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Mass officials: Wind policy emphasis on price is hurting onshore industry

NEARLY 50 ELECTED AND BUSINESS officials from southeastern Massachusetts are urging the Baker administration to tweak the contracting process for the next offshore wind procurement to give a greater emphasis to onshore development investments.

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Added by Long Islander on March 20, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Work Completed on World’s Tallest Wood Building (May signal role for Maine wood in CO2 sequestration economics)


Added by Long Islander on March 19, 2019 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

New England: Millstone nuclear deal reached, set to run for another 10 years

March 15, 2019

The Millstone Nuclear Power Station will stay open for another 10 years – a prospect that had been in some doubt recently even after it was selected in December as a winner of the final carbon-free energy competition by the Malloy administration.

Dominion, Millstone’s owner, had been negotiating with Connecticut’s two utilities – Eversource and United…


Added by Long Islander on March 18, 2019 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Maine LD 797 - Make hay while the sun is shining......and ban the cows that eat it while you have the chance

Make hay while the sun is shining......and ban the cows that eat it when you control all the branches of state government. There are many, many bills. One bill is LD 797, "An Act To Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Effectively Use Maine's Natural Resources".

No, you will not actually find a bovine decommissioning provision in this bill.…


Added by Long Islander on March 16, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Boston Globe shill piece on Maine Offshore Wind

Offshore wind industry could come to Gulf of Maine

The offshore wind gold rush has largely blown past the Gulf of Maine.

Not anymore.

German utility EnBW just joined a lobbying and trade group, Clean Energy New Hampshire. Normally, such a minor corporate move goes unremarked. But this one represents an important milestone: EnBW becomes the first offshore wind developer to publicly show an…


Added by Long Islander on March 15, 2019 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Dozens weigh in on whether to study greenhouse gas impact of CMP transmission project

Dozens testified on both sides of a bill that would direct the Department of Environmental Protection to study the “total net effect” on greenhouse gases of CMP’s controversial proposal to build the 145-mile transmission line through western Maine. The New England Clean Energy Connect proposal would allow Massachusetts to purchase…


Added by Long Islander on March 15, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A sensible voice on wind power, Tucker Carlson pulls plug on plans for Fox News studio in Bryant Pond

BRYANT POND — Fox News host Tucker Carlson dropped plans for a new studio in a tiny western Maine town late Wednesday after the Sun Journal publicized them....................

“I’m kind of bitter about it,” Carlson said, blaming the Sun Journal for undermining the project, probably deliberately. “......................He called the news story published online Wednesday evening “a total violation of my privacy.”…


Added by Long Islander on March 14, 2019 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

FORBES - Maine Becomes The Most Recent Blue State To Reject A Carbon Tax

AUGUSTA, Maine — The beginning of March brings bad news for carbon tax supporters, who have been successful in getting legislation to impose the regressive tax introduced at the federal and state levels, but not in getting it enacted, not even in left-leaning, Democratic-run states that should be most inclined to welcome this policy.

A February 28 Maine House Committee on Energy Utilities and Technology…


Added by Long Islander on March 12, 2019 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

With Ethanol And Biomass No Longer Viewed As "Green," Will Other Renewables Soon Follow? (Forbes)

Michael Shellenberger - Contributor

"A lot depends on journalists, who have until now been largely uncritical cheerleaders of renewables."


Grassroots opposition to solar and wind farms is growing and has nothing to do with fossil fuel interests, climate skepticism, or bureaucratic inertia. Indeed, most of it is…


Added by Long Islander on March 8, 2019 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

PPH - Regulators to approve Seabrook nuclear plant’s license extension

SEABROOK, N.H. – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it plans to approve a license extension for New Hampshire’s Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant next week.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports regulators made the announcement Tuesday after holding another public hearing on concerns they were moving too quickly to approve the extension through 2050..............................................…


Added by Long Islander on March 6, 2019 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Tune in right now: NECEC Stipulation Hearing (streaming video)

Live streaming video can be watched right now at


NECEC Stipulation Hearing with Live Audio Link - (Mar 7,…


Added by Long Islander on March 6, 2019 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 4, 2019

Click the link at the bottom of this post to read these articles.

Grassley, Wyden introduce tax extenders bill (including PTC?)
It’s Time to Sunset Some Renewable Subsidies, Not Expand Them, But……

Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2019 at 8:34pm — 2 Comments

Turbine shutdowns in polar vortex stoke debate

EXCERPTS: That dip in wind output during last month’s deep freeze is now fueling debate about the nation’s embrace of renewable energy. The polar vortex arrived as calls grew on the left for a “Green New Deal” to transition to renewables and tackle the threat of climate change, all while various state-level proposals to increase renewable energy penetration circulated across the country.

It was also fresh ammunition for a fossil industry and other critics of renewable energy mandates…


Added by Long Islander on March 4, 2019 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Lisa Linowes: Wind Turbine Noise: Real Impacts on Neighbors (3/1/19)

The wind industry is heavily invested in a propaganda campaign aimed at convincing the public -- and decision makers -- that wind turbine noise is safe at any distance. The campaign, in part, involves blaming neighbors and their negative attitudes about turbines for their discomfort while avoiding measuring the actual “swish-thump” of the spinning blades. The campaign also requires dismissing low frequency noise and for good reason. Former Vestas’ CEO, Ditlev Engel…


Added by Long Islander on March 3, 2019 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

Renewable Associations Respond to NECEC Transmission Line Stipulation

Excerpts from the PDF file which can be downloaded here:

RENEW and MREA submit the Stipulation is not in the public interest as it will hinder qualification in the ISO New England Forward Capacity…


Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2019 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Governor Mills: “I want you to hear the truth about the NECEC project directly from me.”

Last night, thousands of Maine households turned up their thermostats to keep their families warm as cold weather engulfed us. At $2.90 a gallon, many households are spending their precious savings on heating oil.

The State of Maine sends five billion dollars out of state every year to pay for our use of nonrenewable fossil fuels. We’re the most dependent on heating oil of any state in the country with nearly 70 percent of Maine homeowners relying on oil for heat.



Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2019 at 10:00pm — 7 Comments

Wind PTC Phaseout - Politicians' Amnesia Beginning to Set In

“As part of our commitment to dealing with the realities of climate, it’s one of our priorities,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Finance Committee, told E&E News yesterday. “So, yes, we are looking at the renewable credits, their expiration dates, whether we can make them longer and more effective.”....................

Lawmakers extended the renewable credits, known as the wind production tax credit (PTC) and the solar investment tax credit (ITC), at the end of 2015 as…


Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2019 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Gov Mills sets renewable energy goals in climate change speech

In a speech to the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, Mills said she will introduce legislation to create a Maine Climate Council that will develop an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to a changing climate. Mills has set an interim goal of 80 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030 and a longer-term goal of 100 percent by 2050.

She also reiterated her pledges to promote…


Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2019 at 11:30am — 3 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."



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


(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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