Hydro-Québec moving ahead with contentious cross-border energy corridors amid local dissent

According to ISO New England Inc., a non-profit group focused on transmission systems, between 7,000 and 8,000 MW of generation could be shut down in the next 10 years as state regulators scramble to meet their climate goals. In January, officials confirmed the 2,000-MW Indian Point nuclear facility, located about 77 kilometres north of New York City, would be shut down in 2020.

http://www.windaction.org/posts/47175-hydro-quebec-moving-ahead-wit...

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The Maine Resource Integration Study will be used as the regional study for the first two clusters being considered for development:

  • A radial double-circuit 345-kV AC line between the Maine Yankee generating plant to a new substation at Pittsfield, with a new 345-kV line and three additional substations north of Pittsfield and ending near the Canada border. The estimated cost is $1.31 billion.
  • A radial 345-kV AC line north of the Larrabee Road substation to near the New Hampshire border at an estimated cost of almost $521 million.

https://www.rtoinsider.com/iso-ne-wind-system-impact-study-49030/

Stakeholders will have 15 days to comment on ISO-NE’s reorganized transmission planning guide, which will reduce the existing guide’s more than two dozen sections to four. It will be organized like a transmission needs assessment or solutions study report: Introduction; Modeling Assumptions; Reliability Criteria and Guidelines; and Analysis Methodology.

https://www.rtoinsider.com/iso-ne-transmission-planning-49153/

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on September 13, 2017 at 5:05pm

Am I simple minded or wouldn't it be a lot better to just produce our own hydro power in Maine (like we used to) and avoid all those long transmission lines? Why must we put all our eggs in one basket? Capitalize on our strengths and temper our fantasies with some good downeast common sense.

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/

 

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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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