Data from the top 10 wind power states show that from 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent, which is seven-fold higher than the national average of merely 2.8 percent.
The lame duck Congress, legal eagles and pro-wind turkeys could very well give the wind industry addicts yet another fix and revive the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a 10 year gift to grifters and grafters coming out of the taxpayer pocket while simultaneously slamming ratepayers. Always minimized in the media as 2.3 cents per kWH, this translates to about a $1.5 Million taxpayer gift PER TURBINE to the slick investor crowd who think nothing of…Continue
"Morgan...your letter is practically a carbon copy of the op-eds and public testimony given all across Maine by the wind industry and its most ardent supporters (which are usually organizations and/or contractors which have benefited from ‘tangible benefits’ in the form of donations to [or contracts with] those very same entities.)" …Continue
Ben Martin of Wallingford urged those who attended the meeting to take a more forceful approach than calling legislators or sending them emails to demand fundamental changes to the way energy companies are regulated in the state.
“If you want to really get their attention, we ought to do a sit-in at the Capitol,” Martin said,…Continue
A Texas company that wants to build Maine’s largest industrial wind site in Aroostook County, just 30 miles from Baxter State Park, held a public meeting in Mars Hill.
One gentleman with whom…Continue
[Editor Note: This post by Robert Bradley Jr. from January 19th documents a fact that American Wind Energy Association might not want to know. If the American public understands why windpower is and must be government dependent to exist as an industry, and if the public knows about industrial wind's Enron roots, then the same public might just say: 'let's take our energy back'.]…Continue
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Keystone supporters in the Senate faced tough odds, and one lawmaker they hoped might be a “yes” — independent Sen. Angus King of Maine — voted against the project.
In a news release earlier Tuesday announcing he would vote against the bill, King said, “Congress is not — nor should it be — in the business of legislating the approval or disapproval of a construction project.”…Continue
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The Department of Energy had not responded to a request for comment when this story was published. “They don’t provide enough information about the interest rates to tell how much money the government is losing, but it’s got to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” Marron said in an interview.…Continue
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It would be nice if ordinary citizens had the money to hire lobbying groups, as the corporate wind developers and forest landowners do. Then, we could pay lobbyists such as Paul Williamson of The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative to write letters to the editor for us (BDN, Nov. 13, “Wind energy success”) and lobby state and local governments.
The Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Williamson’s claim. Maine’s…Continue
It sounds as though Michael Cuzzi is still an advocate for wind plants, (either out of obedience to party dogma or personal belief), but in the same breath he recognizes wind has become a loser politically. Here's an earlier piece he'd written:…Continue
MARS HILL, Maine — A Texas company will likely apply for state permits within 30 days to build what would be Maine’s largest industrial wind site, officials said Friday.
Representatives of EDP Renewables held a public information session, which drew about 50 people, on the proposed 250-megawatt facility featuring about 120 turbines on Wednesday in Mars Hill. Company officials told Aroostook County commissioners on Sept. 3 that they expected to seek Maine Department of Environmental…Continue
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The vote recount will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the Town Office will be closed for all other municipal issues, he said.
The ordinance was rejected by five votes, 557-562.
The original ordinance was approved in 2012, but the Board of Selectmen voted to place it before the Planning Board at the beginning of 2013 for revisions in order to make it stronger.
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Rep. Mark Eves of North Berwick won two more years as House speaker, and former assistant majority leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan was chosen for majority leader. McCabe succeeds Seth Berry, who left the Legislature after serving four consecutive terms representing his district, the maximum allowed under Maine’s term-limits law.
Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport was tapped as assistant House majority leader. Recently elected to her second term, Gideon is a newcomer to legislative…Continue
The Inspector General of the Department of Interior released this report involving an…
The free forum, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Wednesday, requires advance registration here.…Continue
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Angus King: Pundits expected a close divide in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans gaining a thin majority. In such a scenario, King could be a valuable ally to Republicans. With an expected 53-45 majority for Republicans, King suddenly wasn’t so important, so he announced Wednesday that he…Continue
Others say the hydropower supply, as the top renewable energy in Maine, needs to be kept stable or increased.
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Lacking the wide-open spaces of Iowa or Texas, prospective wind sites in the Granite State would be relegated to ridge lines, mountaintops or densely populated areas. Growing weary of wind development, local residents began to consider wind turbines a pock against the region’s natural beauty.…Continue
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