Apple funds conservation of 32,400 acres in The County
Tech giant Apple has given an undisclosed amount of money to The Conservation Fund, which plans to use the money to conserve 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in southern Aroostook County.
Lisa Jackson: Apple to invest in ‘sustainable’ timberland - 90% in Maine
90% of this is in Maine
Perhaps Apple has some iNoise planned for us.
PPH: Apple to invest in ‘sustainable’ timberland in Maine, North Carolina
The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace........
Reed Forest in Aroostook County, Maine:
Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting more than 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in Aroostook County, Maine. Reed’s wetlands, rivers and upland forest provide refuge in Maine’s iconic North Woods for Atlantic salmon, bald eagle, northern goshawk and Canada lynx. This project builds on a broader landscape of more than a million acres of conserved lands and interconnected forest habitat that stretches beyond the border into New Brunswick, Canada. Reed Forest will remain a working forest, ensuring continued fiber production and protecting jobs and recreational opportunities.
Why Apple Is Permanently Protecting Working Forests
By Lisa Jackson and Larry Selzer
also please see:
Weaver Wind public hearing. DEP May 14, 6-8 pm Airline School in Aurora
as well as:
Expansion of RPS - EUT Hearing Today (Apr 16, 2015) at 1:30PM
LD 1263 is an expansion of the renewable portfolio mandate that allows solar developers to take the Renewable Energy Credit subsidy that comes from your light bill. Those solar developers would also get federal Production (or Investment) Tax Credits as well as mandated contracts and mandated sales of their electricity back to the grid regardless of whether the grid wants it or can afford it. While FMM would rather see solar than wind, this bill goes too far. First, FMM supports individual (not grid-scale) installation of rooftop solar all over New England, because widely deployed, it could reduce peak load (demand), which is the need for the few old (usually dirty) peaking plants in New England, including Maine's oil plant on Cousins Island. Second, with these last old regional plants retiring, the New England grid needs firm capacity, not the low quality electricity from wind and solar. Third, the scheme envisioned in this bill does no good for ratepayers or the environment, but it siphons massive ratepayer and taxpayer subsidies to so-called "investors" in a product that the market does not need and cannot afford to buy. FMM has opposed the RPS for years on these grounds. The public hearing is this Thursday.
Listen live on the Web at 1:30PM today at: http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Audio/211
After clicking the above link, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of the words "Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee Room (EUT)".
Descriptions of the three audio buttons are as follows:
If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air.