Data from the top 10 wind power states show that from 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent, which is seven-fold higher than the national average of merely 2.8 percent.
The lame duck Congress, legal eagles and pro-wind turkeys could very well give the wind industry addicts yet another fix and revive the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a 10 year gift to grifters and grafters coming out of the taxpayer pocket while simultaneously slamming ratepayers. Always minimized in the media as 2.3 cents per kWH, this translates to about a $1.5 Million taxpayer gift PER TURBINE to the slick investor crowd who think nothing of…Continue
"Morgan...your letter is practically a carbon copy of the op-eds and public testimony given all across Maine by the wind industry and its most ardent supporters (which are usually organizations and/or contractors which have benefited from ‘tangible benefits’ in the form of donations to [or contracts with] those very same entities.)" …Continue
Ben Martin of Wallingford urged those who attended the meeting to take a more forceful approach than calling legislators or sending them emails to demand fundamental changes to the way energy companies are regulated in the state.
“If you want to really get their attention, we ought to do a sit-in at the Capitol,” Martin said,…Continue
Citizens Energy was founded by Joseph Kennedy II in 1979 http://citizensenergy.com/
The Wolfe Island Wind Project is a 198-megawatt wind farm in Ontario, Canada, developed by Citizens Wind. …Continue
Added by Jim Wiegand on November 26, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments
A Citizen's Initative is getting going to repeal and amend Maine's Wind Energy Act.
Dan Remian is leading the charge and is looking for folks around the state to gather signatures in support of a referendum on the matter. Things are just getting underway, and Dan is looking for supporters of all kinds.
If you want to help with this effort, please contact:
Dan Remian e-mail: N7CD@gwi.net
A facebook page has been set up for it - please "Like" it and invite your…Continue
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A Texas company that wants to build Maine’s largest industrial wind site in Aroostook County, just 30 miles from Baxter State Park, held a public meeting in Mars Hill.
One gentleman with whom…Continue
A giant 67 turbine wind farm planned for the mountains overlooking Loch Ness will be an environmental disaster thanks to the sheer quantity of stone which will need to be quarried to construct it, according to the John Muir Trust. In addition, the Trust has warned that the turbines spell ecological disaster for the wet blanket peat-land which covers the area and acts as a huge carbon sink, the Sunday Times has reported.…Continue
Added by Ellin Beltz on November 24, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments
First, my thanks for allowing me to participate with Citizen's Task Force on Wind Power-Maine. Although I am a Massachusetts resident, I have been studying and involved with this issue for ten years, five years longer than most medical residents and post-doc engineers.
Within the wind power industry, wind turbines may be expected to have gear box failures in their five to seventh year service life. What this means, is that the lubricant oil, more than ninety gallons in the nacelles,…Continue
[Editor Note: This post by Robert Bradley Jr. from January 19th documents a fact that American Wind Energy Association might not want to know. If the American public understands why windpower is and must be government dependent to exist as an industry, and if the public knows about industrial wind's Enron roots, then the same public might just say: 'let's take our energy back'.]…Continue
Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Keystone supporters in the Senate faced tough odds, and one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” — independent Sen. Angus King of Maine — voted against the project.
In a news release earlier Tuesday announcing he would vote against the bill, King said, “Congress is not — nor should it be — in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project.”…Continue
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A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Read the rest at the Seattle Times.
The Department of Energy had not responded to a request for comment when this story was published. “They don’t provide enough information about the interest rates to tell how much money the government is losing, but it’s got to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” Marron said in an interview.…Continue
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It would be nice if ordinary citizens had the money to hire lobbying groups, as the corporate wind developers and forest landowners do. Then, we could pay lobbyists such as Paul Williamson of The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative to write letters to the editor for us (BDN, Nov. 13, “Wind energy success”) and lobby state and local governments.
The Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Williamson’s claim. Maine’s…Continue
It sounds as though Michael Cuzzi is still an advocate for wind plants, (either out of obedience to party dogma or personal belief), but in the same breath he recognizes wind has become a loser politically. Here's an earlier piece he'd written:…Continue
MARS HILL, Maine — A Texas company will likely apply for state permits within 30 days to build what would be Maine’s largest industrial wind site, officials said Friday.
Representatives of EDP Renewables held a public information session, which drew about 50 people, on the proposed 250-megawatt facility featuring about 120 turbines on Wednesday in Mars Hill. Company officials told Aroostook County commissioners on Sept. 3 that they expected to seek Maine Department of Environmental…Continue
Added by Long Islander on November 14, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments
The vote recount will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the Town Office will be closed for all other municipal issues, he said.
The ordinance was rejected by five votes, 557-562.
The original ordinance was approved in 2012, but the Board of Selectmen voted to place it before the Planning Board at the beginning of 2013 for revisions in order to make it stronger.
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Rep. Mark Eves of North Berwick won two more years as House speaker, and former assistant majority leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan was chosen for majority leader. McCabe succeeds Seth Berry, who left the Legislature after serving four consecutive terms representing his district, the maximum allowed under Maine’s term-limits law.
Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport was tapped as assistant House majority leader. Recently elected to her second term, Gideon is a newcomer to legislative…Continue