November 2013 Blog Posts (42)

BDN - Jonesport to vote on moratorium on new wind energy projects

Jonesport to vote on moratorium on new wind energy projects

Posted Nov. 29, 2013, at 3:59 p.m.
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Added by Long Islander on November 29, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

CT extends wind ban until at least February

NOVEMBER 26, 2013

CT extends wind ban until at least February

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The Connecticut legislature on Tuesday again extended the moratorium against the construction of wind turbines, with no possibility of the ban being lifted before federal tax credits that expire at the end of the year.

The ban on wind construction extends back to June 2011 when the legislature passed a law saying no new turbines could be…

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2013 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

Let the wind production tax credit expire

Let the wind production tax credit expire

11/26/2013

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Despite this generous support for over two decades, the wind industry has very little to show for it besides higher electricity prices and disappointing production results. Wind energy accounts for a disappointing …

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Robert Bryce: Wind Turbines Are Climate-Change Scarecrows

Wind Turbines Are Climate-Change Scarecrows

 

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Using wind alone to stop the growth in carbon dioxide emissions would require us to cover about 1,000 square kilometers with wind turbines — a land area about 17 times the size of Manhattan Island —…

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2013 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

IMPORTANT BDN Piece on Wind Power, etc.

11/25/13

When give-and-take is mostly gain: Maine and New England’s energy future

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With wind, the probability that more turbines will be erected in Maine brings urgency to theneed for an open, comprehensive review and update of the state’s…

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Added by Long Islander on November 26, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Should Southern New England Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England?

Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England?

TUE NOVEMBER 26, 2013

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 “We start from a position that those who stand to benefit from a transmission project in service of their public policy goals,” said Johnson, “that they should fund the project.”

Johnson is worried about the impact on electric rates if the new projects are built. He points out that new transmission lines to carry electricity to…

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Added by Long Islander on November 26, 2013 at 7:18am — 2 Comments

DEP Testimony by B. Blake on Bowers Wind Project - Environmental groups taking wind money

The mission statement of Natural Resources Council of Maine states, in part, that it is "a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine's environment, now and for future generations." 

In 2011, the NRCM position regarding Bowers Mt. wind project was "neither for nor against". What has changed? More money from the wind industry and their cohorts? Surely the facts from First Wind’s production reports to FERC should clearly tell NRCM that destroying…

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Added by Art Brigades on November 25, 2013 at 8:26pm — 3 Comments

Maine Voices: Strategic natural gas investments critical to the state’s competitiveness

Maine Voices: Strategic natural gas investments critical to the state’s competitiveness

The historic increase in U.S. natural gas production is triggering a manufacturing revival that can help Maine.

By Mark Gardner, Dave Paterson and Keith Van Scotter …

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Added by Long Islander on November 23, 2013 at 2:51am — No Comments

Massachussetts Curtails Wind in Mass Despite Their Feelgood Mandate That Maine Supplies Them with Wind

Judge orders limited use of Falmouth wind turbines

Friday, November 22, 2013 12:34 pm

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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2013 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

Maine wind, Canadian hydro, natural gas (Lengthy BDN Article)

Proponents of wind energy often advocate an "all of the above" energy strategy, but then the slightest look often reveals that some of the energy sources in their eyes are more equal than others and this favoritism is assured by laws and mandates. Thus whenever the wind industry and their many paid mouthpieces talk about multiple energy sources, they are usually simply seeking "safety in the herd", hoping to sneak on board without careful inspection. It…

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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

Good reading, helpful data

At first glance, "Walkable City" by Jeff Speck may not seem to have a lot to do with wind power, but if you're looking for an interesting read that will help in arguments about energy, energy use, planning, land use and urbanization (or lack thereof), I highly recommend it.  Here's an excerpt and the link to the author's TED talk on the topic.

Added by Ellin Beltz on November 21, 2013 at 11:59am — No Comments

Dr. Michael Nissenbaum continues his criticism of wind turbine noise

Dr. Michael Nissenbaum of Maine has continued to publish his findings an analysis of the impacts of industrial wind turbines on people.  His latest publication is in New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine - Michael A. Nissenbaum, MD - November 5, 2013.  

Click here: http://necoem.org/documents/V2_38e.pdf

Mars Hill is where Dr. Nissenbaum's study…

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Added by Brad Blake on November 20, 2013 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

German homes, offices searched in mafia wind farm probe (Reuters)

German homes, offices searched in mafia wind farm probe

Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:44pm IST

Investigation centres on wind farm in southern Italy

* Wind farm seen controlled by Calabrian mafia clan

* Suspects believed to have helped mob launder money

* Offices of HSH Nordbank searched as part of investigation (Adds Osnabrueck prosecutor's comments, background)

HAMBURG, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Hundreds of police officers searched homes and…

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Added by Long Islander on November 19, 2013 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Please Read This Very Important Wind Petition - Thank You

PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE sign the petition to end the madness of industrial wind in Maine at:

http://savingmaine.org/

The threat is very real.

One minute of your time is all it will take. Please help today.

Thank…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

EUT December18 Meeting to focus on the goals and policies established in the Wind Energy Act of 2008

Maine Legislature's energy docket set for full slate in 2014

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2013 at 9:00am — 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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