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Avangrid wind "farm" fire burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

Avangrid Vice Chairman John Baldacci -- what's your plan for when a wind turbine blaze starts on a remote mountaintop in Maine?

‘Juniper Fire’ in Klickitat County burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Vineyard Wind says project at risk

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Wind power angling for new handouts as PTC is set to expire (From Council on Foreign Relations)

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.

A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

NY's Hamptons: "Seeing turbines on the far horizon would be unacceptable"

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Maine PUC Approves Wind Power Contract for Old First Wind Gang

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Business group worried offshore wind bidders could become scarce

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 8, 2019

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2019 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Vineyard Wind dealt blows on two fronts: Edgartown commission rejects cables; feds delay EIS

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…

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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Sens Collins & King and put out tin cup for wind industry

Bicoastal perhaps, but hardly bipartisan, although it's being marketed as such.

Collins, Carper Introduce Bill to Spur Investments in Offshore Wind

Bipartisan legislation would extend investment tax credits to support the emerging offshore wind energy industry…

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Added by Long Islander on July 5, 2019 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Ex-Gov. Baldacci, board member of CMP’s parent, says company should make customers whole

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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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2019 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Angus King Introduces the Renewable Electricity Standard Act

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2019 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

BDN: Massachusetts regulators OK key contracts for proposed CMP hydropower project

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2019 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Bill Nemitz: Former Gov. Baldacci, a board member, hides from questions about CMP

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,…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2019 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine smart meter swap promised savings that never came

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2019 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Who broke party line On LD 1494 Roll Call - "An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard"

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
GRIGNON of…
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Added by Long Islander on June 21, 2019 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor / Mills signs wind bill

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2019 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 17, 2019

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 18, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

North Carolina anti-wind bill would freeze development, devastate industry, say critics

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 17, 2019 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Bjorn Lomborg: Energy solution hinges on better technology

12:00AM June 15, 2019

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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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 15, 2019 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Perfect port an elusive goal for East Coast offshore wind

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…

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2019 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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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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