December 2012 Blog Posts (23)

PPH - New England Wind Farms' Efficiency Second Lowest in Nation

Posted: December 30

Updated: Today at 6:24 AM
 

Wind industry: Tax breaks key

Credits due to expire unless Congress acts help stabilize the market for six Maine projects as they try to boost their output.

By Tux Turkel …

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Added by Long Islander on December 31, 2012 at 10:42am — No Comments

New York Times: Developers of Wind Farms Run a Race Against the Calendar

Developers of Wind Farms Run a Race Against the Calendar

December 27, 2012 - New York Times



WASHINGTON — Forget about parties, resolutions or watching the ball drop. To Iberdrola Renewables, New Year’s Eve will mean checking on last-minute details like the data connections between 169 new wind turbines in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and California and its control center in Portland, Ore.



All over the country, developers are in a sprint to…

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Added by Ellin Beltz on December 30, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments

The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies (Wall Street Journal)

The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies

Producers get so much from the government that they can pay utilities to take their power and still make a profit.

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Added by Long Islander on December 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

PLEASE MAKE ONE MORE PHONE CALL TODAY!! END THE PTC!

Folks,

The AWEA wind lobby is broadcasting a plea for phone calls to Senate members today in a last ditch effort to get the PTC extended.  We need to counter with phone calls of our own.   Please call:

Senator Susan Collins :  (202) 224-2523

Senator J. Olympia Snowe: (202) 224-5344

Urge them to allow the PTC to expire as scheduled, and not to include an extension in the lame duck session. 

Thanks for…

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Added by Steve Thurston on December 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Wind Turbines Prove to Have Shortened Lifespan

Wind Farm Subsidies Called Into Question By New Study Which Highlights Turbines' Shortened Lifespan.



From Power Engineering on line; 12/21/2012…
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Added by Brad Blake on December 27, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

PRESS RELEASE - CITIZENS URGE CONGRESS TO STOP THE WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT

CITIZENS URGE CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE EXTENSION OF

THE WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT

Maine residents join nearly 6,500 others nationwide in saying no to the wind PTC

Oquossoc, December 27, 2012

 

 More than 200 Maine residents have joined nearly 6,500 citizens in 25 states in signing letters urging Congress to oppose any extension of the wind energy production tax credit (“PTC”) due…

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Added by Steve Thurston on December 27, 2012 at 3:20pm — 2 Comments

A WIND WARRIOR CHRISTMAS PRESENT ....SORT OF .

                                       A WIND  WARRIOR  CHRISTMAS  PRESENT ....sort  of

Hello  Folks
T' WAS   a  year  ago just  before  Christmas, that I appealed to you  to  sign  our first  CTFWP  call  to  action  to  defeat  the  extension of  the  PTC  as  part  of  a  large  nationwide  effort.…
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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on December 24, 2012 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

BOEM Announces Finding of No Competitive Interest for Commercial Wind Leasing Offshore Maine

BOEM Announces Finding of No Competitive Interest for Commercial Wind Leasing Offshore Maine

2012-12-18 Washington, D.C.

Contact: Tracey Moriarty, 703-787-1571

As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand domestic energy development, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced its finding that there is no competitive interest in an area offshore Maine where Statoil North…

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Added by Long Islander on December 24, 2012 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

Listen to archived broadcast of CTFWP Chairperson Brad Blake on "Mind Your Own Business Radio"

CTFWP Chairperson Brad Blake was a guest this morning on the WLOB radio program "Mind Your Own Business Radio".  To hear the program, go to:
http://mindyourownbusinessradio.com/  Click on the first hour and it will download.  BE PATIENT!!!  The download will take a couple of minutes, depending on the…
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Added by Long Islander on December 22, 2012 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

BDN - Natural gas poised to expand to communities far removed from pipeline

Natural gas poised to expand to communities far removed from pipeline

Posted Dec. 21,…
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Added by Long Islander on December 22, 2012 at 3:42am — No Comments

BDN - Bowers Mountain anti-wind group preps for DEP hearing


Bangor Daily News

December 21, 2012

Story by Nick Sambides 

Rather than pasting the story in here, follow the link here.  And add some comments!

Added by K Campbell on December 21, 2012 at 7:29pm — 1 Comment

"Through its Maine Power Reliability Program, CMP is upgrading a swath of power lines through central Maine to connect to lines from Canada."  Excerpt from Sun Journal story :     http://www.sunjourn…

"Through its Maine Power Reliability Program, CMP is upgrading a swath of power lines through central Maine to connect to lines from Canada."  Excerpt from Sun Journal story :     http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2012/12/20/cmp-powers-larrabee-road-substation/1295931

This is the first I've heard of the connection to Canadian lines…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 21, 2012 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

BDN - DEP plans public hearing for Bowers Mountain wind proposal

DEP plans public hearing for Bowers Mountain wind proposal

Posted Dec. 20, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.

Last modified Dec. 20, 2012, at 5:20 p.m.…
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Added by Long Islander on December 21, 2012 at 2:06am — 4 Comments

UMPI turbine 10-day power output

The UMPI turbine has racked up 11,243 kWh in the past ten days, an average of 1,124.3 kWh per day. Installed capacity is 14,400 kWh per day; Capacity Factor was .078.

Added by Harrison Roper on December 20, 2012 at 11:20am — No Comments

Update on the CTFWP leadership

Dear fellow CTFWP members,

In November 2009, the Citizen’s Task Force on Wind Power was established at a meeting in Augusta attended by 27 concerned citizens from around the state. The meeting was organized by Dr. Monique Aniel and Steve Thurston, who were appointed co-chairs. Three goals were established at the first meeting:

     1. To influence the legislative and regulatory processes to protect the health and welfare of citizens  from the harmful effects of recent laws…

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Added by Steve Thurston on December 18, 2012 at 5:37pm — 8 Comments

More "Energy" Mumbo Jumbo from Augusta

State Rep. Mark Dion of Portland has always seemed to be a bright and sensible guy. This week he gave a radio speech on heating Maine homes and businesses. As so often happens, he committed many sins of omission and/or commission, thereby misleading Maine people. Below is the text of his speech in quotations, with our comments embedded: …

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Added by Art Brigades on December 15, 2012 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

Opposition mounts to second application for Bowers Wind Project in Downeast Lakes Region of Maine

Maine's DEP to hold first ever wind project public hearing



Carroll Plt, Maine
  - December 11, 2012 – Boston-based wind developer First Wind is facing growing opposition to its second attempt to build an industrial wind project on Bowers Mountain in the scenic Downeast Lakes Region of Maine. In a related development, Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Patricia Aho announced that DEP will hold a public evidentiary hearing on the…

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Added by K Campbell on December 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Forbes names Maine worst state for business - Energy Costs Cited

So let's make those energy costs yet higher with wind power and its costly new transmission. And wreck our tourism businesses with industrialization of sacred places just for good measure.

Forbes names Maine worst state for…

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Added by Long Islander on December 12, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

First Minister Alex Salmond: Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland's scenic landscapes

The current policies of the Scottish Government are promoting the reckless development of industrial wind throughout the beautiful landscapes of Scotland just as the windies are in Maine. 



Please sign the petition: http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn and pass along the word to your friends, family, and neighbors. 



David, Lisa, and Harley -- Wind Wise…

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Added by WWR on December 12, 2012 at 1:34am — No Comments

OAKFIELD WIND PROJECT OPPONENTS ARE HAVING THEIR DAY IN COURT THIS COMING WEDNESDAY

 

WITHIN THE PAST  THREE  YEARS , ROLLINS, ROXBURY , OAKFIELD 1, AND SADDLEBACK APPEALS TO THE SUPREME COURT  HAVE  ALLOWED THE MAINE  JUSTICES TO HEAR THE OTHER  SIDE  OF WIND  POWER .

ROLLINS, OAKFIELD  AND  ROXBURY  APPEALS  HAVE  ALL  BEEN DENIED AND  SADDLEBACK HAS BEEN  HEARD  BUT NO OPINION  HAS  BEEN  GIVEN YET.

THE APPEAL OF THE OAKFIELD 2 PERMIT WILL BE HEARD BY THE LAW COURT THIS COMING WEDNESDAY.  PLEASE, IF  YOU CAN, SUPPORT THE  CITIZENS WHO ARE…

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Added by Monique Aniel Thurston on December 9, 2012 at 8:00pm — 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

******** 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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