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Facing referendum, CMP corridor backer offers to sell discounted power to Mainers

CMP contends the project would benefit Maine and the region by lowering carbon emissions, reducing fossil fuel usage and stabilizing electricity costs. But opponents say it would create environmental damage and hurt homegrown solar, wind and biomass projects in Maine.

If supported by voters in November, the referendum…

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Added by Long Islander on July 10, 2020 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Mass. becomes dirty word in Maine referendum fight

Bay State hydro deal irks those opposed to power line

Bruce Mohl Jul 7, 2020

CORPORATE SURROGATES for Massachusetts have spent close to $17 million so far battling a referendum question in Maine that seeks to block the importation of hydroelectricity from Quebec using a power line running through wilderness areas in the western part of the state.

The referendum battle is in some…

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Added by Long Islander on July 7, 2020 at 10:09pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 29, 2020

Please go to page 46 of the link below to read these and other articles. When you click on the link, it should download as a PDF file.

Wind Energy:

Local Resistance to Wind Power Grows in Europe

Norway to rein in wind power after raging local opposition

Wind Turbines: The Pruitt-Igoes of the Plains

Offshore Wind Could Have Major Adverse Impact on Commercial Fisheries

Astonishing Buildout Needed for “Clean” NY Grid

Turbines…

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Added by Long Islander on July 7, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Are Streamers Muzzling Controversial Documentaries?

6:15 AM PDT 6/26/2020 by Tatiana Siegel

Half a dozen hot-button docs have been pulled from platforms or dropped by digital distributors in the past year, angering filmmakers and viewers: "People do not like to be told they cannot see a film."

On May 25, YouTube pulled the Michael Moore-produced environmental documentary…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2020 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Citizens' Task Force members: SSL high level security is now in use on this website

To all members of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine, I have been advised by a fellow member who is highly literate in all things digital that SSL high level security is now in use on this website.

Please spread the word.

Assurance of this can generally be seen in the address bar of your browser when you are at this site, usually on the left hand side. For example, the following is how it looks on the Google Chrome browser:…

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Added by Long Islander on June 25, 2020 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Norway to rein in wind power after raging opposition from locals

By Lars Erik Taraldsen | Bloomberg | June 19, 2020 | www.bloomberg.com ~~

Norway is set to tighten rules for building wind turbines, caving in to massive protests from locals.

A government proposal on Friday to slow down the development of onshore wind power comes after increasing local resistance mirrors sentiment in other European countries. Norway already decided to scrap a plan for a new permission framework last year.

Norway,…

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Added by Long Islander on June 23, 2020 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

House Democrats include wind and solar tax credit extensions in sweeping infrastructure bill

By Abby Smith | Washington examiner | June 22, 2020 | www.washingtonexaminer.com ~~

House Democrats are proposing to extend wind and solar tax credits by at least five years as part of their $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, teeing up a fight with Senate Republicans.

The infrastructure bill, the Moving Forward Act, incorporates a discussion draft released late last year by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee that…

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Added by Long Islander on June 23, 2020 at 4:59pm — 2 Comments

New England Ratepayers Association’s stance on full net metering gains support

Published on June 19, 2020 by Kim Riley

Several national groups on June 15 filed comments in support of the New England Ratepayers Association’s (NERA) legal challenge of full net metering transactions.

NERA in April filed a petition requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “declare that there is exclusive federal jurisdiction over wholesale energy sales from generation sources located on the customer side of the retail meter.” NERA also wants FERC to…

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Added by Long Islander on June 16, 2020 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 15, 2020

Please go to page 42 of the link below to read these and other articles. When you click on the link, it should download as a PDF file.

Reality Is Gradually Catching Up To Green Energy

Wind Energy Projects Are “Like Siting Landfills. Nobody Wants Them.”

Until we get a proper roadmap, Net Zero is a goal without a plan

COVID-19: Green New Deal dress rehearsal

Good Commentary on the Lake Erie Wind Project

It’s time for California to follow Mexico and pull…

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Added by Long Islander on June 15, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Study: Offshore wind farms could have "major" impact on fishing, shipping

By Mark Harrington

Updated June 12, 2020 4:49 PM

An offshore wind farm planned for the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, combined with the “cumulative” effects of a larger build out of thousands of wind turbines off the East Coast, could have “major” impacts on the commercial fishing and shipping industries, a long-awaited federal study has found.

The draft…

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Added by Long Islander on June 13, 2020 at 7:07am — No Comments

CounterPunch: Big Green Meltdown Over Planet of the Humans

by Josh Schlossberg

As a former environmental activist and environmental journalist with a brief appearance in Jeff Gibbs’ film Planet of the Humans—I was the guy trespassing at the biomass facility—I’m blown away by the amount of discussion the film has generated.

POTH brings up a slew of critical environmental issues ranging from ecosystem destruction to species extinction to climate change; the impacts of fossil fuels and limitations of alternative energy; the…

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Added by Long Islander on June 9, 2020 at 4:23pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 2, 2020

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



Wind and solar weaknesses: Part 1 and Part 2

Green Electricity Delusions

Allam Cycle carbon capture gas plants: 11% more efficient, all CO2 captured

Covid-19 Crisis Will Only Intensify Global Dominance Of Fossil Fuels

Planet Of The Humans Documentary Removed From YouTube

Why Economic Slowdown Won’t Show Up in the Atmospheric CO2 Record

Climate change and a pandemic of lies

Study: State of the… Continue

Added by Long Islander on June 4, 2020 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Connecticut Positioned to Close on Offshore Wind Deal

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says the two largest energy utilities in the state, Eversource Energy and United Illuminating (UI), have filed power purchase agreements with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to procure 804 MW of offshore wind power.

This is a major milestone for Connecticut’s clean energy portfolio and the future of offshore wind in the state and region. If approved by PURA, this would be the largest procurement…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2020 at 10:40am — 9 Comments

Neighboring New Brunswick: Police investigating damage at wind farm

Police are investigating after several wind turbines at the Caribou Wind Park near Bathurst were damaged over the long weekend.

New Brunswick RCMP say 10 turbines were damaged sometime between Sunday and early Monday at the wind farm located off Route 180 in Caribou Depot, about 50 kilometres west of Bathurst.

Police said in a release issued Tuesday equipment was significantly damaged while the suspect or suspects tried to gain entry into the base section. Ultimately,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2020 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills

The Interior Department had stopped charging the rents at the end of 2018 to review company complaints that former President Barack Obama’s administration had increased them too much, making them uncompetitive with rents on private property. The Interior Department declined repeated requests to comment on the outcome of that review, or the issuance of the retroactive rent bills. A budget document on the Interior Department’s web site shows it expects to collect $50…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2020 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 18, 2020

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Trump issues executive order to protect power grid

Wind and solar add zero value to the grid

Clean energy needs reliable supplies of critical minerals

Large solar farm could cause explosion on scale of small nuclear bomb

EPA: Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

Video of superior talk by Bret Kugelmass

Report: The inadequacy of wind and solar

Report: Wind Turbine…

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Added by Long Islander on May 19, 2020 at 9:48am — No Comments

Turbine output drops steeply after ten years: US research

Craig Richard - May 15, 2020

General USA

The research suggested project operators are incentivised to maintain turbines during the first decade by the tax credit support system. The fall in performance is noticed more acutely after a project is no longer receiving the subsidy. As the production tax credit (PTC) is paid in line with a turbine’s output, operators maximise the benefit of the support before it is phased out by keeping their turbines in better condition to maintain…

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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2020 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

Avangrid sues to block November referendum on hydropower line

The power company asked a state court Wednesday to reject plans for a Nov. 3 statewide public vote on the controversial project.

Avangrid Networks asked a state court Wednesday to block state officials from putting a referendum on the November ballot that could overturn the 2019 decision by regulators to allow the construction of a controversial 145-mile hydropower transmission line from Quebec to Lewiston.

The suit, filed in Cumberland County, argues the referendum…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2020 at 8:52pm — No Comments

CMP Wins Permits From Two State Agencies For Western Maine Power Line

By Fred Bever

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission signed off today on vital land use permits Central Maine Power needs for its proposed 151-mile power line through western Maine.

The permits include dozens of conditions the agencies say will mitigate damage to forest values, with special attention to reducing habitat fragmentation by a 51-mile section of all-new timber cuts stretching between…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2020 at 4:19pm — No Comments

This Katahdin Sunrise is in Peril

The PUC is currently a battleground for wind development. Please visit both the filings and the public comments in Case Number…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2020 at 10:00am — 6 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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