Long Islander's Blog – June 2018 Archive (29)

Wind and solar seek demand, investment to survive Trump squeeze

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The wind and solar industries hope demand for carbon-free power from U.S. cities, states and corporations can offset headwinds from President Donald Trump’s tax policy and tariffs, developers said this week............“More and more corporations and consumers are saying ‘We want 100 percent renewable energy,’” she said, adding city and state governments are adopting renewable-friendly policies to reflect that growing demand................Meanwhile, the industry is…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting: Maine’s newspaper industry is now unlike any other in the country

At a time when the U.S. newspaper industry is most often described as “dying” and “decimated” and publishers agree that “flat is the new up” with regard to profitability, a lot of eyes are on Maine.

They’re looking here, not because the picture is significantly brighter but because Maine’s newspaper industry is now unlike any other in the country. There’s not another state that has a single individual owning the majority of its daily newspapers, as is suddenly the case here.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 28, 2018 at 7:05pm — 3 Comments

CMP proposing $2.5B effort - consumers might foot the bill

Avangrid Inc. says storms are increasing in frequency and intensity, as it learned in Maine’s October 2017 windstorm, which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark for days.

Michael West, an Avangrid spokesperson, says the company is responding with a 10-year program to improve the system’s resiliency.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 28, 2018 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Candidate for Gov Alan Caron wants moratorium on inland wind

QUESTION

Renewable energy sources like wind and large scale solar benefit Maine’s wildlife by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but can also bring negative outcomes, including bird mortality and habitat degradation. How would you balance the benefits of renewable energy with wildlife and habitat impacts?

RESPONSE

Balancing the environmental benefits and impacts is the role of the environmental review process, handled through DEP…

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Added by Long Islander on June 28, 2018 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

BDN - CMP to spend $250M, hire hundreds to build Lewiston conversion station

The Lewiston City Council unanimously approved the Central Maine Power company’s plan for a clean energy DC to AC conversion station.

It will be located near the power substation in north Lewiston.

[CMP inks deal crucial to $950M plan to pipe hydropower…

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2018 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

PPH - Wind power future in Maine is uncertain, experts say (Tux Turkel)

New land-based wind development in the region has slowed, challenged in part by uncertainty over transmission line connections and competition between state clean-energy mandates. The real action is happening offshore, where Northeast states are cutting deals for giant wind farms.

In Maine, specifically, new wind development has largely stalled, held back in part by political opposition and technical challenges.............................. In northern and eastern Maine, a lack of new…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2018 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Lewiston council supports CMP hydroelectric project, new converter station

A multimillion-dollar project that would bring hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts through Maine received an official nod of support from the City Council last week, as Lewiston is set to become a centerpiece of the proposal.

The Central Maine Power Co. project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, received unanimous support from the council because of its potential tax impact for Lewiston.

The project would channel 1,200 megawatts of energy…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Transmission lines over Kennebec Gorge? That may be a choke point for renewable energy advocates

Avangrid-CMP insists it’s too costly to spend an additional $37 million to tunnel under the river at the Kennebec Gorge, or string a longer route to cross upstream at Harris Station, Maine’s largest hydroelectric dam.

More here:

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/24/for-renewable-energy-advocates-a-lot-riding-on-kennebec-gorge/

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Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2018 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

White House Proposes a Massive Reorganization of Federal Agencies

The Trump administration on Thursday released a blueprint for a massive overhaul of the federal bureaucracy, one that if implemented would touch virtually every agency and the way all Americans receive government services.…

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Added by Long Islander on June 22, 2018 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Acadia Center Wind and Solar Propaganda in BDN

Maine also needs ambitious targets for large-scale clean energy. Requiring at least 40 percent of power generation to be renewable (primarily grid-scale wind and solar) by 2030 will advance Maine’s energy independence and resilience, boost economic development, and ensure cleaner electricity that provides even greater emissions savings from electric vehicles and heat pumps..................…

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Added by Long Islander on June 21, 2018 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

PPH: Don’t waste state’s time with secret wind panel

The newspaper's previous owner, S. Donald Sussman gave hedge fund D.E. Shaw its start by staking them $28 million. D.E. Shaw was the longtime owner of Maine's leading wind developer, First Wind. See:

Billionaire husband of US Congresswoman pushed green energy in his newspapers

The newspaper has the audacity to write "So why waste time with a wind…

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Added by Long Islander on June 21, 2018 at 5:15am — 1 Comment

Gov LePage's wind advisory panel will be identified once the body is prepared to meet (PPH & BDN)

“The governor will release the names of the members of the wind commission when their first meeting is scheduled, which will likely be later summer or early September, after the public comments have been received,” McGrath replied via email.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It is known that McGrath will chair the 14-member panel. That fact is disclosed in a sworn statement filed by McGrath on June 4, as …

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Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2018 at 7:26am — 1 Comment

Baldacci's Avangrid pulls the plug on wind farm in Hopkinton

Former Governor Baldacci, vice chair of Avangrid fails again. Although this is NY, it's a good example of how David can beat Goliath. 

In a letter to Hopkinton’s town board, an attorney for Atlantic Wind – the parent company of Avangrid Renewables – said executives “will cease all development efforts” after nearly a decade working on the proposed North Ridge Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2018 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 18, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Retail Electricity Prices for sample countries

Wind Turbines Threaten Property Values in Upstate NY

Billions in U.S. solar projects shelved after Trump panel tariff

Texas Wind Power Story — Part One

Sound (and Light) Reasons to Tilt at Windmills

Judge’s ruling against Minnesota wind farm causes alarm for advocates

The Observed Impacts of Wind Turbines on Local Vegetation…

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Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2018 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Massachusetts Senate passes ambitious clean energy bill

If the bill survives debate in the House of Representatives, it will be among the most progressive in the nation.

BOSTON – Massachusetts would run on 100-percent renewable power by 2047 under comprehensive energy legislation passed by the state Senate Thursday night.

The idealistic goal would be reached by increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard by 3 percent every year, instead of the current 1 percent. The RPS dictates how much renewable energy…

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Added by Long Islander on June 17, 2018 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

4-H youth tour Saddleback Ridge wind turbine farm in Carthage

“Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.”

― Vladimir Lenin

Article

She also discussed the strict regulations of the industry and the process of constructing the massive 500 foot tall structures. The tour was very educational and afterward the 4-H members made the hike up to the top of Saddleback Peaks where they enjoyed a picnic…

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Added by Long Islander on June 16, 2018 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

BDN & PPH - CMP inks deal crucial to $950M plan to pipe hydropower through western Maine

Central Maine Power Co.’s plan to build a transmission line from the Canadian border through western Maine to bring hydropower to Massachusetts passed a critical step Thursday, when the Maine utility and Massachusetts electricity distributors said they had signed a contract.

The contract, which was not made public, reportedly details the terms and energy price for the project. Through those prices, Massachusetts ratepayers ultimately will foot the bill for CMP’s $950 million New…

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2018 at 6:36pm — No Comments

Roxbury & Rumford: RoxWind LLC Details - Including Application

RoxWind LLC Application for Small Scale Wind Energy Certification



Below you will find a complete copy of our application to the Maine DEP for Small Scale Wind Energy Certification

Section 0 - Cover Page & Table of Contents

0_cover_and_contents.pdf

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Section 1 - Project Description

1_project_description.pdf

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1b_project_civil_plans.pdf

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2018 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Maine wind industry propaganda masquerades as reporting in the Press Herald (Yet Again)

This "news reporting" is extremely biased, for example: (My comments are in bold)

Massachusetts has led the transition, ordering its utilities to purchase 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind by 2027, equal to 10 percent to 15 percent of the state’s annual electricity consumption. Mr. Turkel, do you not see fit to question the concept of the government ORDERING ratepayers to buy a particular product?

The Massachusetts…

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Added by Long Islander on June 13, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine PUC deals blow to UMaine offshore wind project (BDN and PPH)

BDN

The Natural Resources Council of Maine criticized the commission’s vote on Tuesday to reconsider the contract terms, saying it was a “bad faith” decision that reflects Gov. Paul LePage’s anti-wind stance........“This administration will do anything to thwart renewable energy development, whether it comes from international investors or our own University of Maine,” Dylan Voorhees, NRCM’s clean energy director, said in the release."…

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Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2018 at 3:30pm — 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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