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No, Congress will not extend the PTC

No, Congress will not extend the PTC

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Added by Willem Post on November 14, 2019 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

PROTECTING BOILERS AGAINST FLUE GAS CONDENSATION

PROTECTING BOILERS AGAINST FLUE GAS CONDENSATION

https://www.achrnews.com/articles/135513-protecting-boilers-against-flue-gas-condensation 

 

NON-CONDENSING BOILERS USING PROPANE OR NATURAL GAS

If the thermostats in the buildings connected to a boiler are set so the buildings can use the entire hot water output of a…

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Added by Willem Post on November 5, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

THE CASE AGAINST INTENSIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT IN MAINE

THE CASE AGAINST INTENSIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT IN MAINE http://www.forestecologynetwork.org/BANDY22.htm

by LeRoy Bandy, PhD and Barbara Bandy, M.S.

For references and more information, consult the Bandy's bibliography on clearcutting.

The forestland of Maine is sometimes referred to as the Northern…

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Added by Willem Post on October 25, 2019 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

DARTMOUTH RECONSIDERING WHETHER TO BUILD BIOMASS PLANT

By JOHN P. GREGG, Valley News Staff Writer, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

 

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is reconsidering whether to rely on a proposed biomass plant to heat its campus after prominent alumni environmentalists said burning wood chips contributes to global warming.

 

“At this point, biomass is still on the table, but we are going through a process to kind of confirm if that makes sense,” Josh Keniston, the Dartmouth’s vice president for institutional…

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Added by Willem Post on September 25, 2019 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

VERMONT IS HARVESTING WOOD FAR IN EXCESS OF NET ADDED ABOVEGROUND LIVE BIOMASS

Vermont has the 4th highest percentage of forest coverage, after Maine, New Hampshire and Virginia. According to the USFS, based on 2015 satellite data, Vermont had about 4,511,000 acres of forest, of which 4,288,000 acres were classified as timberland.

 

Only about 3,050,000 acres of the timberland acres were considered “accessible, ecologically appropriate for logging” by BERC, a pro-logging industry consultant. However, that does not mean all of the 3,050,000 acres…

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Added by Willem Post on August 29, 2019 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

DARTMOUTH'S PLANNED BIOMASS PLANT WOULD ONLY MAKE THINGS WORSE

Dartmouth’s planned biomass plant would only make things worse

https://www.vnews.com/Column-Burning-Forests-for-Heat-at-Dartmouth-27594239

 

GEORGE M. WOODWELL, WILLIAM SCHLESINGER and JOHN D. STERMAN

We are three Dartmouth College alumni who have led major scientific programs and research institutions dealing in part with forests as cause…

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Added by Willem Post on August 9, 2019 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

CO2 EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING, CLEARCUTTING AND BURNING

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

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

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

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

BURNING WOOD PRODUCES EXTREMELY SMALL PARTICLES HARMFUL TO PUBLIC HEALTH

A Cloud of Wood Smoke Forms Every Winter

 

Most people do not know the pollution emitted by wood-burning appliances, or know the emission limits of new appliances, as required by the EPA. 

 

Open-hearth…

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Added by Willem Post on June 18, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

COMPARISON OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE EXISTING COGEN PLANT AND NEW HEATING PLANT

The existing Dartmouth campus central cogeneration plant required about 3.5 million gallon of No. 6 fuel oil in 2018. The plant had a minimum heating load of 4 MW (13.65 million Btu/h) in summer and a maximum of 32 MW (109.2 million Btu/h) in winter. See page 11 of URL

 

The Dartmouth campus required about 50000 MWh of electricity in 2018, of which about 80% was purchased and the existing co-gen plant generated about 20%.

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Added by Willem Post on May 31, 2019 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

DEEP-WATER FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES IN MAINE

The Norwegians have about 60 years of experience building and servicing oil/gas rigs and laying undersea electric cables, gas lines and oil lines all over the world.

 

They have invested billions of dollars in specialized deep-water, Norwegian harbors and facilities for assembly of oil/gas rigs and invested in specialized sea-going heavy lifters, and specialized sea-going tugboats to tow the oil/gas rigs from Norwegian building sites to oil/gas production sites. The heavy…

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Added by Willem Post on May 18, 2019 at 9:00am — 30 Comments

THE REASON RENEWABLES CAN'T POWER MODERN CIVILIZATION IS BECAUSE THEY WERE NEVER MEANT TO

Here is a Shellenberger article regarding Germany’s Energiewende.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-reason-renewables-c...

 

Millions of Germans must be getting ticked off by now, as it is beginning to dawn on them, after at least a decade of extortion from their wallets, and being deceived by the RE disinformation fog, additional…

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Added by Willem Post on May 13, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

REUSING OLD ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERIES FOR GRID-SCALE STORAGE

As more EVs will be used in the future, a problem will arise what to do with the old batteries. Some folks say they can be reused for grid-scale storage to provide electricity, such as during multi-day wind and solar lulls, which in New England occur at random anytime of the year.

 

The old EV batteries would come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They would have to be arranged in buildings and kept at about 70F for best performance. Older batteries have more in and out…

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Added by Willem Post on May 7, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

THE MORE WIND AND SOLAR, THE HIGHER THE ELECTRIC RATES

1) Wind and Solar Subsidies Provide a Bonanza for Wall Street

 

This URL shows wind and solar prices per kWh would be at least 50% higher without direct and indirect subsidies. They would be even higher, if the costs of other items were properly allocated to the owners of wind and solar projects, instead of shifted elsewhere. See below section High Levels of Wind and Solar Require Energy Storage.

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Added by Willem Post on May 4, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

HIGH DEMAND AND LOW WIND AND SOLAR DURING SUMMER IN NEW ENGLAND

This article assumes the highly productive (CF = 0.90), near-CO2-free, NE nuclear plants would be closed in 2035, when their licenses would have expired, but the highly efficient (up to 60%), low-CO2, gas turbine plants would continue to operate as at present. 

 

Wind and solar (after the meter, ATM + before the meter, BTM) would be greatly increased by 2035, based on ISO-NE projections; 32% of a total NE grid load, versus 5.5% in 2018.

 

As a result of replacing…

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Added by Willem Post on May 2, 2019 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

IFO INSTITUTE STUDY CASTS DOUBT ON CLIMATE-SAVING CREDENTIALS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

A Tesla Model 3 has a worse life-cycle carbon footprint than a similar-sized Mercedes diesel car, the renowned German think tank, IFO, has found. It warns that electric vehicles are "no panacea" against climate change.

https://www.dw.com/en/ifo-study-casts-doubt-on-electric-vehicles-climate-saving-credentials/a-48460328

When the IFO released its findings…

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Added by Willem Post on April 25, 2019 at 8:00pm — No Comments

EXCESSIVE SUBSIDIES FOR 2200 kW FIELD-MOUNTED SOLAR SYSTEM IN VERMONT

Most people, including myself, really have no clear idea regarding the various subsidies required to attract capital for the build-outs of solar systems. Relatively few insiders, such as some legislators, the Vermont Department of Public Service and the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, likely are intimately familiar with all the detailed ins and outs.

 

The Vermont Public Utilities Commission administers the Vermont Standard Offer Program that promotes and subsidizes the…

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Added by Willem Post on April 20, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

LARGE-SCALE SOLAR PLANTS REQUIRE LARGE-SCALE BATTERY SYSTEMS

PV Solar Output Variability During variable Cloudy Weather

 

Clouds are the main reason PV solar generation experiences intermittency (excluding the normal nighttime disappearance).

PV solar generation can rapidly decrease by 60% within seconds, due to a cloud passing over the solar panels causing a reduction in solar insolation.

The time taken for the cloud to pass is dependent upon cloud height, sun elevation and wind speed. These factors need…

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Added by Willem Post on April 17, 2019 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

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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