September 2013 Blog Posts (35)

Connecticut Extends Ban on New Wind Turbines - unless they're not in Connecticut

But totally OK to force their ratepayers to buy wind power from Maine. BRASS.

Connecticut panel rejects large-scale wind power rules…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

UMPI summer months - power actually generated

According to its public website, the UMPI turbine generated 63873 kWh in June, July, and August 2013. Its installed capacity is 600 kilowatts, or 14,400 kWh per day;  it actually  averaged only 701.9 kWh per day, a Capacity Factor .051. This is 1/20 of its installed capacity, or 1 hour and 10 minutes of good wind per day.

   If your mind shuts down in such a blizzard of figures, you are at the mercy of the wind promoters. You…

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Added by Harrison Roper on September 26, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments

Opinion: Connecticut RPS should not promote wind power sites in Maine

Opinion: Connecticut RPS should not promote wind power sites in Maine

By Brad Blake

Monday, September 23, 2013

http://www.ctmirror.org/op-ed/2013/09/23/connecticut-rps-should-not-promote-wind-power-sites-maine

Added by Long Islander on September 24, 2013 at 6:58am — 4 Comments

BDN - Business consultant: LePage intervention in Statoil deal could damage Maine’s image in global energy market

The smallest amount of googling shows this business consultant has long been stumping for wind. For example, from October 6, 2009:

EmploymentDevelopment Trends inGermany’s Wind Industry as a Modelfor Maine…

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Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2013 at 9:45pm — No Comments

PPH - LePage officials tried to scuttle state's done deal on wind, Statoil

LePage officials tried to scuttle state's done deal on wind, Statoil

Documents provide a glimpse into negotiations over the wind project among administration officials, lawmakers, lawyers and other stakeholders.

By ALANNA DURKIN The Associated Press…

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Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2013 at 12:52am — 1 Comment

Some historical perspective on the" Aroostook County wind farm "

wind  developers  are  patient creatures or...old  news are finally new news :

 

Wind Farm Plans Brewing in Aroostook County

Saturday April 5th, 2008

by Kevin Miller Bangor Daily News news story

A Texas company is courting Aroostook County landowners as it moves forward with plans for several large wind farms that could transform the landscape in some areas of northern…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on September 21, 2013 at 9:55pm — 5 Comments

"Portuguese Harvester of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Descending on Aroostook County"

Yesterday we learned of the Number Nine Wind Farm,  a 250 megawatt wind project to be built in Aroostook County, Maine. The developer is EDP Renewables North America LLC, which the state described as "an international leader in large-scale wind…

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Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

GIANT Maine wind farm announced - by Connecticut!

Funny, but as best I can tell, not a single person from Maine was interviewed for this article. Maybe the folks who leave their lights burning in their Fairfield County mansions need to hear from the people in Maine whose lives get turned upside down by these projects. Actually, to blame the people of Connecticut is probably not right as it's highly doubtful that the average person…

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Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2013 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

German Economic Experts Ready to Pull the Plug on Costly Clean Energy Industry

German Economic Experts Ready to Pull the Plug on Costly Clean Energy Industry

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Added by Jim Lutz on September 20, 2013 at 6:34pm — 3 Comments

Wind investments blow Pickens off the Forbes 400 list

  

Wind investments blow Pickens off the Forbes 400 list

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Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2013 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

BDN - Report recommends improvements at Maine Public Utilities Commission, cautions against bias

Report recommends improvements at Maine Public Utilities Commission, cautions against bias

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Added by Long Islander on September 19, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

PPH - UMaine pressured to release wind proposal - Environmental groups also ask the PUC for details.

September 18 

UMaine pressured to release wind proposal

Environmental groups also ask the Public Utilities Commission for wind power project details.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on September 18, 2013 at 3:01am — No Comments

Property Values Article by Michael McCann

Folks, the wind industry has made a huge deal about the flawed report recently released by NBNL.  Mike McCann has done a great rebuttal which was posted by National Wind Watch (see attribution at end of the article).  Ask anyone who lives within a mile of the turbines in places like Mars Hill, Freedom, and Vinalhaven how much they believe their property value has dropped.  In Lincoln Lakes, nobody will buy any of the dozens of properties on the lakes that are now surrounded by wind…

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Added by Brad Blake on September 18, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

Wind turbines near residential areas are devastating to home values

Wind turbines near residential areas are devastating to home values

Added by Long Islander on September 17, 2013 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

IPCC wrong on warming; still certain of cause

The famous hockey stick is now a flat line...

A new report due to be put out by the IPCC (part of the UN), and the same agency whose previous reports have ramped up the…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on September 16, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments

For all the global warming believers out there

Six years ago, the BBC cited climate scientists in predicting that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013.

Instead, Arctic ice this August covered nearly a million more square miles of ocean than in August 2012 — an increase of 60 percent.

This has led Britain's Mail on Sunday to report: "Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of the century — a process that would expose computer forecasts of…

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Added by Jim Lutz on September 15, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

Mary Kay Barton - New York Wind Wars: Hiding the Facts

 

New York Wind Wars: Hiding the Facts (PTC allows Invenergy to desecrate)

 

EXCERPT:

According to NYISO’s Goldbook, New York State’s installed wind factories averaged a pathetic 23.5% Capacity Factor in 2012. New York State wind factories are …

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

How Renewable Portfolio Standards Can Subvert Your Economy (Huffington Post)

How Renewable Portfolio Standards Can Subvert Your Economy

Posted: 09/10/2013 12:05 pm
EXCERPTS:…
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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Yahoo Home Page: Alarming Discovery About Wind Farms

The word is getting out.

Perhaps wind industry employees who pick up the daily bird kill will have to find other work someday.

See:…

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Added by Long Islander on September 12, 2013 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

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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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