Frank J. Heller, MPA
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Wind turbine siting ordinances & criteria
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I've been involved in 'teaching' Maine planners about correct siting of wind turbines--horizontal and vertical, i.e. AVCOG planners last November; Lisbon Town manager; and worked with Brunswick's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Brigades Jan 7, 2010.

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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post Governor Mills Statement Regarding NECEC Stipulation Before the PUC
"I think Angela is looking down the road at the termination of warranties and major maintenance for wind turbines.....this will make generation less profitable and add their voice demands to raise rates."
19 hours ago
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post Governor Mills Statement Regarding NECEC Stipulation Before the PUC
"The final package is a lobbyist's wet dream......so much extraneous stuff tacked on."
19 hours ago
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post Governor Mills Statement Regarding NECEC Stipulation Before the PUC
""with its plentiful low carbon generation, along with local renewable generators, will not only bring down the price of power for consumers of all sizes but will also help us wean off of fossil fuels in a significant way." Sounds like…"
19 hours ago
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits
"Apparently, it's going to cost considerable money to develop the inverters and install the power supply switches according to the transmission trade literature....... ..."
Feb 10
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits
"I'll post, when I can a photo of a large solar 'farm'on top of a clear cut forest lot. LOST TREES=LOST PHOTOSYNTHESIS=MORE CO2 REMAINING IN THE ATMOSPHERE AND LESS TEMPERING OF RAINWATER BY ROOT SYSTEMS."
Feb 10
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post U.S. DOE Seemingly Scuttles Current Approaches to Floating Wind Turbines
"Problem is transmission in deeper waters and in areas traversed by trawlers. I bet UMO is going after this money.....why on Thursday, the U. of Maine will make an OFFSHORE WIND PRESENTATION to the Energy Utilities and Technology committee at 1…"
Feb 5
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post CMP ready to deal over hydro transmission project, lawmaker says
"Today's the day for hearing about CMP's new options/"
Feb 5
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post U.S. DOE Seemingly Scuttles Current Approaches to Floating Wind Turbines
"Sounds like a lot of electronics to have to work correctly. UMO must be submitting an application? Problem is transmission to shore, and it's an expensive one the deeper the waters esp. those used by trawlers. Clash, clash."
Feb 5
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on John F. Hussey's blog post Battery STUPIDITY!
"So that's a major redesign from direct feeds into the grid via a sep. meter, to a feed into the battery bank which handles load and also feeds into the grid. This evens out power supplied but there is a loss from DC to AC...guess they'll…"
Jan 13
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post SMART METERS : PASSIVE TO ACTIVE STATUS
"Interesting observation in the WSJ yesterday on the progressive movement to convert citizen legislatures to full time 'professional' legislatures. Evidence was New York's and California's where legislators had salary and benefit…"
Jan 13
Willem Post commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.
"Frank, Go to Appendix of my latest article and you will see a detailed overview of H-Q generation and costs"
Jan 12
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post SMART METERS : PASSIVE TO ACTIVE STATUS
"Another reason to favor natural gas.  It is compressible, and can be easily transported  and dispatched. Batteries...not so much! Imagine how big recharging stations will be along I 95/295.  LLBEANS recharging area is both parking and…"
Jan 12
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post SMART METERS : PASSIVE TO ACTIVE STATUS
"...and smart enough to refuse to accept your 'extra power' if not needed: "Deployment of smart grid technologies, including real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimize the physical operation of energy-consuming…"
Jan 12
Penny Gray commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.
"Governor Mills needs to appoint Dan McKay as her energy advisor."
Jan 11
Dan McKay commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.
"  The NECEC project will be a significant market player in the ISO-NE market and could produce some interesting problems for existing Western Maine Wind projects.       The Record Hill Wind ( RHW ) Project in Roxbury is a…"
Jan 11
Dan McKay commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.
"   The NECEC project will be a significant market player in the ISO-NE market and could produce some interesting problems for existing Western Maine Wind projects.       The Record Hill Wind ( RHW ) Project in Roxbury is a…"
Jan 11

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HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.

use this URL to access the pull down menues....well organized.   

http://www.hydroquebec.com/sustainable-development/energy-environment/hydropower.html

Two things stand out:

   First, they have a tremendous amount of all forms of renewable energy, the bulk in hydro generated , 177,091 GigaWattHours generated and 31,610 GigaWattHours purchased.

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Posted on January 11, 2019 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

FERC justifies continuation of large Ellsworth Hydro power plant.....it's an official proclamation.

There is over 50 MW of latent hydro power that can be justified in the same way.

>>From approval of FERC permit:

"The applicant, Bangor, has applied to FERC for a new

license to continue operation of the 8 . 9-MW Ellsworth Project . The project is located i n the fastest growing portion of  applicant's…

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Posted on January 4, 2019 at 5:38pm — 3 Comments

UN believes HYDROPOWER IS the answer to climate change.

People in the hydroelectric power industry have long known that this clean, reliable, renewable generating technology has an important role to play in meeting vital goals related to the environment and climate change.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agrees, as evidenced by an article published on its website last week.

Below are excerpts from the text of this…

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Posted on December 5, 2018 at 3:42pm

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At 9:55pm on March 27, 2015, Kathy Sherman said…
Tried comment, not work. Thinking much of this does not interest all. e-mail direct if you can.
At 10:39pm on March 31, 2013, Norman Mitchell said…

http://mainelaw.maine.edu/ who would you suggest I send an email to ?? 

 
 
 

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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