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UMaine launches workforce training program for offshore wind industry

Hey, will this be as successful as the university's much touted wind turbine at Presque Isle? (The one the media covered up).

UMaine launches workforce training program for offshore wind industry

By Laurie Schreiber

The University of Maine said it is launching a program to train workers for the offshore wind…

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Added by Long Islander on December 6, 2022 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

BDN: If referendums are unconstitutional, they shouldn’t be on the ballot (NECEC)

by The BDN Editorial Board December 2, 2022

A year after voters soundly rejected a power line corridor through western Maine, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the referendum was unconstitutional. The court also ruled that the lease at the heart of the dispute over the transmission line was valid, negating a central argument of opponents of the project.

Whether you support or oppose the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), this is a troubling outcome, mostly…

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Added by Long Islander on December 3, 2022 at 2:36pm — 4 Comments

Maine's highest court upholds lease for CMP corridor on state land

Maine Public | By Kevin Miller

Published November 29, 2022

Maine's highest court has sided with the state and Central Maine Power over a lease needed to construct a controversial transmission line through western Maine.

In a ruling Tuesday morning, Maine's Supreme Judicial Court said that the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands "acted within its constitutional and statutory authority" when granting CMP a lease through state-owned lands in 2020.

The lease…

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Added by Long Islander on December 1, 2022 at 1:59pm — No Comments

The EV Boondoggle

Based on resource limitations alone, EV's for all will be impossible. But what is possible is they will help destroy the internal combustion engine industry. Then, only the wealthy will have EV's to drive and I guess the rest of us will simply be told to stay home and be happy.

November 21, 2022 by John Hinderaker

Governments at both the federal and state levels tell us we are in the midst of a transition from internal combustion vehicles to electric vehicles.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 21, 2022 at 8:50pm — No Comments

As solar booms in Maine, unease grows about loss of forest

by Mehr Sher

11/21/22

Excerpts:

.......The stakes for the siting of solar farms are increasing given Maine’s statutory target of 80 percent clean energy by 2030 and a recent rapid increase in solar development often requiring the clearing of many acres......

Since 2018, available data show approved solar farms ranging from one to 926 acres, with the majority being within 20 to 45 acres. Of the permitted projects, 10 are described as being more than 100…

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Added by Long Islander on November 21, 2022 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: November 21, 2022

Please read these and other important articles at the link below:



*** The Disastrous Economics of a Grid with 100% Intermittent Renewables

*** The Cost of Renewables: Just a Blip in the Narrative

***Wind power giant says it was a mistake to say renewables would get cheaper

Unrealistic net zero policies cost families dearly

*** Renewable Energy: Intermittency Has Major Consequences

*** The Green-Energy Revolution Will Make the World More…

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Added by Long Islander on November 21, 2022 at 9:33am — No Comments

Maine Public - You will change the way that you drive

Note that in this interview with the director of the "Joint Center for Energy Storage Research", EV's are a done deal, not a personal choice. These reckless fools think they will make us go mostly renewables, yet they have no way to store it. So the dirty little secret comes out, i.e., that WE will have to change. Translation: You won't just drive your vehicle anytime and anywhere in the future, peasants.

Question:

Would people, in your…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2022 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Most CMP customers to see rise of nearly 50% in electricity supply rates

Utility regulators blame high natural gas prices on the continued surge in electric supply rates.

BY TUX TURKEL

PRESS HERALD

For a second year in a row, most customers of Central Maine Power will see their electricity supply rates rise in 2023, reflecting a trend driven largely by the high cost of natural gas that fuels many power plants in New England.

Beginning on Jan. 1, new “standard offer” supply rates for home and small business customers in CMP’s…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2022 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

What I learned at REV - Noise rules cited as the biggest issue to wind development in Vermont

Becca Dill, Director of Energize Vermont, November 7, 2022, energizevermont.org ~~

I recently attended the 2022 Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) Conference. The conference is put on annually by the renewable energy industry trade group. It brings together a variety of…

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Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2022 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Biomass company with plants in Maine files for bankruptcy

by Sawyer Loftus

November 4, 2022

A company that owns biomass electricity plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro and had access to millions in state subsidies to help it stay afloat has filed for bankruptcy, stating it owes $17.8 million to creditors including an energy market investor, the states of Maine and New Hampshire, and Maine loggers.

Stored Solar LLC and all but one of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September in U.S.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2022 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Maine Center for Public Interest: Wind and transmission line proposals for Northern Maine

November 6, 2022

What you need to know about new wind and transmission line proposals for Northern Maine

by Annie Ropeik

Editor’s Note: The following story first appeared in The Maine Monitor’s free environmental newsletter, Climate Monitor, that is delivered to inboxes for every Friday morning. Sign up for the free newsletter to get important environmental news by …

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Added by Long Islander on November 6, 2022 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Vaclav Smil: Why Is Hydroelectricity So Green, and Yet Unfashionable?

The oldest renewable source of energy deserves a better fate…

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Added by Long Islander on October 28, 2022 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Rural Aroostook wind power project takes big step forward

Note that Maine PUC chair Phil Bartlett was on Governor Baldacci's wind task force, which was created to begin the onslaught of Maine's countryside with feckless wind power and put money in the pockets of insiders. https://www.windtaskforce.org/page/the-expedited-wind-law

Longroad Energy is the gang from First Wind -…

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Added by Long Islander on October 26, 2022 at 9:30pm — 35 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: October 24, 2022

Please read these and other important articles at the link below:

*** Green agenda now demands elimination of natural gas in homes nationwide

*** The Green Energy Profiteering Scam

*** Why solar is not the solution to the energy crisis

*** A Case For Nuclear As The Most Efficient Form Of Clean Energy

*** Graphic: The Bigger Picture — Life Without Oil

*** Biden Is Failing The World

*** Epstein: 5 trends shaping the future of energy

*** How a…

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Added by Long Islander on October 24, 2022 at 9:00am — No Comments

Judge denies request to continue work on NECEC transmission corridor before trial in April 2023

10/21/22

Lawyers for the CMP-backed project to bring hydropower from Quebec through western Maine had asked a court to reconsider an injunction halting the work while the case progresses.…

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Added by Long Islander on October 22, 2022 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Maine joins national effort to develop clean hydrogen as energy source

10/22/22

by Mehr Sher

Maine is exploring hydrogen as a source of energy in a national effort to create an infrastructure for clean power across the country.

Maine has signed on with six other northeast states to produce clean hydrogen and is seeking funding through the Department of Energy, which has earmarked $8 billion to help meet the country’s energy demand and work toward…

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Added by Long Islander on October 22, 2022 at 10:17am — 3 Comments

Robert Bryce: Rural Backlash Against Renewables Surges

By Robert Bryce

October 14, 2022

The hype about wind and solar energy keeps colliding with the hard reality of land-use conflicts. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Ohio, where 41 townships have rejected or restricted the expansion of wind and/or solar projects since last November. In addition, at least eight Ohio counties have implemented restrictions on Big Wind and Big Solar over that same time period.

The soaring number of rejections – all of which are documented in…

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Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2022 at 10:30pm — No Comments

GE is laying off 20% of its U.S. workforce devoted to onshore wind power, costing hundreds of jobs

Published Thu, Oct 6 2022 | Seema Mody | cnbc.com ~~

General Electric is laying off 20% of its U.S. onshore wind workforce, which equates to hundreds of jobs, according to a person familiar with the matter who declined to be named.

A note was sent out to employees Wednesday.

“We are taking steps to streamline and size our onshore wind business for market realities to position us for future success. These are difficult decisions, which do not reflect on our employees’…

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Added by Long Islander on October 8, 2022 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: September 26, 2022

Please read these and other important articles at the link below:



Adverse Energy Taxes in the Inflation Reduction Act



Electric Prices Skyrocket with Gruesome Green Energy Policy



Renewable Energy Obsession Leading to Energy Rationing!



NY Governor Announces New Solicitation Calling for 2,000+ Megawatts of New

Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects



Experts question environmental and economic value of wind power…

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Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2022 at 10:00am — No Comments

How a 100-turbine wind farm is about to change Newport County's oceanfront views (Rhode Island)

Zane Wolfang

September 19, 2022

Within five years, Rhode Island’s horizon will be unmistakably altered to any beachgoer, fisherman or waterfront homeowner gazing out to sea, and the coastal Atlantic from Martha’s Vineyard to Long Island will be dotted with wind turbines arranged in orderly grids like trees in an orchard.

They will…

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Added by Long Islander on September 23, 2022 at 10:30am — No 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

******** 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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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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