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

Look at the testimony submitted on Jackson’s “Destroy Aroostook” bill

Look at the testimony submitted on Jackson’s “Destroy Aroostook” bill:

An Act To Require Prompt and Effective Use of the Renewable Energy Resources of Northern Maine

The Northern Maine Renewable Energy Development Program, referred to in this section as "the program," is established to remove…

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Added by Long Islander on May 25, 2021 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine legislators attempting to seize the state's power grid

As someone wrote to me about this:

"Berry is very progressive. He's been pushing this for a while and now it may go to a referendum vote. No one in their right mind would take over these unprofitable, capital intensive utilities. Versant would love to get their money back - they bought the damn company with a credit card. Avangrid would as well - CMP is a loser. They put the trans line in a separate LLC in prep for this move. The PUC is going to condemn these companies? How does…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2021 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

CMP Project Taking Shape Fast Despite Legal, Political Risks

Maine Public | By Fred Bever

Published May 14, 2021

Central Maine Power first proposed building a transmission line to Canada in 2017, and four years of controversy later, there are still hurdles ahead: legal challenges at the state and federal levels, a statewide ballot item set for November, unexpected technical issues to address.

But on Thursday, a federal court lifted an injunction that barred tree-clearing in one disputed segment.

And elsewhere on the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2021 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

SCAM: Legislation Would Help Create Power Line For Renewable Energy Made In Aroostook County

Maine Public | By Fred Bever

Published May 18, 2021 at 4:03 PM EDT

There was early momentum Tuesday for what could be Maine's next big transmission project linked to renewable energy goals, this one in Aroostook County. The latest plan, as envisioned in legislation before the utilities committee, got a positive review at the State House.

Energy analysts say the County has some of the state's best potential for developing cost-effective wind and other renewable…

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Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2021 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

An Act To Require Prompt and Effective Use of the Renewable Energy Resources of Northern Maine

Presented by President TROY JACKSON of Aroostook.

Cosponsored by Representative MARTIN of Eagle…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2021 at 2:30pm — 17 Comments

Maine lawmakers consider charging ratepayers for some offshore wind development costs

By Fred Bever | Maine Public | May 11, 2021

The federal government gave the green light Tuesday to the nation’s first offshore wind energy project, off Martha’s Vineyard.

In Maine, meanwhile, lawmakers are considering whether to charge some costs for this state’s emerging offshore wind sector to electricity ratepayers.…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2021 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Maine fishing interests seek total ban on offshore wind energy

Tux Turkel - May 5, 2021

More than 60 commercial fishermen and their supporters testified Tuesday in favor of a bill that would block any attempt to develop offshore wind projects anywhere along the Maine coast.

The bill would prohibit any state agency from permitting or approving any offshore wind energy project regardless of its location. It was introduced by Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham, R-Winter Harbor, a commercial fisherman, and co-sponsored by eight other…

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Added by Long Islander on May 6, 2021 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Clean energy megaprojects, including in Maine, divide environmentalists

May 3 - By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press - pressherald.com

Sprawling wind farms located off the coast. Hydropower transmission lines that cut through some of America’s most beloved forests and rivers. Solar megaprojects of unprecedented size.

As President Biden’s administration plans to fight climate change by weaning the nation off fossil fuels, these large-scale renewable energy projects are the source of conflict within a seemingly unlikely group:…

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Added by Long Islander on May 4, 2021 at 5:00am — 2 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

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(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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