Long Islander's Blog – December 2019 Archive (18)

LUPC staff say CMP corridor project complies with rules

The Land Use Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Jan. 8 to render a decision on the controversial power corridor.

In a Dec. 30 memo, staff from the Land Use Planning Commission said the power line, called New England Clean Energy Connect, is an allowed use in development districts as planned, as long as CMP follows plans to limit impact on wetlands and recreational areas.

In the protected Kennebec River Gorge and Appalachian Trail, CMP showed there were no…

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Added by Long Islander on December 31, 2019 at 4:15pm — 3 Comments

Searchable Index of John Droz, jr.'s Wind Newsletters Back to 2009

AWED’s Newsletter is published at MasterResource every 3 weeks. Check here for recent issues. Due to multiple requests, we have created an …

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Added by Long Islander on December 30, 2019 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 23, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:



It’s time to hit the off switch for solar, wind power tax breaks

U.S. House spending bill holds win for wind energy, setback for solar

Subsidized Wind, Noncompetitive Wind

Tax deal in hand, US spending package grows in size

Report: Financial groups gave $745 billion for 258 new coal power plants

The Renewable Fuel Standard is killing the environment

The Tiny, Simple Nuclear Reactor That Could…

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Added by Long Islander on December 24, 2019 at 12:16pm — No Comments

BDN - Inside a lawmaker’s bid for Maine to seize control of its largest electric companies

By Josh Keefe, Maine Focus Reporter

December 23, 2019 6:00 am

On an unusually cold November night, Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, co-chair of the legislative committee charged with regulating the state’s utilities, stood in the auditorium at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. Before a crowd of roughly 60 people, he explained his plan to seize control of the Maine electric grid from the state’s two largest electric companies and their foreign shareholders.

Berry introduced…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2019 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Maine's largest peatland threatened by 650' tall newly proposed turbines from Virginia based developer

“Nobody here likes this". The turbines would be spread out on three sides of the 7,000-plus acre Great Heath.

Note that the Great Heath is the largest raised bog (or peatland) in the state of Maine.

Website for Downeast Wind's owner, Apex Clean Energy:

https://www.apexcleanenergy.com/leadership/

Apex…

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Added by Long Islander on December 21, 2019 at 1:00pm — 15 Comments

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??????? - House passes bill with wind PTC extension included

North American Windpower - Michael Bates - December 20, 2019

The House passed a tax extenders package this week that includes a one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind but failed to move forward an investment tax credit (ITC) provision for offshore wind power.

The House passed a tax extenders package this week that includes a one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind but failed to move forward an investment tax credit…

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Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Natural Gas Companies Form PAC To Fight CMP’s Proposed Transmission Project

Two national companies that operate natural gas plants in Maine are stepping into the fight over Central Maine Power’s power line proposal for western Maine. They’ve created a new political action committee supporting a potential ballot item aimed at killing the CMP project.

The new PAC is called Mainers for Local Power, and it will be funded by two Texas-based companies, Calpine and Vistra. Calpine owns a natural gas electricity generation plant in Westbrook, and Vistra owns one in…

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Added by Long Islander on December 19, 2019 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

U.S. House of Representatives bill extends Wind Investment Tax Credit for a year

House foregoes new tax credits for storage, offshore wind as it approves $1.4T spending bill

  • The U.S. House of Representatives approved a broad spending bill on Tuesday extending tax credits for wind energy, which expire at the end of 2019, for another year. 
  • The House had proposed a wide-reaching clean energy package of tax credits, including new incentives for energy storage and offshore wind, and extensions for electric vehicles…
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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2019 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

James LaBrecque: "There's a lot of people on the take" (5 Year Energy Prediction)

Solar and wind bills, subsidies, mandates etc., brought to us by layer upon layer of dysfunctional agenda-driven government will create never seen before burdens on Mainers. These burdens will have the greatest effect on the folks who can least afford it.

Listen to today's important 14 minute WVOM audio for James LaBrecque's five year prediction of where electricity costs are headed. While each new bill, subsidy, mandate, etc. is always sold to Mainers as representing a supposed small…

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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2019 at 11:03am — 6 Comments

U.S. Congress has declined to extend a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles

General Motors and Tesla have been pushing for more than a year for extension of the credit, which phases out once an automaker hits 200,000 vehicles sold, and many lawmakers had been pushing to include the extension. The tax credit is aimed at defraying the cost of electric vehicles that are more expensive than similarly sized internal combustion engine vehicles.

Both GM and Tesla have already hit 200,000 EV sales. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat who authored a proposal to…

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Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2019 at 11:02am — No Comments

Does Maine Tourism Office Want to Cripple Cars?

In a state that relies on driving and tourism, some wish to make automobile use far more costly. While this article seemingly attempts to create justification for toxin-producing solar and toxin-producing electric car batteries for a more electricity-reliant future, as usual, there's not a single mention of nuclear power.

12/15/19

Reducing emissions from transportation is a long, difficult road for Maine

A preference for…

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Added by Long Islander on December 15, 2019 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Gulf of Maine: New Task Force Will Consider Leases For Offshore Wind Energy Developers

By Fred Bever 12/12/19

A new task force will convene for the first time Thursday to consider how and where to lease potentially vast swathes of the Gulf of Maine to offshore wind-energy developers. The outcome could have big consequences for Maine's fishing industry, and for the state's role in the next wave of renewable energy development.

An earlier round of auctions awarded leases in federal waters off southern New England, where several large-scale wind projects…

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Added by Long Islander on December 12, 2019 at 11:06pm — 4 Comments

Hydro-Quebec Gears Up For Political Battle Over CMP's Proposed Transmission Line

Hydro-Quebec, the Canadian energy company poised to supply hydropower to a proposed transmission line through western Maine, is joining a campaign to defeat a referendum that could scuttle the $1 billion project at the ballot box next year.

The company’s relationship with the provincial government of Quebec could draw protests from project opponents who see it as a foreign attempt to influence an election.

However, the Hydro-Quebec effort appears to be legal because Maine…

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Added by Long Islander on December 12, 2019 at 9:48am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 9, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Another Round of Energy Pork

With climate change Science and Economics should be paramount

Ontario saves $500± Million by dumping wind turbines

Expect the ECB to Use a “Climate Crisis” to Justify Their Next Stimulus Plan

Rolls Royce wants innovative financing for its first-of-a-kind nuclear SMRs

Short video: Gates Goes Nuclear

Bitter Cold Stops Coal, While Nuclear Power Excels

Nuclear Power isn’t…

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Added by Long Islander on December 9, 2019 at 9:38am — No Comments

Maine Public Radio: What do 'Renewable' and 'Green' Mean?

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Added by Long Islander on December 8, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Connecticut picks Massachusetts energy company for significant offshore wind project based in Bridgeport

Connecticut has selected a Massachusetts company to develop a major wind power project that will significantly advance the state’s zero-emissions energy resources while using Bridgeport as a base to build out the new industry, environmental officials announced Thursday.

Vineyard Wind of New Bedford, Massachusetts, will provide 804 megawatts, sufficient to power 400,000 homes…

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Added by Long Islander on December 7, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

As Clifton wind farm looks to expand, more stringent standards will come into play

"There have been no complaints about the existing wind farm, other than those few people that just plain hate wind towers and don’t want to look at them".

By Eesha Pendharkar, BDN Staff • December 6, 2019 1:00 am

Updated: December 6, 2019 7:16 am

Years ago, when the Clifton Planning Board was considering an application that would allow Pisgah Mountain LLC to build five wind turbines, Chair Bruce Jellison decided to do his own research. He…

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Added by Long Islander on December 6, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Blaine House solar project a powerful symbol – and debatable economic investment

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Added by Long Islander on December 4, 2019 at 4:30pm — 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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