Dan McKay's Blog – July 2010 Archive (3)

Hillside Homes

Having worked for developers for the past 12 years in Western Maine, there is no doubt to me that interest in mountainside dwellings is growing. I have seen people pay well into the hundred of thousands of dollars for 2 to 5 acre lots at elevations well above 1000 feet above sea level. These are not just lots on the ski mountains of Sugarloaf, Saddleback and Sunday River, but upon hills overlooking Rangeley Lake and the ski slopes of Sunday River. The dramatic landscape views from these areas… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on July 16, 2010 at 5:44am — 5 Comments

A vague business plan

It seems to me the LLC’s putting up these industrial wind projects know more about the economics of their venture than they are letting on. 5 year depreciation rate provided by federal tax law doesn’t seem to equate with the 20 year life span these developers are claiming. From the wind developer presentations I have attended , I have heard very little about local tax revenue beyond 3 years . The production tax credit is applicable but to the first 10 years . Insurance companies are denying… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on July 11, 2010 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

IT USED TO BE

Many of us can still remember when Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro and other smaller Maine utility companies were responsible for both generation and distribution of electricity. The PUC would work with these companies to keep costs to ratepayers within reason. Now, our electric rates are being dictated by generating companies from way beyond our boundaries. Local control to the price of electricity is gone.

The price paid for electricity in Boston and New York will soon be the price we,… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on July 4, 2010 at 6:26am — 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

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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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