All six Maine land based wind project bids rejected by State of Connecticut yesterday

All six land based Maine wind projects that had submitted proposals in response to Connecticut's "zero carbon" electricity RFP were rejected yesterday, 12/28/18. Southern New England may be starting to understand that non-dispatchable electricity is useless and unnecessary.

Two nuclear plants win 'zero carbon' energy contracts in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday announced the winners of a major clean energy procurement, and the selection of Millstone Power Station in Connecticut and Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in New Hampshire effectively secured the role of atomic power in the state's climate strategy.

https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/12/nuclear_solar_offsh...

The Connecticut announcement only announces the winners and does not name who lost, including the six wind projects in Maine.

CT Selects Bids For Offshore Wind, Solar And Nuclear

https://nawindpower.com/ct-selects-bids-for-offshore-wind-solar-and...

Click on the names below of the six rejected Maine wind projects to find various Bidder responses.

The Six Maine Wind Rejects

Downeast Wind - Apex Clean Energy

Proposed for Columbia Falls/Cherryfield by Apex, aka Paul Williamson

Number Nine Wind Farm - EDPR

Proposed for Aroostook, and would be anywhere from 250 MW to 600 MW just north of Baxter State Park

Weaver Wind - Longroad Energy also click on the following to see the actual Weaver Wind filing, albeit redacted CT%20DEEP%20RFP%20Weaver%20Wind%20Proposal_FINAL%20CONFIDENTIAL%200...

Has applied at DEP for its permit near the Bull Hill project

Moose Wind & Penobscot Wind - Nextera Bidding Affiliates

Would have also included a 114 mile “energy highway” that the developer (NextEra) would need to build from just north of Eustis to Lewiston.

RoxWind LLC - Palmer Management Corporation

Has applied at DEP for its permit near the Record Hill project

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Comment by Art Brigades on January 2, 2019 at 10:49am

Good points about NextEra Dan.  They also own Seabrook Station, which will bleed millions of dollars annually when NECEC goes online. 

Comment by Dan McKay on January 1, 2019 at 8:12am

Willem, ISO-NE receives many interconnection requests that fail to actually happen, All requests are dated, protecting their place in the queue  ahead of other following interconnection requests .

I expect. once the PTC completely expires, many projects will be withdrawn.
Southern New England seems to be turning their attention to zero carbon resources and offshore wind lately. I think they are wary of Maine Onshore Wind. Without significant transmission upgrades it remains constrained. 
With the addition of the NECEC project, export limits will increase, but only by an amount to accommodate the project itself. It could get a little sticky because NextEra has proposed wind projects in Western Maine ahead of the NECEC in the ISO-NE interconnection queue, but, they have many obstacles to getting a go for those projects.
As long as Southern New England remains in the posture of ignoring Maine wind in their RFPs and Vermont doesn't start eyeing us for mountain wind, we should have minimal or no wind going forward, but, that can change with the new democrat state government, unless they get educated.
Comment by Willem Post on January 1, 2019 at 6:10am

Dan,

It looks like northern Maine will be inundated with wind turbines that would provide electricity to southern NE states. See URL

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/land-and-sea-area-for-v...

APPENDIX 1

 

NE Wind in 2017 and Projected to 2030

https://www.iso-ne.com/static-assets/documents/2018/12/clg_meeting_...

 

Table 4/ NE wind

2017

Onshore

Offshore

2030

Addition

Addition

MW

MW

MW

MW

ME

923

3723

4646

NH

185

28

213

VT

149

30

179

MA

113

10

5119

5242

RI

54

21

75

CT

5

0

1760

1765

Total

1429

3812

6879

12120

.

Generation, GWh

3280

10025

27136

40440

h/y

8766

8766

8766

8766

CF

0.262

0.300

0.450

0.381

Comment by Willem Post on December 31, 2018 at 5:57am

Long Islander,

If people are shown how much of AREA hogs wind and solar are versus nuclear, they likely will opt for nuclear. See article with numbers

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/land-and-sea-area-for-v...

Comment by Long Islander on December 30, 2018 at 11:21pm
Comment by Willem Post on December 30, 2018 at 5:27pm

Dan,

Total renewables generation in New England increased from 8% in 2000 to 11% in 2017, a 3% increase over 17 years, after spending tens of billions of dollars, including very generous subsidies, and doing all sorts of environmental damage all over New England, and taking up lots of space on ridge lines and meadows to build out that 3%.

It is utterly pathetic, and oufits like Synapse claim, with a straight face, NE states will implement future ambitious wind and solar build outs, and do so in a timely manner, all that while federal subsidies are scheduled to be decreasing.

The only thing that has been successful in New England, and a boost for the NE economy, during these years is the significant increase in generation from LOW COST, CLEAN, DOMESTIC, ABUNDANT natural gas, and the anti pipeline folks want kill that golden goose, and damage the NE economy, because it is too successful.

Comment by Willem Post on December 30, 2018 at 3:27pm

Hi Dan,

Thank you for that ISO-NE URL.

It contains very recent data.

It looks like ISO-NE is focusing on the SECURITY and ADEQUACY of electricity supply, especially during cold periods, as it should.

WIND AND SOLAR CANNOT BE COUNTED BECAUSE THE SUM MAY BE MINIMAL AT ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR, INCLUDING COLD PERIODS.

It does not matter how many wind turbines are installed, because a large MW number times little wind means MINIMAL electricity.

The Synopse study barely touches the subject of variable wind and solar being minimal about 30% of the hours of the year

Comment by arthur qwenk on December 30, 2018 at 12:30pm

Even with Malloy there in Ct., the population  understands basic realities of having power available when the switch is flipped, and windmills will never do that, ever.

 Keep those Nukes going, and Maine, bring in the Hydro!

Comment by Dan McKay on December 30, 2018 at 11:06am

The latest ISO-NE statement of 12-06-2018 concerning planned wind "

3723 megawatts planned for Maine onshore

6879 megawatts planned foe offshore of Mass. Conn. & RI

 https://www.iso-ne.com/static-assets/documents/2018/12/clg_meeting_...

Comment by Willem Post on December 30, 2018 at 10:49am

About 8500 MW of wind is planned for New England

About 4,000 MW of that would be offshore of Massachusetts, with most of the remaining 4,500 MW located in Maine.

See page 10 of URL

https://www.iso-ne.com/static-assets/documents/2018/02/2018_reo.pdf

I am sure the people of Maine will be told they should be ecstatic to selected as an energy colony, and to see the messing up of the environment of Northern Maine with wind turbines and power lines to serve Massachusetts and Connecticut and Southern New Hampshire.

In the meantime extremely regressive carbon taxes will be imposed on  the Maine people and others to make it all possible.

All is done to save the world, fight global warming.

In reality most of the wind turbines will be designed, built and supplied by foreign companies. That will further add to the trade deficit.

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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