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The AWEA wind lobby is broadcasting a plea for phone calls to Senate members today in a last ditch effort to get the PTC extended.  We need to counter with phone calls of our own.   Please call:

Senator Susan Collins :  (202) 224-2523

Senator J. Olympia Snowe: (202) 224-5344

Urge them to allow the PTC to expire as scheduled, and not to include an extension in the lame duck session. 

Thanks for…


Added by Steve Thurston on December 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments




Maine residents join nearly 6,500 others nationwide in saying no to the wind PTC

Oquossoc, December 27, 2012


 More than 200 Maine residents have joined nearly 6,500 citizens in 25 states in signing letters urging Congress to oppose any extension of the wind energy production tax credit (“PTC”) due…


Added by Steve Thurston on December 27, 2012 at 3:20pm — 2 Comments

Update on the CTFWP leadership

Dear fellow CTFWP members,

In November 2009, the Citizen’s Task Force on Wind Power was established at a meeting in Augusta attended by 27 concerned citizens from around the state. The meeting was organized by Dr. Monique Aniel and Steve Thurston, who were appointed co-chairs. Three goals were established at the first meeting:

     1. To influence the legislative and regulatory processes to protect the health and welfare of citizens  from the harmful effects of recent laws…


Added by Steve Thurston on December 18, 2012 at 5:37pm — 8 Comments

How Independence Wind helped shape Maine's expedited wind law

Angus King's partner in Independence Wind, Robert Gardiner, sent the following letter to the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power's chairman Alec Giffen.  Gardiner's suggestions about preventing objections based on scenic impact and the unrebuttable presumption about wind power's benefits were incorporated into the law.   At the time King and Gardiner already had their MET towers up in Roxbury, and they needed to bulletproof the project against it's drastic impacts on the scenic character of…


Added by Steve Thurston on September 16, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

More questions about the permitting and financing of Angus King's Record Hill Wind Project


The financial capacity requirements of the DEP permitting process are quite clear. 

Chapter 373:               …


Added by Steve Thurston on September 11, 2012 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Senate Finance Committee set to push for PTC extension tomorrow - please act now

This Thursday (tomorrow August 2nd) the Senate Finance Committee is taking up a bill that extends the wind production tax credit, a handout for wind energy producers that distorts our energy markets.  It’s long past time for Washington to stop using the tax code to manipulate our economy and our energy production. 

Thankfully, one of Maine's senators, Olympia Snowe,  sits on the Finance Committee and she will have a chance to vote on whether to extend this subsidy.…


Added by Steve Thurston on August 1, 2012 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Romney comes out against the PTC extension


Great news today! Mitt Romney released his official position on the PTC  -- NO EXTENSION. See the text below.

Big wind is out in force posting on news and blog sites. The main argument cited is that oil and gas are getting subsidies. It would be great if our network could mobilize and do the same.  Sen. Alexander may be going to the floor of the Senate tomorrow to welcome Romney's support.


Romney's official statement:

“President Obama’s…


Added by Steve Thurston on July 30, 2012 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments



The fight moves from the Downeast Lakes to Oakfield and Island Falls,  where First Wind has been granted a permit to destroy the view from two Class 1 lakes - Mattawamkeag Lake and Pleasant Lake with 50 turbines each nearly 500 feet tall.   Lynne Williams has submitted a well written appeal,  which will be heard by the BEP on Wednesday April 11 at the State Planning Office, Room 110, 19 Union Street, Augusta.  The meeting begins at 9 am.  

The appeal brief and the staff…


Added by Steve Thurston on April 7, 2012 at 10:08am — 7 Comments

Citizen warned Dept. of Energy not to loan money to King’s wind company - The Maine Wire

The Maine Wire continued the Record Hill Wind/DOE loan guarantee story again today, printing my testimony to the DOE in opposition to Record Hill Wind's application for a loan guarantee.  Mine was one of several dozen testimonies (all opposed) sent to the DOE in response to the draft Environmental Impact Statement. 


The DOE issued a finding of "no significant impact" for this project, despite their acknowledgement…


Added by Steve Thurston on April 3, 2012 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

BREAKING: Pingree helped King get $102 million Federal loan guarantee. (From the MaineWire)


BREAKING: Pingree helped King get $102 million Federal loan guarantee

The Maine Wire has obtained a letter sent from U.S Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D- Maine) to the Department of Energy in support of Angus King’s Record Hill Wind project.  Record Hill was…


Added by Steve Thurston on March 31, 2012 at 8:19am — 6 Comments

The Untold Story of Record Hill Wind, continued

In view of Angus King's intention to seek election to the US Senate, and in light of recent revelations about the lack of justification for the Federal Loan Guarantee that Record Hill Wind sought and was granted,  I am reposting (1) the following blog post as well as (2) my comment to the DOE during the public comment period on the loan application, and (3) the relevant section of the report titled,…


Added by Steve Thurston on March 21, 2012 at 10:30pm — 8 Comments

Vinalhaven wind turbine noise complaint heads to Maine Superior Court on March 8, 2012

More than two years after wind turbine blades began spinning on Vinalhaven, the lives of some residents are still being disrupted by excessive noise. Finally, a Maine Superior Court will hear their case for due process according to law. The hearing is scheduled for March 8, 2012, at Kennebec Court in Augusta in the chamber of Judge Michaela Murphy. For those who interested to learn the facts, click here to read:…


Added by Steve Thurston on March 4, 2012 at 7:32pm — 1 Comment



It's official -- The PTC was omitted from the payroll tax bill!   

This was a major battle! And we won!

Citizens Task Force submitted 170 names and addresses to our email appeal over this past weekend.  We were part of a national effort that yielded over 2700 signers. Our collective effort to keep the pressure on Congress influenced this process.  

But the war continues. Today, Sen. Mike Bennett (D-CO) filed legislation to append a one-year extension of the PTC…


Added by Steve Thurston on February 15, 2012 at 5:53pm — 5 Comments

First Wind merger faces strong headwinds with the PUC


Public Advocate Eric Bryant moves for dismissal with prejudice in the matter of petitioners Bangor Hydro Electric and Maine Public Service.

The CTFWP is applauding the motion filed by the Public Advocate Eric Bryant to recommend to the Commission dismissal of the case  and sanctions against the petitioners, due to numerous violations of the Commissions Rules of Procedure.

"We are pleased…


Added by Steve Thurston on February 3, 2012 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Maine acousticians Robert Rand and Stephen Ambrose release new study about infrasound and health effects

The DEP's "third party" noise expert, Warren Brown, has until now maintained that measurement of low frequency turbine noise is "preliminary and unrefined".  Studies like this should help Brown accept the mounting evidence that turbine noise causes Wind Turbine Syndrome and needs to be regulated accordingly.  


Cape Cod Online 

FALMOUTH — A study released last week concludes wind turbines in Falmouth negatively affect abutters' health.

The analysis was partially…


Added by Steve Thurston on December 26, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: The Fitts Amendment - Your Input is Essential

Each January the Governor's Office of Energy  and Security reports to the legislature on the State's progress in achieving the goals of the Expedited Wind Law - 2007  S.661.   This year the legislature required the GOES to expand its review to include the following,  otherwise known as the "Fitts Amendment" to LD 1366.

Public input will be essential to counteract the pro-wind bias that is contained in this amendment.…


Added by Steve Thurston on November 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments



It is time to join our friends in Europe (see below) and demand and end to the subsidies for wind power. The federal government is using stimulus funds, increasing the deficit, to finance wind projects. We are borrowing money from China to subsidize the destruction of Maine's landscape, and then using the money to pay wind developers so they can buy turbines from China or other foreign countries. Our children and grandchildren are on the hook for repayment of this… Continue

Added by Steve Thurston on November 1, 2011 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Co-Chairs' comments on Saddleback draft permit

Dear Mr. Margerum,

We oppose the issuance of a permit for the Saddleback Wind project and submit the following comments in response to the draft permit issued for the Saddleback Wind Project: 


Criteria 5. Noise  

In the draft permit the Department relies on testimony by former MCDC director Dora Mills in the BEP citizens’ rulemaking process, wherein she states, “"there is no credible scientific evidence at this time supporting directly caused health problems,…


Added by Steve Thurston on October 3, 2011 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Rumford Falls Times - letter to the editor 9/28/11

To the editor,

As Angus King's enormous turbines continue to sprawl across the formerly beautiful ridgelines of Partridge Peak and Flathead Mountain in Roxbury, residents throughout the River Valley should have a good idea about what is in store for a mountain near them. If wind projects currently proposed for Carthage, Dixfield, Rumford, Woodstock, Sumner, Canton, Roxbury, and Byron are built there will be hundreds of turbines, on every horizon.

What does the River Valley get… Continue

Added by Steve Thurston on October 2, 2011 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Comments in response to draft permit for Saddleback Wind project in Carthage

Mark Margerum

17 State House Station

28 Tyson Drive

Augusta, ME

via email …


Added by Steve Thurston on September 27, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

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."


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 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?" 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.”

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