Long Islander's Blog – July 2023 Archive (22)

Maine must hit pause on offshore wind turbines

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2023 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Tux Turkel: The costs of offshore wind power for Maine electricity customers? Too soon to say

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2023 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Skepticism threatens to unravel Aroostook power line

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.

by Billy…


Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2023 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Maine is pushing offshore wind as Mass. projects founder - Avangrid Pulls Plug on Mass Offshore Wind

How stupid are we?

CMP Parent Company Pulls Plug on Mass Offshore Wind

Maine lawmakers are pushing offshore wind even as Mass. projects founder

Steve Robinson

July 24, 2023


From Commonwealth…


Added by Long Islander on July 24, 2023 at 1:54pm — 5 Comments

Requesting Your Help (not your money); read on please

We are in this together: United we stand, Divided we fall.

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 22, 2023 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Phil Conkling: Timber, Coal, Oil, and Wind (Downeast Magazine)

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2023 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Take heed Janet Mills - America’s Bet on Wind Power Is Running Into a Big Problem

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2023 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Gov Mills sets ‘ambitious’ new heat pump goal for Maine



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…


Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2023 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Scottish National Party admits to felling 16 million trees to develop wind farms

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.



Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2023 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Company behind Maine’s new power line proposal makes its case in Windsor, but locals are worried about losing land

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2023 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Maine farmers roll out tractors, trucks to protest proposed Aroostook Renewable Gateway transmission corridor

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 20, 2023 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: July 17, 2023

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 19, 2023 at 10:51pm — No Comments

The future of Maine's ridgetops

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?

6 of 10 turbines out of commission at P.E.I. wind farm, government says

'We can't have $60 million projects go adrift,' says neighbour of Hermanville site

Kerry Campbell · CBC News ·…


Added by Long Islander on July 17, 2023 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Tux Turkel commentary: Is Maine’s drive for all-electric vehicles bad climate policy?

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 16, 2023 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

The organization set to take over most of Maine's newspapers - their 2022 Annual Report

Many of Maine's newspapers are set to be acquired as described at

Nonprofit trust buying Press Herald, other Maine newspapers in landmark deal

The name of the outfit is the National Trust for Local News.

Their latest annual report can be read here:…


Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2023 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

Nonprofit trust buying Press Herald, other Maine newspapers in landmark deal

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.


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.…


Added by Long Islander on July 15, 2023 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Maine legislators are expected to vote soon on a bill under which Maine would procure 3 gigawatts of offshore wind power



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…


Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2023 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Company holding a series of public meetings to discuss Aroostook County powerline plans

Map: Google

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…


Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2023 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

'Hands Across Beaches' Event To Oppose Offshore Wind In Ocean City, NJ

Protect Our Coast NJ and other groups will join hands on the beach to show their opposition of offshore wind development.

Veronica Flesher

Jul 11, 2023

OCEAN CITY, NJ — Local organization Protect Our…


Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2023 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

It’s hard to build transmission lines in the Northeast, so 8 states are asking the feds for help


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…


Added by Long Islander on July 6, 2023 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

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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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