AUGUSTA, Maine — It didn’t go far enough for Gov. Paul LePage, but Maine utility regulators rankled advocates on Tuesday when they rolled back a policy allowing homeowners with solar panels to be credited for excess power sold to the grid.
The move was opposed by pro-solar groups, and it’s likely to be followed by another bid in the Maine Legislature to liberalize solar policy........Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, called the…Continue
On land, 97 percent of that wind power is proposed for Maine, which still requires significant power line improvements to get electricity from wind-rich areas to population centers. The same goes for getting Canadian hydropower into the New England system.
“Connecting wind farms in northern New England or bringing hydro energy from Canada will require extensive transmission expansion, which will be costly and take years to build,” van Welie said.
Considering offshore wind…Continue
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We are group of over 1000 shareholders both U.S and International. We are seeking justice. We are actively…Continue
The investors will be rewarded by the federal treasury with a check for an estimated $100 million.......But, who will ultimately pay for this roughly $400 million project?
Environment Massachusetts says the bill is designed to complement and strengthen the Global Warming Solutions Act, legislation passed in 2008 that requires the state to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.......Last year, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law H.4568, An Act Relative to Energy Diversity, which requires Massachusetts to generate a whopping 1.6 GW of electricity from offshore wind over the next 10 years. In addition, the bill requires utilities to…Continue
Angus -be sure to show him the data on UMPI's wind turbine that the University has been covering up for just under eight years now. And show him everything you can about your very own Record Hill wind project and all the nonsense surrounding it. Or should the people of Maine bring all of that to the attention of the new administration?
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, invited Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, to visit the…Continue
By John Droz, Jr. -- January 16, 2017
The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).
A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a…Continue
(Bloomberg) — Wind-power skeptic Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform may have an unintended consequence: threatening wind farms’ balance sheets......The president-elect’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to as low as 15% may curb availability of an esoteric, but critical, clean-energy financing mechanism known as tax equity......That could significantly curb businesses’ need for tax credits. It would also drag down wind developers’ after-tax internal rates of…Continue
What about the federal government's recently issued "KILLING PERMIT" of 6,200 eagles a year to protect the Wall Street crowd and other insiders who make billions off the U.S. taxpayer from wind?
The article states the US population is 30,000 pairs but fails to note what it used to be. Some estimates put it at 250,000 pairs in the 1700's.
"In Maine, where the breeding population of great cormorants is small and efforts to save them are underway,…Continue
Why should we care? Well, for one, Maine's Biodiversity Research Institute just labeled eagles a problem in today's Portland Press Herald:
"In Maine, where the breeding population of great cormorants is small and efforts to save them are underway, the bald eagles are a problem, said Chris DeSorbo, director of the raptor program at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Portland". …Continue
This much needed letter appears in the Hartford Business Journal. It's the people of Vermont (actually a former Lt. Governor) going directly to the people of Connecticut telling them of the problems their wind power "needs" cause for both Vermont and Connecticut.
More letters like this are sorely needed from all of northern New England to all the media in CT, MA and RI whose corrupt legislative leaders are a large reason these fraudulent projects are still getting built. The average…Continue
The difference in price is huge. For a typical customer using 600 kilowatt hours a month, the Eversource price is $49.20, while the CleanChoice product costs $85.20. That’s just the price for electricity, and doesn’t include separate transmission, distribution, and customer service charges assessed by Eversource.
Sierra: "The truth is that Trump cannot prevent states, cities and towns from advancing the clean energy economy and sustainable policies. And while he can slow it down, Trump cannot stop the clean energy revolution driven by dramatically lower costs for solar, wind, efficiency and other smart energy technologies."…Continue
January 6, 2017 on Editorials, Opinion
In 2008, Governor John Baldacci worked with a very cooperative Legislature to craft a special zoning and permitting process that significantly aided developers seeking to capitalize on Maine’s rural resources for large-scale wind power projects........Maine’s wind power law, as Governor LePage has consistently proclaimed, needs to be drastically changed.…Continue
Vermonter of the Year: Annette Smith
Free Press Editorial Board 5:30 a.m. EST January 2, 2017
In February, the state Attorney General’s Office dropped a criminal investigation into a complaint brought by a lawyer who represents a major solar and wind developer that Smith had practiced law without a license in the course of advising those preparing to testify before the Public Service Board.
Private citizens with limited means often find themselves outmatched from…Continue
The U.S. Department of Energy says Fishermen’s Energy failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have a power purchase agreement in place.
The department is revoking most of the $47 million in funding it pledged to the project in 2014; about $10.6 million has been spent already on preliminary work.…Continue