Added by Long Islander on January 28, 2021 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments
From the "Maine Climate Council".
Note that one of the photos chosen for their slick report features the Vinalhaven turbines which tortured those in nearby homes, forcing at least one couple to abandon living there. Insensitive? Incompetent? In your face?
Read the plan at…Continue
Added by Long Islander on January 27, 2021 at 10:22pm — 9 Comments
Dozens of ideas being promoted by lawmakers this year represent the next phase of state government's aggressive effort to address a rapidly changing climate.
"Overall, they would lead to a wholesale shift in the way power is used and generated, expanding renewable energy and electrifying the transportation and heating sectors, a process called beneficial electrification. It’s a transformation being pushed in other Northeast states, including…Continue
Added by Long Islander on January 27, 2021 at 12:23pm — 7 Comments
In a bid to defuse opposition and avoid conflict with Maine’s fishing interests, Gov. Janet Mills proposed a series of actions Monday to advance a floating wind research project planned for far offshore in federal waters, while protecting the near-shore waters valued for lobstering and coastal tourism.
In a letter to licensed commercial fishermen, Mills announced that she will ask the…
Added by Long Islander on January 25, 2021 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments
January 15, 2021
Shortly after the New England Clean Energy Connect project to bring Quebec hydropower to New England received its final major permit Friday, expecting to begin construction on the $950 million transmission line soon, a federal appeals court hit the brakes on the most controversial part of the line.
The court granted a temporary injunction sought by opponents ordering the company to stop work on the entirely new section…Continue
Added by Long Islander on January 16, 2021 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment
The significance of Madison County’s rejection of Big Wind goes beyond Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway, and Iowa. Since 2015, by my count, 291 government entities from California to Maine have rejected or restricted wind-energy projects.
It’s nearly impossible to build wind projects in California. Between 2013 and 2019, the state …Continue
Added by Long Islander on January 14, 2021 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments
In court papers Monday, the developer says access road plowing started Monday and construction is expected to begin on or about Jan. 18.
After three years of dispute and debate, and despite ongoing court challenges and a pending voter referendum, work is finally set to begin to create a 54-foot-wide path for hydroelectricity from Quebec that ultimately will be earmarked for customers in Massachusetts.
In court papers filed late Monday, the president and…Continue
Added by Long Islander on January 13, 2021 at 9:45am — 3 Comments
Added by Long Islander on January 12, 2021 at 2:41pm — 4 Comments
Over the next few years, solar energy farms will be popping up across Maine, which has no specific rules for where such projects should be sited.
SOLAR VERSUS WIND
It’s too early to say whether large-scale solar development in Maine will bring about the broader public pushback that accompanied the expansion of commercial, land-based wind power in the 2010s. But it’s a cautionary tale.
The Maine Wind Energy Act of 2008 set up an…Continue
Added by Long Islander on January 4, 2021 at 11:21pm — 5 Comments
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