"Such easy access to the public's purse"

Angus King-Yale Endowment DOE loan guarantee and First Wind  DOE loan guarantee referenced in lawsuit

Department of Energy Approved Solyndra and Other Projects Allegedly Without Required Oversight, Say Plaintiffs.

Inland EmpireCaliforniaUnited States of America (Free-Press-Release.com) December 7, 2011 --

Inland Empire, CA, December 07, 2011 -- On November 28, 2011, CAlifornians for Renewable Energy (CARE) and Michael Boyd filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Case# 1:11-cv-02128; to challenge more than two dozen alleged federal loan guarantees illegally issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate 26 loan guarantees for utility-scale renewable-energy projects, including guarantees to the now-bankrupt Solyndra Inc. and Beacon Corporation, because allegedly DOE issued them before putting in place regulations that would enable it to properly vet projects and make sure they are unlikely to fail.

“No matter how you feel about federal loan guarantees as a matter of policy, the reality is that Congress passed a law prohibiting DOE from issuing guarantees until it put regulations in place to protect the taxpayer from Section 1705 projects with no realistic chance of success,” alleged Cory Briggs, the attorney for the plaintiffs.

“The Solyndra and Beacon bankruptcies are Exhibit A for why DOE should have issued regulations before putting taxpayers on the hook.”

Michael Boyd, the president of CARE and a plaintiff, lamented the way that big business with connections to the White House under Presidents Bush and Obama where given such easy access to the public’s purse. He describes the loan guarantees as “corporate cronyism at its worst.” CARE works to promote public education concerning renewable energy and has been a consistent advocate for environmentally and community-sensitive energy projects that reduce greenhouse gases and that are commercially viable without inappropriate taxpayer subsidies.

For more information about the CARE suit, please visit http://www.calfree.com/Stimulus Complaint.pdf. For more information about the lawsuit, please contact Cory Briggs at 909-949-7115 or at info(at)briggslawcorp(dot)com.

Robert Lundahl, Freshwater Bay Pictures, LLC, P.O. Box 429, Solana Beach, CA 92075, Phone: (415) 205-3481. Email: robert(at)studio-rla(dot)com

Cory J. Briggs, Briggs Law Corporation, San Diego County: 814 Morena Boulevard, Suite 107, San Diego, CA 92110, Inland Empire: 99 East "C" Street, Suite 111, Upland, CA 91786, Telephone: 619-221-9280 (San Diego), 909-949-7115 (Inland Empire), E-mail: cory(at)briggslawcorp(dot)com

Contact :
Michael E. Boyd
Californians for Renewable Energy, Inc. (CARE)
5439 Soquel Drive
Soquel, CA 95073


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The projects are listed here:


Four of these are wind projects including Angus King-Yale Endowmnent's "Record Hill" and First Wind's "Kahuku Wind Power". There is also one transmission project that looks as if it may benefit wind power development. I believe the following PDF may describe this project:


Should anyone wish to contact the Briggs Law Corporation, I believe their contact information is as follows:

Cory J. Briggs     
Briggs Law Corporation     
San Diego County: 
814 Morena Boulevard, Suite 107, 
San Diego, CA 92110     
Inland Empire: 99 East "C" Street, Suite 111, 
Upland, CA 91786     
Telephone: 619-221-9280 (San Diego), 909-949-7115 (Inland Empire) 
E-mail: cory@briggslawcorp.com

(And see info at above press release as well).

Program Technology Loan
Locations Status
AREVA Front-end Nuclear $2 billion 310/1,000 May 2010 Idaho Falls, ID Conditional Commitment
Georgia Power Company Nuclear Generation $8.33 billion 800/3,500 Feb 2010 Waynesboro, GA Conditional Commitment
Red River Environmental Products, LLC Energy Efficiency $245 million 70/500 Dec 2009 Conditional Commitment
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. Energy Efficiency $72 million 160/210 Mar 2010 Faribault, MN Conditional Commitment
1366 Technologies, Inc. Solar Manufacturing $150 million 70/50 Sept 2011 Lexington, MA Closed
Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC Biofuel $132.4 million 65/300 Aug 2011 Hugoton, KS Closed
Abengoa Solar, Inc. (Mojave Solar) Solar Generation $1.2 billion 70/830 Sept 2011 San Bernardino County, CA Closed
Abengoa Solar, Inc. (Solana) Solar Generation $1.446 billion 60/1,700 Dec 2010 Gila Bend, AZ Closed
Abound Solar Solar Manufacturing $400 million 1,200/400 Dec 2010 Longmont, CO and Tipton, IN Closed
AES Corporation Battery Storage $17.1 million 5/30 Aug 2010 Johnson City, NY Closed
Beacon Power Corporation Energy Storage $43 million 14/20 Aug 2010 Stephentown, NY Closed
BrightSource Energy, Inc. Solar Generation $1.6 billion 86/1,000 Apr 2011 Baker, CA Closed
Caithness Shepherds Flat Wind Generation partial guarantee of $1.3 billion 35/400 Oct 2010 Gilliam and Morrow Counties, OR Closed
Cogentrix of Alamosa, LLC. Solar Generation $90.6 million 10/75 Sept 2011 Alamosa, CO Closed
Exelon (Antelope Valley Solar Ranch) Solar Generation $646 million 20/350 Sept 2011 Lancanster, CA Closed
Granite Reliable Wind Generation partial guarantee of $168.9 million 6/198 Sept 2011 Coos, NH Closed
Kahuku Wind Power, LLC. Wind Generation $117 million 10/200 July 2010 Kahuku Oahu, HI Closed
LS Power Associates (ON Line – formerly known as SWIP-S) Transmission $343 million 15/400 Feb 2011 Ely to Las Vegas, NV Closed
Mesquite Solar 1, LLC (Sempra Mesquite) Solar Generation $337 million 7/300 Sept 2011 Maricopa County, AZ Closed
Nevada Geothermal Power Company, Inc. Geothermal partial guarantee of $98.5 million 14/200 Sept 2010 Humbolt County, NV Closed
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (Desert Sunlight) Solar Generation partial guarantee of $1.46 billion 15/550 Sept 2011 Riverside County, CA Closed
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (Genesis Solar) Solar Generation partial guarantee of $852 million 47/800 Aug 2011 Riverside County, CA Closed
NRG Energy (California Valley Solar Ranch) Solar Generation $1.237 billion 15/350 Sept 2011 San Luis Obispo, CA Closed
NRG Solar, LLC (Agua Caliente) Solar Generation $967 million 10/400 Aug 2011 Yuma County, AZ Closed
Ormat Nevada, Inc. Geothermal partial guarantee of $350 million 64/332 Sept 2011 Jersey Valley, McGinness Hills, and Tuscarora, NV Closed
POET, LLC. Biofuel $105 million 40/200 Sept 2011 Emmetsburg, IA Closed
Prologis (Project Amp) Solar Generation partial guarantee of $1.4 billion 42/Over 1,000 Sept 2011 28 States Closed
Record Hill Wind Wind Generation $102 million 8/200 Aug 2011 Roxbury, ME Closed
SolarReserve, LLC (Crescent Dunes) Solar Generation $737 million 45/600 Sept 2011 Nye County, NV Closed
SoloPower Solar Manufacturing $197 million 450/270 Aug 2011 Wilsonville, OR Closed
Solyndra Inc. Solar Manufacturing $535 million N/A/3,000 Sep 2009 Fremont, CA Closed
US Geothermal, Inc. Geothermal $97 million 10/150 Feb 2011 Malheur County, OR Closed
Program Loan Amount Jobs 
Date of
Number of
Fisker Automotive $529 million 2,000 Apr 2010 2 Closed
Ford Motor Company $5.907 billion 33,000 Sep 2009 13 Closed
Nissan North America, Inc. $1.448 billion 1,300 Jan 2010 2 Closed
Severstal Dearborn, LLC $730 million 260/2,500 June 2011 Conditional Commitment
Tesla Motors $465 million 1,500 Jan 2010 2 Closed
The Vehicle Production Group LLC $50 million 900 Mar 2011 1 Closed

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Comment by Long Islander on September 1, 2012 at 2:31pm

HUGE hypocrisy from Yale whose School of Forestry fancies itself as one of the planet's foremost environmental stewards. The clear cuts up here are devastating. Then they use the sad state of the clear cut land as a reason to allow a wind farm - citing the land is of otherwise no value. Nauseating.







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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