Dan McKay's Blog – February 2010 Archive (10)

The Sounds From Our Mountaintops

Here's what you are going to get with wind turbines on the ridgelines. It will be equivalent to a rock band at each turbine site playing from a stage 400 feet above the ground, but these bands won't have much musical talent.

Added by Dan McKay on February 28, 2010 at 8:59am — 2 Comments

Dixfield Wind Ordinance Committee Meeting Feb. 26

I attended the Dixfield wind ordinance committee meeting of Feb 26th to see how they were coming along:



Well, we might just as well have Patriots Renewables writing it. Skitbitsky and our code enforcement officer, Calvin Beaumier, are taking all the work done by Norine Clarke and Steve Donahue and re-framing the wording to essentially allow the wind farms on Colonel Holman. Initially, Norine and Steve proposed a one mile setback to adjacent property lines, as the town of Montville,… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2010 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Math On Highland Plantation Project

Some math done for the Highland Plantation Project :



King states natural gas prices drive the cost of electrical generation. Since last September, natural gas prices have stayed between 4 to 6 dollars per mmbtus. At $6 per mmbtu, electrical generation by gas is priced at $45 per megawatt/hour. (from ISO-NE).

King states the project will cost 273 million dollars to bring to operational stage.

King states a name plate capacity of 128.6 Megawatts/hr

Assume a 30% actual… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 24, 2010 at 5:46am — 2 Comments

What is Maine to us

How can anyone who has spent any time in Maine conjure up an idea of transforming the top of the state’s mountains into a place for giant industrial generators ?. This is embarrassing to us who have worked diligently to clean up our environment for the past 40 years. From this resolve, We have come to see our state for it’s beauty , shining forth through the lakes, streams, shorelines and, yes, our mountains too.

Is this the right course for Maine ? Do wind machines really fit here ? We… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2010 at 8:38pm — 5 Comments

E. Adams of the Lewiston Sun Journal stated in a story today that; "Because the land on which most of the project would be built is privately owned and subject only to state regulations, Carthage res…

E. Adams of the Lewiston Sun Journal stated in a story today that;



"Because the land on which most of the project would be built is privately owned and subject only to state regulations, Carthage

residents would not have a say in whether it could be built."



I sent her an email at eadams@sunjournal.com :



" your article states that the people of Carthage have no say regarding the construction of wind farms in their town. May I point out to you

that a DEP… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 19, 2010 at 7:20pm — 5 Comments

The Finger Pointing Is About To Begin

Hello, allow me introduce myself as just another working stiff resolved to scratching out a living in this great state of Maine. Being a fairly simple man, I won’t even pretend to comprehend the complexities of government. I must work, therefore I don’t have the time nor energy to devote to trying to understand . Consequently, you will rarely hear my voice, for I , although full of political opinions, am intimidated by the thought of embarrassing myself before the omnipotence of government.… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 13, 2010 at 9:35am — No Comments

Governor, you should be WORRIED

A recent article in " Maine Business " reveals " the general backlash against wind power worries him." " Him" is Governor Angus King. Governor, you should be WORRIED

When you were Governor, you often spoke of the strong, independent nature of the Maine people. Was this just rhetoric, a political ploy ? Surely, your estimation of the will of the common folks hasn't been "spun" by influences which would pronounce you as the savior of our planet.

Your partner once told me, after… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 13, 2010 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

A Few Reflections On The Wind Debate In Dixfield

I had approached Linda Walbridge about having someone from Hydro-Quebec speak at the debate ,feeling they might represent an alternative to wind farms in Maine. Not sure whether Linda thought much of this idea, I emailed Hydro-Quebec with the request, fully knowing it would be rejected. To my surprise, I got a response. As one would expect, they were very conservative with their answers, but, nevertheless , one can surmise they are interested in becoming an energy giant and exports to America… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2010 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Comparing Output From Nuclear To Wind





SEABROOK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PRODUCES 1194 MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICITY. HOW MANY WIND TURBINES DOES IT TAKE TO EQUAL THAT ? …



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Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Do You Want Cheaper Electricity ?

Peter Mills stated during the debate that Hydro-Quebecs introduction of cheaper electricity into Maine would be a disadvantage to wind farm development in Maine......................... Hydro-Quebec’s move last month to boost its power exports to the United States by acquiring New Brunswick Power’s transmission lines has raised eyebrows in New England, where renewable energy ventures would face stiff competition from low-cost hydro generated north of the… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2010 at 8:41am — 4 Comments

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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

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(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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