Stewardship of our natural world is certainly a good thing. However, a huge divide exists between urban centers divorced from the natural world, and a rural population who daily live in it. The urban population uses virtue signaling through environmental mandates that sound good, but don’t actually work. Meanwhile, rural folks have to live with the visual impacts of mountain top wind turbines that kill birds and bats by the thousands, forests torn by transmission lines, and the economic impact of lost jobs and tourism. 

It is no wonder a target of 3000 megawatts of wind power by 2020 will be missed by 70 percent because of local opposition to having more turbines forced on communities who don’t want them. Governor LePage’s moratorium on new wind projects was the right decision.

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Comment by Willem Post on January 17, 2020 at 9:39am
Comment by Willem Post on January 17, 2020 at 9:31am

WIND GENERATION IN TEXAS

Texas has the following sources of electricity, %

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/14/texas-coal-did-not-get-blown...

 

As more wind is generated, Texas relies more and more on its gas turbines plants to balance variable wind generation, and relies less and less on coal plants for that service.

Texas needs to have about 10% more generating capacity, MW, in excess of peak demand to cover scheduled and unscheduled outages of traditional generators.

 

WIND AND SOLAR

 

Germany, Denmark, and Ireland, with high wind electricity percentages, have strong connections to nearby grids.

 

Germany, Denmark, and Ireland borrow generating capacity from nearby grids, when their wind and solar generation is minimal.

 

Texas cannot borrow generating capacity from nearby grids when its wind and solar generation is minimal, because it has weak connections to nearby grids.

 

Texas needs about 15 to 20 percent more generating capacity in excess of peak demand to cover the hours of a year when insufficient wind and solar electricity is generated.

 

NEW ENGLAND

 

New England, with about 50% of its generation from gas, and weak connections to nearby grids, would have to rely more and more on its gas turbine plants to balance more and more wind generation in future years, i.e., low-cost gas generation cannot be reduced.

 

Comment by Penny Gray on January 16, 2020 at 5:41pm

"...require local approval of onshore wind and ban offshore wind with visible turbines..."  So many onshore rural towns have already been torn asunder by the wind industry, and we're suppose to embrace more of that "onshore/offshore" discrimination, where visible offshore wind turbines are banned?  How about following a science based energy policy?  If urban dwellers hadn't been so brainwashed by the media, even people who never stood in a forest or climbed a mountain would understand the economic and environmental impacts of industrial wind.

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on January 16, 2020 at 2:46pm
Just more tragedy and travesty from the frigging wind industry...and the awful politicians who support it.. can’t someone ever repeal baldacci’s awful 2008 law?
Comment by Dan McKay on January 16, 2020 at 12:38pm
FROM THE MAINE PUC WHO WAS DIRECTED BY THE HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS OF YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SOLICIT CONTRACTS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY :
Energy Resource obligations:  Electricity supply contracts are intended to facilitate the development of electric power generating plants and/or provide electric rate stability benefits.  These contracts are also designed to provide benefits in the form of lower wholesale regional wholesale electricity costs and to encourage renewable energy development. This category includes both legacy stranded costs and post-restructuring long-term contract costs/benefits.  
INCREASED RATEPAYER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ELECTRIC SUPPLY CONTRACTS :
$14.7 million dollars for 2019 
Every contract cost Maine Ratepayers money, all 8 of them

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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