Connecticut General Assembly moves wind turbine plan to governor

HARTFORD – With the Senate’s approval Tuesday, wind turbines will be placed off the Connecticut shoreline, which supporters say will help the state meet its clean energy goals while providing job and economic development opportunities.

The bipartisan proposal cleared the Senate unanimously and the House last month on a 134-10 vote, and now moves to Gov. Ned Lamont’s desk.

If the governor signs the bill into law, 14 days later the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection would issue a procurement.

The 14-day period is an attempt to benefit from a federal tax credit that expires at the end of the year and may not be renewed.

Every developer would have to submit at least one bid for enough turbines to generate 400 megawatts of offshore wind power. A plan that DEEP must submit to the legislature by Jan. 1 would have to include a schedule for solicitations of 2,000 megawatts by 2030.

The measure is an attempt to prepare the state for relying less on the Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, which supplies the state with 30 percent of its energy.

Connecticut has a goal of generating 40 percent of its energy from class 1 renewable sources by 2030, around the time an energy agreement with Millstone will expire.

While the legislation would be a significant move toward meeting the state’s energy goals, it also is one of the largest job creation bills the legislature is considering this session, Sen. Norman Needleman, D-Lyme, said.

Renewable energy is “the energy of the future,” but acquiring land for large solar projects is difficult in Connecticut because of the expense, Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, said, adding that offshore wind is an emerging opportunity for the state. It has large ports that can serve as staging areas to get turbines 40 to 60 miles off the coast.

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Comment by Long Islander on June 17, 2019 at 6:54pm

Connecticut passes bill to procure up to 2 GW of offshore wind power
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/connecticut-passes-bill-to-procure...

Comment by Penny Gray on June 7, 2019 at 7:04pm

I feel a bit guilty saying this, but if it spares Maine's mountains, let them float these monstrosities off their own shores.  The guilt part comes not from the economic hardships that will befall them, but from the environmental impacts to marine life, especially whales.  

Comment by arthur qwenk on June 7, 2019 at 12:29pm

For Connecticut, ( UNTIL they have to pay for it) in a state that already has over 22 cents delivered cost per KWH for electron flow, this should have been  a non-starter. If cost benefit and economic analysis were  used, (note I say if some empiricism was openly   used), they should  reject low density intermittent wind generation in a state already possessing one of the highest electricity costs in the nation.. 

 How much more pain  from the Greenwashed  Renewable" New Green Deal "politicians can the state take? 

Stupid is as Stupid does. 

CT  now has one of the larger outflows of business and residents in the nation.

Wonder Why?

Comment by Willem Post on June 7, 2019 at 6:15am

The 14-day period is an attempt to benefit from a federal tax credit that expires at the end of the year and may not be renewed.

The billionaires are getting frantic. The sky is about to fall. No more federal tax credits

Follow the money.

Solar is even more worthless than wind.

Solar has a terrible habit of getting high at midday (when demand is low,) and then passing out in late afternoon/early evening (when demand is high), not to reappear for work until late in the next morning, somewhat like a habitual drunk sobering up.

 

The drunk does not like to work much during rainy, overcast or snowy weather, and his work output jumps up and down with variable cloudiness. And that drunk-like behavior is heavily subsidized!!

 

Such a drunk is much loved by good-doers using other people's money. He, an occasional “worker”, enjoys various generous government programs to bribe him to show up at all, such as upfront cash grants, upfront tax credits, low-cost loans, feed-in tariffs, production tax credits, and loan interest and asset depreciation write-offs to avoid paying taxes. What more could he ask for?

 

What kind of worker is that? There is nothing reliable or productive (“on demand”) about him!!

He does not deserve to be coddled.

No wonder he behaving like a spoiled brat, i.e., disturbing the peace on the grid.

And the parents (the owners), whose children are disturbing the peace on the grid, complain they, after all these years, finally have to pay someone (GMP) to foolproof the grid against such unruly brats to maintain the peace on the grid.

Those parents would rather have others (ratepayers) do the paying, as usual.

 

Innocent bystanders (other ratepayers) have to foot the bill to clean up the mess, i.e., put more money in Blittersdorf’s pockets, who already is a big time multi-millionaire? Totally insane!!

 

That is what happens when a bunch of rosy-eyed bureaucrat idiots meddle in the electric power sector.

The same types meddle in the VT health sector and education sector, and we all know how expensive they have become.

When will all this nonsense end?

 

And Bernie, with three houses, and a $70,000 car, and flying on private planes spewing CO2, and not liking a wall to protect our southern border, and having his own tax exempt foundation, and promising more and more goodies to everyone to raise his poll numbers, is campaigning for even more US-style socialism to benefit his foundation, a la Clintons!!

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

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(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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