Wind blows good and bad on Vinalhaven (Maine Sunday Telegram)


Neighbors, meanwhile, say energy rates are up 128 percent since 2009, and they dispute the co-op’s math.

It’s also noteworthy that none of Maine’s 14 other year-round island communities has followed Vinalhaven’s lead. Despite some interest, none has built a wind farm or is expected to do so in the near future.

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1. a dwelling abandoned due to wind turbine noise and vibration

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Comment by Brad Blake on July 20, 2014 at 11:37pm

I posted this on-line.  Oddly, the Vinalhaven article was getting few comments.  But then, again, since the Maine Today media have adopted the policy that only subscribers can make comments and "free" articles per month are limited, they have far fewer comments and will thus get away with playing loose with the facts and not be challenged.

In 2007, the prestigious Brookings Institute published a landmark study of Maine's economic future in which it concluded that Maine's "Quality of Place" is its greatest asset.  In 2008, an unknowing Legislature manipulated by Baldacci passed the heinous "Wind Law" handing over Maine's greatest asset to ruination by the wind industry.  Just look at the photo of the quintessential Maine coastal scene that draws tourist dollars by the BILLIONS to our state and one can see that wind turbines are a scourge on our vaunted "Quality of Place".

Comment by Mike DiCenso on July 20, 2014 at 9:40pm

The wind mafia should be forced to buy the homes for more than market value. This shows how shortsighted the developers were and how inconsiderate the residents are for using the people as guinea pigs who live too near the industrial site. The confusing math is just what Enron used for years. As Jeffrey Skilling told Congress when questioned exactly how his business made money, he explained it was very confusing to put in laymen's terms, and he did not really have enough time at the hearing. Congress bought that line of baloney! White collar crime thrives when they can operate in muddled situations.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on July 20, 2014 at 10:47am

The wind industry produces nothing but empty promises, prevarication and payoffs.

Very tired of these newspaper stories that say "this side says this and the other side says that", when it is abundantly clear that what the wind industry says is either not true or designed to grossly mislead. Moreover, it would not be at all difficult to investigate which side is truthful with a very small amount of investigation. Of course such reporting would undermine the wind industry as it trashes Maine and Mainers, and we couldn't have that.


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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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."

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