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John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: September 21, 2020

Some select articles from the latest newsletter:

Short video: The Impossibility of Wind Turbines

The Plague of Renewable Portfolio Standards

Nevada County Approves 1 Mile Setback on Wind Turbines

Short video: What’s Wrong with Wind and Solar?

Podcast: Rational Environmentalism - The Truth About Renewables, etc.

‘Green’ billionaires suppression of ‘Planet of the Humans’ documentary

Inconvenient Facts About Renewable Energy

Short video: Climate…

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Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine wind project should be reconsidered

Credit: The Ellsworth American | September 18, 2020 | www.ellsworthamerican.com ~~

This is an open letter to Governor Janet Mills.

Dear Governor:

It is my considered opinion that Maine needs to re-examine the value and merit of the Aqua Ventus Offshore Wind Project with an anticipated capacity of 12 megawatts of electric power.

While admittedly this is among the smallest planned wind projects, its construction and…

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Added by Long Islander on September 19, 2020 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Mass enviro piece claims offshore wind will save ratepayers $5.1 billion

...............................After all, the six New England states share an interlinked electric grid, workforce, and ecosystem.  A cohesive New England strategy invariably improves results for pricing, port infrastructure, workforce development, stakeholder engagement, wildlife protection and environmental mitigation, equity in economic participation, and transmission infrastructure.

Finally, New England states must consider how to meaningfully improve racial equity. It is already…

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Added by Long Islander on August 30, 2020 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Time to ‘Sober Up’ About Green Energy’s Flaws

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state had to “sober up” about the fact that renewable energy sources had failed to provide enough power for the state at peak demand, and needed “backup” and “insurance” from other sources.

Newsom addressed journalists and the public in the midst of ongoing electricity blackouts that began on…

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Added by Long Islander on August 18, 2020 at 2:47pm — 3 Comments

Utilities cash in on green energy subsidy for bigger wind farms

Credit: Across the country, utilities are retrofitting aging wind farms to qualify for a federal tax credit set to expire this year | By Katherine Blunt | WSJ | Aug. 16, 2020 | www.wsj.com ~~

Utilities across the country are seizing a fast-expiring green energy subsidy to boost the efficiency of aging wind farms as they set ambitious goals to reduce their carbon emissions.

Xcel Energy Inc., a Minneapolis-based utility company serving customers…

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Added by Long Islander on August 17, 2020 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

Full Three Article Series: Understanding Industrial Wind’s Production Tax Credit (Lisa Linowes)

By Lisa Linowes -- August 17, 2020

“… the production tax credit will cost taxpayers $4.3 billion in 2021 and a cumulative $33.8 billion in the ten-year period from 2020 to 2029. After nearly 30 years, the wind industry’s reliance on the PTC has grown as has its cost to US taxpayers.”

The Production Tax Credit (PTC), first established under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, is a driving force for constructing otherwise…

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Added by Long Islander on August 17, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 10, 2020

A few articles from the latest newsletter:



Simply Staggering: What Wind & Solar Really Cost

Energy Subsidies and Who Gets Them

Report: The Hidden Costs of Net Zero

EIA Cost Benefit Analysis: News and Information

Rush to Renewable Energy is Hurting America’s Poor

A carbon tax would harm the poor

The President Is Right on the Social Cost of Carbon

Subsidized Wind & Solar Are Sending South Africa’s Power Prices Into Orbit

Noise from…

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Added by Long Islander on August 10, 2020 at 6:54pm — 1 Comment

Whom does the view of Katahdin belong to?

There you go again "environmental" groups.

Whom does the view of Katahdin belong to?

An observation tower put up for hikers changed the view for artists, a conflict that could continue with more development in the area.

When Jen Woodworth looked across Millinocket Lake with the morning sun a week or so ago, her eyes caught a glint atop Trout Mountain that she had not seen before. A new 80-foot observation tower, extending some…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2020 at 8:33am — 3 Comments

Sara Gideon: Increasing Clean and Renewable Energy

According to Gideon's agenda, Mainers will save money on both energy and healthcare costs with more wind and solar. Really?

Sara Gideon: Increasing Clean and…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2020 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Why no opponents interviewed? - Bait & switch two miles off Monhegan

UMaine enlists 2 companies to provide $100 million for offshore wind project

by Charles Eichacker

8/5/20

The University of Maine has enlisted two prominent renewable energy developers to provide $100 million in funding for the school’s offshore wind demonstration project about two miles south of Monhegan Island. 

The project, which has been in the works…

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Added by Long Islander on August 5, 2020 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

New Hampshire: Noise from Antrim wind turbines draws complaints

ANTRIM — The controversy that has long dogged Antrim Wind Energy continues, with a number of people who live near the site raising concerns about the amount of noise produced there.

On Wednesday, the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee held a virtual meeting during which members heard comments from neighbors of the facility. They said the wind farm, a nine-turbine facility that went into service on Dec. 24, 2019, has been a significant…

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Added by Long Islander on August 5, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CT’s long road to replace nuclear power with wind and solar

Published 7:00 pm EDT, Saturday, August 1, 2020

............where is the state’s power mix heading and how fast will it get there? The debate matters now because Connecticut faces ongoing choices between allowing new, gas-powered plants and rapidly expanding solar, wind and other renewable sources to fill the future nuclear gap.

Lamont’s administration brokered new…

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Added by Long Islander on August 2, 2020 at 10:51pm — 3 Comments

GOP senators warn Grassley against extending wind subsidies

Credit:  By Josh Siegel | Washington Examiner | July 20, 2020 | 

Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota is leading a group of nine Republican senators warning fellow Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Finance Committee, not to allow for the extension of wind tax credits set to expire at the end of the year.

The senators, most from major fossil…

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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2020 at 1:11pm — 1 Comment

Facing referendum, CMP corridor backer offers to sell discounted power to Mainers

CMP contends the project would benefit Maine and the region by lowering carbon emissions, reducing fossil fuel usage and stabilizing electricity costs. But opponents say it would create environmental damage and hurt homegrown solar, wind and biomass projects in Maine.

If supported by voters in November, the referendum…

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Added by Long Islander on July 10, 2020 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Mass. becomes dirty word in Maine referendum fight

Bay State hydro deal irks those opposed to power line

Bruce Mohl Jul 7, 2020

CORPORATE SURROGATES for Massachusetts have spent close to $17 million so far battling a referendum question in Maine that seeks to block the importation of hydroelectricity from Quebec using a power line running through wilderness areas in the western part of the state.

The referendum battle is in some…

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Added by Long Islander on July 7, 2020 at 10:09pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 29, 2020

Please go to page 46 of the link below to read these and other articles. When you click on the link, it should download as a PDF file.

Wind Energy:

Local Resistance to Wind Power Grows in Europe

Norway to rein in wind power after raging local opposition

Wind Turbines: The Pruitt-Igoes of the Plains

Offshore Wind Could Have Major Adverse Impact on Commercial Fisheries

Astonishing Buildout Needed for “Clean” NY Grid

Turbines…

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Added by Long Islander on July 7, 2020 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Are Streamers Muzzling Controversial Documentaries?

6:15 AM PDT 6/26/2020 by Tatiana Siegel

Half a dozen hot-button docs have been pulled from platforms or dropped by digital distributors in the past year, angering filmmakers and viewers: "People do not like to be told they cannot see a film."

On May 25, YouTube pulled the Michael Moore-produced environmental documentary…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2020 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

Citizens' Task Force members: SSL high level security is now in use on this website

To all members of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine, I have been advised by a fellow member who is highly literate in all things digital that SSL high level security is now in use on this website.

Please spread the word.

Assurance of this can generally be seen in the address bar of your browser when you are at this site, usually on the left hand side. For example, the following is how it looks on the Google Chrome browser:…

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Added by Long Islander on June 25, 2020 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Norway to rein in wind power after raging opposition from locals

By Lars Erik Taraldsen | Bloomberg | June 19, 2020 | www.bloomberg.com ~~

Norway is set to tighten rules for building wind turbines, caving in to massive protests from locals.

A government proposal on Friday to slow down the development of onshore wind power comes after increasing local resistance mirrors sentiment in other European countries. Norway already decided to scrap a plan for a new permission framework last year.

Norway,…

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Added by Long Islander on June 23, 2020 at 5:05pm — 1 Comment

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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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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