I’m Not Dead Yet! Massive Maine Offshore Wind Energy Project Clings To Life

In spite of a lot of setbacks, and still a bunch of roadblocks in the way, the Green Bunch are still holding up hopes that a 500 MW system can be put in offshore.  I hope the PTC shoot down will put an end to all this foolishness.  Running the hookup for the offshore turbines in Maine waters to hook up to the grid will be extraordinarily expensive, and raise rates again.  That is ALL New infrastructure. 

https://cleantechnica.com/2015/11/18/im-not-dead-yet-massive-maine-...

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Comment by Long Islander on November 19, 2015 at 4:58pm

Jim, Wiegand - I agree that giving the appearance a project is dead or being fixed is a ploy. We've seen it for a number of years from the Maine legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology committee. When 12 bills were brought to them by citizens, their Chair Stacey Fitts called for a study - this after years of citizen complaints. The study was done and indicated huge changes in the law were in order. But later EUT Committees first never looked at the study and then eventually just blew us off. And all the while, the EUT Chair Stacey Fitts was in the employ of Kleinschmidt Associates, a wind industry/ renewable energy company that boasted on its website that one of its engineers in Maine was busy at work making the wind laws.

In other words, they'd tell us they were working on our issues when in fact they were working against the citizenry. I wonder what percentage of our lawmakers is being bribed.

Comment by Penny Gray on November 19, 2015 at 3:56pm

Anyone who is truly serious about global warming has to look at this from a scientific angle and see that until some sort of storage is devised, solar and wind aren't going to solve any of our energy problems.  We're just throwing good money after bad.  We need science based solutions. This renewables thing has become a histrionic religion. I'm for thorium and light water reactors.  Then again, I wouldn't have much trouble adapting to an Amish lifestyle, so I can see both sides.  I just think most folks in most countries are going to want unlimited on-demand power. China's building more and more coal fired plants to meet their energy needs.  We're putting up wind mills.  Both are bad solutions.

Comment by Jim Wiegand on November 19, 2015 at 2:44pm

I have news for you, this project is very much alive. To give the appearances of a problem being dead or taken care is a ploy I have witnessed over and over through the years. In doing so the opposition lets their guard down allowing the despicable bastards to do their dirty work. 

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

 

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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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