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While offshore wind has been working (part time) for many years, Maine continues to overthink how to make it work.

Readers Digest version: erect your turbines and wait for the wind to…


Added by Art Brigades on October 1, 2021 at 6:41pm — 9 Comments

Rural Mainers Finally Count?

Governor Mills has signed a bill that should have been included in the Expedited Wind Act over a decade ago.

An Act To Require Consideration of Climate Impacts by the Public Utilities Commission and To Incorporate Equity Considerations in Decision Making by State Agencies

The new law is intended to balance the power between energy developers and regular citizens who are essentially defenseless.  "Equity" is a popular word these days, but it hasn't…


Added by Art Brigades on June 19, 2021 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Another Good Piece by Robert Bryce

250 times more tax credit than nuclear gets, although nuclear produces five times more clean energy.

Funny how Congress called it the "Investment" tax credit.  Anyone who puts (our) money in an "investment" that has such a backward ROI isn't a very good investor. …


Added by Art Brigades on December 28, 2020 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Comment Opportunity Today - Governor's Energy Office

Deadline today.  Take the survey.

Well-informed, empirical, non-unicorn comments are needed:

September 11, 2020

The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) are required to develop a plan to identify pathways and strategies for advancing Maine’s clean energy economy (ie: education, training, workforce, etc). The GEO and GOPIF want to hear directly…


Added by Art Brigades on September 11, 2020 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Urgent Deadline August 22

The Maine Climate Council is taking suggestions.

Take their survey before end of the day Saturday, August 22.

They actually are allowing written replies to questions. They need a good dose of reality (the kind of thoughtful, fact-based info found right here on the Citizens Task Force Blog) before they start making their policy recommendations to the governor and legislature. Without our critical thinking, they…


Added by Art Brigades on August 21, 2020 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Comment Opportunity - Big Wind Wakes from Hibernation

Here they go again. Just when you thought Big Wind had thrown in the towel (in Maine). 

Just when you thought they can no longer compete.

Just when everybody and his uncle is making more sensible energy decisions. 

Big Wind is Back in Maine.

Despite their insidious lobbying efforts, Big Wind's PTC got left out of the…


Added by Art Brigades on April 7, 2020 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Skullduggery in Augusta this Morning


As legislators got to their desks an hour ago, they received a piece of legislation which would order the PUC to reverse its decision that granted a “certificate” to the NECEC. 

This is even more brazen than the Wind Act.

Never mind…

Added by Art Brigades on March 17, 2020 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

So much more energy, and more electricity. Impossible without nukes at the very least.

We were taught in grade school (and we laughed at) how primitive people thought the earth was flat until a bold Italian sailor proved otherwise. Today's primitive thinkers want a rapidly developing world to reach carbon neutrality using tools the equivalent of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria...

This report is a stunner. If the EIA is even close to correct in this prognostication, and if fossil fuels are somehow off the table, how can civilization advance?  

Lots of…


Added by Art Brigades on October 1, 2019 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

AMC Now Full Members of the AEC

When you click on the below link you'll see in the top picture a gathering of interested parties at the RPS/Climate change bill-signing.

That's Beth O'Hearn (teal dress) from League of Conservation Voters, which is the overarching organization for the Airhead Enviro Cabal (LCV, NRCM, Sierra, Audubon, Environment Maine, et al).  Over her shoulder in Maroon/white is Katelyn Bernard, the lobbyist for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which for a few years had…


Added by Art Brigades on June 27, 2019 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

DEP Recommends Permit for Weaver Wind

Very quietly, First Wind creeps back into Maine like Godzilla rose from the fetid lagoon.

Let's hope it's the last wind project ever in Maine.  

Read the Draft Order here:  …


Added by Art Brigades on May 11, 2019 at 12:30am — 10 Comments

Chance to Call Out Maine DEP on Landfilling Turbine Blades

On May 10 the Environment & Natural Resources Committee will take up a substantive bill that hopes to reform and update Maine's landfill policy, which is a very big duty of the Department of Environmental Protection.  The bill is here:  LD%20112%20sponsors%20proposed%20amendment%20for%20PH.pdf

Earlier this year during the public hearing for the RoxWind…


Added by Art Brigades on May 1, 2019 at 5:27pm — 4 Comments

Claims of NECEC Scenic Impact Exaggerated

For dramatic effect, the opponents of the NECEC have been publishing scary stock photos of massive power lines from the midwest and elsewhere.  As a result, most of the vocal-local opposition has been focused on scenic impact to Maine's wilderness.  Here are some of their published photos, some provided to media outlets. 



Added by Art Brigades on April 27, 2019 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Otis Ordinance Vote Soon

The headline calls it a "ban" but it is not.  It, like over 100 other ordinances around Maine, is zoning written to regulate and protect a community from a gawdawful land use.  The maximum height of 150 feet to top of blade pretty much kills any industrial wind project, which is a community's right. They are copying/pasting the…


Added by Art Brigades on April 21, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

NextEra Says HQ Will Hurt Maine People Who Want Wind Projects


While the CMP/HQ 1200 MW HVDC line is seeking approvals at the Maine DEP and PUC, it is also seeking approval of a power purchase agreement at the Massachusetts DPU (the equivalent of our PUC).  This attachment explains that if the CMP/HQ project is built, it…


Added by Art Brigades on August 21, 2018 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Legislation to Improve the Expedited Wind Law Gets Slammed in a House Vote

After last month's public hearing, the original LD 1810, introduced by Governor Paul LePage thanks to Representative Joel Stetkis, was drastically overhauled in committee. Unfortunately, the House didn't even debate the minority report; they just voted to kill the bill outright. 

This minority report of the committee simply would have given the DEP a little bit more opportunity to request a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) when a wind project is proposed close to a Scenic Resource of…


Added by Art Brigades on April 3, 2018 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

High Voltage - Coming to a Transmission Corridor Near You?

Lots of talk lately about High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission systems. New Hampshire's Northern Pass or CMP's New England Clean Energy Connect might be built soon, providing 1000+ MW of clean dispatchable Canadian hydropower to the New England grid.  Such a project -- or perhaps two or three of them -- could greatly slow the wind bandwagon.

This link provides a good primer on HVDC:   …


Added by Art Brigades on March 13, 2018 at 11:30am — 4 Comments



Tory Ryden is guest hosting "Inside Maine" today. She announced that she will be talking at noon for an entire segment about "alternative energy" and how we can expand it at a time when "we have a governor who doesn't believe in alternative energy."

(Believe…is it a religion? ...Alternative…to what?)

Chances are she will have a guest who is in the wind lobby.

Tune in to 560 AM or you can listen live online (about a minute delay).…


Added by Art Brigades on March 5, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

Bowers Decision Coming Today???

Stay Tuned.

Added by Art Brigades on December 3, 2015 at 1:12pm — 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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