March 30, 2017
In this document (attached), the ISO is acknowledging as a state of common and shared knowledge that low-frequency oscillatory motion produces (a) human body mechanical resonance phenomena above 1 Hz (such as the chest vibratory phenomena that are a prominent part of Wind Turbine Syndrome) and (b) motion sensitivity (vertigo, nausea, and related mental components) below 1 Hz. (Hz stands for Hertz.)
With this being common…Continue
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Excerpted from the Maine Tourism Association's recent testimony on LD 901 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places:
This testimony also speaks to the economic importance of tourism.
The reality of course is that beauty is in the…Continue
Written testimony (Mar 23, 2017) can be viewed here:…Continue
If people look at a wind turbine and BELIEVE that it is saving the planet, they think the turbine is beautiful. But it people KNOW that the turbine is merely a useless and unnecessary feel-good scam to line the pockets of speculators, their VIEW of Big Wind is changed. …Continue
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"State plans to buy wind power from Maine have been stalled by insufficient transmission capacity to get it here.......And importantly – you probably won’t be able to see the turbines from land........Also nothing we are talking about here involves wind power in Long Island Sound. The waters of the Sound are controlled by Connecticut and New York state, not the federal government. For multiple reasons, not the least of which is that it’s not windy enough, the Sound is not suited to…Continue
MAINE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEREST REPORTING | March 29, 2017
An examination by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting of recent legislative fundraising, including reviews of invitations, campaign finance reports and state law, reveals that lobbyists and legislators have found ways to legally undermine the spirit of those reforms, giving private interests continued opportunities to spread their money around the statehouse.
How they do it: by scheduling events on…Continue
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PPH - The order will mandate a review of the Clean Power Plan
President Donald Trump on Tuesday took the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.......“This rule was an unlawful attempt to radically transform the nation’s power grid, destroying valuable energy assets and leaving our economy more vulnerable…Continue
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A total of 39 Unorganized Territory communities from western Maine to Down East have taken back the ability to nix wind power projects they don’t like.
And a fight is still brewing over what could be the 40th, in Milton Township, where developer EverPower has proposed a wind farm.
The moves were a response to the 2008 Maine Wind Energy Act, which gave blanket zoning approval to wind power projects in the Unorganized Territory without review by a regional…Continue
Excerpt from PPH Tux Turkel article today describing Maine PUC Commissioner Bruce Williamson's take on the potential (or lack thereof) of offshore wind in Maine:
Traveling with officials from Massachusetts and Maryland, he also came to understand how they were preparing for offshore wind in their backyards. It will be an uphill climb, he said, for Maine businesses.
“Maine has to compete with states that are just as…Continue
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The bill also prohibits the state from favoring or disfavoring any person based on the person’s climate change policy preferences with regard to grants, contracts or employment.".................. Mills declined a request for comment on Lockman’s bill Tuesday night.............Rachel Healy, the communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, said her organization was discussing Lockman’s bill, L.D. 771, and had yet to take a position on it. Healy, in a message to the…Continue
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From the article:
"We must reduce carbon production generated by transportation — it is five times more than the carbon produced by electric production. Some predict that in 25 years we’ll all be driving electric cars."
He also goes on to write:
"Maine has the highest per capita consumption of petroleum in New England and our economy is very consumptive.…Continue
Republican Rep. Roger Sherman said he is sponsoring the bill because he’s not always “sure” of decisions made by Public Advocate Timothy Schneider, who represents ratepayers before state, regional and federal regulators.
Some of the more important articles in this issue are:
Wind Energy is an Attack on Rural America
As Wind Grows, So Does Its Opposition
Five Key Reasons to Pull the Plug on Wind Subsidies
Proposed US Carbon Tax — A Recipe for Disaster
The War on Affordable Electricity
Science Deniers in the Wind Industry
Short video: Poison Wind
How Would Oklahoma’s Anti-Wind Tax Affect The State’s Industry?
Europe’s Lessons Teach Us — Don’t Go…Continue
In 2014, DOE ponied up a $150 million loan guarantee for Cape Wind, a wind turbine project to be located in Nantucket Sound. However, local pushback over the potential doubling of consumers’ electricity bills stalled the project.
The solar energy company Solyndra, whose failure became a national scandal, received its $535 million loan from DOE in 2009.
In short, Perry needs to rein in, downsize and refocus DOE. Here’s what he should do.…Continue
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By Jim Lutz -- March 14, 2017
In 2008, Governor John Baldacci’s “The Expedited Wind Energy Act” passed the Maine Legislature with absolutely no debate or objection. “Maine is the Saudi Arabia of wind,” they said, among other exaggerations and deceits........ Our Senator Angus King, who started the wind ball rolling while he was Governor, got very rich on his investment as a founder of Independence Wind, the first installer of wind turbines in Maine at Record Hill which came under…Continue
I was never an opponent of wind power. I am a science teacher of 11 years and teach about sound and alternative energies. It is in the state curriculum. I even went to an all day wind power teacher’s workshop to get a better understanding of wind energy eight years ago. The wind industry has been setting us up for a fall a long time ago.
By the way, standing directly underneath a turbine is the quietest place to listen to them. Stand back 500, 1000, 1500 feet and downwind from them,…Continue
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Of course the PPH's actual headline was "Despite making it a priority, LePage remains stymied on lowering energy costs; Heading into his last full legislative session, it's unlikely that the governor will have better success this year."
.......And she noted that during the governor’s tenure, retail electricity prices in Maine fell by 1 percent, while they rose in the rest of New England by 20 percent.......southern New England states…Continue
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Based on work done by more than 100 participants during Thursday’s session, Beurle presented a plausible scenario for what the region that includes the towns of Greenville, Monson and Rockwood could look like in 2030, with the goal to have a more diversified economy and a greater number of permanent and semi-permanent residents in 13 years.
The future scenario features a 20-25 percent increase in the population, with 1,000 more residents — many aged 25-44 — as well as more diversity…Continue
People before turbines
The decision certainly pleased one resident, the fortunately-named Søren Wind, who lives in the village of Roager in Esbjerg Municipality.
“It’s quite a relief,” he said. “The politicians have let us citizens come first. I’m glad that’s over.”
Esbjerg followed in the footsteps of several other municipalities, including Vejen and Tønder, which have also dropped their wind turbine plans.…Continue
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