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Maine anti-corridor group hit with ethics complaint that could force it to disclose donors

By Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff • January 17, 2020 3:49 pm

Updated: January 17, 2020 4:21 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine — A dark-money group that has aired ads opposing Central Maine Power’s proposed hydropower corridor was hit with a Friday ethics complaint by a political committee funded by the utility in a move that could force the group to disclose donors.

It’s the second ethics complaint in the nascent campaign over the $1 billion corridor that would take Hydro-Quebec power to the…

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Added by Long Islander on January 17, 2020 at 11:53pm — 12 Comments

Group backing CMP power line wins support of former environmental leaders

Ten former state environmental officials and advocates lend their support to Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs, a coalition of business and union groups that backs the $1 billion transmission line.

A coalition of business and union groups backing Central Maine Power’s $1 billion transmission line proposal has won the support of nearly a dozen former state environmental officials and advocates.

Mainers for Clean Energy Jobs – which comprises individuals,…

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Added by Long Islander on January 14, 2020 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

These Liars Won't Stop Lying: Groups vow to continue push for clean energy credits

Lobbyists for clean energy industries are confident, despite some recent setbacks, that 2020 is the year Congress will pass tax incentive policies.

After spending most of the year lobbying the Senate and House to create a new tax credit for energy storage and extend credits for solar power, wind power and electric vehicles, industry representatives say they hope to continue the momentum from last year and try again.

“We’ve got all the pieces in place; now it’s time to just take…

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Added by Long Islander on January 11, 2020 at 8:31am — 4 Comments

Maine would have to produce 55% more electricity if every car on the road transitioned to electric

...............Efficiency Maine, a state trust that oversees energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction programs, offers rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles, part of state efforts to incentivize growth.

“We’re certainly mindful that if those projections are right, then there will need to be more supply,” said Michael Stoddard, the program’s executive director. “But it’s going to unfold over a period of the next 20 years. If we put our minds to it and plan for it, then we…

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Added by Long Islander on January 10, 2020 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

Washington County - Columbia wind project proposed

January 8, 2020 by Johanna S. Billings

COLUMBIA — The wind may be blowing a new source of power into Washington County.

Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, Va., is developing plans for a wind farm in Columbia and land nearby in the Unorganized Territory, with hopes of completing the project in October 2022, said Paul Williamson, a senior development manager with the company.

The project, known as Downeast Wind, is proposed for 22,000 acres in Columbia and…

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Added by Long Islander on January 9, 2020 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

Study group proposes modest goals for Maine renewable energy storage

A commission that studied the potential for projects to store excess renewable power generated in Maine has recommended that the state set a short-term goal of reaching 100 megawatts of capacity by 2025 to send an important signal to investors and developers.

The non-binding target is modest compared with what states such as Massachusetts and New York are proposing, and it doesn’t commit any state money. Still, the proposal recognizes the “value and benefits that strategic investment…

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Added by Long Islander on January 8, 2020 at 7:37pm — 4 Comments

CMP transmission line clears major regulatory hurdle

The state's Land Use Planning Commission voted Wednesday to certify the 145-mile electric corridor proposed by Central Maine Power.

Maine’s rural land use regulators have approved a controversial transmission corridor proposed by Central Maine Power that would cut through more than 50 miles of wild North Woods.

The state Land Use Planning Commission voted 5-2 Wednesday to certify CMP’s $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect as an accepted use in the areas it would be…

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Added by Long Islander on January 8, 2020 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

Camden Select Board Feels Wind Turbines "Should be on the Table"

Video of tonight's select board meeting in Camden. The select board seems to feel it must do more to be green and apparently this includes wind power. My remembrance is that the onetime wind proposals for Ragged Mountain were dead. But apparently not. The photo below shows a select board member invoking the efforts of Greta Thunberg as motivation for Camden to do more.

Video of 1/7/20 Camden Select Board Meeting:…

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Added by Long Islander on January 7, 2020 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

German government may offer 'silence money' for living near windmills

When government has to bribe people to tolerate noisy, ugly, flashing and unhealthy wind turbines and also tells us that wind projects do not reduce property values, something is not adding up. Follow the money. People are getting paid, including those who should be looking out for us.

German government may offer 'silence money' for living near windmills

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has proposed a new answer to people complaining about wind…

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Added by Long Islander on January 7, 2020 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: January 6, 2020

The President recently signed into law a spending and tax bill that includes an extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) for one year. The bill also raises the value of the PTC to 1.5 cents/kilowatt hour.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

AWEA Applauds Another PTC Extension

I thought the wind industry didn’t need subsidies any more?

The world is investing less in renewable…

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Added by Long Islander on January 6, 2020 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

LUPC staff say CMP corridor project complies with rules

The Land Use Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Jan. 8 to render a decision on the controversial power corridor.

In a Dec. 30 memo, staff from the Land Use Planning Commission said the power line, called New England Clean Energy Connect, is an allowed use in development districts as planned, as long as CMP follows plans to limit impact on wetlands and recreational areas.

In the protected Kennebec River Gorge and Appalachian Trail, CMP showed there were no…

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Added by Long Islander on December 31, 2019 at 4:15pm — 3 Comments

Searchable Index of John Droz, jr.'s Wind Newsletters Back to 2009

AWED’s Newsletter is published at MasterResource every 3 weeks. Check here for recent issues. Due to multiple requests, we have created an …

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Added by Long Islander on December 30, 2019 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 23, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



It’s time to hit the off switch for solar, wind power tax breaks

U.S. House spending bill holds win for wind energy, setback for solar

Subsidized Wind, Noncompetitive Wind

Tax deal in hand, US spending package grows in size

Report: Financial groups gave $745 billion for 258 new coal power plants

The Renewable Fuel Standard is killing the environment

The Tiny, Simple Nuclear Reactor That Could…

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Added by Long Islander on December 24, 2019 at 12:16pm — No Comments

BDN - Inside a lawmaker’s bid for Maine to seize control of its largest electric companies

By Josh Keefe, Maine Focus Reporter

December 23, 2019 6:00 am

On an unusually cold November night, Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, co-chair of the legislative committee charged with regulating the state’s utilities, stood in the auditorium at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. Before a crowd of roughly 60 people, he explained his plan to seize control of the Maine electric grid from the state’s two largest electric companies and their foreign shareholders.

Berry introduced…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2019 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Maine's largest peatland threatened by 650' tall newly proposed turbines from Virginia based developer

“Nobody here likes this". The turbines would be spread out on three sides of the 7,000-plus acre Great Heath.

Note that the Great Heath is the largest raised bog (or peatland) in the state of Maine.

Website for Downeast Wind's owner, Apex Clean Energy:

https://www.apexcleanenergy.com/leadership/

Apex…

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Added by Long Islander on December 21, 2019 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??????? - House passes bill with wind PTC extension included

North American Windpower - Michael Bates - December 20, 2019

The House passed a tax extenders package this week that includes a one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind but failed to move forward an investment tax credit (ITC) provision for offshore wind power.

The House passed a tax extenders package this week that includes a one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind but failed to move forward an investment tax credit…

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Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Natural Gas Companies Form PAC To Fight CMP’s Proposed Transmission Project

Two national companies that operate natural gas plants in Maine are stepping into the fight over Central Maine Power’s power line proposal for western Maine. They’ve created a new political action committee supporting a potential ballot item aimed at killing the CMP project.

The new PAC is called Mainers for Local Power, and it will be funded by two Texas-based companies, Calpine and Vistra. Calpine owns a natural gas electricity generation plant in Westbrook, and Vistra owns one in…

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Added by Long Islander on December 19, 2019 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

U.S. House of Representatives bill extends Wind Investment Tax Credit for a year

House foregoes new tax credits for storage, offshore wind as it approves $1.4T spending bill

  • The U.S. House of Representatives approved a broad spending bill on Tuesday extending tax credits for wind energy, which expire at the end of 2019, for another year. 
  • The House had proposed a wide-reaching clean energy package of tax credits, including new incentives for energy storage and offshore wind, and extensions for electric vehicles…
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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2019 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

James LaBrecque: "There's a lot of people on the take" (5 Year Energy Prediction)

Solar and wind bills, subsidies, mandates etc., brought to us by layer upon layer of dysfunctional agenda-driven government will create never seen before burdens on Mainers. These burdens will have the greatest effect on the folks who can least afford it.

Listen to today's important 14 minute WVOM audio for James LaBrecque's five year prediction of where electricity costs are headed. While each new bill, subsidy, mandate, etc. is always sold to Mainers as representing a supposed small…

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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2019 at 11:03am — 6 Comments

U.S. Congress has declined to extend a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles

General Motors and Tesla have been pushing for more than a year for extension of the credit, which phases out once an automaker hits 200,000 vehicles sold, and many lawmakers had been pushing to include the extension. The tax credit is aimed at defraying the cost of electric vehicles that are more expensive than similarly sized internal combustion engine vehicles.

Both GM and Tesla have already hit 200,000 EV sales. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat who authored a proposal to…

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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2019 at 11:02am — No 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."

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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