FERC justifies continuation of large Ellsworth Hydro power plant.....it's an official proclamation.

There is over 50 MW of latent hydro power that can be justified in the same way.

>>From approval of FERC permit:

"The applicant, Bangor, has applied to FERC for a new
license to continue operation of the 8 . 9-MW Ellsworth Project . The project is located i n the fastest growing portion of  applicant's service area and substantial load growth is
expected to continue .


Applicant's need for continuing operation of the project,
over both the short and long terms is both economic and
operational. From both economic and financial points of view,
no source of replacement power is available which is cost competive with a hydroelectric facility whose original cost has been amortized, which has no fuel costs and which has modest operating and maintenance costs.

From an operational point of view, the project provides the high reliability
associated with hydroelectric facilities, has "black start"
capacity which is used to bring other sources on-line in the
event of a system outage, provides approximately 9 megawatts
of spinning reserve and, when its output is not on dispatch,
is valuable as a support source while repairs are being made.
Additionally, it is the opinion of Staff that 79 years of
operation and usefulness by, and to, the applicant give strong
support to the applicant's need for the project and a new
license. "

https://www.maine.gov/dep/ftp/HYDRO/WaterQualityCertifications/Ells...

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Comment by arthur qwenk on January 10, 2019 at 10:02am

Feckless wind is ruining the  required  baseload dependent NE ISO grid.

Bring in the gas lines !

Hydro and nuclear will be needed in the future , not ideologically and  politically motivated low density  feckless renewables   trying to replace dense energy reliable and dispatchable generation sources.

Thermodynamics and real science is needed here , not politically motivated ideological motivations of the "green dream"  that are ruining the grid and driving up the cost for New Englanders.

When will real science be used here, not ideological politics?

Comment by Willem Post on January 5, 2019 at 9:47am

Hi Frank,

Here is another low-cost producer.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/synapse-study-of-new-en...

Hydro-Quebec Electricity Generation and Purchases: Google this URL for the 2017 facts. The H-Q electricity supply is an order of magnitude cleaner than the Vermont supply.
http://www.hydroquebec.com/sustainable-development/energy-environme...

 

Table 5/H-Q

2017

GWh

Hydropower generated 

177091

Purchased

44006

- Hydro

31610

- Wind

9634

- Biomass and waste reclamation 

2021

- Other

741

Total RE generated and purchased

221097

 

NOTE: Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station, plus three thermal generating stations (Tracy, La Citière and Cadillac) were shut down.

 

Hydro-Quebec Export Electricity: H-Q net exports were 34.4 TWh/y in 2017; provided 27% of H-Q net income, or $780 million, i.e., very profitable.

 

H-Q export revenue was $1,651 million in 2017, or 1641/34.4 = 4.8 c/kWh.

See page 24 of Annual Report URL.

This is for a mix of old and new contracts.

Revenue = 1641

Net profit = 780

Cost = 1641 - 780 = 861

Average cost of H-Q generation = 861/34.4 = 2.5 c/kWh

 

GMP buys H-Q electricity, at the Vermont border, for 5.549 c/kWh, under a recent contract. GMP buys at 5.549 c/kWh, per GMP spreadsheet titled “GMP Test Year Power Supply Costs filed as VPSB Docket No: Attachment D, Schedule 2, April 14, 2017”.

H-Q is eager to sell more of its surplus electricity to New England and New York.

 

That is at least 50% less than ridgeline wind and large-scale field-mounted solar, which are heavily subsidized to make their electricity appear to be less costly than reality. 

 

GMP sells to me at 19 c/kWh, per rate schedule. Consumers pricing for electricity is highly political. That is implemented by rate setting, taxes, fees, surcharges, etc., mostly on household electric bills, as in Denmark and Germany, etc. The rate setting is influenced by protecting “RE policy objectives”, which include highly subsidized, expensive microgrids, islanding, batteries and net metered solar and heat pumps.

 

http://www.hydroquebec.com/sustainable-development/energy-environme...

http://news.hydroquebec.com/en/press-releases/1338/annual-report-2917/

http://www.hydroquebec.com/data/documents-donnees/pdf/annual-report...

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/green-mountain-power-co...

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/increased-canadian-hydr...

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on January 4, 2019 at 5:44pm

AND THE  GENERATING COST is............

"Accepting applicant ' time•t• of the 30-year coast of 43
million 1987 dollars for replacement power, 1tatt estimated
that, in 1987 dollars, the unit cost of replacement power for
the year 1986 would have been S0.0415 per kilowatt-hour.

In 1986 the project produced 34,493,700 net kilowatt•hours of
electrical energy at a unit coat of S0.0101 per kilowatt-hour. "

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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