Long Islander's Blog – August 2017 Archive (20)

Grid Reliability: DOE Throws Down Red Flags On Unreliable Wind And Solar (Forbes)

What’s notable about the report is the absence of a monomaniacal advocacy for renewables, combined with a sober description of grid engineering and physics. That tone, by itself, is a sea change.........And for discerning policymakers, the key takeaway from the report amounts to a go-slow for those eager to rapidly force far more VRE on the grid – VRE, variable renewable energy, is DOE’s euphemism for solar and wind.........We also find DOE saying that when it comes to…

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Added by Long Islander on August 30, 2017 at 12:26am — No Comments

DOE Grid Study: Green energy industries DO pose a significant threat to the U.S. electrical grid

"Solar and wind power, alongside natural gas, have made the grid much more complex and less resilient.........The agency’s findings run contrary to a report from unnamed sources earlier this month that suggested green energy industries do not pose a significant threat to the U.S. electrical grid.......The DOE’s study comes after Perry said in early April that he and international counterparts discussed the need for a diverse supply of electricity during a G-7 Energy Ministerial meeting in…

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Added by Long Islander on August 23, 2017 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Dudley Gray: Will Maine ever smarten up and stop the abomination of wind?

The continuing destruction of Maine's pristine ridges and mountaintops for the benefit of politicians and foreign corporations must end. There is no need for Maine to be a conduit for the delivery of electricity to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Let them build their wind turbines in the Berkshires and leave Maine alone........................

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Added by Long Islander on August 20, 2017 at 10:06am — 6 Comments

More than 100 people ask if Mass energy policy will destroy Moosehead Lake region

ROCKWOOD STRIP — More than 100 people packed the Rockwood Community Center Wednesday afternoon to help answer the question raised by a group opposed to proposed wind farms — will Massachusetts energy policy destroy the Moosehead Lake region.

The answer for many was loud and clear: “Save our mountains — No Wind Farms.”…

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Added by Long Islander on August 19, 2017 at 11:32am — 4 Comments

BDN/ George Smith: Don’t Miss the Evening for the Environment

Smith writes: "I am also very honored to be receiving an award that night, the MCV’s 2017 Environmental Leadership Award. I should say I am astonished and honored."

http://georgesoutdoornews.bangordailynews.com/2017/08/19/environmental-issues/dont-miss-the-evening-for-the-environment/

George Smith getting Environmental…

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Added by Long Islander on August 18, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Massachusetts orders utilities to buy at least 16% of their electricity from "clean" energy sources in 2018

As seen in the article excerpts below, this latest state coercion from Mass was pushed by Conservation Law Foundation, CLF. Let's not forget that CLF's affiliate is CLF Ventures which develops wind-related investment funds/strategies, for example:…

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Added by Long Islander on August 18, 2017 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

PPH - New CMP bills foreshadow increased consumer involvement

When the supply can't be depended upon as it can with a source like natural gas, an alternate way to match up supply and demand is to control the demand. Enter the smart meter.

"A smart grid would allow the integration of variable energy sources like wind and solar. For example, if electricity output dropped suddenly due to a change in wind generation, the grid could dim the lights in big box stores…

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Added by Long Islander on August 17, 2017 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

REASON - Politicians Can't Get Enough Energy Cronyism

Despite the breadth of the current political divide, it appears that there is at least one thing that all politicians can agree upon: energy sector cronyism. The only real dispute is over the preferred beneficiaries.......

A recent report published by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, called "Russia's Ties to U.S. Environmentalist Groups," lays out how Putin cronies bundled millions for radical left-wing environmental groups determined to stop oil and natural gas development in…

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Added by Long Islander on August 16, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What Kind of Tourism Office Would Stand By As Moosehead Lake is Devastated?

What Kind of Tourism Office Would Stand By As Moosehead Lake is Devastated?

McDonald said his group points to a recent study by the John Muir Society that says the installation of industrial wind power and transmission corridors in…

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Added by Long Islander on August 15, 2017 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Eric Tuttle: Some Ideas come to mind and can be made legal but for the Criminal Elements from within and those that surround us

Please see the recent comments from Eric Tuttle and Robert Powers.  Robert Powers believes that 25-30 other major wind projects in the planning stages in Maine and I do not doubt this.

BDN - These Maine projects aim to cash in on Bay State hunger for clean energy…

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Added by Long Islander on August 12, 2017 at 3:09pm — 32 Comments

PPH - Maine ranked 8th in growth of wind-power capacity in 2016

How about some reporting on all the corruption that supports Maine wind and its requisite new transmission?

The prospects for growth beyond the current (tax credit) cycle remain uncertain, given declining federal tax support, expectations for low natural gas prices and modest electricity demand growth.”…

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Added by Long Islander on August 9, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments

PPH - Parent company of CMP hires Maine PUC commissioner who resigned

Carlisle McLean, one of the utility regulators criticized by Gov. LePage for approving rules to compensate solar energy producers, is now senior counsel at Avangrid.…

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Added by Long Islander on August 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

Must Read: MAPLE RIDGE WIND POWER AVIAN AND BAT FATALITY STUDY REPORT

Posted on behalf of wildlife expert Jim Wiegand:

Click here for PDF attachment:

Maple_Ridge_Review_8_7.pdf

A scientific review of the Maple Ridge, New York wind turbine mortality studies

This comment and the attachment are very important. The people New…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2017 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

Patrick Woodcock, Former Maine Energy Head Now Asst Sec of Energy in Massachusetts

I don't believe this was ever reported by the Maine media, just like they never reported that Ex-Gov John Baldacci, the creator of Maine's pro-wind industry expedited wind law of 2008 became vice-chair of Avangrid (Iberdrola/CMP) back in December 2015. Avangrid is the nation's second largest wind company.

Why will the Maine media publish an article about a wind company hosting a hot dog cookout…

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Added by Long Islander on August 7, 2017 at 10:44am — 2 Comments

Maine lawmakers pull plug on bill to maintain solar incentives

The governor's veto is narrowly sustained amid warnings that L.D. 1504 would raise electricity prices, leaving a plan to phase out financial inducements for rooftop panels in effect.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/02/lawmakers-uphold-rollback-of-solar-incentives/

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Solar bill falls to LePage veto, leaving policy in regulators’…

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Added by Long Islander on August 3, 2017 at 11:08am — No Comments

Maine projects aim to cash in on Bay State hunger for clean energy

Or should the headline instead read "Mass and foreign corporations aim to cash in on Maine at the expense of Mainers?"

In total, 14 companies bid projects located in or passing through Maine. Another proposed a power cable passing through Maine waters from New Brunswick to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Eleven of the proposals include new wind turbines — often combined with battery storage — and two include new…

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Added by Long Islander on August 3, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

Maine projects aim to cash in on Bay State hunger for clean energy

Or should the headline instead read "Mass and foreign corporations aim to cash in on Maine at the expense of Mainers?"

In total, 14 companies bid projects located in or passing through Maine. Another proposed a power cable passing through Maine waters from New Brunswick to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Eleven of the proposals include new wind turbines — often combined with battery storage — and two include new…

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Added by Long Islander on August 3, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

PPH - NY's Con Ed proposes to deliver Maine wind energy to Boston

Con Ed is proposing a partnership with a group of energy developers called Maine Power Express LLC to deliver northern Maine wind power to Boston markets. Under the plan, MPX would build a 630-megawatt wind facility in Penobscot and Aroostook counties called County Line Wind. Then the partnership would deliver that power via an underground power line on an existing energy corridor that eventually connects to an underwater transmission line to…

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Added by Long Islander on August 2, 2017 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Senator Collins introduces PERPETUAL tax credit for her windy friends

Joining Senators Collins and Carper are Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).…

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Added by Long Islander on August 2, 2017 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Lisa Linowes: The Failure of RGGI

July 31, 2017

RGGI proponents want us to believe that the program is delivering on a global environmental promise, but the reality is the nine-state cap and trade system is a colossal failure of resource allocation that should be repealed to leave more efficient market forces.

http://www.windaction.org/posts/47017-the-failure-of-rggi#.WYCD24Tyupo

Added by Long Islander on August 1, 2017 at 9:38am — No Comments

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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 (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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