".....But the massive Hoover Dam, which has a nameplate capacity of 2,000 megawatts, has a capacity factor of only 25 percent. That’s because the flow of a river, like wind, fluctuates over time. So a 50 percent capacity factor for offshore wind energy is actually pretty decent".…Continue
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the author of the original wind energy tax credit in 1992, said a hypothetical President Trump wouldn’t be able to get rid of wind power in the U.S. as long as he’s alive. The GOP nominee has railed for years that wind farms are “ugly,” “obsolete” and “terrible for the…Continue
If building wind projects on the Maine woods' skyline is the crime, then building the required new transmission amounts to forcing the people to pay for the getaway car.
Read the article at: …Continue
CONCORD, N.H. — On Aug. 17, the Massachusetts supreme court vacated a rulingby the state’s Department of Public Utilities that would have permitted electric utilities to charge ratepayers for pipeline capacity – and then sell the gas to generators. This could be the swan song for the last major natural gas pipeline expansion project on the table for New England.......................
Marc Brown is executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association in Concord,…Continue
The CEO was the chief of staff of the governor of Rhode Island.
Initial financing for the $300 million project came from the D. E. Shaw Group, a big investment firm based in Manhattan.
D. E. Shaw’s head of United States private equity investment, Bryan Martin, had invested huge sums…Continue
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Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, said some investors are now being “scared off” with towns leaving the zone. Payne said the expedited state process already includes public hearings and can take years.........
It’s true. The system is broken, it’s corrupt, and it doesn’t matter how many people bring attention to it. They do not care, which has been said all along, and once again, confirmed.
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Case worries too many wind turbines could ruin the state’s tourism industry and outdoor feel.
“Wind turbines are an irreversible change to the landscape,.......The benefits of wind are disproportionately on the West Coast, and the costs of wind are disproportionately in Wyoming — and I mean the social costs,”…Continue
The renewable energy giant SunEdison has asked a bankruptcy judge to approve its sale of various wind projects, including a proposal near Moosehead Lake that has generated local opposition.
SunEdison wants to sell the proposed 26-turbine project on Misery Ridge as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it has asked a court to allow the renewable energy division of the Houston-based NRG to serve as the starting bidder, or…Continue
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Part one of a two-part series, "The TIF Game"
Get a TIF, and you, too, have to pay taxes on that new warehouse or factory – but the taxes don’t help pay for the schools, plowing and cops.
Instead, the property taxes paid by a company with a TIF…Continue
A U.S. judge denied a request by shareholders of SunEdison for an official committee to represent them in the bankruptcy of the U.S. renewable power plant developer, which the judge described as “hopelessly insolvent.”
This article talks about the growth of "public demand for clean energy". What a complete crock that is. Horrible biased reporting. The people of southern New England states don't demand "clean" energy. Rather, their legislators (many …Continue
In light of the Spruce Mountain "expansion creep" possibly being discussed at the Bethel Inn tomorrow, I'm re-posting the following expansiion creep post having to do with Record Hill. I'm not sure of the status but am throwing it out there.
UPDATE Nov 9, 2015 - Wind power project presented to Roxbury residents
Apparently there was just…Continue
According to a resident on Bryant Mountain in Milton, seeing wind turbines when he looks across to Chamberlain Mountain is going to be an ugly sight.…Continue
See Alice McKay's email below. Please take even five minutes and write something yourself if you have not already done so.
The email address for Mark Margerum at the DEP is: firstname.lastname@example.org
A description of what they are taking comments on is here:…Continue
The emailing deadline for comments to the DEP is 5PM tomorrow (Monday, 8/8/16). If you haven't gotten something in please do so. This is your chance to impact the rules that will affect you. Please act now.
To Read the comments that FMM has submitted, CLICK…Continue
Gary is the man who led the successful fight against First Wind/Sun Edision…Continue
Please see the comments below from Alice McKay Barnett, Gary Campbell and Penny Gray.
..... “Also,” she said, “there are often economic benefits to the surrounding towns. There are payments to gas stations, stores and motels. There's a pretty significant indirect benefit to the uninvolved surrounding communities.”.......The Maine Land Use Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the…Continue
Comment deadline: August 8, 2016
Please send comments in writing to Mark Margerum at:
Maine Department of Environmental Protection
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017