Long Islander's Blog – December 2018 Archive (27)

All six Maine land based wind project bids rejected by State of Connecticut yesterday

All six land based Maine wind projects that had submitted proposals in response to Connecticut's "zero carbon" electricity RFP were rejected yesterday, 12/28/18. Southern New England may be starting to understand that non-dispatchable electricity is useless and unnecessary.…

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Added by Long Islander on December 29, 2018 at 6:30pm — 14 Comments

Explanation of why Maine electric bills (CMP's) skyrocketing 13.7% next month

For one, I guess we can thank Massachusetts and Maine environmental groups for preventing desperately needed natural gas pipelines to come into New England. New England is near some of the planet's richest natural gas reserves in Pennsylvania - an abundant and relatively clean fuel - the reason far less CO2 is emitted today and almost no particulates. But the wind developers must be protected by their friends in the so called environmental groups. 13.7% is a GIANT hit on the…

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Added by Long Islander on December 28, 2018 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Second pre-hearing set for New England Clean Energy Connect project

Dec 20, 2018

Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission will hold a second pre-hearing conference Thursday, Jan. 17, on Central Maine Power Co.'s $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect project.....................

The pre-hearing conference on the project will be held in DEP's Response Training Room at 7 Chimney Lane, Augusta, at 1 p.m. This pre-hearing conference is open to the public for…

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Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2018 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Janet Mills' nominee for DIF&W involved with wind industry conference in June

Before joining the department, she served as Gilsland Farm Center Director at Maine Audubon from 1996-2007.

Gov.-elect Janet Mills announced Wednesday that she will nominate Judy Camuso as the next commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Camuso, who serves as the director of the department’s wildlife division, has worked for the DIF&W for more than a decade.…

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Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2018 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

RI Dept of Health: "Turbines don't cause health problems - “If you don’t like them then try another argument”

Johnston mayor: Wind turbines are none of Cranston’s business

When asked about the concerns Tuesday, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said the town and company that owns the turbines went through the proper channels to have them constructed. Cranston residents said they were never notified of planning and zoning board hearings held in 2017.

“They don’t have to be notified,” Polisena argued. “Quite frankly, not to be…

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Added by Long Islander on December 19, 2018 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Letter to the editor: Rise up against CMP’s burdensome rate increases

Everyone knows that Maine winters can be brutal. In our rural state, some residents may become isolated, and for those who are low income, the need for reliable and affordable electricity is imperative.

Central Maine Power is the largest electricity provider in the state. The utility giant serves 600,000 customers in central and southern Maine, which is equal to about 78 percent of Maine residents.

Last week, we learned that for CMP customers, electricity rates…

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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2018 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

BAD NEIGHBOR: Johnston, RI wind turbines have neighboring Cranston up in arms

Sounds like what Oakfield did to Island Falls.

Back in September 2017, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said the turbines would all be built on private industrial sites and wouldn’t be close to any residences.

“It’s in an unobtrusive area where you’re not going to have homes around it that people are going to have issues with basically a lot of it is farmland area old farms,” Polisena said.

But more than one year later, Cranston residents…

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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 17, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Medical Director Warns of Turbine Health Consequences
Major Good News: Ontario Scraps the Green Energy Act…
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Added by Long Islander on December 17, 2018 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Cars, trucks, boats, planes add most emissions in Maine

We've been publishing hard data on this for many years. Where has everyone else been?

Wind promoter NRCM talks about transportation but for 10 years has made land based wind its priority - a generation source that does not and cannot do anything about emissions coming from transportation. If we were ever to move to all electric cars and trucks that would be powered with carbon-free electricity, we'd need nuclear. NRCM opposes nuclear just…

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Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Auction for nearly 390,000 acres offshore Massachusetts on December 13, 2018.

Proposed Commercial Wind Leases Offshore Massachusetts

What's New?

On October 17, 2018, the Secretary of the Interior announced that the Department would hold an auction for nearly 390,000 acres offshore Massachusetts on December 13, 2018.

The three lease areas being auctioned are located 19.8 nautical miles from Martha’s Vineyard, 16.7 nautical miles from Nantucket, and 44.5…

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Added by Long Islander on December 14, 2018 at 12:35am — 1 Comment

Construction of major electricity line from Quebec to New York City to start in 2020

The developers of a long-delayed project to deliver hydroelectric power from Quebec to New York City say that construction will start in 2020.

First unveiled in 2008, the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) is a proposed 536-kilometre underground high-voltage line to supply customers in New York City with hydroelectricity generated in Quebec dams by provincial utility provider Hydro-Québec...............................

The project is projected to deliver 1,000 megawatts of…

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Added by Long Islander on December 11, 2018 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Region’s electricity market in trouble

Dan Dolan, the president of the New England Power Generators Association, says the wholesale electricity market is facing an existential crisis, failing to meet the needs of the six New England states and the region’s electricity generators, whom he represents. “The direction we’re moving in with out-of-market contracts for renewable energy and special contracts for reliability is putting the risk right back on ratepayers...................

New England states began offering subsidies…

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Added by Long Islander on December 11, 2018 at 1:14pm — 5 Comments

Southern Maine electricity customers can expect $6 monthly increase come Jan. 1

Another contributor is the growing role of renewable generators on the grid, said Marc Brown, a spokesman for the New England Ratepayers Association. Brown said state policies that favor intermittent resources such as wind and solar have created more risk for the companies that bid into supply contracts, especially for home and small-business customers. It’s important for New England to continue building power plants that can be dispatched when needed, he said, especially in the…

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Added by Long Islander on December 11, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Maine Audubon Recognizes Dark Skies but Advocates for Wind Factories

And that also means advocating for the massive transmission lines required by and solely by the wind project monstrosities.

 

See Winter 2018 issue - "The Unique…

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Added by Long Islander on December 10, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

PPH: Our View: Hydro-Quebec answers key climate question

The company is wasting enough energy to fill a contract with Massachusetts.

With this line, the company would be able to sell as much carbon-free power into New England as could be produced by two nuclear power plants.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/09/our-view-hydro-quebec-answers-key-climate-question/

Added by Long Islander on December 9, 2018 at 6:01am — 1 Comment

RoxWind - DEP Public Hearing on Jan 7, 2019 - Also Email Address for Written Comments

The public hearing will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Roxbury Town Hall, 1095 Roxbury Road, Roxbury. The entire hearing will be open to the public. The daytime session will be devoted to receiving testimony from the parties…

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Added by Long Islander on December 7, 2018 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Hydro-Quebec says it has plenty of capacity for New England

Hydro-Quebec says it's bringing 13 more hydroelectric plants online and has untapped potential for others, but opponents of the 145-mile transmission line through Maine say that's no guarantee more clean energy will be generated.....................“We have excess (hydropower) energy in Quebec that we can’t get out,” Serge Abergel, director of public affairs for Hydro-Quebec, told the editorial board of the Portland Press Herald. “We’re ‘spilling’ water. We’re unable to get it to our export…

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Added by Long Islander on December 7, 2018 at 8:08am — 5 Comments

Aroostook wind power backers see opportunity if western Maine transmission line fails

Maine Power Express proposes bringing electricity to Massachusetts from new wind farms in Aroostook County via underground transmission lines from the southern Aroostook area to Searsport and then through underwater transmission cables from Searsport to Boston. The transmission lines would total approximately 300 miles and would cost $1 billion or more.....................

Maine…

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Added by Long Islander on December 6, 2018 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Where to email Weaver Wind comments for DEP - They Are First Wind Reconstituted

Please forward this information and spread via social media. Thank you.

Weaver Wind, Hancock County

Application for Site Location of Development and Natural Resource Protection Act Permit for Grid-Scale Wind Energy Development

Weaver Wind, LLC proposes a 22-turbine, 72.6 MW wind energy facility in the Towns of Eastbrook and Osborn. The applications were accepted as complete on November 13,…

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Added by Long Islander on December 5, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Maine PUC Turns Back CMP Attempt To Limit Transmission Access

The Maine Public Utilities Commission ruled this week that Central Maine Power cannot arbitrarily limit the amount of electricity smaller commercial power plants can put on its transmission system.

The finding came at the request of Dirigo Solar, an electricity generation company that has a contract to provide enough solar power for 10,000 homes in Maine from scattered locations.

Nicholas Mazuroski, a partner in Dirigo Solar, says CMP limited the amount of electricity it would…

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