November 2012 Blog Posts (17)

Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health. Nissembaum et al

http://www.noiseandhealth.org/article.asp?issn=1463-1741;year=2012;volume=14;issue=60;spage=237;epage=243;aulast=Nissenbaum

Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are a new source of noise in previously quiet rural environments. Environmental noise is a public health concern, of which sleep disruption is a major factor. To compare…

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Added by Lyle on November 27, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Wind Turbine Noise Effect on Human’s Health and Well-being The European Human Rights Perspective

http://www.windmolenoverlast.nl/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Legal-Research-external-perspective-Kinanya-Pijl.pdf

Systematic studies find a causal link between annoyances and sleep

disturbance. It is plausible that annoyance and sleep disturbance will lead to other

symptoms, such as stress or psychological distress, inner ear…

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Added by Lyle on November 26, 2012 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Maine Wind farm noise does harm sleep and health, say scientists

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9653429/Wind-farm-noise-does-harm-sleep-and-health-say-scientists.html

 

 

Wind farm noise causes “clear and significant” damage to people’s sleep and mental health, according to the first full peer-reviewed scientific study of the problem.

Wind farm noise does harm…

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Added by Lyle on November 26, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

UMPI turbine nowhas a webcam

The UMPI turbine website now has a webcam which shows the actual turbine, with a  new image about 45 times a minute.   So, if you are wondering if it is turning, you can look and see.  It is barely visible at night, but very clear in the day time. Google "UMPI Turbine" and click on the new little box on the home page. Thank you UMPI.  Standard working speed of the blades is 28.5 rpm.

H. Roper

Added by Harrison Roper on November 25, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

UMPI turbine ten day capacity factor

Capacity Factor (CF) is a standard and meaningful way of measuring a generator's actual power production over a period of time.   The UMPI wind turbine has an installed capacity of 600 kW, which means in a full day with perfect wind it will generate 14,4OO kWh. 

   Northern Maine has just experienced a notably calm 10-day period, November 14-23,  and the UMPI turbine website reports net power…

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Added by Harrison Roper on November 23, 2012 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

UMPI turbine website updates frequently if downloaded in Google Chrome

If you use download Google Chrome to look at the UMPI turbine website, you will see the wind speed, rotor rpm, and generator rpm data changing every ten seconds. The wind is very changeable.

Harry Roper  Houlton/Danforth

Added by Harrison Roper on November 19, 2012 at 4:51pm — No Comments

12.1 Billion in a Recession??

 As the battle for the PTC heats up again, so does the blogosphere

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Added by Ellin Beltz on November 19, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Protect the Eagles and other Birds & Bats

Where are the groups that protect birds in our quest to end the industrialization of our mountains and, in particular the ridges and wetlands in northeastern Maine, from wind turbines?  Maine Audubon continues to promote wind turbines with the discredited concept that climate change and pollution are greater threats to birds than wind turbines.  That might be true if wind turbines actually produced enough reliable electricity to not require fossil fuel back up all the time and wind power…

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Added by Brad Blake on November 17, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Letter to Congress Opposes Extension of PTC

The following is a letter sent to Congress, signed by 88 organizations that oppose the extension of the Production Tax Credit.  Pick a few lines from this to send in your own letter!

 

Dear United States Senators and Representatives:

The principal federal support for wind energy, the so-called Production Tax Credit (PTC), is scheduled to expire at the end of this year. The undersigned…

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Added by Brad Blake on November 15, 2012 at 12:19am — No Comments

UMPI turbine ten-second power finally reported as promised -VERY SKITTERY!

Three years ago  UMPI promised the public a turbine website that would report its output in ten-second intervals.  Today I noticed (for the first time) that the software for that function is ACTUALLY WORKING!

For five minutes, at 10;25 am today (11/12/12)  I watched wind speed and power changing  every ten seconds, and I wrote the changes down as fast as I could: (wind speed in mph/power produced in kW) 12mph/86kW; 14/117; 12/69; 12/72; 11/91; 13/91....... I think that represents one…

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Added by Harrison Roper on November 12, 2012 at 11:51am — 8 Comments

BDN: First ever Maine wind project denied permit by DEP

Maine DEP rejects Passadumkeag wind project

Posted Nov. 09, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on November 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

PTC UPDATE FROM LISA LINOWES

Hi Folks --
Well, the election results were a little disappointing regarding the PTC, but not as bad as you might think.
We didn't win on Tuesday, BUT we didn't lose either!
In fact, the post-election landscape…
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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on November 9, 2012 at 11:15am — 2 Comments

PASSADUMKEAG WIND PROJECT DENIED BY THE DEP ON CUMULATIVE ADVERSE SCENIC IMPACT : A FIRST IN MAINE

 

IN  THE  SUMMER  OF  2009 , STEVE  THURSTON  AND  I  MET  WITH  JAMES  CASSEDA AND  ANDREW  FISKE, THEN  DEP DECISION  MAKERS  FOR  WIND  PROJECTS , EXPOSING  THE   DEVASTATING SCENIC  EFFECTS   THE 22  RECORD HILL  TURBINES   WOULD  HAVE  ON  THE SCENERY  OF  THE WESTERN  MOUNTAINS .

CASSEDA  TOLD  US THAT LD 2283 PREVENTED  THEM FOR  USING THAT ARGUMENT AS  RECORD HILL  DID NOT  FIT  IN  ANY  EXCEPTION MADE FOR  AREAS  OF STATE  OR  NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE AS  PER  THE …

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on November 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Spruce Mt. in Woodstock from Bald Mt. in Sumner Before & After Photos

Patriot Renewables has ruined the northeastern ridge of Spruce Mt. in Woodstock with 10 turbines, each…

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Added by Brad Blake on November 6, 2012 at 12:03am — 6 Comments

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Penobscot Judicial Center, Bangor

BEP-12-137 Friends of Maine's Mountains et al. v. Board of Environmental Protection

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Attorneys: Rufus E. Brown, Gerald D. Reid, Gordon R. Smith, Juliet T. Browne   Friends of Maine's Mountains (FMM), Friends of Saddleback Mountain, and several individuals appeal from a final order of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) affirming the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) order approving…
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Added by alice mckay barnett on November 5, 2012 at 8:48am — 1 Comment

Maine DEP staff advises rejection of Passadumkeag Mountain wind site

Maine DEP staff advises rejection of Passadumkeag Mountain wind site

Passadumkeag Mountain is seen in this aerial photo. Saponac Pond is in the foreground with the mountains of MDI in the distance.

R.W.…
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Added by Long Islander on November 1, 2012 at 3:30pm — 6 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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