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Avangrid wind "farm" fire burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

Avangrid Vice Chairman John Baldacci -- what's your plan for when a wind turbine blaze starts on a remote mountaintop in Maine?

‘Juniper Fire’ in Klickitat County burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

The fire started Saturday afternoon near an area where fire was seen coming from a wind turbine nearly 300 feet off the ground, according to officials and local media. The turbine is part of a wind farm…

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Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Vineyard Wind says project at risk

Federal environmental approval needed in 4-6 weeks

VINEYARD WIND says its offshore wind farm could be in jeopardy if the federal government fails to approve its environmental impact statement over the next six weeks.

In a carefully worded statement issued early Thursday morning, the company appeared to be prodding federal officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to move quickly to approve the environmental impact statement. The statement represents a shift for…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Wind power angling for new handouts as PTC is set to expire (From Council on Foreign Relations)

Beware any coming electrical blackouts as they'll surely be used as pretext for an attempt to have taxpayers fund a revamp of the grid.

A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), which was designed to drive investment by providing reductions in…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Capitalism as Seen by the Left: “The Age of Enron”

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 16, 2019

“Add [to rent-seeking] the company’s rank imprudence and strategic deceit (what I labeled philosophic fraud), and a new term had to be invented to describe that which true capitalist luminaries from Adam Smith forward warned against: the contra-capitalist corporation.”

For many years now, as a poor man’s Robert Caro, I have labored to demonstrate that the worldview-testing event called Enron was Exhibit A of crony capitalism and…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 16, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments

CO2 EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING, CLEAR CUTTING AND BURBING

A nearby farm in Hartford, Vermont has 200 acres of open fields, plus 700 acres of woodland. During a recent logging operation, the trunks of the high quality healthy trees were set aside and cut to 8.5, 10.5 and 12.5 ft lengths, for transport to lumber mills, and the less valuable material, such as tops of trees and branches, misshapen trees, standing dead trees, sickly trees, etc., were gathered and piled up for chipping.

 

The less valuable material is fed into very large…

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Added by Willem Post on July 15, 2019 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Journalism’s Contribution to the Rise of Climate Alarm

Guest Opinion by H. Sterling Burnett

As respect for journalists and their trustworthiness declines, mainstream media outlets, both print and television, are losing readers, subscribers, and viewers. By any measure, journalists aren’t trusted. In public opinion polls, the only professions consistently falling below journalists on their trustworthiness or ethical standards are politicians and used-car salespeople.

This doesn’t surprise me. For more than 20 years…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 15, 2019 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

NY's Hamptons: "Seeing turbines on the far horizon would be unacceptable"

Developer: We won’t pursue wind farm in waters off Hamptons

.......................... Then there’s New York State, which does not support wind-energy areas off the Hamptons and has registered opposition with BOEM, officials said.

“No one can really tell me who and why [New York…

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Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Maine PUC Approves Wind Power Contract for Old First Wind Gang

July 12, 2019

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) unanimously approved a long-term contract for a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The project is being developed by Weaver Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Longroad Development Partners, LLC and is expected to be operational no later than December 2020.

"This 20-year contract should create real ratepayer benefits for Maine" stated Commission Chairman Philip Bartlett. The…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Business group worried offshore wind bidders could become scarce

ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTS of the declining price cap on offshore wind solicitations is now calling on the Baker administration to scale it back.

Robert Rio, senior vice president and counsel at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, one of the state’s leading business groups, sent a letter to the Baker administration on July 5 urging modification of the price cap, which requires each successive offshore wind procurement to be priced lower than the last.

The unusually low…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 8, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Study: The Levelized Cost of Electricity from Existing Generation Resources

Report: Cost Shifting is the Name of the Game for Wind & Solar

Report: How Resources are Selected and Prices Set in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Disentangling the Renewable Energy Scam

Resources for Making the Case against Carbon Taxes

Why Climate Activists Threaten Endangered Species With…

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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2019 at 8:03pm — No Comments

The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking



A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor, policymaker or pundit joining…

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Added by Willem Post on July 11, 2019 at 3:17pm — 2 Comments

Vineyard Wind dealt blows on two fronts: Edgartown commission rejects cables; feds delay EIS

The Edgartown conservation commission, in a 5-1 vote, has denied a permit for cables that would pass through the Muskeget Channel.

Vineyard Wind proposed to bury two 400 megawatt export cables one mile off Chappaquiddick from its proposed wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard to a site in Barnstable.

The cables had been approved by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but at the Edgartown hearings fishermen pushed back strongly against them saying…

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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Sens Collins & King and put out tin cup for wind industry

Bicoastal perhaps, but hardly bipartisan, although it's being marketed as such.

Collins, Carper Introduce Bill to Spur Investments in Offshore Wind

Bipartisan legislation would extend investment tax credits to support the emerging offshore wind energy industry…

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Added by Long Islander on July 5, 2019 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

How trees could save the climate

The researchers calculated that under the current climate conditions, Earth’s land could support 4.4 billion hectares of continuous tree cover. That is 1.6 billion more than the currently existing 2.8 billion hectares. Of these 1.6 billion hectares, 0.9 billion hectares fulfill the criterion of not being used by hu-mans. This means that there is currently an area of the size of the US available for tree restoration. Once mature, these new forests could store…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 5, 2019 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

HOW RESOURCES ARE SELECTED AND PRICES ARE SET IN THE WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY MARKETS

The New England high voltage grid provides electricity throughout New England. There are several hundred electricity-generating plants directly connected to the grid via substations. In 2018, the total output of these plants was 103,702 GWh, about 84% of the total supply to the NE grid. The rest of the supply was 21,409 GWh via 3 connections to nearby grids. See URL.…

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Added by Willem Post on July 4, 2019 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Must Read: The solar energy subsidy is complicated and hidden

July 1, 2019

Disentangling the Renewable Energy Scam

By Norman Rogers

The solar energy industry is telling its pals in Congress that it is willing the lose most of its subsidies. The current subsidy for solar is 30% of the construction cost. To that subsidy, an additional 10% subsidy is available due to special fast depreciation for solar energy plants. The 30% subsidy is scheduled to ramp down to 10% by 2022 and thereafter remain at 10%. This is not a consequence of…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 1, 2019 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Report: Renewable Energy Is Bigger ‘Scam’ than Bernie Madoff and Enron

Well . . . we have been saying it over and over but now the Aussies have finally confirmed all the reasons we should hang up our "Renewable Energy Industries" at once. Of course with the "Green New Deal" and insane liberals being elected to office, there is little hope that this will end before we bankrupt our system and all our citizens. Germany is also in trouble with their renewable plan and it is costing them a fortune.…

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Added by Eskutassis on June 29, 2019 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

Ex-Gov. Baldacci, board member of CMP’s parent, says company should make customers whole

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What this seems to say is "if we took more money from you then we were supposed to, it looks like we'll have to give it back". Is there a way we can nominate Baldacci for a magnanimity award? Perhaps the biggest story here is that it took five years for the Maine media to reveal that Baldacci joined the Avangrid board back in 2014.

Note also that since 2012, Baldacci has been with Portland law firm…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2019 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

COST SHIFTING IS THE NAME OF THE GAME REGARDING WIND AND SOLAR

Regarding wind and solar, cost shifting is rarely mentioned, identified or quantified. Those costs, as c/kWh, could be quantified, but it is politically expedient, using various, often far-fetched reasons, to charge them to:

 

- Directly to ratepayers, via electric rate schedules, and/or added taxes, fees and surcharges on electric bills

- Directly to taxpayers, such as carbon taxes, user fees and surcharges.

- Directly to federal and state budgets and…

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Added by Willem Post on June 29, 2019 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Gone with the Wind: Inefficiency and Hazardous Nature of Wind Energy Impedes Renewable Crusade

June 29, 2019

By Vijay Jayaraj

Wind energy is infinite, clean, a friend of climate, and the future of our energy sector. That is the green gospel we hear from renewable-obsessed environmentalists and politicians every day.

If wind energy is what they claim it is, why are the economic powerhouses of the world increasingly turning toward fossil fuels and nuclear, not toward wind? If wind is affordable and efficient, as they claim, why does it need subsidies to…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on June 29, 2019 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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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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