Long Islander's Blog – November 2019 Archive (11)

Maine eyed for project that converts renewable electricity to storable gas

by Tux Turkel

"There are ways, according to Kurt Adams, president and chief executive at Summit Natural Gas, one of the state’s gas distribution companies."

11/30/19

Maine could be a prime location for a pilot project that converts surplus electricity from wind farms and other renewable generators into a gas that can be stored in underground pipelines.

Such a project would help solve a growing problem, a top gas company executive told…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2019 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Governor Mills Signs Executive Order Directing State Government to Lead By Example in Embracing Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Governor Mills Signs Executive Order Directing State Government to Lead By Example in Embracing Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Measures

November 26, 2019

Governor Mills also unveils recently-complete Blaine House solar…

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Added by Long Islander on November 26, 2019 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 25, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



NYS Health Board advocates 1.5 setbacks and 35 dBA noise limits

Short video: True Costs of Renewables – the Texas Lesson

When wind turbines die, the problems are just beginning

10 Times the Wind Industry Claimed it Supported Ending Its Tax Credits

The NY Governor’s well paid wind-power liars

Wind ‘on its knees’ as profits vanish, says industry pioneer

Weighing the Cost of Offshore Wind

Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on November 26, 2019 at 12:40pm — No Comments

10 Times the Wind Industry Claimed it Supported Ending Tax Credits for Wind Energy

Today, House Democrats released a green energy tax extenders package filled with various wasteful and distortionary tax provisions.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 26, 2019 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Collins, King Back Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

Bipartisan legislation also cosponsored by senators from six east coast states currently participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

WASHINGTON, D.C.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 15, 2019 at 11:40am — 5 Comments

Mills Says She Won't Get Involved In Potential Ballot Campaign Over CMP Transmission Line

November 13, 2019

By Steve Mistler

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says she does not plan to get involved in a potential ballot campaign that could determine whether Central Maine Power (CMP) can build a controversial transmission line through Western Maine, even though…

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Added by Long Islander on November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 11, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



Everything You Hear About Billion-Dollar Disasters Is Wrong

Wind turbines don’t lead to a windfall

Perpetual Infants: $100 Billion in Subsidies and US Wind & Solar Want More

NY State blows smoke to hide wind costs

California Subsidizes Natural Gas Plants to Prevent Widespread Blackouts

The Electric Car Fantasy

Germany stipulates turbine setbacks to be 3300± feet

Conventional Wind Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on November 13, 2019 at 12:12pm — No Comments

The gov’s well-paid wind-power liars

The New York State Energy Research Development Authority really doesn’t want you to know how much you’ll have to pay for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s offshore-wind boondoggles.

Our recent editorial on this waste cited the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin, who’d found used the agency’s own public filings to deduce a cost to electric ratepayers statewide of some $6 billion for just the first wave of wind farms NYSERDA is subsidizing off the Long Island coast, vs. the ageny’s…

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Added by Long Islander on November 11, 2019 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

State approves power-purchase contract with UMaine wind project

The 20-year agreement requires CMP to buy electricity from an experimental floating wind turbine off the Maine coast.

Maine regulators approved a power contract with the experimental offshore wind project led by the University of Maine, an essential next step in the project’s development.

The 20-year power-purchase agreement requires Central Maine Power to buy electricity produced by a floating wind power project built by a partnership between the Maine Aqua Ventus consortium…

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Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2019 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Sale of Hancock County wind farm project puts it on fast track toward completion

A Canadian investment firm has acquired the roughly $150 million Weaver Wind project in Hancock County and intends to begin installing turbines on the state’s newest wind farm in February.

The land-based wind farm project, which has been in planning stages for five years, is scheduled to be up and running by October 2020. It will comprise 22 turbines and is expected to produce 72.6 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power 15,000 to 20,000 Maine homes annually. The…

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Added by Long Islander on November 7, 2019 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Governor Mills Applauds PUC’s Approval of Maine Aqua Ventus Contract

November 5, 2019

In June, Governor Mills signed bill requiring PUC to approve key contract allowing innovative project to move forward

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement today applauding the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) approval of a contract for Maine Aqua Ventus, a first-of-its-kind floating…

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Added by Long Islander on November 6, 2019 at 1:00pm — 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

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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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