September 2015 Blog Posts (76)

Maine Wind Energy Farm Recognized for Workplace Safety

Accolades for a Joke? How many actually work there day in and day out. Make it safe for few to No actual workers is an easy task, not a commendable one.

http://www.workerscompensation.com/compnewsnetwork/news/22405-maine-wind-energy-farm-recognized-for-workplace-safety.html

Try a 50 person crew, doing some of the most dangerous jobs in…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on September 30, 2015 at 1:29pm — 3 Comments

More Closed Mills, Higher Energy costs and failed Energy Policy To Take a Serious Economic Toll in NE

Mainer's Are About to pay dearly for their legislated  "Greenwashed" Renewable  Wind Power policy.   Industrial Wind, a feckless scam in Maine ,is adding to the pain. Industrial wind expansion in Maine must end , and dense fuel expansion such as natural gas must be placed online rapidly , or Maine's economy will get worse , much worse.

See below please, and hang onto your pocketbooks this winter.

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Added by arthur qwenk on September 30, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Governor LePage Hits the nail on the head over the closing of the Lincoln Mill

There is no doubt that we are losing jobs and tax base this week with the announcement of Bankruptcy in Lincoln, the closing of the Old Town Mill, and Verso recently.  Gov. LePage has done all he can to hold these projects back, but there is so much money in the pockets of our Legislators, they can't help themselves from making bad decisions for Mainers.  More jobs down the tube with no hope of them ever coming back.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 29, 2015 at 10:07pm — 7 Comments

I Hope our Governor remembers what to do with this grant!!!

Feds Fund State Efforts To Catalyze Offshore Wind

The money from Washington just won't stop pouring in.  It's only 15 months till we may have some rest.

http://nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.14653

Added by Eskutassis on September 29, 2015 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

Time to end New England’s energy isolation

Boston Globe article that is pushing for us to get busy building pipelines for natural gas from Pennsylvania.  It is plentiful, cheap and the price is very steady.  We could heat our homes and reduce our electricity rates so businesses like the Lincoln tissue mill could stay open.  We are going to be retiring a large number of old generating stations by 2020 and we can't move it over to unreliable renewables.  This could be our solution.…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 29, 2015 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

The Greenest Oil Companies In The World

Others behind Wind and Solar

in the land acquisition and destruction of Maine…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments

Oil's downward spiral is spooking renewable energy investors

Even though there is little fundamental linkage between oil prices and the competitiveness of solar or wind power across the developed world, newly risk-averse investors in renewable energy Yieldcos are dumping investments they suddenly consider overvalued.…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 5:05pm — No Comments

How Obama’s Clean Power Plan Affects the Highest and Lowest Emitting States

On August 3, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of the long-awaited Clean Power Plan.

So Guess what! Is Maine to do both the requirements for CT & MA once again for the next 15 years with wind, biomass, gas to electric (an increase for Maine) while reducing our overall by the indicate color…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"Worse than ENRON"? FInancial Times compares Volkswagon clean cheat to accouting fraud by energy giant ENRON, hmmm...

Corporate wrongdoing by Volkswagon is by Financial Times compared to Enron.  Interesting to note government favor, hiding massive losses, have much to do with ENRON that launched commercial wind in the U.S.  How coincidental that former ENRON execs have reappeared the wind sector?

Business Insider (8 hrs ago)-

Volkswagen's scandal is 'worse than Enron,' and reports say the company was warned about 'cheat' devices

A clip--…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on September 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

"The rise and fall of SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE) is one of the stranger stories in renewable energy recently..."

SunEdison (SUNE) has plummeted 71.4% in 3 months attributable to its purchases of renewable companies.

 LOL., snippets from today's Motley Fool on SUNE...

"One of the reasons investors loved SunEdison so much is the company's incredible growth spree. In the past year, it bought First Wind, a $2 billion portfolio of wind projects from Invenergy,…

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Added by Barbara Durkin on September 28, 2015 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

WOW!!! I HAD NO IDEA! More Lies from our Wind Friends

I can't begin to tell you how slanted this article is that will make the uninformed citizen of Maine think Wind is one of the biggest contributors to cleaning our atmosphere, providing 4,200 jobs, (not permanent) using nameplate outputs, not the usual 25% actual outputs, and telling us it will make big changes in the quality of the air in the SECOND cleanest state in the union.I sure wish we could get one of our writers to get so believed by the biased media.  Though we already do so much,…

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Added by Eskutassis on September 28, 2015 at 8:46am — 3 Comments

READ IT AND WEEP

I originally thought this was written by Kurt Adams - It was written by Jeremy Payne who has now been completely emboldened by the FMM announcement. And as far as Charlie  Colgan's 4,200 jobs created by the wind industry, I can assure you Charlie was paid handsomely for his study = I am just not sure if they gave him cash or a lifetime supply of glazed donuts and Little Debbie's! In any event - read it and weep!…

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Added by Pineo Girl on September 27, 2015 at 3:28pm — 10 Comments

FMM brokers a deal with Sun Edison...

Wind company to pay $2.75M, limit future projects to advance state’s largest farm

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on September 26, 2015 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

CHECk OUT JEREMY PAYNE'S RESUME

Take a good look at Jeremy Payne's resume on linkedin. We all know Jeremy as Executive Director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, the principal lobbyist for the wind industry in Maine.

You will note in the resume that Jeremy also worked on the CasinosNO campaign, financed by the Oxford Casino and Hollywood Slots to prevent additional  casino competition in Maine.  All of us know by now that Chris O;Neil also worked for the CasinosNO campaign.  HMM- Strange bedfellows or just…

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Added by Pineo Girl on September 26, 2015 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

$2.5 million conservation fund set up in Bingham wind pact

An agreement reached between Friends of Maine Mountains and developer SunEdison will provide $2.5 million to conservation projects statewide.  I hope this turns out to be a positive agreement for Maine.  I'm not sure any of these projects have enough salted away for decommissioning should it become necessary.  I'm afraid we will be saddled with enormous behemoths for as long as we can see.  …

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Added by Eskutassis on September 25, 2015 at 7:09pm — 36 Comments

Heavily funded PR machine to make Americans think wind power doesn't impact property values

It surely seems logical enough, anything that would cause a potential buyer to value a property less lowers its value. A piece of property, after all, is just what someone is willing to pay for it. Markets are about supply and demand, and all things being equal, why would somebody choose to buy a home with an industrial wind farm nearby? And simply put, it seems impossible to believe that wind turbines would actually add to a property's value.

But, there's a heavily funded…

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Added by Long Islander on September 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.



Milton Friedman:…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on September 25, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Greedy Wind Industry In EU Is Pushing Amost Broke Nations to Up The Ante On Subsidies.

The Wind Industry in the EU is basically admitting that they are only viable with an increase in subsidies.  The increase would be suicide to many of the countries already at the brink of disaster.

http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1365584/renewable-industry-seeks-eu-investment-protection

Added by Eskutassis on September 24, 2015 at 9:41pm — 1 Comment

It's Not Wind - It's Not Solar

From an Andi Parkinson Video 

Governor LePage holds a town hall meeting at UM Farmington

(Sept 21st 2015)

Jim ? on Energy :…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on September 24, 2015 at 7:07pm — No Comments

PUC WORKING ON A NET METERING PLAN

While not directly related to wind - I for one believe our answer to wind development is to follow Germany's lead - Abandon wind development which has been proven not to work and focus on Solar power - I use it - It works!

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/maine-considers-net-metering-alternative-82348/

Added by Pineo Girl on September 24, 2015 at 2:37pm — 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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