Long Islander's Blog – April 2017 Archive (39)

TUNE IN NOW: EUT Public Hearing and Work Session - Starting at 1PM Today

Public Hearing, Today at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours LD 1224, SP0415 An Act To Allow for Greater Energy Competition in Maine by Amending the Law Governing Electric Generation or Generation-related Assets by Affiliates - Sen. Mark Dion of Cumberland Subjects: ELECTRIC UTILITIES, DELIVERY, AFFILIATES

Work Session, Today at 2:00 PM for about 3 hours LD 1061, HP0744 An Act To Increase Investment and Regulatory Stability in the Electric Industry -…

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Added by Long Islander on April 19, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Here's Something: The real threat is ‘Big Environment’ (The Forecaster)

Now, thanks to Big Environment and their powerful friends like U.S. Sen. Angus King, you see massive turbine blades placed atop huge concrete foundations that ruin the mountainous landscape. They’re just plain ugly, noisy, dangerous to birds and taint what makes Maine unique – unbridled wilderness.

If wind power worked, I might look past these sensory impacts. But it doesn’t, because wind, even massive arrays like the one on Mars Hill in eastern Maine, can’t provide enough electricity…

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Added by Long Islander on April 17, 2017 at 4:40pm — No Comments

PPH - Reed & Reed Buys Company That Builds Electrical Transmission Infrastructure

Parker said the acquisition made sense because Reed & Reed has been getting contracts for wind energy projects, and electrical transmission is a major component of any wind project.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/17/maine-construction-firm-reed-reed-buys-new-hampshire-subcontractor/

Added by Long Islander on April 17, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

PPH - U.S. DOE will look at whether policies that favor renewable energy are good for grid resilience

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered 60-day study of the U.S. power grid, which will examine whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants critical to ensuring steady, reliable power supplies......Perry asked his chief of staff, Brian McCormack, to develop a plan for evaluating to what extent regulatory burdens, subsidies, and tax policies “are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power…

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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2017 at 7:02pm — No Comments

PPH - EPA chief Scott Pruitt wants U.S. to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

“It’s a bad deal for America,” Pruitt continued. “It was an America second, third, or fourth kind of approach. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030. We front-loaded all of our costs.”........

The Trump administration has previously said it is currently reviewing its position on climate change and energy policy and remains noncommittal, for now, on whether it will follow through on the president’s campaign pledge to “cancel” the 2015 Paris climate…

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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2017 at 6:01am — No Comments

A subsidy Maine electric customers pay to encourage renewable energy up for review

Lawmakers will consider two bills that seek to address deficiencies in the Renewable Portfolio Standard, which even advocates admit isn't working as intended......These facts also add context to an often-cited statistic: Maine gets 40 percent of its electricity from renewables, a larger share than any state in the country.......…

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Added by Long Islander on April 15, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

NY Governor establishes 30 mile wind turbine setback

US Senator Susan Collins essentially also advocated for a setback (hers was 20 miles) for offshore wind turbines. Do these pols not think inland people vote as well?

According to the transcript published in the Legislative Gazette, in his Jan. 10 State of the State address at Farmingdale State College, Mr. Cuomo stated the following: “I’m calling on LIPA [Long Island Power Authority] to approve a 90 megawatt wind farm. It’s enough to…

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Added by Long Islander on April 14, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Properly Representing Wind and Solar in Electric Systems: Parts I and II

Parts I and II

Part I

The reality is that non-dispatchable generation technologies, (wind and solar) cannot be directly compared with dispatchable generation technologies (coal, natural gas, nuclear, biomass, and generally speaking, hydro). This is a common mistake. The DOE/EIA cautions about this in levelized costs for generation technologies[2], and the same considerations apply to other generation characteristics such as capacity and electricity…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

PPH - Northern Pass power project faces critical committee hearing

A seven-year battle over the Northern Pass transmission project takes a critical step forward Thursday when a hearing at the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee begins on the $1.6 billion plan to bring power from Canada to markets mostly in southern New England.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 12, 2017 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Met Tower List

This is a list of met towers from the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) as of December 2016. Met towers outside of their jurisdiction (the UT), would be in municipalities and thus likely under local planning board jurisdiction.

From FMM:

FMM%20LIST%20of%20Met%20Towers%20December%202016%20-%20Copy.pdf

Added by Long Islander on April 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Lawmakers look to recharge Maine highway fund with fees on hybrid and all-electric vehicles

McLean’s bill isn’t the only proposal to re-imagine Maine’s highway funding. A proposal from Sen. Ronald Collins, R-Wells, L.D. 1226, would impose a $250 annual registration fee on hybrid vehicles and a $350 fee on all-electric vehicles.......…

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Added by Long Islander on April 12, 2017 at 5:22am — No Comments

Mass RFP seeking equivalent of more than 3GW of wind

But for wind energy to be successful, a way past the grid bottlenecks that have stymied development in the US north-east will be key.

There are a number of transmission projects on the books designed to bring wind output from projects in northern Maine and upper New York state to market, But with large hydro in play, the Massachusetts RFP could also open up opportunities for wind energy exports from Canada.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Bill could scuttle UMaine 576' tall wind turbines

A bill now awaiting a hearing in the Legislature would ban any offshore wind energy project within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. The wind project site is located at the southern edge of the lobster zone.......responsible for the crisis by changing the scope of the project. What started in 2009 as a scaled-down, temporary experiment has grown to a 20-year, full-scale project with blades that would reach 576 feet above the waterline and an undersea cable to…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Maine hammered by artificially high energy costs

The governor cited talking points from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. NRCM maintains that Maine does not produce enough energy from renewable resources. LePage countered that claim by saying that while Maine uses only about 10 percent of the electricity in New England, we produce nearly half of the total renewable resource-generated energy in New England. Seventy percent of the electricity produced in Maine, according to the governor, comes from renewable…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

BDN - Wind power foes: Don’t ruin Maine’s beauty to feed ‘green energy’ demands (Darren Fishell)

Massachusetts on Friday issued a massive request for clean power proposals that could help the state meet its goal of reducing its electrical system’s impact on global warming. By 2020, the state aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation to 25 percent below 1990 levels.

The long-expected solicitation has wind opponents in Maine again gearing up for a fight, as Maine is host to the vast majority of pending land-based wind power projects in New…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2017 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

BDN Headline Completely Overstates Wind Power Production in Maine

The BDN headline shown at the bottom of this post is simply not true and deserves letters to the editor and/or other submissions demanding a correction.
Please see the attached Excel file entitled "Net Generation...." where on Worksheet # 4 in cell AA14, it can be seen that according to the Energy Information Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy, Maine's Net…
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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Hikers, wind foes: Out-of-state energy demands shouldn’t mar Maine scenery

McDonald said he’s concerned about the scenic impacts of turbines and those transmission projects, including a line from Chester to Pittsfield for which Emera Maine and Central Maine Power are buying up land.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 5, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

BDN - Attempt to pave way for more Maine wind: Power company scooping up land for new Chester-Pittsfield line

Allison Gray Doughty, a spokeswoman for Emera Maine, said the project “will relieve congestion, reduce line losses, boost reliability and accommodate new generation from renewable resources.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/31/business/power-company-scooping-up-land-for-new-chester-pittsfield-line/…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2017 at 10:35pm — 1 Comment

Northern New England ratepayers picking up the tab for the environmental policies of southern New England

“Our main concern with IMAPP is that it will result in New Hampshire (and Maine and Vermont) ratepayers picking up the tab for the environmental policies of (mainly) Massachusetts and Connecticut,” said NERA President Marc Brown.

This article appears in the March 31 2017 issue of New Hampshire Business Review.…

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Added by Long Islander on April 1, 2017 at 12:08pm — 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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