IRREGULAR

(www.theirregular.com) :

KINGFIELD — At Tranten’s Family Market recently, seven mechanical engineering students from the University of Maine and…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on September 30, 2010 at 10:39am — 5 Comments

Must Listen: audio of Gubernatorial debate on "energy"

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/mpbc/local-mpbc-926220.mp3

This aired on Maine Public Radio. By far the most comprehensive discussion of energy and electricity so far in the campaign. It is almost two hours long, but worth hearing, for sure.

The moderator was BernsteinShur attorney…

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Added by Art Brigades on September 30, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

First Wind key backer hits skids

Please note that D.E. Shaw is also a major backer of First Wind.

Deepwater Wind's key backer hits skids

Big layoffs at D.E. Shaw as assets plunge

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

Published : Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

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Added by Long Islander on September 29, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Met Tower on Peaks Island

Now we have a met tower up on Peaks Island. As a property owner on an island close to Peaks, I am not pleased. It is not enough to destroy our mountains where I live in western Maine. Now the aim is for the islands to have wind energy. Can you picture the islands of Casco Bay and the other bays up and down the coast being covered with wind turbines? Little or no thought goes into the aftermath of the degradation of the beauty of our State of Maine. How long… Continue

Added by Linda Miller on September 29, 2010 at 7:55am — 11 Comments

Iberdrola CEO Finally Admits To Real Reason Behind $1.4 Billion Maine Power Reliability Project: WIND

Building the transmission upgrade for wind, eh? What about the originally cited reason of "aging lines". See: "Central Maine Power wants to replace aging lines"…
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Added by Long Islander on September 29, 2010 at 12:57am — 1 Comment

Iberdrola: "Let's experiment on Maine"

The primary reason for the $1.4 billion upgrade is so that wind farms can transport their electrons from disfigured Maine mountains to Mass and Ct. where they can power giant screen TV's and air conditioned McMansions when nobody's home. Great.

Yet when this project was "sold in" to us, it was done so under the entirely false pretense of aging lines. See:

"Central Maine Power wants to replace aging lines"…

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Added by Long Islander on September 28, 2010 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

State's Only Wind Turbine Experiment Marks 500th Day

Today marks the 500th day of operation of the UMPI wind turbine, the state's only experiment in this technology which creates enormous impact across the state and virtually no benefit. After 500 days, only 10.8% of capacity has been attained. These are very clear and compelling results that argue for a revisitation of all the bloated industrial wind claims within the context of the damage to Mainers, the damage to our environment and the negative economic effects that will result from the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2010 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

State's Only Wind Turbine Experiment Marks 500th Day

Today marks the 500th day of operation of the UMPI wind turbine, the state's only experiment in this flawed technology which creates enormous impact across the state and virtually no benefit. After 500 days, only 10.8% of capacity has been attained. These are very clear and compelling results that argue for a revisitation of all the bloated industrial wind claims within the context of the damage to Mainers, the damage to our environment and the negative economic effects that will result from…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Future Postcard From Maine?

Turbines destroyed in France
September 18, 2010

Credits:…
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Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Help block federal rollback of Maine's law keeping ocean windmill wannabees at least ten miles offshore

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has come to Maine and is determined to force the state to re-write its new state law protecting Maine commercial fishermen from windmills encroachment within ten miles of shore. Under the state law, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has…
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Added by Ron Huber on September 21, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

UMPI Spins Turbine - Get Out The Microscope

UMPI has added a new feature to the page on its website that provides data for its wind turbine - the page now includes a spinning turbine. And unlike the actual $2 million plus turbine on the campus, it seems to spin all the time. Please see http://www.umpi.edu/wind/live and click on "Live Turbine…

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Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

UMPI turbine website reports dismal power output in hottest weather

For the past ten days (9-11 to 9/20) the UMPI turbine produced an average of 688.4 KWH per day. This period included some of the hottest days on record - there was essentially no wind most of the time on Sept 11,12, 13, 14, or 15. If Presque Isle residents saw the blades turning, it was either just to look good or perhpas to keep the shaft from warping.

Harry Roper Houlton/Danforth

Added by Harrison Roper on September 20, 2010 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

Boston Herald Editorial on the "No Hydro" Rule, etc.

Revisit renewables

By Boston Herald Editorial Staff

Saturday, September 18, 2010

http://bostonherald.com/news/opinion/editorials/view.bg?articleid=1282285

National Grid has testified that its contract with Cape Wind is the best way of meeting new state requirements that a portion of electricity come from renewable sources. Yet Cape Wind’s extravagant $2 billion…

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Added by Long Islander on September 19, 2010 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Wind does not displace coal, or any other fuel in today's grid.

Wind power is a false promise. Its easy to put a turbine on a mountain top. The hard part is getting the grid to try to regulate fossil fuel generators in response to the erratic, unpredictable and uncontrollable output of wind turbines. The ISO-NE grid has been studying wind integration for several years. It has outlined a number of issues that must be solved for wind to be effectively used as capacity. Storage, massive new transmission projects, dependable wind forecasts, smart grid,… Continue

Added by Steve Thurston on September 18, 2010 at 2:02pm — No Comments

NRCM calls for Maine mountain top removal, so that West Virginians will stop removing their mountaintops.

Pete Didisheim at NRCM is busy today trying the spin of calling anti-windmill activists supporters of mountaintop mining, heartlessly willing to let Appalachian children suffer so long as their Maine views are not marred.



Asked for a response by the BDN's Abigail Curtis, I noted that mountaintop removal for the profit of energy companies is as bad an idea here as in West Virginia. Two wrongs don['t make a right.



Destruction of high… Continue

Added by Ron Huber on September 16, 2010 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Feds sets up Maine Offshore Wind Task Force. State told: map offshore wind sites. AUDIO

Federal offshore wind agency tells Maine: prepare to turn federal & EEZ waters off state into offshore wind farms.…
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Added by Ron Huber on September 15, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Voices of Vinalhaven - A Listen Back

Rep. Hannah Pingree, Gov. Baldacci, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, George Baker, and students celebrate the largest community wind development in NE on Vinalhaven. (Source: Maine Insights)

For a look back (or listen back) please see the Vinalhaven video at:

Part 1…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Important: From Fox Islands Wind Neighbors

Important UPDATE: September 9, 2010



State of Maine finds Fox Island Wind Turbines in violation of noise standard





After months of data collection and analysis, the State of Maine agrees with the neighbors of the turbine farm on Vinalhaven: Fox Island Wind is in violation of state noise standard…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2010 at 9:38am — 5 Comments

Denmark to abandon future onshore wind farms in the country?

For all the hype we hear about Denmark cited as a shining example of wind power, it is interesting to read that "Last month, unnoticed in the UK, Denmark's giant state-owned power company, Dong Energy, announced that it would abandon future onshore wind farms in the country. "Every time we were building onshore, the public reacts in a negative way and we had a lot of criticism from neighbours," said a spokesman for the company. "Now we are putting all our efforts into…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

PRESS RELEASE FROM CTFWP - FOX ISLAND WIND TOWERS NOT IN COMPLIANCE

Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 11:20 PM
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - CITIZENS TASK FORCE ON WIND POWER CALLS FOR MORATORIUM…


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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on September 11, 2010 at 9:45am — 2 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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