PPH - Maine Voices: Monhegan Island is the wrong place for wind turbines

We face a David vs. Goliath fight over the wind turbine project, but our island is worth fighting for.... we represent the views of nearly half of Monhegan Island residents, as well as many other seasonal residents and visitors from around the world. 

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/04/maine-voices-monhegan-island-...

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Comment by Pineo Girl on December 5, 2016 at 12:56pm

UMPI turbine produced 13% of its stated capacity - Not remotely worth it!

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 5, 2016 at 12:00pm

Public Funding deserves FOIA & FOAA information releases. Not just the published papers, but copies of the actual recording instrumentation charts or other outputted information. That information is not protected as a Trade Secret.

Comment by Long Islander on December 5, 2016 at 11:20am

Meanwhile, in Presque Isle, where the University of Maine has had a an industrial wind turbine since May 15, 2009, and where the University promised 100% transparency and information/data sharing with the public about this public-funded wind turbine, here's what we have today:

 http://www.umpi.edu/wind/data/

This souds like "the dog ate my homework". At the very least, they should make public all the reporting that had to have been done off of the data housed in the server. Certainly those data were downloaded by individuals and reported on separately, such as in Excel. Where is that?

Last we looked, the turbine was showing a capacity factor of 11%. A disaster, but one that we predicted.

The University got a $50,000 grant from Kurt Adams' PUC to kick this off. We read many an article about this turbine and how great it was going to be. Then UMPI president Donald Zillman went on a road show bragging about their accomplishment. They received awards and even spent $$$$$ making a propaganda film about the turbine. The media covered this every step of the way.

But now that it is clear that the turbine is a gigantic failure and one that costs more and more money every year - and now that it is clear that Baldacci's UMS trustees signed off on this with zero examination, where are the media? The media will cover the most obscure and contrived wind industry events. But where is their follow up reporting on this? They gave it plenty of propaganda support. But now that it has failed, where is the ink?

Comment by Deborah Andrew on December 5, 2016 at 9:52am

Don't give up.  Standing Rock can be our beacon.  Also, I hope you will consider reading: "Green Illusions, The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism" by Ozzie Zehner and "Techno-Fix, Why Technology Will Not Save Us or the Environment" by Michael & Joyce Heusseman.  We are being hoodwinked into thinking there is a 'fix' and we can continue to consume energy as we have been.  Don't assume you cannot stop this folly.  Many will have your backs as more and more people realize that we are all in the crosshairs.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 5, 2016 at 8:43am

From the Article:


What was originally presented as a one-eighth-scale turbine, which would be tested for two five-month periods, has morphed into a 20-year-long major project, with industrial-scale wind turbines on floating towers and backed by $48 million of taxpayer money. 


Same ole salesman pitch, once the toe is in the door the battle is half won.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on December 5, 2016 at 6:45am

We fought Oakfield for 3 years and it was worth every minute even though we lost- please keep up your fight- as one never knows- the tables do turn but you do have to keep pushing- best of luck- those things should NEVER have been allowed in our state.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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