Public Hearing on 2/26/19 - Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

Tue, Feb 26, 2019 1:00PM

Public Hearing on Tuesday - Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

Link for audio:

(AUDIO ONLY) EUT http://legislature.maine.gov/Audio/#211

Public Hearing, February 26th at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours
LD 658, HP0479 Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine - Rep. Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor Subjects: ENERGY, PLANNING, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE GOALS
This resolve directs the Governor's Energy Office to adopt a 10-year energy independence plan, including conservation and renewable energy strategies, for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. It requires the office to develop the plan through a collaborative stakeholder process. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 along with suggested legislation necessary to implement the plan. The resolve authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the plan.
 
 
Maine should plan for energy independence by 2030 (BDN)
  February 24, 2019 
EXCERPTS

Expanded electrification can further displace carbon fuels. Modern electric heat pumps will greatly reduce consumption of heating oil.

More practical support for electric vehicles will further reduce consumption of gasoline. With workplace recharging, batteries of electric vehicles themselves can serve to balance energy supply...................................

To move forward, we need an economic plan which allows rapid market-driven development of renewable resources over the next ten years. That’s why I’ve introduced LD 658 which directs a plan for energy independence by 2030, and will be heard in the Energy Committee on February 26.........................

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/02/24/opinion/contributors/maine-s...

EUT link:

http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/EUT

EUT Contact information:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/eut-contact-information

EUT Audio Link:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/eut-enr-audio-links

http://www.rephubbell.com/about/

 

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Comment by Long Islander on February 26, 2019 at 11:42pm

Vaclav Smil: A Critical Look at Claims for Green Technologies
http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/vaclav-smil-a-critical-...

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 26, 2019 at 11:27pm

Isn't Energy Independence for every state the rally call that led us to Wind Turbines in the First Place?

Solar PV is still useless at even an unaffordable price for Maine, and the high-end PV panels are still out of a reasonable price range for even the middle-class wage earners.

Hybrid Solar panels have nearly a 98% capture of the sun's energy, which on a sunny day is still only 59% of what would be available if that atmosphere with its water vapor wasn't reflecting it back into space. 

Comment by Willem Post on February 26, 2019 at 3:00pm

The Green New Deal, GND, to be implemented by 2030, appears to be an accelerated version of the wind, water, sun, (WWS) Plan by Jacobson, published in 2015, which is aiming to be implemented by 2050.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/partial-capital-cost-of...

 

The GND Plan is more extreme than the WWS Plan in its scope and timetable. Here are some quotes from the GND manifesto:

 

- “Upgrade and/or replace every building in America”

- “Replace every internal combustible engine vehicle”

- “Connect every corner of America with high-speed rail”

- “Replace all fossil energy with alternative energy sources”

 

The GND and WWS Plans would use no fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil), no nuclear and no bio fuels. The latter would be providing just a small percentage of US annual energy, but would require at least 3 times as much area as all of US cropland! See URLs

 

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/land-and-sea-area-for-v...

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/replacing-gasoline-and-...

EV BATTERIES FOR STRAGE IS A HOAX

- The US northeast could be overcast and not windy (wind and solar would be minimal, as happens many times during the year, i.e., almost every early morning and every late afternoon/early evening), but elsewhere, such as in the Colorado region, it could be sunny and windy, enabling any excess wind and solar to be instantaneously transferred, via the overlay HVDC system, to the US Northeast.

 

- Tens of millions of EVs could be connected to the grid, each temporarily providing a few kWh to the grid, as needed. The EVs would recharge from the grid at other times, as needed, for driving the next day. Such an electricity reserve could provide about 50 million EVs x 10 kWh/EV/d = 500 million kWh/d = 0.5 TWh/d, less charging and discharging losses.

 

- If New England were to have a 5 to 7 day wind and solar lull in winter, with snow on the panels, and a future load on the grid of 175 TWh/y, the NE shortfall (at 80% wind and solar), would be about 175 x 0.8/365 = 0.38 TWh/d, i.e., the 50 million EVs would cover that shortfall for about ONE DAY, provided other random events were absent

 

Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2019 at 2:44pm

Government finally finds a way to rule you within your own house 

Comment by Long Islander on February 26, 2019 at 2:39pm

CMP: "A smart grid will allow us to drain electricity from your electric vehicle's battery when we need it. We're working on that".

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 26, 2019 at 2:19pm

 "We're going to have to electrify transportation, heating and cooling".  As best I can tell we're listening to Maine's collection of idiots! 

Comment by Long Islander on February 26, 2019 at 2:14pm

Seth Berry at 2:13PM - "We're going to have to electrify transportation, heating and cooling".

Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2019 at 1:45pm

Rollcall Details for House Roll-call #3 

 LD 91 (HP 77) Eliminating gross metering
 
Date: Feb. 26, 2019
  Motion: ACC MAJ OUGHT TO PASS REP
  Number of Yeas Required: 71
  Outcome: PREVAILS
  Yeas (Y): 93
  Nays (N): 48
  Absent (X): 7
  Excused (E): 1
Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2019 at 1:38pm

I have never heard so much rhetoric expended for such trivial nonsense as climate  apocalypse.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2019 at 1:34pm

Sounds like a ten billion makeover cost to Maine people.

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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