The mad rush to incorporate more wind and solar power into the New England electricity network is creating interesting results.
State subsidies to wind and solar power plants is providing the money these ventures need for return on investments. Their ROI is based on far shorter time periods than investments in the much sturdier gas, hydro and nuclear plants.
The market response to these policy driven intermittent, renewable investments is based on reliability and the…Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 15, 2018 at 9:57am — No Comments
Here's a 21 minute audio interview with windy Hallie Gilman dated 3/7/16. The reporter, Tory Ryden, hopefully won "Softball Pitcher of the Year" for this interview where Ms. Ryden terms wind turbines as "majestic" and pejoratively refers to opponents as NIMBY's.
I haven't yet watched but look forward to doing so this evening. Hopefully fact checkers can review and comment if warranted.
THE MAINE EVENT
Wind Power in Maine
Gov. Paul LePage recently imposed a moratorium on new wind energy…
In 2010 NRCM's Dylan Voorhees suggested that by 2012 it would be possible that wind power could be supplying 20% of New England's electricity needs. Don't take our word for it. Simply scroll to the 24 minutes and 45 second mark at the following link. …Continue
The new year has brought only bad tidings for the future of wind energy development in Maine: The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reconsidering an offshore pilot, Gov. Paul LePage is seeking to limit new development, and Maine wind failed to succeed in Massachusetts’ recent clean energy request for proposals (RFP). Below is a recap of the latest wind power developments so far this year.…Continue
A ruthless direct hit on Maine's poor and middle class via unnecessarily high electricity rates by banning desperately needed new natural gas pipelines. Mammoth new natural gas reserves in nearby states go untapped by Mainers because of Massachusetts' blockade at the same time they "demand" we allow our mountains, ridges and hilltops be grossly despoiled by wind and transmission blight so they can power their McMansions with feelgood electricity while stuffing money into politicians'…Continue
Angus King's 22 Record Hill Wind Turbines from atop Mahoosuc Land Trust's Rumford Whitecap Property
The Maine Land Trust Network has a piece in the Portland Press Herald today talking about the importance of tourism. See the link to this…Continue
Massachusetts is on a mission to self destruct their landscape and their economy. Let's try and keep them from dragging us down!
These politicians, I assume none of whom are scientists, and also none of them are very astute economists, are setting Massachusetts on a straight line to electricity disfunctionality and economic disaster.
Several gas pipelines would be cheaper to build, provide not only gas for electricity, but eliminate fuel oil for heating and…Continue
Lock up the carbon in wood products Maine can sell rather than fecklessly attempting to avoid CO2 emissions by desecrating Maine with wind turbines.
Conserving eagles from green energy??????? This is Sept 2017 review is about as brilliant as saving cancer patients by shooting them.
The move to shut down…
Added by Jim Wiegand on February 13, 2018 at 1:05pm — No Comments
Congratulations to Gov. Paul LePage for introducing a bill to repeal the Expedited Windpower Act, enacted in 2008. It is about time the Legislature repealed that act, which is destroying Maine’s mountains.
The 2008 act was prepared by a top-heavy group of power companies, developers and conservation organizations. There is no mention in their report of preventing damage to the fragile mountains and the surrounding ecosystems.
Those same mountains are the sponges that collect…Continue
I am not sure which is worse: the state Public Utilities Commission, whose members authorized an unconscionable 18 percent rate increase (in a period when inflation is less than 2 percent), or the Maine Legislature, which continues to oppose Quebec hydroelectricity, delivered to our homes and businesses at one-third the price we currently pay.…Continue
In the years of research leading up to the Criterion wind project Developers tried their best to keep a lid on reported turbine mortality. They did this by rigging research methodologies and getting the Interior Department to play along. But as I have discovered, occasionally a crack in the dam appears giving the public…Continue
Added by Jim Wiegand on February 12, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Clyde Wind Farm - Now that's where I want to spend my vacation!
Wind farms erected in scenic landscapes could be a turn-off for tourists, according to a report.
The findings contradict previous studies which suggested the green energy schemes had no overall impact on visitors…Continue
The FY 2019 Budget Request advances energy dominance by investing in America’s leadership in energy innovation. The FY 2019 Request provides $2.5B for energy and related programs, $1.9B below FY 2017 Enacted, and continues the Administration’s prioritization of the early-stage R&D that takes place at the National Laboratories. Highlights include:
$696M for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, $1.3B below FY 2017 Enacted, focusing on early stage R&D on energy…Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 12, 2018 at 12:17pm — No Comments
Our friends at Protect Monhegan have until February 14th to provide comments against the University of Maine's Aqua Ventus project. Comments may be made at this link:
On shore or off shore it is business as usual for the wind industry...no matter who the…Continue
Well, technically, they’re calling it climate change now because the rest of the waking world came to understand that there’s no way the world is actually warming. Their hope is to hold onto the liberal eco-guilt demographic through the certainly…Continue
Added by Eric A. Tuttle on February 11, 2018 at 12:34pm — No Comments