Frank J. Heller, MPA's Blog (60)

What if there was equity between wind farms and hydropower generation? ....

these are the hurdles small hydropower generators have to jump through:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969719326105?dgcid=coauthor

Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on August 26, 2019 at 1:18pm — No Comments

When research follows a narrative and not scientific protocol,this is the result

There are many serious ramifications in pursuing science that fits a narrative instead of collecting data, then deriving proper theories from real data.

One of the consequences, especially in this seemingly new era of real justice that we are now enjoying, is that cheating scientists can get caught and punished.



For example, Duke…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on March 28, 2019 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

Tomorrow's Presentation by the nearly all-Female Energy/climate/innovation secretariat led by Mills

a taste of things to come...good , bad or just more emotionalized  policy making?

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME - 

MAINE ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL

POLICY IN 2019

Breaking News: Governor Mills to Keynote E2Tech Energy & Environmental Policy Forum

E2Tech is excited to announce that Governor Mills will provide closing remarks at E2Tech's Thursday morning (2/28)…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on February 27, 2019 at 2:14pm — No Comments

HYDRO QUEBEC RESOURCES....extensive and very well documented.

use this URL to access the pull down menues....well organized.   

http://www.hydroquebec.com/sustainable-development/energy-environment/hydropower.html

Two things stand out:

   First, they have a tremendous amount of all forms of renewable energy, the bulk in hydro generated , 177,091 GigaWattHours generated and 31,610 GigaWattHours purchased.

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on January 11, 2019 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

FERC justifies continuation of large Ellsworth Hydro power plant.....it's an official proclamation.

There is over 50 MW of latent hydro power that can be justified in the same way.

>>From approval of FERC permit:

"The applicant, Bangor, has applied to FERC for a new

license to continue operation of the 8 . 9-MW Ellsworth Project . The project is located i n the fastest growing portion of  applicant's…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on January 4, 2019 at 5:38pm — 3 Comments

UN believes HYDROPOWER IS the answer to climate change.

People in the hydroelectric power industry have long known that this clean, reliable, renewable generating technology has an important role to play in meeting vital goals related to the environment and climate change.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agrees, as evidenced by an article published on its website last week.

Below are excerpts from the text of this…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on December 5, 2018 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Challenging LURC's scope of wind farm review and their default to D.E.P. ..correspondence with Stacie R. Beyer Chief Planner, Land Use Planning Commission

Hello again:

 

I reviewed your authority under your enabling statutes and find it decidedly covers environmental impacts of wind farms in areas under your jurisdiction:

 

"To preserve …support and encourage Maine's natural resource-based economy and strong environmental protections; … to honor the rights and participation of residents and property owners …while recognizing the unique value of these…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on November 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.

If I had a map of the amount of forest removed for turbine pads, access roads, and transmission lines I can calculate the impact on the atmosphere, esp. loss of CO2 conversion, and on the watershed and aquifer.

This would be a focused environmental impact statement prohibited under current siting legislation; and if my early calculations are right, that the CO2 no longer removed by photosynthesis is greater than the carbon offsets. iHYDRO software and possibly the Canadian software,…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on October 1, 2018 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Oppressing Dylan Vorhee's environmental hypocrisy and untruths

Tapping into the proposed energy corridor is, as I understand it, a negotiable item---which I strongly support.

Dylan raises other issues, several based on nonfactual assumptions:

"Dylan:

 NRCM has long supported wind farms in Maine, all of…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on May 22, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments

You're surrounded....check out this conference,.

Day One Session Topics Include:

 

National Wind Update with AWEA

 

The Northeast Regional Situation - A discussion with colleagues led by Peter Rothstein, President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council.

 

Generation Options & Competition in the Northeast - A focused and pragmatic…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on May 2, 2018 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

Time to modify proposed amendments to Chapter 382, Wind Energy Act Standards

Not thrilled with the overwhelming focus on "views' since they are subjective and arguable; but the fire provides an opportunity to make substantial changes to the Standards to include:

o D. Notification of turbine failure. The licensee must notify the Department in writing within two (one) business days of any turbine failure or other incident that the licensee anticipates will result in a turbine being off-line…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on April 3, 2018 at 11:27am — 10 Comments

Using the NATURE CONSERVANCY's methodology for planning hydropower basins to wind 'catchment' areas

The Nature Conservancy is a massive organization and a global player.

You'll find a description of their organization and their methodology for assessing the impact of hydroelectric generating plants on 'nature'. This affects FERC relicensing of all Maine plants up for renewal; Maine is the second largest hydro generator in New England. 

There is one slide listing all the impacts a hydroplant has; it could serve as a template for measuring the impact of a wind…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on February 21, 2018 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

My testimony on Wind Power act changes

Overall, this is a continuation of the original bias in favor of Wind farming; a catalogue of all the wonderful benefits it will bring. This bias MUST END NOW!  So here are my modifications:

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6. Tangible Benefits.  An applicant must demonstrate that a proposed wind energy development will establish environmental and economic improvements or benefits to the citizens of Maine attributable to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed development.  The…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on November 17, 2017 at 11:20am — 10 Comments

So the SIERRA CLUB is a paid lackey for the wind industry, now what?

This month only, our partner Arcadia Power is offering you $20 to enroll your local utility account to support clean energy. Any renter or homeowner can sign up in 2 minutes.

Just go to Arcadia Power's website and sign up. There is nothing to install, there are no…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on October 13, 2017 at 5:40pm — 2 Comments

Wind Turbines in Puerto Rico 'decapitated'

An entire hill side of busted wind turbines ..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiiw24X33uU     20 sec. into video, plus a shot of a large blade in a field. 

Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on September 23, 2017 at 10:44am — 7 Comments

CONFRONTING MAINE AUDUBON reps. at Common Ground's environmental tent.

Confronted the people from Maine Audubon yesterday at Common Ground on their support of wind farms. 

 They were very defensive, and had a scripted response which evaded specifying wind farms; but what emerged is they don't directly do any investigation of bird or bee kills or the effects of herbicide spraying in transmission R.O.W. or destruction of bird habitat; they rely on third parties to do that. 

Take some pic's of dead endangered species and keep confronting them. Find…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on September 23, 2017 at 10:34am — 7 Comments

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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