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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

Public Hearing, Today at 10:00 AM for about 2 hours

Public Hearing, Today at 10:00 AM for about 2 hours …
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Added by Dan McKay on March 15, 2019 at 9:20am — 5 Comments

The New Green Deal Has Acquired Lift-off

To Manage the Grid, a Vermont Utility Hooks Up to a Hospital's Icebox

The rationing of electricity is underway .

"In practice, electric chillers would run during relatively low-cost off-peak hours (most likely at night) to freeze water to make ice. Then, when air conditioning load starts to rise on hot afternoons, the hospital’s HVAC system could be dialed back and the…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 12, 2019 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Notice Of Public Meeting

Please take notice that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a second public meeting at the Airline Community School, Aurora, Maine, on Thursday, April 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Department to receive public input regarding the proposed Weaver Wind Project.

Weaver Wind, LLC (applicant) filed a Natural Resources Protection Act permit application and a Site Location of Development permit application with the Department on…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 7, 2019 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Meanwhile, In Nebraska

CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS

41. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(2) and (b)(3), Plaintiff brings this action on behalf of himself and a nationwide class (the “Class”) defined as follows:

The Class: all persons in the United States who reside on and lease or own residential property within three miles of a NextEra wind turbine.

The Subclass: all persons who reside on and lease or…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 5, 2019 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Why Are Maine's Biomass, Natural Gas and Hopeful Renewable Generators Fighting The Hydro Project ?

   It seems to me that all the biomass, natural gas and hopeful renewable energy plant owners who oppose the Hydro Project because it will hurt them financially might be forgetting something.

    The Hydro Project has a power purchase agreement backing it, so the other generators fear the Hydro Project will price them out of the market.
     So where were these generators when 70% of Maine's wind projects entered into…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 2, 2019 at 11:47am — 9 Comments

PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 211

STATE OF MAINE

129TH LEGISLATURE

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LEGISLATIVE NOTICES

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

Sen. Mark Lawrence, Senate Chair…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2019 at 11:04am — 6 Comments

THEY CAME FOR MY LAWN TRACTOR, BUT I DID NOTHING

   The people elected to represent you in Augusta are coming after you with their own green deal, offered so that you can't refuse. 

  They  exclaimed "We're going to have to electrify transportation, heating and cooling" and the plan is to make it happen in twelve, yes twelve years from now. 

    Your oil and…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2019 at 7:32am — 4 Comments

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2019 at 7:51am — 12 Comments

The Times, They Are A-Changing

 Can there be solar and batteries providing grid power for some, while natural gas, hydro and biomass provide power for others ? 

     The quick answer is yes and it involves the latest "outside the box" creation  of the green energy crowd : microgrids. 
     A microgrid is basically a " community island " of standby electric power, ideally consisting of one or more of the renewable energy resources. The phrase "Distributed Energy Resources" is used…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 19, 2019 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

High Efficient Oil Furnaces As Cheap As Air Source Heat Pumps

Based on this week's prices, Mainers can estimate the cost of heating by using the table below. Prices between various heating fuels are listed, and these prices are converted to a common heating unit value (dollars per million Btu).

Comparison of Heating Fuel Prices per Million Btu (February 4, 2019)

Fuel Price (in…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 16, 2019 at 6:14pm — 5 Comments

Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits

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"Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries."

"New England just approved 145 megawatts of …

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Added by Dan McKay on February 10, 2019 at 8:38am — 5 Comments

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Off Shore Wind Contracts

Well, they did it. Massachusetts and Rhode Island have sent their electricity prices soaring into the realm where wind power prices are competitive to fossil fuel.

Too bad they continue to be blind to the value of reliability.…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 9, 2019 at 10:07am — 3 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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