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 —
SEABROOK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PRODUCES 1194 MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICITY. HOW MANY WIND TURBINES DOES IT TAKE TO EQUAL THAT ? …
Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2010 at 2:00pm —
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 —
Patriots Renewables has sent and the DEP has received their application for Woodstock. So far as I can tell, the DEP has not designated it as complete for processing. Once it is designated as complete, people will have 20 days to request a public hearing according to rules. The date of designation as complete fror processing will appear on the DEP website under Spruce Mountain Wind Development. The application documents from Patriots is currently on the DEP site.
Added by Dan McKay on January 31, 2010 at 1:33pm —
One item that caught my attention within the Dixmont wind ordinance relates to "scenic or special resource" In addition to addressing scenic resources of state and national significance, it includes areas of local significance as identified in their comprehensive plan. The intent here is to prohibit development ( i.e. wind farms) from these areas. The ordinance also states setback distances to these areas.
One option a town has power to implement is to adopt stricter rules in regards to… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 25, 2010 at 8:43am —
show details 4:08 PM (13 hours ago)
Freemont and I just got back from Dr. Aniel's place where we had a 2 hour discussion. I had my reservations concerning the upcoming wind debate in Dixfield. It looks like the Doctor is going to be substantially outnumbered by the opposition and I wondered if he was up to the task. I can assure you he is prepared and I am certain this will be a big win for us. Our support by attending is important. I will be… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 24, 2010 at 9:08am —
Having reviewed the Dixmont Wind Ordinance, I am particularly curious with their decommissioning and site restoration plan:
(1) The plan shall provide for the removal from the Project Parcels, and lawful disposal or disposition of, all Wind Turbines and other structures, hazardous materials, electrical facilities, and all foundations. The plan shall provide for the removal of all access roads. The plan shall provide for the restoration of the Project Parcels to a condition similar to that… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 23, 2010 at 8:21pm —
From NBC's Ali Weinberg
Even as major climate change legislation moves through Congress, fewer voters believe global warming is a very serious problem -- or even think there is solid evidence of it -- a new Pew Research survey finds. And action on the environment has slipped even further down voters' lists of policy priorities for the president, although a majority would not oppose regulations limiting carbon emissions.
According to the poll, 35% of respondents said global… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 23, 2010 at 11:36am —
If your town is preparing to bring in an acoustic engineer to discuss wind turbine noise. There are two that have previously made such presentations:
Ken Kaliski of Vermont. Pro- wind, spoke in Oakfield
Robert Rand of Brunswick, our favored man, spoke in Dixmont
Added by Dan McKay on January 18, 2010 at 9:54am —
Alas, the slick tricks of politics. There’s no place else like the isolated world of government, where a simple proposition becomes warped into the absurd.
The proposition asked: Do you want wind farms upon the mountaintops in your town ? How many of us are expecting our day to vote on this is forthcoming ?
Well, the day of decision is coming, but I challenge you to understand what you’re being asked to vote on, or to even know if you are voting for or against wind farms.
A wind… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 17, 2010 at 6:28pm —
SP 582, LD 1504 An Act To Require That Expedited Wind Energy Development Projects Provide a Tangible Benefit to Maine Ratepayers in the Form of Discounts to Future Electric Rat... Jan 19, 2010, 0100PM Cross Office Building, Room 211 public hearing
SP0582, LD 1504, item 1, 124th Maine State Legislature
An Act To Require That Expedited Wind Energy Development Projects Provide a
Tangible Benefit to Maine Ratepayers in the Form of Discounts to Future Electric… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 10, 2010 at 9:33am —
I have a number of copies of dvd format containing the proceedings of the wind forum which took place in Dixfield, November 6 2009. Speakers included Steve Thurston, Dr. Albert Aniel, Tom Powell and Tom Carroll of Patriots Renewables. This is a good resource of information. Anyone near Dixfield who is interesting in borrowing a copy can contact me at email@example.com and I will either deliver or send it to you.
I would also commend everyone who is a member of the Citizen's Task Force on… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 9, 2010 at 2:47pm —
Some statements speak for themselves: “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 completion from low-cost hydro generated north of the border. “
“ Immediately after the acquisition was unveiled, Angie O’Connor, president of the New England Power Generators Association, warned that the deal could harm smaller American… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 3, 2010 at 4:45pm —
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 border.
Immediately after the acquisition was unveiled, Angie O’Connor, president of the New England Power Generators Association, warned that the deal could… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 2, 2010 at 12:02pm —
Every day as I visit this site, I see our membership growing. We are increasing in strength as well as uncovering many facts pertaining to wind turbines. I am very impressed with the comments which reveal a lot of research and thoughts. It is so great to see so many on board with our cause. Keep up the good work. We are making a difference. I hope many more people will visit this site and help us by becoming members. How about the young people out there ? We would love to hear from you.
Added by Dan McKay on December 30, 2009 at 6:37pm —
WIND POWER 101
What will wind power do to the electric industry and your cost of electricity ? The electric industry relies on instantaneous supply to match instantaneous demand for perfect efficient operation. Unlike other commodities, electricity can not be inventoried to satisfy demand in the future.
Wind powered electricity is created only when the wind blows at the spot of the turbine and this is not a 24/7 event. Wind turbines, such as proposed for our mountain tops… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on December 22, 2009 at 7:16pm —
Added by Dan McKay on December 20, 2009 at 4:47pm —
just read Transcanada's proposal to LURC to construct a wind farm on Sisk Mountain. One aspect never brought up in their proposal is the value of character. Does a geographical feature have character ? I have worked for developers in Rangeley and Bethel, constructing subdivision roads. In Rangeley, the prime concern for any developer is being able to locate a subdivision which creates lots with a view of Rangeley Lake and backdrop views of the mountains beyond. The overall scene appeals to so… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on December 12, 2009 at 9:30am —
“ We have 100 years of natural gas available to us. We need to tap into that supply and begin to make ourselves more energy efficient. “ These are the words of John Kerry, director of the state energy office, to the Rumford Area Rotary.
I wonder if Mr. Kerry’s statements has Mr. King and Mr. Gardiner, developers of the Record Hill Wind Project in Roxbury, a bit concerned. Mr. King attributed the one year delay to his project to the economic slowdown and the drop in natural gas… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on December 9, 2009 at 1:07pm —
You want to erect a WT which costs 2 million dollars. you get 30% back by federal grant ($600,000.00 ) you get 2.1 cents per kilowatt produced . You have a 1.5 MW turbine expected to produce 4880 MW/hr per year. at 20 years, the PTC amount is $2,049,600.00. A 2 million dollar, 1.5 MW WT pays you $2,649,600.00 in taxpayer earnings.
You know people who want to buy your green energy and you offer them renewable energy certificates at a price. but you are not delivering green energy to them.… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on December 5, 2009 at 2:42pm —