Long Islander's Blog – June 2023 Archive (11)

We’re Being Regulated Out of Business, New England Fishermen Say

Virginia Allen / @Virginia_Allen5 / June 29, 2023

New England fishermen are facing growing regulations—from the amount of fish they are allowed to catch to large sections of ocean they can no longer work because of “offshore wind development.”

“The New England fishermen are the most regulated fishermen in the world,” Jerry Leeman says. Leeman has been fishing in Maine his entire life. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all fishermen.

The National Oceanic…


Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2023 at 11:41pm — 2 Comments

Gov. Mills vetoes bill to attract offshore wind development, citing labor requirements

June 26, 2023

The bill originated from the governor's office but was amended on the Senate floor this month to include a requirement that future projects include bargaining argreements, something she opposes.



Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed her first bill of the 131st…


Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2023 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

A federal bill would ban wind power development in key fishing area off Maine coast




U.S. Rep. Jared Golden has introduced a bill that would bar commercial offshore wind energy development in a key fishing area along the coast of Maine.

The bill would prevent the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from potentially hurting the fishing and lobstering industries in Maine, said Golden, D-2nd District. The legislation would ban wind energy development in Lobster Management Area 1, which is the…


Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2023 at 11:02am — No Comments

Maine House joins Senate in voting to pare down generous solar incentives

by Billy Kobin


AUGUSTA, Maine — The Democratic-led Maine House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to pare back Maine’s generous solar incentives amid increasing utility rates, an issue that has pitted the solar industry against the state’s public advocate.

The bill from Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-Eliot, won House approval in a tight 69-65 vote after also passing the Senate in a mostly party-line vote…


Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2023 at 10:39am — 2 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: June 19, 2023

Please click on the following link to read the stories listed below and much, much more:


*** Ramping up wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles can’t solve our energy


*** Models Hide the Shortcomings of Wind and Solar

*** Solar Panels: The Unspoken…


Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2023 at 11:06pm — No Comments

A DISGRACE AND ATTACK ON THE PEOPLE OF MAINE: Legislature approves new power lines from northern Maine to New England - a gift to the old crew from First Wind

Longroad continues to take taxpayers and ratepayers for a long ride. See the old First Wind crony capitalists here: https://www.longroadenergy.com/about-us/team/

If wind projects are the crime, the extraordinarily high price tag transmission is the getaway car.



The construction of a high-voltage transmission line connecting northern Maine to ISO-New England got…


Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2023 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Maine’s solar policies drive another big electric rate increase but windy Phil Bartlett stresses fossil fuel reduction



Maine regulators approved another big hike to electricity bills Tuesday for customers of the state’s major utilities, driven by solar subsidies that have been criticized by the state’s ratepayer advocate in recent weeks.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission said the $135.7 million in new increases it approved from July 1 through mid-2024 cover so-called stranded…


Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2023 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

BDN Editorial Board: Legislature should set standards to ensure offshore wind development benefits Maine


......lawmakers are considering legislation that furthers the development of not just wind energy generation, but also perhaps, growing an industry to build the components and technology used for that generation, including port facilities.

Rather than leave decisions about the siting and growth of the industry to private companies or the federal government, this legislation would give the state more control over the location and growth of the…


Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2023 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Maine Senate approves bill for Aroostook County transmission line

Maine Public | By Kevin Miller

Published June 9, 2023 at 6:44 AM EDT

A proposed transmission line connecting Aroostook County to the New England power grid has passed another hurdle at the State House.

The Maine Senate voted 24-9 on Thursday to give preliminary approval to a bill authorizing construction of a 1,200-megawatt transmission line. The $2 billion project would carry electricity from a…


Added by Long Islander on June 10, 2023 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Concerns arise over limited Canadian hydropower as U.S. pursues transmission lines

So the Maine legislators who worry about new dams needing to be built - let me guess, they don't worry about new wind projects I'll bet. Follow the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Some New England lawmakers, including in Maine, are questioning the wisdom of plans to construct new transmission lines across their states, despite Hydro-Québec's insistence it can still meet its energy obligations.



Added by Long Islander on June 8, 2023 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Maine lawmakers advance bill boosting offshore wind development

Maine Public | By Murray Carpenter

Published June 8, 2023 at 2:38 PM EDT

A legislative committee on Wednesday approved a bill to boost offshore wind power.

The measure sets a goal for the Public Utilities Commission to contract for 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy installed by 2040.

It has the support of a coalition of environmental groups. Eliza Donoghue, of Maine Audubon, says the threats posed by climate change are far greater than those posed by wind…


Added by Long Islander on June 8, 2023 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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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


(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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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."


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