Meanwhile, residents of interior Maine are lucky if monstrous wind turbines are not shoved to within a thousand feet of their homes.
The Maine legislature's idea of protecting "Vacationland" residents
New York State will emphasize its position that windfarms off the… Continue
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By Bill Trotter | Bangor Daily News | April 8, 2021
For nearly two decades, commercial wind farms have been touted in Maine as a way to generate electricity without pollution, and as a way rural locales in Maine can generate revenue for themselves by hosting turbines worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
But several counties and towns are finding out they are getting less revenue out of the wind projects than they…
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The construction workers who traveled to central Kansas to erect a wind farm for utility giant American Electric Power thought it would be a good job. Then they fell victim to the troubling side of the renewable power industry. Continue
The nomadic band of workers had come to the Flat Ridge III project from Texas, Michigan and other states to install 62 turbines with towers as tall as 300 feet using cranes and heavy machinery. But after a few months the project broke…
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By Fred Bever | Maine Public | March 22, 2021 | www.mainepublic.org ~~
Protests over wind energy development off the coast of Maine changed course today. Several fishing boats reportedly circled a survey vessel off Monhegan Island, and federal and state law enforcement responded.
Lobsterman Larry Reed posted video on Facebook Monday morning of the Go Liberty, a 150-foot survey vessel, as it appeared to draw near lobster buoys in the… Continue
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By Donna M. Perry | Sun Journal
According to a letter sent to Helix Maine Wind Development on March 4 by the Maine Revenue Services Property Tax Division, the state reduced the valuation of the 44-turbine facility by $54.86 million. As a result, a refund of $469,611.60 is warranted for property in the townships of Wyman, Jim Pond, Kibby, Chain of Ponds and Skinner for tax year 2020, according to supervisor Lisa Whynot’s letter to Helix. The refund to Helix is expected… Continue
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March 18, 2021 by Sarah Hinckley
MOUNT DESERT — As Maine lobster fishermen are working to navigate regulations for the safety of right whales and the effects of global warming on the industry, they are now being asked to share their territory with wind turbines.
“There’s so many different reasons to oppose it,” said Jack Merrill, a resident of Mount Desert and a member of the Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op who has made his living as a lobster fisherman… Continue
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Join the Wildlife, Energy & Community Coalition
Many of you may already be aware that that the founders of Windaction.org have launched the Wildlife, Energy & Community Coalition…
Added by Long Islander on March 18, 2021 at 6:52pm —
The criminals of Wall Street march on relentlessly in pursuit of free money in one of the greatest con games of all time. It's amazing what can be done with a lying media, compromised government and a sleeping citizenry.
The state has identified an oval-shaped "area of interest" for the project, southeast of Casco Bay. To the west, the area crosses onto traditional fishing grounds called Jeffrey’s Basin and Platts Bank. Another fishing area, Mistaken Ground, is… Continue
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So this can power homes for up to two hours. Then what? What are the costs? How much power is lost in the course of charging and discharging the batteries? Effect on ratepayers and taxpayers? How clean/dirty are batteries across their life cycle? How long do the batteries last? Battery disposal? If there are ever huge numbers of batteries being charged during off-peak hours, will those hours still be off-peak?
Maine policymakers want to encourage such projects as… Continue
Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2021 at 12:00am —
The announcement by Summit Natural Gas of the withdrawal of their plan to extend a fracked gas pipeline from Belfast through Thomaston is a win for our health, planet and economy. It’s also a testament to the power of community organizing..............
The best alternative to fracked gas and other fossil fuels is… Continue
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jared Golden is asking the Biden administration to reevaluate its approval of a presidential permit for a $1 billion project aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid.
The presidential permit issued by the Department of Energy in January provided the green light for the interconnect at the Canadian border. Other agencies had already signed…
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FARMINGTON – Franklin County may need to repay about $469,000 to the state because the owner of the 44-wind turbine facility in Kibby and Skinner townships was successful in its effort to get a tax abatement, county Clerk Julie Magoon told commissioners Tuesday.
Magoon said she received a call Tuesday from Lisa Whynot, deputy director of the Maine Property Tax Division, before the county commissioners’ meeting informing her of the need to repay state. There are still a lot of moving… Continue
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Rust never sleeps. Nor do the compromised, the greedy, the dishonest, the arrogant and the ignorant.
Undersea cable survey marks milestone in Maine’s offshore wind quest
............... Aqua Ventus has been in contact with fishing interests this winter to brief them on the path and work schedule. It intentionally chose to work in March, despite the greater potential for bad weather, because there are no conflicts with recreational boaters and… Continue
Added by Long Islander on March 3, 2021 at 7:00am —
And to think that the Maine wind industry, the Maine environmental groups and the Maine media had the brass to tell us the ratepayer-funded $1.5 billion CMP upgrade (MPRP) was due to aging lines and population growth, when in fact it was pure ratepayer robbery for the wind developers who were stuck without the new transmission. Where was the so called "Public Advocate"?
Maine’s ambitious goal of cutting carbon out of its economy by the mid-21st… Continue
Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2021 at 7:30am —
Following is a fairly incredible revelation, i.e., that in essence, the $1.4 billion MPRP (Maine Power Reliability Program, aka, the "CMP upgrade") was built, after all, for wind and solar.
From the BDN:…
Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2021 at 9:00pm —
The battle over a power line in Maine features a television advertisement depicting felled pine trees in the wooded US state paired with noir images of a corporate tower in modern Bilbao, near the Guggenheim art museum. A voiceover declares: “A good deal for Spain, and a bad deal for Maine.”
“They chose a very xenophobic message that I find incredibly troubling,” said Thorn Dickinson, chief executive of the Avangrid company building the Maine project.…
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Portland Press Herald - Tux Turkel - February 4, 2021
Maine’s burgeoning solar industry is up in arms, after many developers received emails from Central Maine Power last week indicating that their projects are causing technical problems at substations that could require costly upgrades. The controversy is erupting as scores of solar developers are building and proposing…
Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2021 at 11:00am —
This sure makes for a good headline, but what if the sun goes behind the clouds for a few hours? What if there's no wind? How quickly do electricity users run down the battery, rendering it useless? Who pays for this? Why do we hear about New England's physical constraints on its natural gas supply when the only constraint are politicians' bans on much needed natural gas lines for Maine?
For some answers, please read Willem Post's "REALITY CHECK REGARDING UTILITY-SCALE BATTERY… Continue
Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2021 at 5:05pm —
John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 8, 2021
A link to the full article (Progressive Eco-Group Admits that Renewable Energy is a Hoax) and other articles can be found in the following PDF. After downloading, scroll down to Page… Continue
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