October 2010 Blog Posts (30)

MPBN Asks The Candidates: "Do you approve of the state's current wind power policy? "

MPBN: Do you approve of the state's current wind power policy? And, would you like to see the approval process either speeded up or perhaps slowed down to take account of complaints?

MITCHELL: Again, wind power is also balancing. You're trying to create clean energy.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 29, 2010 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Hoping For Toehold, Wind Company Gets Toe Tag

From: http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFN2827788820101028

Wind farm owner and operator First Wind Holdings Inc canceled its IPO after cutting its expected price range by 24 percent and facing investor skepticism about its balance sheet and wind industry financing.…

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Added by Whetstone_Willy on October 28, 2010 at 2:01pm — No Comments

visuals meet Dirigo High School tonight 6-9

2 films by Freemont Tibbetts. He flies over western maine in one film. The next film he flies over Kibby project and the beautiful Highlands.

A must see.

Alice Barnett displays visuals also.

If you have them, bring them. Brad Blakes are astounding.

Added by alice mckay barnett on October 26, 2010 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

First Wind Says Brighton Needs to Change It's Land Use Laws

Last night i got to see the Bernstein Shur/Verill Dana shills try and sell Brighton on buying into their plans for 40-50 turbines along the ridge from Bingham, through Brighton, Mayfield, and Kingsbury.

The company apparently doesn't feel comfortable with the land use laws in Brighton, which modeled its land use regulations on old LURC standards when Brighton left LURC and incorporated as a town in the 90's i think it was. Atty Juliet Brown encouraged the town to change its definition of… Continue

Added by hillary on October 26, 2010 at 1:34pm — 4 Comments

Question - UMaine Engineering Study

Does anyone have access to a copy of this study i found mentioned in the Sun Journal Comments by Ben Dare?
"UMaine Engineering professors did the math and based on cost to acquire & develop land and put up the turbines, the payback is slightly more
than 200 years"
http://www.sunjournal.com/letters/story/926067

Added by hillary on October 26, 2010 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Success of First Wind’s $300 million IPO is up in the air

Success of First Wind’s $300 million IPO is up in the air

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Added by Long Islander on October 26, 2010 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Wind farms awarded stimulus grants before program started

About $706 million in federal stimulus money went to wind farms that were completed before President Obama was inaugurated, according to a new story by The Investigative Reporting Workshop. A total of $1.3 billion went to 19 farms finished before the first dime of stimulus grant money for renewable energy was ever handed out. Above: the 19 projects in question, click on the dots to reveal…

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Added by Long Islander on October 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Twisters vs. turbines: What if a tornado swept through a wind farm?.....the view from TEXAS

Twisters vs. turbines: What if a tornado swept through a wind farm?…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on October 25, 2010 at 10:07am — No Comments

Article discusses Maine Wind Power

Wind energy gets mixed reviews


By JASON CLAFFEY

jclaffey@fosters.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010…
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Added by Long Islander on October 24, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

First Wind IPO could face turbulent debut

IPO VIEW-First Wind IPO could face turbulent debut

Fri, Oct 22 2010

By Clare Baldwin and Scott Malone

NEW YORK/BOSTON, Oct…

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Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

10 Ways Today You Will both Contribute Money to Wind Developers and Create Foreign Jobs

Feel great about what you are doing to help others...…

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Added by Art Brigades on October 21, 2010 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Forest Ecology Network: Three Upcoming Wind Meetings - Ellsworth, Blue Hill and Eddington

An invitation from Jonathan Carter of the Forest Ecology Network
Hello Wind Friends,
As you know the Forest Ecology Network is embarked on an outreach effort to educate citizens about the impacts of mountaintop industrial wind. The most recent presentation in Camden,…
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Added by Long Islander on October 20, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

DeepCwindies meet in Northport - news coverage & podcast of keynote

TV news about the ocean windturbines issue - I floated my "this could harm the lobster larvae" factoid out there. Listen to Dr Dagher's 1hr keynote speech…
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Added by Ron Huber on October 20, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Wind resoure testing

I recently learned that the "due diligence" wind resource tests that are done for industrial wind sometimes include testing the actual windspeed at lower altitude and then EXTRAPOLATING (!) the higher-altitude resource, up where the turbine really will be. But what if the extrapolation is not matched by the subsequent reality?

Maybe this explains UMPI's poor power production (about 11.3 % of installed capacity) for the past year, despite their due diligence. Does anyone know anything about… Continue

Added by Harrison Roper on October 18, 2010 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts and questions about the race for governor & Legislature

Though I'm not an avid follower of the race for governor, it seems to me that the mountaintop turbine issue is the 2,000-pound elephant in the closet that candidates— and reporters asking questions— avoid more often than not. Am I right? Or is there a candidate who, if elected, would reconsider this whole sad Baldacci initiative?



During an MPBN call-in when Libby Mitchell was on stage, I called and quickly summed up leading reasons for opposing mountaintop wind, then asked her… Continue

Added by Lloyd Ferriss on October 16, 2010 at 9:52pm — 8 Comments

A new resource for WInd Warriors

A friend of mine and a fellow wind warrior from the Friends of the Highland Mountains, Dave Corrigan, has just started a new website and public forum in an attempt to stop this industrial wind menace that is threatening Maine. Please check out www.realwindinfoforme.com. Post the upcoming events which your personal "Friends" Wind Warrior group is attending/promoting/dealing with. Look for resources. Share information. Ask for assistance. If…

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Added by Karen Bessey Pease on October 15, 2010 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

Hey Mainers - Could switching to Geico really save you 15% on car insurance?

10/15/10

Wind power prostitutes our landscape

Morning Sentinel

How I felt upon hearing that the United Arab Emirates is stalking American government subsidies throughout the hillsides and mountains of these United States, sea to shining sea, was quite indescribable. When industrial wind…

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Added by Whetstone_Willy on October 15, 2010 at 10:09am — 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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