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COST SAVINGS OF AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS ARE NEGATIVE IN VERMONT, MAINE, ETC.

CADMUS, an energy consultant hired by the Vermont Department of Public Service, performed a survey of 77 ASHPs at 65 sites in Vermont.

https://publicservice.vermont.gov/sites/dps/files/documents/2017%20Evaluation%20of%20Cold%20Climate%20Heat%20Pumps%20in%20Vermont.pdf

 

CADMUS and VT-DPS concluded, on average, an owner…

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Added by Willem Post on January 25, 2020 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Challenged federal rule could price many renewables out of PJM’s capacity market

Sweeping “minimum offer” rule will likely cut into the competitive edge for renewables as a hedge against fossil fuels.

Motions filed this week are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change a ruling that could price many renewables out of the PJM capacity market, while driving up prices for consumers.

FERC’s Minimum Offer Price Rule, or MOPR, calls for PJM to set minimum bids for state-subsidized electricity generators in those auctions. The rule…

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2020 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

REJOICE: Wind power industry leader calls quits for Vermont

.................Blittersdorf cites a hostile political climate for his recent decision, and he credits Gov. Phil Scott, who campaigned on opposing industrial wind development in 2016, as the main force behind this new reality.

“In 2012 there were over a dozen wind projects in development. Now there are none,” he said. “This is truly a sad state of affairs for Vermont. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. We must combat the carbon emissions crisis and move to a…

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2020 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?

https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/do-renewable-portfolio-standards-deliver/

This working paper from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds that average retail electricity prices in states after the passage of a renewable energy mandate are 11 percent higher after seven years and 17 percent higher…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 23, 2020 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

Scarring Maine's Blueberry Barrens and Great Heath with thirty 650' Tall Wind Turbines

It's curious that there's no mention in this article that the turbines would be spread out on three sides of the 7,000-plus acre Great Heath the largest peatland in the state and an area the state protects. See earlier post:…

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Added by Long Islander on January 22, 2020 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Gov Mills on Wind Power in State of the State

Excerpts from the speech are below. See links at bottom of this post for the full speech. Note that there is no reference in the speech to onshore wind. Onshore wind has become a very controversial topic since it was first rammed down Mainers' throats over 10 years ago. Many politicians will thus avoid its mention. However, mere avoidance of referring to onshore wind in politicians' speeches should not cause anyone to drop their guard. The threat continues to be real and various areas are…

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Added by Long Islander on January 22, 2020 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

Bill aims at requring Maine’s fleet of 3,000 school buses to be all-electric

Young people without insider connections must leave Maine to find decent work while the lunatics running the asylum steadily waste tax dollars to further destroy competitiveness.

                                            

Electric school buses latest stop on Maine’s climate-change journey

Just like cars, e-buses are more expensive than their internal-combustion peers – $300,000 or so compared with less than $150,000. Range is an issue, too. Today’s batteries…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 21, 2020 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 20, 2020

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Special interest groups vow to continue push for energy credits

Wind Energy Lobbyists Still Beating Solar Lobbyists in DC

NY Energy Bill from Cuomo to Consumers Could Top $47 Billion!

50,000 Tons Of Non-Recyclable Wind Turbine Blades Dumped In The Landfill

US Congress approves Historic Funding for Nuclear

Federal setbacks to nuclear energy will harm climate

Europe’s Green Energy Policy Is A Complete…

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Added by Long Islander on January 20, 2020 at 8:51am — 2 Comments

World Finally Waking Up To Wind Nonsense

Risible Renewables: World Finally Waking Up To Wind & Solar’s Nightmare of Nonsense

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Added by arthur qwenk on January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Maine anti-corridor group hit with ethics complaint that could force it to disclose donors

By Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff • January 17, 2020 3:49 pm

Updated: January 17, 2020 4:21 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine — A dark-money group that has aired ads opposing Central Maine Power’s proposed hydropower corridor was hit with a Friday ethics complaint by a political committee funded by the utility in a move that could force the group to disclose donors.

It’s the second ethics complaint in the nascent campaign over the $1 billion corridor that would take Hydro-Quebec power to the…

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Added by Long Islander on January 17, 2020 at 11:53pm — 13 Comments

When the big money comes to town

HELP WANTED: EXPERIENCED INDUSTRIAL WIND FIGHTERS

Clifton is again in the sights of big money wind developer SWEB of New Brunswick and Austria. The MDEP is almost ready to have a public meeting on the project. You can access the application on the DEP website. Look for Silver Maple Wind Energy Facility Application. The meeting may be about Feb. 4 at Comins Hall in Eddington. That may not be how it works out…

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Added by Paula D Kelso on January 17, 2020 at 5:29pm — 1 Comment

The Best Laid Energy Plans ......Hello Maine, How Are Your Energy Prices Doing ?

The Best-Laid Energy Plans

The feds bet $737 million on a salt tower for solar power. You’ll never guess the result.

Government planning and subsidies will make America the world’s green-energy superpower, create millions of jobs, and supercharge the economy—or so we’re told.

The reality is closer to Crescent Dunes, a Nevada solar-energy plant that has gone…

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Added by arthur qwenk on January 17, 2020 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS AND WOOD-BURNING APPLIANCES FOR VERMONT HOUSES

The Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP, has a goal to install about 35,000 air source heat pumps, ASHPs, by 2025, and projects:

 

About 63% of building space heating* and domestic hot water, DHW, from renewable electricity (wind, solar, hydro, biomass, etc.)

About 34% of building space heating and DHW, from wood burning (cordwood/pellet) and bio liquids.

About 3% of building space heating and DHW, from fossil fuels burning.

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Added by Willem Post on January 16, 2020 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Are Maine’s clean energy policies working?

Stewardship of our natural world is certainly a good thing. However, a huge divide exists between urban centers divorced from the natural world, and a rural population who daily live in it. The urban population uses virtue signaling through environmental mandates that sound good, but don’t actually work. Meanwhile, rural folks have to live with the visual impacts of mountain top wind turbines that kill birds and bats by the thousands, forests torn by transmission lines, and the economic…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 16, 2020 at 10:59am — 5 Comments

Trump administration nears decision on LNG shipping by train

Move would offer US natural gas producers an alternative to congested pipelines

Please use the sharing tools found via the share button at the top or side of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 14, 2020 at 10:30am — No Comments

Group backing CMP power line wins support of former environmental leaders

Ten former state environmental officials and advocates lend their support to Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs, a coalition of business and union groups that backs the $1 billion transmission line.

A coalition of business and union groups backing Central Maine Power’s $1 billion transmission line proposal has won the support of nearly a dozen former state environmental officials and advocates.

Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs – which comprises individuals,…

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Added by Long Islander on January 14, 2020 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

What the global warming advocates really have in mind

If successful, the global warming hustle will reclaim power from the people and return it to the kings and queens, lords and ladies who mean to rule over what's left of the world they destroy.  It will be the greatest con ever executed.  The charade is so vast and so vile that if it comes crashing down, not a single Western government will survive.  These are the stakes they created to swap freedom with…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 13, 2020 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Vermont allows for the use of HQ attributes for REC compliance

" Vermont allows for the use of HQ and NYPA attributes for REC compliance , which are not currently eligible in other states."
With Maine out of the picture of procuring RECs from the NECEC project because of it"s 100 megawatt limit, I wonder if Vermont would consider securing RECs from the project to reach it's 75% renewable standard by 2032 ?  

Added by Dan McKay on January 12, 2020 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Enviros Wage War on Maine's Working Poor

Why not just invest the funds in unicorn saddles?

Support dwindles for regional Transportation Climate Initiative

Jan 11, 2020

Opposition is growing around a regional climate compact…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 11, 2020 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

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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."

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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