Dan McKay's Blog – October 2011 Archive (4)

Green and Energy Efficient In The Same Sentence

NORWOOD — Massachusetts

In a move toward energy efficiency, the Board of Selectmen, working as the town’s light commissioners, voted on Tuesday, May 25, to buy 17 percent of Spruce Mountain Wind Project’s electricity output.

“It’s a good move for the town to buy into the ‘green’ (energy) at a reasonable cost,” Selectman Bill Plasko said.

The electricity from Maine-based Spruce Mountain Wind Project makes up about 3 percent of the Norwood Light…

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Added by Dan McKay on October 30, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

First Wind and Maine , An Incompatible Relationship ?

First, they had problems finding an avenue of transmission for their Stetson project.It was resolved, but required some expensive people to convince some other expensive people. Then they had problems selling Rollins Wind Project output through CMP and Bangor Hydro. Resolved with help from the Maine PUC and the Renewable Portfolio Law. Then, they encountered problems convincing Rumford residents that they were the second coming of salvation. They left.

Now, they have problems with LURC and… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on October 23, 2011 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

FERC BREATHES LIFE INTO FIRST WIND

One of the problems of installing wind turbines in remote locations such as Maine is having a highway for energy shipment. First Wind, Bangor Hydro and National Grid have an answer :

 

 

 

 

WALTHAM, Mass., Jul 11, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- National Grid and Emera Inc. subsidiary, Bangor Hydro Electric Company, have taken a major step in…

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Added by Dan McKay on October 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Politics, Friends and a developer in Carthage, Dixfield, Canton, Woodstock and Freedom

"DiMasi business ties questioned: His killing of bill benefited friend"

By Frank Phillips, (Boston) Globe Staff, May 1, 2008



Just months after House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi killed a bill that was designed to block a controversial liquefied natural gas project from being built on 73 acres in Fall River, the landowner, Jay Cashman, sold the property to the terminal developers and made a $14.2 million profit, according to a Globe review of real estate and… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on October 3, 2011 at 7:08pm — 3 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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