November 2014 Blog Posts (35)

Maine wind power is needlessly raising living cost, reducing living standards, and destroying American jobs

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.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2014/11/29/wind-power-a-needless-extra-cost/

Added by Long Islander on November 29, 2014 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

Will you let a lame duck kill a bald eagle?

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Karen Bessey Pease Comment in Portland Press Herald - a Must Read

"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.)" …

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

First Wind Greedily CASHING OUT in Maine

First Wind's schtick was money, not progress

http://www.friendsofmainesmountains.org/fmm/2014/11/22/cashing-out-in-maine

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2014 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

Connecticut ratepayers burned up over electricity increases

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,…

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2014 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Democratic wind connection$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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.  …

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Added by Jim Wiegand on November 26, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Citizen Initiative to repeal and amend Maine's Wind Energy Act

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…

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Added by K Campbell on November 25, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Tough questions about spoiling view at Baxter State Park

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

New Loch Ness Monsters

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.…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on November 24, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Gear box failures

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,…

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Added by Marshall Rosenthal on November 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Remembering When Enron Saved the U.S. Wind Industry

[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'.]…

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

BDN: Angus King Explains His Vote Against Keystone

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.”…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

November 17, 2014

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.

Added by Ellin Beltz on November 17, 2014 at 8:18pm — 2 Comments

DOE Cooked the Books in Report on Energy Loans: Economist

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.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Paula Moore in BDN: Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Paul Williamson’s claim

Wind is not a success

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 16, 2014 at 2:45pm — 3 Comments

MREA Member: Campaigning on wind smacks of disconnected, ivory tower, Portland-centric elitism

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:…

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Added by Long Islander on November 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Texas company holds public meeting on plan to build Maine’s largest wind farm in Aroostook County

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 14, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Dixfield Wind Energy Facility Ordinance vote (557-562) to be recounted

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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Added by Long Islander on November 14, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

BDN - Maine Democrats fill legislative leadership posts

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 12, 2014 at 7:00pm — 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

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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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