The Mills administration bill would also set official goals of obtaining 80 percent of electricity consumed in Maine from renewable sources by 2030 and from 100 percent renewable sources by 2050......................................“These issues need to be addressed by everyone today for tomorrow,” said Woodsome, a retired teacher and former chairman of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. “You can stand on the sidelines and be a Monday morning quarterback, or…
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|A short French video (in English): Three Arguments against Wind Turbines|
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Unlike subdivisions, filling stations or rental units, the impact of wind turbines does not stop at the town line. Visible for miles in all directions, wind turbines are not solely the business of the host town.
“It is too bad each town acts independently when one can affect the other so much,” said Otis resident Teresa Davis. She was referring to wind projects in neighboring hill towns…Continue
A wind power development firm behind a proposal that state officials think will pose a threat to birds is offering to conserve 5,800 acres of woods and wetlands in Hancock and Washington counties as wildlife habitat.
Longroad Energy, which has applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval to erect 22…Continue
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Governor Mills Statement Honoring Earth Day
Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day:
“Maine’s natural resources are a cornerstone of our heritage and our economy. Preserving them is vital to our public health and, in a sense, to the survival of our communities. Protecting these precious resources is not some partisan rallying cry, but a responsibility that all of us share and a recognition that the…
The Maine version of the Green New Deal, formally unveiled by its proponents recently and facing a public hearing this week, was at least introduced as actual legislation. That makes it a little less vague than its federal counterpart, albeit only slightly so. Its two most concrete components require electricity providers to switch to 80 percent renewable electricity by 2040 and require the Public Utility Commission and Efficiency Maine Trust to write legislation that lets public schools use…Continue
Members of the public got the chance to weigh in on a proposed wind project that would be located in Hancock County Thursday night.
The Department of Environmental Protection hosted the meeting in Aurora at the Airline Community School.
The Weaver Wind Project would build 22 turbines at a cost of 145 million dollars.
1,300 Mainers owning electric cars translates to 0.097% of the state's 1,338,404 population, as in "less than 1/10th of one percent or less than one in a thousand."
Just over 1,300 Mainers owned electric cars in 2018, which is more than twice as many as in 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by the Natural Resources Council of…Continue
“We’ve been discussing a whole range of options, from a new wind turbine to solar.”
With the insurance investigation recently completed regarding the fire that occurred last year in the wind turbine, officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle are exploring a new alternative energy project that will generate the same level of electricity.
The insurance investigation confirmed that the April 2018 fire in the nacelle of the wind turbine was…Continue
Today, and for years to come, the only feasible and affordable way to provide the on-demand backstop for variable, unpredictable wind and solar energy is to operate power plants fueled by natural gas. Across New England, we rely most days on natural gas for 60 percent or more of our electricity – and these are the plants that can cycle up their output in seconds to fill in for wind and solar that suddenly go missing. Sixty seconds of critical power that costs millions to charge up and tap in…Continue
The applicant is the old gang from First Wind. 100% of visitors thought the project would have no effect or a positive effect on their likelihood to visit the pond in the future according to their survey.
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a second public…Continue
HALLOWELL — Maine’s Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to grant a key certificate to Central Maine Power’s controversial, 145-mile transmission line through western Maine.
Via 3-0 vote, PUC commissioners effectively endorsed a settlement agreement negotiated by several major parties in exchange for a variety of public benefits. That agreement was signed in March by Gov. Janet Mills, the Office of Public Advocate and others following an intense debate fueled by project…Continue
There is ample reason that electricity will be the go-to energy for home heating and transportation in the future.
This change is coming fast due to the rapid drop in prices for renewable energy sources. Solar and wind power today are cheaper than any fossil fuel..................
Maine still has an over-reliance on heating oil. Fossil fuels are the old-fashioned and most expensive way to heat homes or water. Mainers have installed more than 30,000…Continue
Homeowners Scott and Robin Weeks say a planned energy power project with 30,600 solar panels to be located 150 feet from their home off U.S. Route 201 in Fairfield will ruin not only their view of open farm fields and wildlife but ruin their property value as well................Scott Weeks said he is upset that the Planning Board could change the designation of the area from rural residential zone to an industrial energy site..................Planning Board chairman Kevin Violette said the…Continue
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|The “New Energy Economy”: An Exercise in Magical Thinking|
|New NC bill would prohibit new wind projects in coastal swath…|
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Several years ago the wind industry pleaded "one last time" for an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). This was to be the last extension of this perennially renewing "temporary" giveaway:
Sounds like crybaby wind developers, not satisfied with subsidies, REC's and other giveaways are upset that the cost of electricity is being considered. How dare they. Doesn't Governor Baker understand how much money the wind developers have to pay for their Mercedes G-Class vehicles, especially when everyone in their families requires this sort of transportation? The nerve.
Maine wind lobbyist Jeremy Payne chooses to attribute stalled onshore growth to former Gov LePage's wind moratorium but fails to recognize market forces, transmission constraints and citizen outcries.
Projects generally require three to five years of predevelopment work including environmental studies, outreach to host communities, and…Continue
Aiding and abetting the Maine wind industry are a number of entities which we should be able to trust but cannot. Examples include the University of Maine System, the so called environmental groups and the media. The news, or lack thereof today, April 2, 2019, illustrates the pro-wind bias from two of these groups, our universities and the media:
1. The following piece in today's University of Southern Maine's (USM) …Continue
"Jared Schuette owns the property where the wind turbine is located, he said that this is quite an ordeal because this has never happened before."…Continue