Generators Challenge HVDC Line at Maine PUC (RTO Insider)

The generators further argued that, should the project go forward, “it will impede the development of alternative renewable energy projects in Maine, such as solar and onshore and offshore wind farms, for the foreseeable future. This result would be contrary to Maine’s statutory policy favoring the use of ‘renewable, efficient and indigenous resources.’”

https://www.rtoinsider.com/central-maine-power-new-england-clean-en...

NOTE: There seem to be differing points of view on whether this proposed line would accommodate or somehow otherwise facilitate the building of yet more wind projects in Maine. Hopefully if this line happens, CMP would allay any such concerns in WRITING.

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 29, 2018 at 10:08am

To make comment/question to the PUC about the NECEC project :

From the PUC website, locate and click on " Online Filing, Docketed Cases, Forms & RFPs " from the left hand column.
Click " Public " in the "Online Filing " Box
Click " Submit a comment in a case/docket "
Enter   2017-00232  for the case number and Click " go " 
Comment by Sherwin Start on March 27, 2018 at 9:44pm

AND HERES THE BEST PART- THE PEOPLE OF MAINE WILL NOT GET   1 KW HOur of Power from it  And to rub salt into the open wound- MAINE RATE PAYER & THE U.S.TAXPARES  WILL pay for  100% of It !!

YOU CANT BEAT THAT DEAL-CAN U ??!!  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on March 27, 2018 at 9:43pm

" -- favoring the use of ‘renewable, efficient and indigenous resources. --" 

Indigenous Resources kind of defines it as "Natural Resources" so the question is self answered to be Wind as the Resource that Naturally occurs.

Not to forget, it was but from the last Legislative body that CMP and Emera Maine were requesting to once again become Generators as well as Transmission. An action that would once again allow them to prevent sales across their lines at a competitive price with the Lines being their Monopoly hold against any New Source of Energy generation.

Dudley, power can be converted either way. DC>AC or AC>DC the tech. has been there for over 20 years. And now if you look at the new power station additions, it is easy to see the configuration and the purposes, at least for anyone that has experience in Converters and Inverters. There does exist the problem with power losses each time power is converted. The loss generally manifests itself as Heat. 

Comment by Sherwin Start on March 27, 2018 at 9:41pm

OF COURSE THERE WILL BE MORE WIND TURBINES !! THE WIND DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY IS  PROBABLY BEHIND THIS TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT SO THEY CAN SHIP THEIR POWER  SOUTHWARD TO MASS<R.I.,CONN, & N.J. !  IN ADDITION WATCH OUT FOR SOLAR PANEL FARMS SPRINGING UP EVERYWHERE ALL ALL BOTH SIDES OF THIS TRANSMISSION  LINE - THERE WILL BE A WIND ?SOLAR DEVELOPMENT OF LIKE U HAVE NEVER-EVER Seen before in your LIFE ! There will be SWATH  CUT THRU MANE THAt will be two to three  MILES WIDE  with a TRANSMISSION LINE RUNNING RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE !!   MARK MY WORDS FOLKS- ITs  COMING !!

Comment by Dudley G. Gray on March 27, 2018 at 5:24pm

Why would CMP (Avangrid) shoot themselves in the foot and adversely impact their crony co-conspiritor?

I believe the technology exists to convert wind generated AC current to DC  and hook in into the high voltage line from Coburn gore to Lewiston. I'll stand on my belief that the most scenic area from Stratton to Coburn gore and all the townships within the area are at high risk  for degradation. Somebody show me otherwise.

Dudley Gray Rangeley Plt.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 26, 2018 at 7:13am

It's the same old sad tale when one finds itself challenged by a better and less expensive alternative. Isn't competition great ?

But, the best statement from the gas generators :   
"The generators further argued that, should the project go forward, “it will impede the development of alternative renewable energy projects in Maine, such as solar and onshore and offshore wind farms, for the foreseeable future."
  Every additional megawatt of wind installed in Maine was a megawatt not produced by gas plants.Did the gas generators rant when this happened ?
 
    " The intervening generators said “it is abundantly clear that the integration of large-scale, out-of-market (i.e., subsidized) resources within the current ISO-NE market may have profound unintended consequences,"
      I wonder how they would evaluate " large-scale, out-of-market, INTERMITTENT subsidized resources within the ISO-NE market ?

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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