Long Islander's Blog – July 2019 Archive (16)

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 29, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Climate trillions frittered in the wind

Study: The Social Cost of Carbon and Carbon Taxes

Wind Farm Back-of-the-Envelope Economic Analysis

The Confusions of the ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax

Inconvenient Energy Realities

Infrasound noise guidelines: Antiquated and irrelevant for protecting populations

Archive: Big Wind’s Dirty Little Secret — Radioactive Waste

Study: The Impact of Wind Energy on…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

EV programs run out of cash. What can states do?

..................The most recent example is Massachusetts, where lawmakers are trying to rescue the state’s incentives for electric vehicle sales after drivers burned through a program that dealt out more $30 million in recent years.

A climate resilience bill passed last week by the state House contains an amendment that would replenish the dwindling coffers of the Massachusetts Offers…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

National Grid says “no thanks” to results of 400 MW RFP, selects one project

The utility has chosen to disregard the goals of the State of Rhode Island and only procure electricity from one of the projects that completed a recent solicitation.



July 29, 2019 Christian Roselund

We at pv magazine have seen utilities do a lot of unusual things. But one thing that can usually be counted on is that when a state agency wants a utility to procure a certain capacity of renewable energy, the utility typically procures…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2019 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

NWF concerned about degrading wildlife habitats but avoids naming onshore wind

The National Wildlife Foundation is worried about onshore transmission lines but makes no mention of the onshore wind factories destroying new parts of Maine with each passing year.

https://offshorewind.nwf.org/

NRCM is NWF's affiliate in…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Maine Voices: Transmission deficit is holding back wind in Maine

This appears to claim that the $1.4 Billion CMP upgrade (Maine Power Reliability Program) had nothing to do with wind power. In fact, the CMP upgrade was a ratepayer funded gift to the wind industry. Essentially, ratepayers bought the wind industry its shipping system. See:http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-electricity-rates-going-up for more on this.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Hancock County reaches settlement over wind farm payments it said were too small

Hancock owner Novatus is of course the company which employs former EUT co-chair Stacey Fitts who helped kill about a dozen citizen initiated wind bills in the EUT committee. See: http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/abstain-for-maine

Additionally, former Baldacci chief counsel and PUC Chair Kurt Adams, who according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, received…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

EUT Co-Chair Berry Suddenly Concerned About Flashing FAA Lights on Towers (when they affect his district)

Rollins Lights

Guess we can't have flashing lights near the backyard of wind tower erector Reed & Reed. Why should Rep. Berry's district or Reed & Reed's district have to endure nighttime lights as those have done for years looking at Rocky Dundee in the photo above of the Rollins Wind factory near Lincoln? (Rainer Egle photo)

Neighbors seeing red over flashing lights on new CMP towers

Rep.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 24, 2019 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Avangrid wind "farm" fire burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

Avangrid Vice Chairman John Baldacci -- what's your plan for when a wind turbine blaze starts on a remote mountaintop in Maine?

‘Juniper Fire’ in Klickitat County burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

The fire started Saturday afternoon near an area where fire was seen coming from a wind turbine nearly 300 feet off the ground, according to officials and local media. The turbine is part of a wind farm…

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Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2019 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Vineyard Wind says project at risk

Federal environmental approval needed in 4-6 weeks

VINEYARD WIND says its offshore wind farm could be in jeopardy if the federal government fails to approve its environmental impact statement over the next six weeks.

In a carefully worded statement issued early Thursday morning, the company appeared to be prodding federal officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to move quickly to approve the environmental impact statement. The statement represents a shift for…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Wind power angling for new handouts as PTC is set to expire (From Council on Foreign Relations)

Beware any coming electrical blackouts as they'll surely be used as pretext for an attempt to have taxpayers fund a revamp of the grid.

A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), which was designed to drive investment by providing reductions in…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

NY's Hamptons: "Seeing turbines on the far horizon would be unacceptable"

Developer: We won’t pursue wind farm in waters off Hamptons

.......................... Then there’s New York State, which does not support wind-energy areas off the Hamptons and has registered opposition with BOEM, officials said.

“No one can really tell me who and why [New York…

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Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Maine PUC Approves Wind Power Contract for Old First Wind Gang

July 12, 2019

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) unanimously approved a long-term contract for a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The project is being developed by Weaver Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Longroad Development Partners, LLC and is expected to be operational no later than December 2020.

"This 20-year contract should create real ratepayer benefits for Maine" stated Commission Chairman Philip Bartlett. The…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Business group worried offshore wind bidders could become scarce

ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTS of the declining price cap on offshore wind solicitations is now calling on the Baker administration to scale it back.

Robert Rio, senior vice president and counsel at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, one of the state’s leading business groups, sent a letter to the Baker administration on July 5 urging modification of the price cap, which requires each successive offshore wind procurement to be priced lower than the last.

The unusually low…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 8, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Study: The Levelized Cost of Electricity from Existing Generation Resources

Report: Cost Shifting is the Name of the Game for Wind & Solar

Report: How Resources are Selected and Prices Set in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Disentangling the Renewable Energy Scam

Resources for Making the Case against Carbon Taxes

Why Climate Activists Threaten Endangered Species With…

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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2019 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Vineyard Wind dealt blows on two fronts: Edgartown commission rejects cables; feds delay EIS

The Edgartown conservation commission, in a 5-1 vote, has denied a permit for cables that would pass through the Muskeget Channel.

Vineyard Wind proposed to bury two 400 megawatt export cables one mile off Chappaquiddick from its proposed wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard to a site in Barnstable.

The cables had been approved by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but at the Edgartown hearings fishermen pushed back strongly against them saying…

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Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2019 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Sens Collins & King and put out tin cup for wind industry

Bicoastal perhaps, but hardly bipartisan, although it's being marketed as such.

Collins, Carper Introduce Bill to Spur Investments in Offshore Wind

Bipartisan legislation would extend investment tax credits to support the emerging offshore wind energy industry…

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Added by Long Islander on July 5, 2019 at 2:00pm — 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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