Long Islander's Blog – September 2018 Archive (25)

Company run by ex-First Wind management has $1 million remote operation in Portland

Boston's Longroad Energy Partners is of course run by Michael Alvarez and Paul Gaynor, onetime executive management of First Wind, the highly connected Maine centered wind developer which died in the Sun Edison bankruptcy. First Wind alone could fill up lifetimes of study for parasitologists.

This article in the Press Herald, with a headline of "Portland hub monitors 425 solar projects, six wind farms" is but one example of Alvarez, Gaynor et al's resurfacing in Maine. We thought we…


Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Revived Weaver Wind project back on the radar (Ellsworth American)

Paul Gaynor, Michael Alvarez and friends looking to build 600' tall subsidy meters.

Revived Weaver Wind project back on the radar

As for the birds, MDIFW “still has concerns” that Longroad is working to mitigate, said Brooke Barnes, an environmental consultant working with Longroad.…


Added by Long Islander on September 29, 2018 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Maine EUT Co-chair Seth Berry on Renewable Energy in Today's PPH

Rep. Berry uses the word "wind" three times in his piece. Each time he prefaces it with the word "offshore", implying he is looking out for just the offshore wind industry. But don't be fooled -virtually all the wind turbines built to date in Maine have been on land. Berry is simply protecting his friends in the wind industry - irrespective of where they might get away with placing their next set of ratepayer robbing "subsidy meters".

Rep. Berry: CMP power line…


Added by Long Islander on September 27, 2018 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

New group of renewable energy shills calls for dialogue around Maine energy policy

Energy Pathway for Maine advocates for clean-energy technologies in advance of November elections.

From the "economist" Jeremy Payne

“Maine has hundreds of renewable energy jobs today – from installers and operators to construction contractors, environmental specialists, and other professionals,” said Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association. “Growth in this sector will…


Added by Long Islander on September 27, 2018 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

LePage: Despite Departures, Wind Advisory Group To Continue On

Maine Republican governor says his secretive Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission will move on despite recent departures.

Gov. Paul LePage told The Associated Press Tuesday that he thinks Maine's fast-tracked wind permitting law should be repealed. He said he "hopes'' his wind commission will hold a meeting.

Continue reading here:…


Added by Long Islander on September 26, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Public Wind Meeting Today at 6PM in Eastbrook

The meeting is today (Sep 25) at 6:00pm at the Eastbrook Community Center on Route 200. This is your chance to hear the old First Wind gang that has come back to life in the  form of "Longroad Energy:.


Public Meeting Next Tuesday, Sep 25 on Weaver Wind

A public meeting on the proposal is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m.…


Added by Long Islander on September 25, 2018 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

PPH Article on Governor LePage's Wind Energy Commission

In his nine-page resignation letter, O’Neil wrote that he “would have preferred an open public process and discourse,” but accepted the governor’s invitation to join the commission in hopes that it would produce “a credible and actionable report.” However, O’Neil also criticized the commission’s focus on western and coastal Maine – as well as its focus on wind turbines’ potential impacts on tourism – as too narrow for a statewide issue.

Read the article here:…


Added by Long Islander on September 25, 2018 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Lisa Linowes: Wind Growth after PTC Expiration

“The US Treasury estimates the PTC will cost taxpayers $40.12 billion in the period from 2018–2027, making it, by far, the most expensive energy subsidy under current tax law.”

“After billions in public hand-outs, the wind industry has never been able to stand on its own and there’s no reason to believe this will change. Tax…


Added by Long Islander on September 24, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FMM Consultant Resigns from Governor's Wind Commission

Thanking Governor Paul LePage for the “honor” of being appointed, Chris O’Neil has withdrawn from the controversial Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission. O’Neil is a private consultant and lobbyist who has represented Friends of Maine’s Mountains (FMM) since 2009.…


Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2018 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Southern New England states using rural Maine as "their personal wind farm". (Ellsworth American)

I'm not sure why this Ellsworth-American article relates oil demand to wind power in Maine as we use virtually no oil to make electricity save for those occasional high demand times when electricity use peaks and natural gas supply is constricted because Massachusetts will not allow any new natural gas lines which would supply Maine with this desperately needed fuel. Moreover, we don't heat with electricity to any appreciable extent and despite the best efforts of environmental…


Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2018 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Wind Companies, Nuclear Competing To Sell Connecticut 'Zero Carbon' Energy

Connecticut’s so-called “Zero Carbon” program required the bids to be in by Sept. 14 and the state “received more than 100 submissions” for solar, wind hydro and nuclear facilities, according to Chris Collibee, a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman.............................

Without replacement generating facilities, New England would face “rolling blackouts” to compensate for the loss of the nuclear plant,…


Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2018 at 9:17am — No Comments

Why does the federal government still glorify wind turbines on the Lawrence Livermore website?

Certainly President Trump has been critical of wind power with regard to its deleterious effects on humans, bird and bat kills and general uselessness. When one sees the website of this research facility, funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy, glamorizing wind turbines on its Energy page, one wonders whether the career workers and bureaucrats…


Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Paul Williamson's Apex Clean Energy continues to generate suspicion

Williamson of course used to head up the Maine Ocean Wind Industry Initiative.

On Sept. 10, Paul Williamson of Apex appeared before the town board in Yates, proud to announce that finally, after more than four years, a preliminary project layout for the Lighthouse Wind project would be presented on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Unbelievably, it was also announced that this great public unveiling would not be in Yates or Somerset but at the Ridgeway fire hall on Route 104 in Medina. A…


Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2018 at 11:52am — No Comments

Getting more visitors into the Maine woods can reduce ‘overtourism’ on the coast

What about the plans to decorate every ridgeline in interior Maine with 600' tall flashing wind turbines along with all the huge new transmission lines that they will require? These plans are baked into the state's current wind goals, created by Gov Baldacci and his wind industry friends in 2008.

BDN article

But there is a very different Maine, inland from the coast’s lobsters,…


Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Janet Mills: Create Maine Energy Commissioner Cabinet Post to Promote 100% Renewable Energy

September 20, 2018

Candidates for Governor Discuss Their Positions on Energy & the Environment



Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2018 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Nearly 150 people attend Farmington PUC hearing on CMP power line proposal

Most of the opposition voiced at the meeting at UMaine Farmington stems from concerns about the impact the 145-mile transmission line through western Maine will have on the environment and tourism.


Added by Long Islander on September 15, 2018 at 9:02am — No Comments

Governor LePage announces the departure of Energy Office Director Steven McGrath

September 13, 2018

Governor's Office

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Contact: Peter Steele, communications director, 207-286-5086

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Steven McGrath, director of the Governor's Energy Office, will step down effective September 14, 2018.

McGrath has worked alongside Governor LePage as head of the Governor's Energy Office since August, 2017. In this role he was responsible for moving the…


Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Dark money and blurred alliances drum up resistance to CMP power line project (PPH)

An unusual mix of opponents, one of them quite secretive, is working at a grass-roots level to block a proposed 145-mile power line through Maine, even though it's not on any ballot.

........................ The fight over the transmission line differs from a political campaign because residents can’t vote on it. Nothing will be decided on any ballot. Decisions on whether to approve or deny the project rest with utility and environmental regulators in Maine and Massachusetts,…


Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2018 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Avangrid-EDPR Wind Project Trying to Slither Out of its Tax Obligations

Maple Ridge, the largest wind "farm" in the eastern U.S. is a joint venture between John Baldacci's Avangrid and EDP Renewables, the latter partially owned by the People's Republic of China. China is trying to buy the entire company.…


Added by Long Islander on September 11, 2018 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 10, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Should Communist China be allowed to build and operate the largest wind project in Maine?

Does Russia Deploy American Green Groups as Pawns?

A new Overview about Bats and Wind Turbines

Implications of Wind Development for Raptor Populations

EPA confirms GenX related compounds used in solar panels

Seven Ways EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule is a Better Approach than the Clean Power…


Added by Long Islander on September 10, 2018 at 10:15am — No 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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