Avangrid Vice Chairman John Baldacci -- what's your plan for when a wind turbine blaze starts on a remote mountaintop in Maine?
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…
Bicoastal perhaps, but hardly bipartisan, although it's being marketed as such.
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…Continue
By Michelle Froese | June 26, 2019
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and others have introduced the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019 — a bill that would more than double the supply of renewable energy in the U.S. from 18% of electricity generation in 2018 to at least 50% by 2035.
Starting in 2020, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) would require electricity providers across the country to increase their supply of renewable energy, from sources such as wind and solar…Continue
By Lori Valigra, BDN Staff • June 26, 2019 1:34 pm
Updated: June 26, 2019 1:55 pm
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has approved power purchase agreements that are key to the proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission line through western Maine.
Hydro-Quebec, which is a partner with Central Maine Power on the proposed line, said Wednesday that the regulator had approved the agreements signed between Hydro-Quebec and Massachusetts electric distribution…Continue
By Bill Nemitz 6/26/19
Few things brighten up a dismal situation like the phrase “I know a guy.”’
It implies that, as intractable as a problem may be, having a contact on the inside just might help, if not resolve it altogether.
Take for example Central Maine Power Co.’s disastrous roll-out of its new $56 million billing system,…Continue
6/23/19 - By Tux TurkelStaff Writer
The promise was that smart meters would give home customers real-time information on electricity costs, so they could shift power use to when it’s less expensive. Dry your clothes at 10 p.m. and save a few cents. To encourage that outcome, taxpayers chipped in $96 million to install smart meters.
But what few people understood at the time was that the potential couldn’t be realized until CMP upgraded its…Continue
Here are the Maine House Republicans that voted for this bill:
|COREY of Windham|
|KINNEY of Knox|
|TUELL of East Machias|
Here are the Maine House Republicans that were absent from the vote:
|CEBRA of Naples|
|DeVEAU of Caribou|
By Tux TurkelStaff Writer
Clean-energy supporters are celebrating the pending passage of two bills that they see as catalysts to advance a new wave of renewable power development in Maine.
The first, L.D. 1494, will update Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, a policy that…Continue
Some of the more important articles in this issue are:
The Greens’ Goal has Always Been to Make Renewable Energy Expensive
Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Power Beats Everything Else
The Levelized Cost of Electricity from Existing Generation Resources
Observations on the Alliance for Market Solutions’ ‘conservative’ case for a carbon tax
Economists Have Been “Useful Idiots” for the Green Socialists
Infrasound — a Growing Liability for Wind…Continue
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North Carolina's beleaguered wind industry is heading for collapse should S.B. 377 become law.
A similar moratorium was put in place under former Maine Gov. Paul LePage, R, and though it was lifted a year later, renewable energy advocates said development in the state was noticeably stalled. North Carolina would be the…Continue
12:00AM June 15, 2019
What will be the solution to climate change? It would be very nice to be able to point confidently to a single technology. In fact, many people do. They say the answer to climate change has already arrived in the form of, say, wind turbines or solar panels, and we just need to build more of their favoured technology to achieve a so-called “energy transition” from fossil fuels to…
NORTHEAST SEAPORTS ARE inadequate to meet the needs of the offshore wind industry, and ideas for filling that gap could create tension between the sometimes competing goals of those overseeing the burgeoning sector.
“Developers have studied all the ports up and down the East Coast several times now. What we’re really looking for is large areas, good capacities, no bridges and deep drafts. And if someone has that, please come…Continue