Jerry Leeman is CEO of the New England Fishermen’s Stewardship Association
By Jerry Leeman |
July 31, 2023 at 12:12 a.m.
You wouldn’t buy a house without an inspection, so why would we fill the Gulf of Maine with wind turbine superstructures without understanding how they interact with the marine environment?
Offshore wind energy features too many unknowns to proceed at this point with widescale ocean industrialization. That’s why my…Continue
July 30, 2023
Maine passed legislation this month to advance the state’s nascent offshore wind industry, but largely absent were details that would interest anyone who pays an electric bill: What will offshore wind power cost customers?
Negotiations underway at the Public Utilities Commission may commit Maine to a 25-year agreement for buying electricity from a proposed research array of floating offshore wind turbines. The talks are largely confidential, but they suggest the…Continue
If anyone believes the wind power cost savings cited by King Pine developer Longroad (formerly First Wind), and the Maine PUC, we have several bridges we'd like to sell you. This is nothing but "Let's destroy Maine for Wall Street elites and stomp the faces of trusting Mainers."
July 25, 2023
The Aroostook Renewable Gateway transmission project would run 140 to 160 miles from Glenwood Plantation to Windsor.
How stupid are we?
CMP Parent Company Pulls Plug on Mass Offshore Wind
Maine lawmakers are pushing offshore wind even as Mass. projects founder
July 24, 2023
Why am I taking the time out of my VERY busy life, to periodically write this column? As you know, unlike many other Substack authors, my column is FREE — so I’m not doing this for the money. (BTW, a LARGE number of subscribers have formally offered to pay for my insights, but I have politely declined them all.) It’s not for notoriety either, as I’m already notorious. For example, about ten years ago…Continue
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From our July 2023 issue
...............Now, along comes wind — in particular, the effort to bring “big wind” to the Gulf of Maine, with arrays proposed for 40 or more miles offshore, where the winds are highest and most sustained. After two privileged years occupying this Room With a View, I will be winding down my tenure next month, and my final column will consider what wind power may mean for the view from my room — and some of the trade-offs Mainers will need to weigh. In…Continue
By Avi Salzman | July 21, 2023 | barrons.com
Higher costs and serious delays are plaguing offshore wind projects. Consumers, investors, and the environment will pay the price.
Crane ships and construction barges have joined the pleasure boats floating off the coast of vacation hot spots Montauk and Martha’s Vineyard this summer. The hard hats working on them aren’t there to catch some rays. They’re driving steel cylinders deep into the seabed to build…
Gov. Janet Mills set a new goal on Friday of installing 175,000 more heat pumps in Maine through 2027, updating an older benchmark that proved easy for the state to meet.
Both the Democratic governor and former Gov. Paul LePage, her Republican predecessor, put heat pumps at the center of their efforts to make Maine less dependent on heating oil. Incentives for the machines, which usually use…Continue
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By Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor | 19 July 2023 | .
Almost 16 million trees have been chopped down on publicly owned land in Scotland to make way for wind farms, an SNP minister had admitted amid a major drive to erect more turbines.
Mairi Gougeon, the Rural Affairs Secretary, estimated that 15.7 million trees had been felled since 2000 in land that is currently managed by agency Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) – the equivalent of more than 1,700 per day.
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By Susan Cover Maine
PUBLISHED 9:10 AM ET Jul. 21, 2023
Jeffrey and Margaret Dyer own 83 acres in Palermo and on a clear day, they can see Mount Washington in the distance.
The land has been in Jeffrey’s family for 150 years and they someday hope to give their four children parcels if they decide to raise their families in Waldo County too.
But on Thursday, the Dyers stood outside the Commercial Exhibits building at the Windsor Fairgrounds holding a piece of paper…Continue
Jobs? BS. It's always the same wind industry propaganda about jobs when in fact almost all the jobs are temporary and the real paydays are ultimately just for the scoundrel wind companies and their financial backers. They could care less about jobs, Mainers or Maine. They are good at one thing though --- lying. And they excel at "getting to" the right people in government. Follow the money......in some cases all the way from Aroostook County and Augusta to offshore…Continue
Please see the following articles (preferably on a computer rather than a phone) and much, much more at this link:
*** Report: Solar Panels Are More Carbon-Intensive Than Experts Admit
*** There Is NO Transition
*** Rural electrification is America’s greatest infrastructure…Continue
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Does anyone believe Maine's compromised legislators, regulators, environmental groups and media when they tell you the wind developers won't cut and run when doing so suits their needs?
'We can't have $60 million projects go adrift,' says neighbour of Hermanville site
Kerry Campbell · CBC News ·…
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Personally, I believe that the dunderheaded, grift propelled and dangerously reckless plunge off the cliff should become a top election issue in 2024 at all levels of government. Bear in mind that the "everything must be electric" sheep march is occurring at a time when electricity prices for Mainers are surging upwards. Does anyone want to guess where electricity prices will go if the central planners succeed at forcing us to power our driving with…Continue
Many of Maine's newspapers are set to be acquired as described at
The name of the outfit is the National Trust for Local News.
Their latest annual report can be read here:…Continue
Updated July 13
The National Trust for Local News has agreed to purchase 5 of the state’s 6 daily papers and 17 of its weeklies in an effort to preserve local journalism.
BY RACHEL OHM STAFF WRITER
A national nonprofit plans to take over ownership of five of Maine’s six daily newspapers as part of a landmark deal that could help preserve local news across the state.…Continue
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BY EMMA KILBRIDE
State legislation expanding offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine has received a committee endorsement and is expected to be voted on soon in the House and Senate.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-York, sets up a schedule for the state to procure 3 gigawatts of electricity from offshore wind turbines by 2040, an amount that could power nearly 900,000…Continue
Apologies for the late notice as I just came across this now. Not a lot of lead time with the article only published the day before the start of these meetings.
Maine Public | By Murray Carpenter
Published July 10, 2023 at 4:16 PM EDT…
Protect Our Coast NJ and other groups will join hands on the beach to show their opposition of offshore wind development.
Jul 11, 2023
OCEAN CITY, NJ — Local organization Protect Our…
By Miriam Wasser - WBUR
This story was originally produced by WBUR. We are republishing it in partnership with the New England News Collaborative.
Many states in the Northeast have ambitious clean energy goals to help fight climate change. In the coming decades, they plan to add a lot more renewable energy like wind and solar to the grid, and to use electricity instead of fossil fuels to power vehicles and heat buildings.
But right now, the electrical…Continue