Mass. turned to oil and coal during the cold snap. Here’s what went wrong

Efforts by some environmental activists to block natural gas infrastructure, mainly pipelines, have had the opposite of their intended effect. The goal was to prevent more greenhouse gas emissions, but the constraints on natural gas have forced electricity generators to turn to high-emission coal and oil instead. Gas is a fossil fuel, but it releases less carbon than coal and oil. The region would have produced less pollution this month, not more, if it had better gas infrastructure..............46 bids to provide long-term clean energy contracts to Massachusetts. They range from proposals for solar panels at old gravel pits in Connecticut to wind farms in Maine to hydropower in Canada. The contracts stem from a 2015 energy bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker, which left regulators with some discretion how to evaluate the bids. Factors like cost, speed, job creation, and the mitigation offered to localities could all factor into the state’s decisions.

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on January 15, 2018 at 9:48am

Falmouth Officials Knew Turbines Broke Laws Before Construction -Massachusetts USA 

Officials Knew Before Construction of Turbines Break Noise Laws - Current Select Board Is Aware of KEMA Inc Map and Vestas Noise Warning.

Comment by arthur qwenk on January 14, 2018 at 8:10pm

When it comes to energy policy based on science and not ideology, New England is definitively devoid of empirical reasoning.
Simply put, fracking dense fuel technologies have changed the world power center of energy production to the U.S.
While the poor in Maine worry about staying warm, a few hundred miles away vast reserves need merely be directed to the region in pipelines.It is political ideology(like NYS's Cuomo and Ma. politicians) and corporate enviro groups like NRCM, Sierra Club that are keeping Mainers in the cold and increasing their energy prices this winter, not dense fuel availability which is bountiful.
In the final analysis, its dense political ideology, not dense fuel availability that is damaging the region, and hurting the non-affluent.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on January 14, 2018 at 9:08am

Falmouth Massachusetts is ground zero for poorly placed wind turbines in the United States 

Falmouth Select Board 2018 –
Susan L. Moran, Chairman, Megan English Braga, Vice Chairman, Doug Jone, Samuel H. Patterson, Douglas C. Brown

 Falmouth Wind Turbine Spending Spree - Ripley's Believe It or Not

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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 (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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