Long Islander's Blog – June 2019 Archive (23)

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

Can a wind farm owner sue a neighbor for interfering with the breeze?

Welcome to the ‘wild west’ of wind law

Can a wind farm owner sue a neighbor for interfering with the breeze?

That question is high on the radar of renewable energy law experts as government officials push for more offshore wind development and as analysts predict that solar, wind and other alternative domestic power sources could overtake coal.

An emerging body of scientific evidence shows that wind farm “wakes” – or the air flow downwind of an active turbine –…

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Added by Long Islander on June 14, 2019 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Mills’ vetoes of CMP bills survive override votes in House

AUGUSTA — The Maine House voted Thursday to uphold Gov. Janet Mills’ vetoes of two bills sought by opponents of Central Maine Power’s controversial transmission line proposal.

One bill, L.D. 1383, would have required electric utilities to…

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Added by Long Islander on June 13, 2019 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Susan Collins - Bill Proposes Federal Grant Program For Offshore Wind Jobs Training

Senator Collins, advocate of the 20 mile wind turbine setback for saltwater, simply looks the other way at the setback of several hundred feet on land.

Susan Collins - Bill Proposes Federal Grant Program For Offshore Wind Jobs Training

Excerpts:

“America’s clean energy future is blowing in the offshore wind,” says Markey. “Offshore wind will create thousands of new jobs in New England, and we need to provide the cutting-edge skills in the jobs of…

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Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

ISO-NE will require wind, intermittent hydro to bid into day-ahead energy markets

Dive Brief:

ISO New England now requires wind- and intermittent hydro resources with a capacity supply obligation to offer into the grid operator’s day-ahead energy market, the grid operator announced Tuesday.

The grid operator called it “another milestone” in its efforts to incorporate renewables into the regional marketplace. The requirement, effective June 1, comes three years after the ISO launched the Do Not Exceed (DNE) dispatch project, enabling those resources to take…

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Added by Long Islander on June 11, 2019 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Baker says Bay State needs to get wind right

June 11, 2019 • Massachusetts



Credit: By Colin A. Young | State House News Service | Jun 10, 2019

BOSTON – Currently poised to be the first state in the country to draw from utility-scale offshore wind power, Massachusetts has a responsibility to get it right and to position the offshore wind industry for long-term success dealing with climate change and delivering affordable power across the United States, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

The state’s…

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Added by Long Islander on June 11, 2019 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

The money at stake in the battle over CMP’s 145-mile electric line

By Josh Keefe, BDN Staff • June 10, 2019 5:26 am

Central Maine Power Co.’s proposal to build a transmission line through western Maine has stirred up controversy on editorial pages, television airwaves, Facebook and the floor of the Maine Legislature.

But the fight is about more than the swath of forest that would need to be cleared to build the line, which would bring hydroelectricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. It’s ultimately…

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Added by Long Islander on June 11, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

After pause, Maine may have missed the boat on offshore wind

Investment? More like pickpocketing ratepayers and taxpayers. Amazing what con artists can get away with with shilling sock puppet media never giving the public the actual facts.

After pause, Maine may have missed the boat on offshore wind

The East Coast is poised for billions of dollars in investment from companies building wind farms in the ocean from Virginia to Massachusetts. Despite a bill in the Maine Legislature to get an experimental…

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Added by Long Islander on June 9, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Connecticut General Assembly moves wind turbine plan to governor

HARTFORD – With the Senate’s approval Tuesday, wind turbines will be placed off the Connecticut shoreline, which supporters say will help the state meet its clean energy goals while providing job and economic development opportunities.

The bipartisan proposal cleared the Senate unanimously and the House last month on a 134-10 vote, and now moves to Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk.

If the governor signs the bill into law, 14 days later the commissioner of the Department of Energy and…

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Added by Long Islander on June 6, 2019 at 11:20pm — 4 Comments

Mills calls for Maine to borrow $239 million - use of funds includes clean energy

This article (and perhaps the Governor's package???) does not specify the dollars that would be allocated to "clean" energy. Nor does it provide any details.

Mills calls for Maine to borrow $239 million - use of funds includes clean energy

AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills rolled out a $239 million bond package Tuesday that would, among other things, invest in broadband internet and renewable energy, replace aging roads and bridges and rebuild the Land for…

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Added by Long Islander on June 5, 2019 at 10:30am — 3 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

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(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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