November 2016 Blog Posts (75)

Gov. Paul LePage takes aim at green power that raises energy costs

“Decades of corruption, poor decision-making and wealthy special interests controlling Augusta” have left the state shouldering higher-than-necessary costs for energy, the governor said......LePage seeks to end initiatives aimed at bolstering wind and solar use that call for above-market-rate payments that proponents say are needed to get the renewable sectors off the ground. He prefers to move toward more use of natural gas and imported hydropower.......…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2016 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

BDN - Solar, wind industries hope years courting Republicans pays off under Trump

The renewable energy industry got a boost last year when Congress approved a five-year extension of tax credits for new power projects fueled by solar panels and wind turbines, and the industry’s main concern in Washington is to ensure they are not withdrawn in Trump’s first term, or allowed to expire should he win a second.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 28, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

Solar decision expected by year’s end in Maine

"Despite…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on November 27, 2016 at 2:39pm — No Comments

48 countries pledge to go 100% renewables.

Yes - There are places in the world that can be 100% renewable - all located near the equator, all lacking substantial industry, many underdeveloped. Solar will work for them. This cannot be accomplished for cold weather developed nation, who have an industrial base or highly sophisticated research and development for the purposes of medical advancement, etc.  …

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Added by Pineo Girl on November 27, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Maine's Self Appointed "Environmentalists" Rue, Stew and Spew

With the "Greenfather" leaving office on January 20, the self appointed and so called environmentalists, along with the mainstream media that toils in lockstep with "progressive" social engineering, have upped their decibel level, ruing the fact that the American people voted against their gravy train on November 8.

PPH:…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 27, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The New Trump World™ Energy Order

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on November 23, 2016 at 3:52pm — 3 Comments

BDN - First Wind Loses in Maine Court

Efforts to reach attorneys for First Wind to determine if an appeal might be filed were unsuccessful Tuesday.

The 2011 contract required the wind power companies to act in good faith to finalize the sale to the cooperative of a 12.54-mile section of transmission line connecting two wind farms located on Stetson Mountain in northern Washington County and another on Rollins Mountain near Lincoln in Penobscot County to the electric power grid, according to a press release issued Monday…

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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2016 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

President-elect Trump ‘presses Nigel Farage to fight wind farms

November 22, 2016

“One thing Mr Trump kept returning to was the issue of wind farms. He is a complete Anglophile and also absolutely adores Scotland which he thinks is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. “But he is dismayed that his beloved Scotland has become over-run with ugly wind farms which he believes are a blight on the stunning landscape.”…



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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

NRCM's Lisa Pohlmann: Threats of ripping up the Paris climate accord are frightening (Bangor Daily News)

Pohlmann writes "The EPA has proposed the Clean Power Plan to curb the biggest source of carbon emissions: power plants". However, she fails to point out that this is absolutely not the case in Maine, where power plants are a virtal non-factor and the main source of carbon "pollution" is transportation. Rather disingenuous I'd say. One has to wonder why these organizations went from protecting the environment to advocating against CO2. Does it have something to do with redistribution of…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 22, 2016 at 9:04am — 1 Comment

Phyllis Austin, prominent Maine environmental journalist, dies at 75

“Phyllis may have reported more stories about conservation issues in Maine than anyone,” St. Pierre said. “It was not just the extensive breadth of issues Phyllis wrote about, it was her approach that stood out. Always thorough in her reporting, she was respected by virtually everyone she covered, whether or not they agreed.”

An avid hiker, she trekked the Himalayas in Nepal and in the Scottish Highlands. Her last piece “On Reaching the End of the Trail” was published in the…

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Added by Long Islander on November 22, 2016 at 5:38am — 2 Comments

A path along the Wind Fraud Trail ?


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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on November 21, 2016 at 3:55pm — 4 Comments

Jury awards $13.6 million to electric cooperative in Maine

"How many more"…

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on November 21, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments

Recommendations for the Energy Policy Changes Immediately Needed

Some of What Needs to Be Fixed in Three E’s

Energy:

Change national energy slogan to: “All of the Sensible

Terminate Wind Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC)

Change grid rules that give wind & solar favorable treatment

Fix the NDAA so that military has better protections from turbines

Fast-track Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as an energy source

Seriously investigate Deep-Drilled Geothermal…

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Added by arthur qwenk on November 20, 2016 at 8:30am — 2 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

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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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