Long Islander's Blog – April 2021 Archive (8)

Maine's largest law firm launches climate change practice group headed by David Littell

Littell seems to be stuck in Augusta's revolving door.

.....................to meet growing demand for expertise on climate-related law and regulation.

Bernstein Shur, a firm based in Portland with more than 125 attorneys, announced the new practice Thursday on Earth Day with members of the multidisciplinary team led by shareholder David Littell as chair.

He told Mainebiz the initiative came from a couple of members of the firm's board after noticing that climate…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2021 at 12:56pm — 6 Comments

Maine fishing industry wind protest on April 28 in Augusta

By Laurie Schreiber

Leaders in the lobster fishing industry are planning a “Protect the Gulf of Maine” rally in Augusta next week to highlight issues related to the development of offshore wind power.

“The fishermen are not opposed to renewable energy,” Virginia Olsen, a fourth-generation Stonington lobster fisherman who sits on the Maine Lobstering Union-Local 207 executive board, told Mainebiz by email. “But we are fighting for our iconic Maine way of life; not just our…

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Added by Long Islander on April 22, 2021 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

AWED 4/19/21 4-E Newsletter (John Droz, Jr.)

Please read the following articles and many more at the link below. (Once there, scroll down to page 27).

Maine counties chafe at lower-than-expected payments from wind projects

Lower- and middle-class Americans will pay a fortune for Biden’s wind-power plan

‘Obscene’ wind turbine subsidies revealed by new data

New grants prop up lobbying for renewable energy and strengthen ties to China

Federal funding fantasy: EV charging

Germany Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on April 20, 2021 at 11:53am — No Comments

PPH: Mills faced with filling two key energy posts (PUC and Public Advocate)

Mills has a chance to fill key energy post as LePage appointee’s PUC term ends

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The 6-year term of Bruce Williamson, an economist who was nominated to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by then-Gov. Paul LePage in 2015, ended in March.

As Mills zeroes in on a PUC commissioner, she also will be considering her pick to head the Office of Public Advocate, an independent agency that…

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Added by Long Islander on April 17, 2021 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Robert Bryce: Lower- and middle-class Americans will pay a fortune for Biden’s wind-power plan

Last week, the Biden administration announced “a bold set of actions” that it said will “catalyze” the installation of 30,000 megawatts of new offshore wind capacity by 2030. A White House fact sheet claimed the offshore push will create “good-paying union jobs” and “strengthen the domestic supply chain.” One problem: It didn’t contain a single mention of electricity prices or ratepayers.

The reason for the omission is obvious: President Biden’s offshore-wind scheme will be terrible…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2021 at 2:38pm — 3 Comments

Public Advocate Barry Hobbins to retire after decades in public office/Hamptons wind site nixed by feds

Next year would mark a whopping 50 years for the politician.

Barry Hobbins, a longtime state legislator from Saco and currently Maine’s Public Advocate, announced Thursday that he will retire when his term ends in June.

Hobbins, a lawyer, has had a long career in public office, serving 13 terms in the Maine House and Senate dating back to 1972. He was appointed public advocate – representing the public’s interests on issues before the Maine Public Utilities…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

NYSERDA chief to feds: No wind farms off Hamptons

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…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2021 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Maine counties chafe at lower-than-expected payments from wind farms

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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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Added by Long Islander on April 8, 2021 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

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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/

 

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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