October 2014 Blog Posts (27)

Lisa Linowes: Vote NO on Big Wind

For them it’s their best opportunity to drive back the spread of industrial-scale wind power that’s plowing through quiet communities and destroying families. On November 4th, they will be checking the box next to those candidates who promise to permanently end the wind production tax credit (PTC).


Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2014 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

NRCM, Environment Maine, 350 Maine and Sierra fret about proposed Canadian oil pipeline’s impact

The pipeline could carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day over 2,860 miles to reach New Brunswick and, as it passes around Maine, could come within 20 miles of the border. “The proposed Energy East pipeline would still threaten to pollute our waters and air, and send our climate past its tipping point,” said Emmie Theberge, with NRCM. Glen Brand of the Sierra Club said increased tanker traffic to serve the pipeline in New Brunswick also stands to threaten habitats…


Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 30, 2014 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

It May be Lights Out for the Wind Energy Come the Midterms

It would be an understatement to say that the outcome of the 2014 elections is important for wind energy producers. In an effort to see PTC friendly Harry Reid as Majority Leader, the wind industry has essentially turned the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) into their own personal Trojan horse.

Much of the LCV leadership has deep ties to the wind energy:

  • Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) serves as the Treasure of the LCV.
  • Peter…

Added by Long Islander on October 30, 2014 at 12:22pm — 3 Comments

Somserset County Candidates' Views on Industrial Wind Factories

In the Legislature, Cray served on two committees: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Energy, Utilities and Technology. He sees wind energy as an important issue in Somerset County and said that if elected, he would like to further explore the impact of the newly approved Bingham Wind Project on the county.

“I think it’s a really important issue,” said Cray. “I’m not a big proponent of wind power. I think it’s a cost that I just don’t see the benefit of.”…


Added by Long Islander on October 30, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Wind energy ordinance vote controversial in Frankfort

A Facebook page titled the “Town of Frankfort, Maine, Community Page,” which is not run by the town, has become a venue for residents to share their thoughts about the wind project. Many of the comments written there are vehemently opposed to Eolian.

“Promises are short-lived, damage to the environment is permanent,” one man wrote last week.…


Added by Long Islander on October 30, 2014 at 9:13am — 1 Comment

PPH: Foes renew challenge of joint wind-power venture

A spokesman for First Wind declined comment.


BDN: First Wind - Houlton Water to appeal investment from Emera

Houlton Water said that it plans to challenge the PUC decision on six different points, including…


Added by Long Islander on October 30, 2014 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

"We Like Mike" - Maine Wind Developers

From today's Maine Sunday Telegram:

The tightening gap between LePage and his challengers in the head-to-head matchups began to show in the September poll. Since then, Smith said, “I don’t think there’s been anything to change that sense of momentum for LePage or that…


Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 26, 2014 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

"Mitigation" Payoffs Trace First Wind's Roots Back to Enron Wind in Maine

The recent Sun Edison $2.75 million deal where environmental groups look the other way as First Wind (Sun Edison) kills Maine with the Bingham project is at least the third in a series of large wind industry mitigation payments in Maine. Moreover, it would appear the earliest deal (1996) involved at least one person who today is with Sun Edison. Finally, there are documented references from the mid 1990's to ENRON Wind in Maine and there also may have been some interference on behalf of the…


Added by Long Islander on October 25, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

BDN - Wind Power Transmission Proposals in Maine

“We are not sure if there will be any public hearings on these proposals,” said a PUC spokesman.

Keep in mind the PUC is the crew that overruled their staff and authorized the $1.5 billion CMP upgrade, an exclusive GIFT to the wind companies such as First Wind, with the bill footed by unwitting rate payers.…


Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2014 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court has allowed a 14-turbine wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain

The project was the first to be denied a permit by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Board of Environmental Protection’s reversal of the department’s decision elicited a response from Gov. Paul LePage at the time, who said the decision was disappointing.…


Added by Long Islander on October 23, 2014 at 9:19am — 2 Comments

Weather Channel Co-Founder: Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie'

THE debate about climate change is finished - because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world's leading meteorologists has claimed.

Published: Wed, October 22, 2014…

Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on October 23, 2014 at 1:01am — No Comments

Forbes - Electricity Prices Soaring In Top Wind Power States

From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, seven-fold higher than the national electricity price increase of merely 2.8 percent according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. ...higher electricity prices caused by wind power kill jobs throughout the entire state and national economy. Any way you…


Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2014 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Transmission Lines are Good????? (Yale)

16 OCT 2014: REPORT

Electric Power Rights of Way: 

A New Frontier for Conservation

Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife.

by richard conniff…


Added by Long Islander on October 17, 2014 at 2:20pm — 3 Comments

PPH - Issues in Maine governor’s race: Energy (Tux Turkel)

EXCERPTS: ...favored by Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, would revive Maine’s push for energy from wind...MICHAUD is taking a more cautious and nuanced approach to natural gas. He appears to be straddling the issue, torn between the effect that natural gas supply has on electric rates and the preference of many of his supporters for a strong shift to renewable energy. …


Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2014 at 6:54am — 4 Comments

Praising Cain - Phil the Shill Bartlett Shills for Emily Cain's Embrace of Wind Power

"We need to support wind, solar and tidal power so that we can keep our energy dollars right here in Maine".

Phil Bartlett served three terms on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.…


Added by Long Islander on October 12, 2014 at 12:46am — No Comments

BDN - Baptists, Bootleggers and a united quest for the Blaine House

LePage has no truck with the environmental left or the crony capitalists. He has repeatedly argued for less expensive energy and a market-based approach that eschews tax credits, subsidies and regulatory mandates favoring particular “green” sources.…


Added by Long Islander on October 11, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Foes challenge Bingham wind plant go-ahead

Finances are also at the core of the Friends of Maine’s Mountains appeal. O’Neil said he believes that the group’s strongest argument is about the adequacy of the fund set up for the ultimate decommissioning of the 62 turbines that would be built. A decommissioning fund would pay for restoring the scenic vistas if the wind project ultimately is abandoned. O’Neil claims First Wind has underestimated the cost of removing the turbines, which would soar up to 492 feet in height, while restoring…


Added by Long Islander on October 11, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Note To Maine's Environmental Groups: Get Off Your High Unicorns and Stop Making Electricity So Expensive

Going from coal and oil to natural gas has cut carbon infinitely more than the 500+ foot tall "climate change scarecrows" which are in the process of maiming our state. But you'll never hear that from the Maine environmental groups so long as they keep taking money from the the Enronesque wind…


Added by Long Islander on October 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

BDN - Opponents appeal First Wind’s Bingham wind farm, the largest ever approved in Maine


...two appeals of the $398 million project, one from Friends of Maine’s Mountains and another from Alice Barnett, a longstanding critic of the project who has raised complaints about noise from the turbines.

John Lamontagne, a spokesman for First Wind, said the company is disappointed by the appeal.…


Added by Long Islander on October 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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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


(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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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."


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