Long Islander's Blog – May 2019 Archive (13)

Maine Voices: Proposal to revive offshore wind project does not pass the smell test

Thanks to CTFWP member Monhegan Resident for the head's up on this piece.

Maine Aqua Ventus should remain on hold until key PUC questions have been answered.

Staff Writer Kevin Miller’s May 16 news article about the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee’s public hearing on…

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Added by Long Islander on May 29, 2019 at 10:37am — No Comments

More Maine millennials are birding (will they come to see turbines as avian murderers?)

Young Maine birders say they like the connection to nature – and the sheer joy of watching birds.

WESTBROOK — Actor Ian Carlsen starts his work week at 7 a.m. at a coffee shop on Portland’s Munjoy Hill, the neighborhood where he lives. Two weeks ago, with a hot coffee and scone to go, the 33-year-old then drove to a wild, wooded enclave outside Portland for a few hours of his favorite outdoor fix.

Carlsen, who acts in television commercials and for two Portland theater…

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Added by Long Islander on May 27, 2019 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

Commonwealth: You unwittingly pay billions for political agendas in your electric bill

Click below to watch the four minute video.

Some excerpts:

- Your electric bill has become a major instrument of public policy..........

- The money collected has been rising steadily

- Already, these agendas add up to about $300 a year for the average electricity bill

- The chart at about the one minute mark in the…

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Added by Long Islander on May 24, 2019 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Baldacci Wind Task Force's Phil Bartlett mentioned as possible Mills PUC pick

Former state Sens. Phil Bartlett and Mark Dion mentioned as possible candidates alongside Faith Huntington, director of the commission’s electric and natural gas division, Rachel Goldwasser, executive director of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners and Robert Stoddard, the CEO of a marine energy company.

There could be other candidates and…

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Added by Long Islander on May 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Mills Outlines Climate Change Council Plans For Natural Resources Committee

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills told state lawmakers Friday that her proposal to create a 27-member climate change council will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions while transitioning the state to what she describes as a "low-carbon" economy.

Testifying before the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee, Mills says the council will…

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Added by Long Islander on May 19, 2019 at 12:44am — 4 Comments

ENR at 10:00am today audio alert- An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change

Tune in at 10:00 am at the website link below. After clicking on the link, click the audio icon and turn up your speakers.

An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

UMaine-led offshore wind power project - advocates urge lawmakers to help revive

AUGUSTA — The Mills administration and advocates for developing offshore wind power in Maine urged lawmakers Thursday to revive a floating turbine project that has been stalled with utility regulators for more than a year.

The bill would direct the Public Utilities Commission to approve a long-term contract between the University of Maine-led Aqua Ventus program and Central Maine Power. A…

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Added by Long Islander on May 17, 2019 at 12:08am — 5 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 13, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Renewables Can’t Power Modern Civilization — Because They Were Never Meant To

The Solar Energy Racket

IEA Report: Worldwide Renewable Growth is Stalling

Europe’s Dramatic Decline Of Renewable Energy Uptake

Oklahoma passes new bill to protect military airspace from wind turbine encroachment

Is Noise Pollution the Next Big Public-Health Crisis?

When the GOP rolls out climate policies, it…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2019 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

Former PUC & DEP Commissioner David Littell Joins Bernstein Shur's Energy and Environmental Practice Group

He played a key role in designing, implementing and running North America’s first market-based greenhouse gas regulatory system, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The market-based program successfully put in place regulatory and market rules coordinated between ten states through a newly organized administrative and technical assistance entity known as RGGI, Inc., based in New York City, which Littell chaired and served on the executive board of from inception in 2008 until…

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Added by Long Islander on May 15, 2019 at 9:34am — 2 Comments

FMM Testifies on Renewable & Climate Legislation

May 8, 2019

Senator Lawrence and Representative Berry, and members of the Utilities Committee, I am Chris O’Neil, Public Affairs Director at Friends of Maine’s Mountains. FMM testifies against LD…

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Added by Long Islander on May 10, 2019 at 4:06pm — 4 Comments

Renewable energy firm heads to Maine’s high court to fight CMP’s $1 billion transmission line

A large solar and wind power company is appealing the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s granting of an important certificate for Central Maine Power’s proposed hydropower corridor from Canada through western Maine.

Please read the full article here:…

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Added by Long Islander on May 9, 2019 at 10:59am — 4 Comments

Rhode Island Clean Energy RFP - Timeline Update

The "Conditional selection of Bidder(s) for negotiation", originally anticipated as May 2, 2019 has now been moved to an anticipated date of June 14, 2019. Public versions of the bids for Rhode Island's 400MW RFP may be found here - some heavily redacted. Let's hope the old gang from First Wind (Weaver Wind) or the project owned by the government of Communist China in part (Number Nine) are not selected. Let's hope Maine remembers its "Quality of Place", that attribute which will become…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Maine lawmakers hear debate that shows sharp divide over renewable-energy bill

The new law would require increasing the percentage of electricity that Mainers get from biomass, solar, wind and other renewable sources.

AUGUSTA — A bill that would mandate an increase in the amount of electricity coming from renewable sources to Maine consumers received mixed reviews Tuesday in a legislative committee, with business interests split on the cost and benefits of the mandate, and supporters calling it crucial to…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2019 at 5:00am — 2 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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