PPH Shills Again: State should not block ocean wind project

This wind cheer leading piece, which sounds as though it came from a wind developer's PR firm, starts off with the line "There are no oil wells in Maine." That should tell you a lot of what's to follow given that we make virtually zero electricity from oil and electricity is all that wind power makes, however paltry. The wind pushing then goes on to imply that wind is inexpensive electricity: "Most of the energy we use is produced with imported fuel for which we pay top dollar, impacting everything from the cost of living to the loss of our manufacturing base. Why no mention of wind power's mammoth transmission costs such as the $1.4 BILLION CMP "upgrade" (MPRP) which was an outright ratepayer gift to the wind industry which the Press Herald and others instead deceptively attributed to "the need to replace aging lines"? And why no mention of the environmental left's obstruction of building sorely needed transmission pipelines into Maine to bring in typically low cost natural gas? In response to residents' claims that the giant turbines will mar Monhegan's widely prized views, long favored by artists, it uses Europe to throw Mainers under the bus with: Ocean wind is booming all over the world, especially in Europe (which has had more than its share of famous artists through history.)



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Comment by Jim Wiegand on April 30, 2017 at 10:58am

There may not be any oil wells, but this state is swarming with corporate crooks.

Comment by Barbara Durkin on April 30, 2017 at 9:43am
Dear Adam and Jon:

Optimally,, offshore wind funded by rate and taxpayers could be in reliable source of energy at reasonable cost. But, offshore wind is neither commercially reasonable nor technically viable.

'1st US Offshore Wind Turbine Breaks Before It Even Opened For Business' about DeepWater Wind with 20% project mechanical failure at the start-

Offshore wind turbines' foundations are cracking with same specs as Cape Wind, Siemens 3.6 MW.

Cape Wind, reviewed 4 a decade, was proposed for 40-80% "unstable" conditions new study finds

'Be prepared for new technology defects'
Offshore wind Gabbard project went online in 2012, by 2013 defects are identified, as a rule, no exceptions.

Offshore wind turbines are corroding internally & externally & industry is challenged 2 fix the problems.

'Made in Germany' (note that workers at Bremehaven offshore wind port in Germany are interviewed)--

'No Wind in Its Sails? Offshore wind farms in crisis'

"In cities like Bremerhaven, the offshore wind power industry is in crisis. Just a few years ago, the city was still drawing major companies like Areva, Weserwind and Powerblades. Nearly 4,000 new jobs were created over a decade. But with orders languishing, the companies are now cutting back."

21, 2016

The Sunday Times

'When the wind blows, there’s little benefit for Scotland'

"The hype over our offshore farms has failed to match the reality in spectacular fashion — and problems are mounting, writes former energy minister Brian Wilson,."


'Offshore Wind Turbine Maintenance Cost Fiasco: „100 Times More Expensive Than A New Turbine Itself“!'

By P Gosselin on 2. Februar 2016

"A press release by Germany’s Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft reports how offshore North and Baltic Sea wind turbines need to be in operation for 25 years before they become profitable, but that they are prone to shortened lifespans due to rust from the harsh sea environment.

As a result the wind turbine installations need extra and very costly maintenance to ensure that they survive long enough. It’s turning out to be an insurmountable challenge..."

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'Jobs go at Offshore Wind Solutions'

"German services outfit Offshore Wind Solutions is to cut up to 100 jobs, around one-third of the workforce, as part of a restructuring plan.

"Staff were told in early February that jobs would go following the company’s failure to secure sufficient
work in the German North Sea.

A contract to address defects at Bard's 400MW Bard Offshore 1 project, which started in 2013, is
now almost over. OWS will continue with regular O&M at the wind

'Offshore Wind Solutions cuts green jobs by 1/3 (-100) due to lack of work'
Renewable Energy News


'Unreliable Power: Major Technical Failure Sidelines Another Offshore Wind Park…Adding To Exploding Costs'

By P Gosselin on 4. Februar 2016

'Unreliable Power: Major Technical Failure Sidelines Another Offshore Wind Park…Adding To
Exploding Costs'

"I’ve reported earlier on Germany’s BARD 1 offshore engineering fiasco, where technical problems continue plaguing the wind park and has yet to deliver power on shore to reach markets. Even today the
situation there remains unclear.

Moreover, just days I ago I reported how an expert institute confirmed that offshore wind park installations are highly vulnerable to the

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 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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