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Tesla Autopilot Lawsuits

Tesla vehicles driven in Autopilot or “full self-driving mode” have been involved in far more accidents – including those resulting in at least 17 deaths and many serious injuries — than previously reported.

That, according to a recent analysis by The Washington Post of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that discovered 736 crashes since 2019 in the United States involving Teslas driven on Autopilot.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2024 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

PPH - U.S. energy regulators order grid operators to plan for more electrification

Stephen Singer

Press Herald

6/3/24

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U.S. grid operators are under broad new federal orders to improve their response to growing threats of extreme weather and greater electrification required to heat and cool buildings and operate vehicles....

........“Our nation needs a new foundation to get badly needed new transmission planned, paid for and built,” he said. “With this new rule, that starts today.”

The rule change…

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Added by Long Islander on June 3, 2024 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

NH Senate President Joins Opponents of Offshore Wind Project in Gulf of Maine

May 20, 2024 by Evan Lips

Imagine fishermen navigating around a million-acre maze of offshore wind farms, floating and linked by underwater cables, occupying a large swath of the Gulf of Maine.

That’s the vision President Joe Biden and other top Democrats have for the future of a large chunk of northern New England’s corner of the Atlantic Ocean.

Not so fast, says former New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse, one of two…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2024 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Maine applies for federal funds to build wind port on Sears Island

Maine Public | By Nicole Ogrysko

Published May 17, 2024

The Maine Department of Transportation has applied for $456 million in federal funds so that it can begin constructing a floating offshore wind port on Sears Island.

If approved, the federal grant would cover about two-thirds of the nearly $760 million that the state of Maine estimates it will need to build the port and a heavy-lift semi-submersible barge that's needed to launch the floating wind turbine…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2024 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

PPH - A first in northernmost Maine: Utility ran on 100% solar power for a few hours in early May

May 10, 2024

Stephen Singer

Press Herald

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Solar energy provided all the electricity needed to power a service area of more than 11,000 customers in northern Maine for a few hours in early May, marking a first in the large, sparsely populated region that relies on a Canadian grid for its electricity.

Unlike other regions in the state that are linked to the New England electricity grid, the Fort Kent area in northernmost Maine is connected…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2024 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

PPH - Electric vehicles, heat pumps driving up electricity demand in Maine

May 17, 2024

Stephen Singer

Press Herald

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New England’s grid operator is expecting Maine’s electricity use to soar in the coming decade because of the demand to power heat pumps and a growing number of electric vehicles, despite the state’s rejection of policies calling for broader EV use.

Maine is expected to maintain its position as a leader in electric heat pump installations. The state is forecast to consume more electricity for heat…

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Added by Long Islander on May 19, 2024 at 5:33pm — 2 Comments

Sun Journal - Anthony Shostak: ‘The road to authoritarianism is paved with good intentions’

May 15, 2024

When tragedy strikes, lawmakers predictably capitalize on the moment to make laws intended to prevent similar events. But such reflexive legislation is all too often based more on emotion surrounding unusual circumstances than it is upon sound logic and philosophical foundations.

Years ago, swayed by incessant media reports about the environment, I was card-carrying Sierra Club member urging the government to “do something” to steer society toward “green”…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2024 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: May 13, 2024

Please click on the following link to read the following stories and more:

https://election-integrity.info/Newsletter/2024/Media_Balance_Newsletter-5-13-24.pdf

Once Unthinkable Nuclear Plant Revival Is a Reality in US Shift

Gambling With The Grid’: New Data Highlights Achilles’ Heel Of One Of Biden’s

Favorite Green Power Sources

The…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2024 at 8:53am — No Comments

US overhauls electric grid to make way for more renewables

By Valerie Volcovici

May 13, 20245:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday approved the first major electric transmission policy update in over a decade that aims to speed up new interregional lines to move more clean energy to meet growing demand amid the explosion of electric vehicles, data centers and artificial intelligence.

Approved in a 2-1 vote, the new rule is also the first time the FERC has ever…

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Added by Long Islander on May 13, 2024 at 5:43pm — 5 Comments

Survey of dealerships finds that majority are doubtful about the future of electric vehicles

“Those numbers are troubling on the surface but when you consider the brands our respondents represent, it might be even more distressing,” the report stated,

By Kevin Killough

May 11, 2024

A survey of managers and executives at dealerships finds that 65% say they are pessimistic about the future of electric vehicles

CDK Global, a research firm specializing in data for dealerships, surveyed 250 dealership managers and executives and found…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2024 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Bloomberg: Turbine-hating Trump poses new threat to beleaguered offshore wind

The candidate’s vocal disdain for wind farms is another worry for developers, who’ve faced high costs and supply chain woes.



Posted May 9

Jennifer A Dlouhy

Bloomberg

Companies racing to build multibillion-dollar wind farms in U.S. waters are already contending with surging borrowing costs, supply chain woes and project pullbacks.

Now, they’ve got a new worry: Donald Trump.

The former president and…

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Added by Long Islander on May 11, 2024 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

John Baldacci, formerly governor, must be smiling when he's not counting his money, formerly yours

Nothing self serving about an electric company championing a move of society to extraordinarily inefficient and costly electrification, huh?  CMP parent's Avangrid's vice chairman former Governor John Baldacci must be smiling when he's not counting his money.

CMP head…

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Added by Long Islander on May 10, 2024 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Mills Claims Maine “Clean Energy” Jobs Surpass 15k — But She’s Counting CMP and Versant Employees

The hilariously bad attempt at shoring up the green energy agenda cost Maine $35,000



Seamus Othot

May 8, 2024

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Gov. Janet Mills (D-Maine) announced the release of an independent study which claims that her renewable energy push has driven significant growth in the state’s economy.

The study, released Wednesday, cost taxpayers $35,000 according to the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2024 at 5:33pm — 6 Comments

DOE unveils 10 potential ‘national interest’ transmission corridors where projects could be expedited

Another step along the way towards the dunderheaded "electrification" of society which the monied control freak interests wish to ram down our throats.

DOE unveils 10 potential ‘national interest’ transmission corridors where projects could be expedited

The proposed corridors, which total more than 3,500 miles across targeted regions, could unlock federal financing



Published May 8,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2024 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

Harbinger of Trouble: More than 15,000 people now work in Maine's clean energy sector

The attainment of this "milestone" (really millstone) proves only one thing: our government's ill conceived use of the hard earned money it coerces from us will continue until people wake up. The more we pursue the pixie dust of "green", the bigger the hole we dig for ourselves.

The illusion of economic benefit is a perfect…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2024 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: April 29, 2024

Please click on the following link to read the following stories and more:

https://election-integrity.info/Newsletter/2024/Media_Balance_Newsletter-4-29-24.pdf

Biden's EV mandate: a dictatorial attack on the American driver and the US grid

The grim cost of firming up solar and wind

EPA rule against power plants – bad for energy reliability and prices, bad for…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2024 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

"A Lot Of Shuttered Nuclear Power Plants Could Be Turned Back On", Fed Energy Official Says

Monday, Apr 29, 2024 - 08:40 PM


The United States is about to experience a resurgence in nuclear energy. The federal government is expected to continue restarting shuttered nuclear power plants in the coming years to meet the increasing demand for clean, dependable energy essential for powering the economy of…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2024 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

L.D. 2087: Land for transmission lines (EMINENT DOMAIN)

Translation: We will take your land if the wind companies need transmission.

L.D. 2087: Land for transmission lines

By Kate Cough

April 28, 2024



An Act to Protect Property Owners by Making Certain Changes to the Laws Governing the Use of Eminent Domain by Transmission and Distribution Utilities.

Lawmakers passed a bill that will limit the state’s ability to take land for…

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Added by Long Islander on April 29, 2024 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Utility opposes new rules for heat pumps popular in Maine

Versant Power opposes a shift to whole-house electric heat pumps from those used in one or 2 rooms, saying affluent homeowners and developers will benefit.

Stephen Singer

Press Herald

April 24, 2024

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Versant Power is pushing back against a new approach to broaden the use of heat pumps, which already are a key part of Maine’s toolbox to cut greenhouse gas…

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Added by Long Islander on April 24, 2024 at 8:26am — 3 Comments

3 New York wind farms scrapped

by Bruce Mohl, April 20, 2024, commonwealthbeacon.org

New York pulled the plug Friday on three offshore wind projects that encountered pricing problems after GE canceled the development of a larger turbine that the developers had been counting on.

The decision is a setback for the US offshore wind industry and may have some cost…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2024 at 9:44am — 5 Comments

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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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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/

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