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Greenbacker makes 15MW Maine gain

A subsidiary of Greenbacker Renewable Energy has bought the rights to build an over 15MW wind farm in the US state of Maine for an undisclosed price.

The 15.3MW RoxWind project has been developed by Palmer Management Corporation and other unnamed parties.

It is contracted to sell electricity through long-term off-take agreements with four local municipal utilities.

RoxWind is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2021.

Sheppard…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 18, 2020 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

Trends in Maine From Introduction of Wind Power

>Added nearly 1000 megawatts of wind 2007 - 2019

Wind Produced 2,450,000 megawatthours 2019…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 15, 2020 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

751 Megawatts Of Proposed Wind For Maine - ISO-NE Project Queue

As of March 10, 2020, ISO-NE shows 751 MW of proposed wind projects in Maine :



72.6 MW Hancock County " Weaver Wind "  Has DEP Permit In Hand



15.3 MW Oxford County  " RoxWind "  Has DEP Permit In Hand



20 MW Penobscot County  " Silver Maple-Pisgah MTN "  Under DEP Review



126 MW Washington County  " Downeast Wind "  Preparing documents for DEP



517.5 MW Aroostook County  " Number Nine " ??   No News Lately…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 10, 2020 at 12:03pm — 3 Comments

Renewable Energy versus Reliable Energy.

     The Conflict : Renewable Energy versus Reliable Energy.

     The Resolution : States will unilaterally develop their own energy profiles and reject regional grid co-operation. We see it in the NECEC argument over providing Massachusetts power delivered through the Maine woods. We see it in Connecticut,  whose ratepayers are paying premiums to keep a nuclear plant operating. We see it in the regional grid operator forcing all New England ratepayers to pay extra  to a  natural gas…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 21, 2020 at 9:01am — No Comments

Hans Ohanian: Carbon myopia in Montpelier

Hans Ohanian: Carbon myopia in Montpelier

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Added by Dan McKay on February 8, 2020 at 8:37am — 4 Comments

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $64M for Components of Coal FIRST Power Plants

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $64M for Components of Coal FIRST Power Plants

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future.

“Coal is a critical resource for grid stability that will be used in…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 7, 2020 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

Big Green, Inc: The Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Future of American Energy

Big Green, Inc: The Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Future of American Energy

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Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2020 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

House Energy & Commerce Committee releases climate change-focused energy bill

On January 28, several majority members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee released a 622-page bill focused on addressing the impacts of climate change. Perhaps the most notable provision in the wide-ranging legislation is the goal…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 31, 2020 at 9:55am — 7 Comments

Europe’s Electric Vehicle Charging Prices to Increase Substantially

Bait and switch : Rebates on heat pumps and immediately raise the price on electricity

                          Rebates on electric cars and immediately raise the price of electricity.

 Europe’s Electric Vehicle Charging Prices to Increase Substantially…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2020 at 2:50pm — No Comments

LD 1634    An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund

LD 1634    An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund



Sec. A-1. Authorization of bonds. The Treasurer of State is authorized, under  the direction of the Governor, to issue bonds in the name and on behalf of the State in an  amount not exceeding…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 29, 2020 at 7:26pm — 3 Comments

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?

https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/do-renewable-portfolio-standards-deliver/

This working paper from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds that average retail electricity prices in states after the passage of a renewable energy mandate are 11 percent higher after seven years and 17 percent higher…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 23, 2020 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

Vermont allows for the use of HQ attributes for REC compliance

" Vermont allows for the use of HQ and NYPA attributes for REC compliance , which are not currently eligible in other states."
With Maine out of the picture of procuring RECs from the NECEC project because of it"s 100 megawatt limit, I wonder if Vermont would consider securing RECs from the project to reach it's 75% renewable standard by 2032 ?  

Added by Dan McKay on January 12, 2020 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

DEP APPROVES ROXWIND

The RoxWInd small-scale wind project was approved July 26, 2019. Interested parties have until August 2 to comment.

My Comments :

STATEMENT : "The Department finds that a formal deed restriction of the meadow buffers is not necessary since any future development on the buffer areas is very unlikely due to their adjacency to the wind turbines, "

RESPONSE : This appears to admit real estate sales are very much influenced negatively by proximity to wind…

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Added by Dan McKay on July 28, 2019 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

Maine Energy Laws Making Their Way To The Governor.

Current laws on the table:
LD 1494 : a 10 page bill proposing to revamp the renewable portfolio standard, based on purchasing of electricity in Maine.
Passed Committee, heading for House and Senate
LD 1711 : a very confusing 20 page bill to advance solar on the backs of ratepayers, Passed Committee, headed for House and Senate.
LD1464 : a 3 page bill proposing all fossil fuels be replaced by electricity ?  On Governor's desk. Dumbass…
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Added by Dan McKay on June 16, 2019 at 7:35am — 3 Comments

new wind and solar installations are two to three times more expensive than existing generation sources.

The Institute for Energy Research and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy released a new study evaluating the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from new and existing generation resources.



This innovative study takes into account several important considerations that other…

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Added by Dan McKay on June 6, 2019 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

The Government's Green Energy Blueprint

THE STATES ASSESS A PER TON CARBON DIOXIDE TAX ON FOSSIL FUEL PLANTS, WHILE ISO-NE ASSESSES AN ENERGY TAX ON RATEPAYERS TO RETAIN THE SAME PLANTS.

"In Forward Capacity Auction (“FCA”) 12, Exelon sought to de-list its Mystic units and the ISO rejected the bids because the units were needed to meet local transmission security requirements. Exelon then sought to retire the Mystic units in FCA 13 and the ISO retained them pursuant to new Tariff language that permits…
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Added by Dan McKay on May 12, 2019 at 8:38am — 2 Comments

Authoritarian Government in Maine

So, now the legislature will simply bypass current laws and make the PUC approve what they tell them to approve.

  
LD 994
Whereas, the Legislature finds that it is in the best interest of the State to approve  the December 2017 long-term contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Company so that the deep-water offshore wind energy pilot project may move  forward and generate the benefits to the State and its people previously sought by…
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Added by Dan McKay on May 10, 2019 at 6:46pm — 5 Comments

New England Governors’ Commitment to Regional Cooperation on Energy Issues March 15, 2019

Not quite sure what this means, but all six New England State Governors signed on to this statement :

 "Recognizing that the entire New England region has a stake in ensuring a reliable energy system that also produces affordable outcomes for consumers, the New England Governors commit to work together, in coordination with ISO New England and through the New England States…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 16, 2019 at 9:42am — 4 Comments

"How can you go wrong with an OPA who knows how to waste taxpayer money ?"

  • Governor Mills Signs Supplemental Budget
  • $320,000 for case support at the Office of the Public Advocate to be used for the costs of retaining expert witnesses and related costs associated with representing Maine ratepayers in the Emera Maine and Central Maine Power billing, metering, and rate cases.

Added by Dan McKay on March 15, 2019 at 9:43am — 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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