Long Islander's Blog – November 2018 Archive (18)

Saco Wind Turbine Debacle Now in Press Herald

Saco takes down decade-old wind turbine that never lived up to its promise

The turbine broke and the manufacturer went bankrupt, and it never produced the energy that was promised in 2008.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/30/saco-takes-down-decade-old-wind-turbine-that-never-lived-up-to-promise/…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle

Apart from line loss due to electricity traveling long distances from generation source to consumption point, if wind projects require 200 miles of transmission line to reach the average point of electricity consumption in the grid and natural gas plants require only 20 miles of transmission line to reach the average point of electricity consumption in the grid (because the latter can be built closer to population centers), should not the ratepayer be advised that the associated transmission…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2018 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Mary Kay Barton: Sierra Club joins Big Wind Bullies

By Mary Kay Barton -- November 27, 2018

“Today’s Sierra Club has strayed so far from [John] Muir’s original mission of protecting life and our natural environment it is unbelievable. We are greatly saddened to see the Sierra Club (a group many of us used to support) now lobbying for the destruction of vast swaths of rural America with industrial wind sprawl,…”…

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Gov-elect Mills: I'll be embracing and advancing a clean-energy future

Those efforts will be aided by a…

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Added by Long Islander on November 25, 2018 at 8:07am — No Comments

Blowing in the Wind - Maine's electricity 10th most expensive in the U.S.

By Randall Poulton | Nov 23, 2018

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were scheduled to attend a family soiree at a historic lodge on Webb Lake, near Mount Blue State Park. Since we had not spent much time in this area before, we arrived early to allow time for some sightseeing.

The highlight was a stunning vista from Linda Bean’s farm, looking south…

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Added by Long Islander on November 23, 2018 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Longroad Energy submits application for Maine wind project

A $140-million, 22-wind turbine project involving four Hancock County towns is moving forward.

Longroad Energy Partners, which is developing the project, submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Oct. 31, said Mark Bergeron, director of the DEP’s Bureau of Land Resources.

“One of the first steps that we take is to review the information to see that it’s complete for processing — have they submitted all the necessary materials?”…

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Added by Long Islander on November 19, 2018 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Resistance that sank Northern Pass has CMP reworking its transmission line blueprint

..................Projects bidding into the clean-energy competition were scored using a 100-point scale, with the price of power accounting for 75 points. The remaining 25 points reflect values such as development status and overall chances of success, Dalton said.

Avangrid/CMP’s initial cost of $950 million translated into an attractive rate for Massachusetts electric customers. Northern Pass, by contrast, was estimated at $1.4 billion, although it has secured most of its permits…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2018 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Bids would add 350 megawatts of offshore wind

Some of the bids would have Rhode Island buy power from land-based wind farms of up to 350 megawatts proposed by EDP Renewables and Apex Clean Energy in Maine, large solar projects of up to 170 megawatts proposed by EDF Renewables in undisclosed locations and a host of smaller solar proposals of 20 or 50 megawatts proposed by Freepoint Solar in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont.....................…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2018 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

George Smith cheerleads yet again for renewables

"Maine can keep our energy dollars in state by investing in an energy future that makes our economy more dynamic, competitive and clean.".........................................................................

https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/11/14/george-smith-2019-may-be-maines-year-for-clean-energy/

Added by Long Islander on November 14, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr. - Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 12, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

 - The Production Tax Credit: Corporate Subsidies & Renewable Energy
 - Former Wind Energy CEO Charged In Million…
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Added by Long Islander on November 12, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maine DEP tells CMP its application for 145-mile power line is incomplete

Central Maine Power Co.’s plan to build a $1 billion, 145-mile transmission line through western Maine is facing another potential delay after the Maine Department of Environmental Protection notified the company this week that its application to build the project is incomplete.

The DEP said it cannot move forward with evaluating CMP’s New England Clean Energy Connect proposal until the company provides the mandatory information.

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Added by Long Islander on November 9, 2018 at 8:39am — No Comments

Press Herald does sizable article about 100' tall Verizon cell tower

Nearby Portland, the hotbed of wind power advocates, of course bans wind turbines over 100' tall.

While perhaps it's understandable that such a large amount of ink gets expended by the Press Herald given Scarborough is within its core readership area, wouldn't it be nice if they'd spend a proportional amount of ink on the far taller (and noisier) wind turbine factories atop our ridges?

Scarborough cell tower opponents send a strong signal to Verizon…

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Added by Long Islander on November 5, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine (Maine Sunday Telegram)

Despite aggressive policy goals, the industry's at a crossroads as transmission capacity expenses undercut its potential.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/04/market-forces-buffeting-future-of-wind-power-in-maine/

RELATED:

Since James LaBrecque is referenced in the article, the following is being reposted here so readers can learn what Mr.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 4, 2018 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Letter: CMP project may have wind component (???????????)

Please comment if you can add anything indicating whether there's anything to this or not.

On Oct. 17 in Hallowell at the Public Utilities Commission hearing, Kurt Beverage, a retired Central Maine Power employee, said, “This project will help unbundle the wind resources in western Maine.” Unbundle means to separate business activities, meaning that wind transmission lines from western Maine would not have to connect with the Kibby Wind Project, if…

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Added by Long Islander on November 3, 2018 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

Regulators push CMP corridor decision into March

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has extended the process for deciding whether to award a permit needed for the 145-mile transmission project to move forward.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/02/regulators-push-cmp-corridor-decision-into-march/

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PUC won't decide CMP's $950M transmission line project until March…

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Added by Long Islander on November 2, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Must Read from Robert Bryce: Why Wind Power Isn’t the Answer

As a new study confirms, turbines would have to be stacked across state-sized swaths of the American landscape.

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“We found that the average power density—meaning the rate of energy generation divided by the encompassing area of the wind plant—was up to 100 times lower than estimates by some leading energy experts,” said lead author Lee Miller, a postdoctoral fellow who coauthored the report with…

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Added by Long Islander on November 2, 2018 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Maine DEP commissioner stepping down (Wind Energy Advisory Commission member)

Mercer is the latest member of the governor’s Wind Energy Advisory Commission to leave office just as the group begins its review of the wind power industry’s impacts in Maine.

AUGUSTA – The commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection is stepping down next month.

Paul Mercer, who has headed the DEP since January 2016, is the latest…

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Added by Long Islander on November 2, 2018 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Hydro-Quebec faces pressure to make CMP transmission line a better deal for Maine

By Fred Bever, Maine Public • November 1, 2018 7:37 pm

Some supporters of Central Maine Power’s billion dollar transmission project are looking to Canada’s Hydro-Quebec to shore up prospects for a key permit in Maine. They want the Canadian utility to contribute cash to benefit Maine electricity consumers. Governor Paul LePage’s administration may be pushing Hydro-Quebec on the point, although details of the effort are murky.

The 145-mile, high-voltage transmission line would…

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Added by Long Islander on November 2, 2018 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

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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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