New England renewable energy a hard sell in region (Sun Journal)

New England renewable energy a hard sell in region

Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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Legislation in Connecticut would expand the types of hydropower and biogas that count as alternative power in the state's portfolio, create a new class that includes certain large-scale hydropower resources and make other changes in alternative power standards.

Massachusetts officials do not consider large hydropower projects eligible for its portfolio of renewable energy because it's a "mature technology," compared with newer alternative energy such as wind and power, said Steven Clarke, assistant secretary for energy in Massachusetts.

Maine also is taking shots at the regional plan because of which renewables are counted. Patrick Woodcock, Maine's director of energy, said biomass is "unfairly targeted" and he is uncertain that New England can establish a uniform renewable energy policy.

Maine is looking to sign hydropower contracts with Quebec and Canada's Maritime Provinces, seeing limits imposed in New England on the scale of hydropower and what counts as renewable energy as "parochial," he said.

"It diminishes a partnership across the entire Northeast to create more certainty with pricing and to further environmental goals," he said.

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Comment by alice mckay barnett on April 2, 2013 at 9:22am

RPS mandates NEW renewables replace renewables

Comment by Mike DiCenso on April 1, 2013 at 11:53pm

The government should not be inventing energy games like RECs to allow dirty industries to exceed pollution goals then buy RECs to be compliant on paper with consumers  paying extra. 

Comment by Brad Blake on April 1, 2013 at 10:47pm

A Huge Problem is the state governments are interfering with market forces.  Any time government gets involved in picking winners and losers or gives favoritism to one competing interest while restricting another, it is going to be bad public policy.  This is happening with electricity.  Nowhere does one see the states say open the market completely to all sources of electricity.  Let competition in the day ahead auction of ISO-New England set the mix of sources and the prices.

If it ends up being Quebec hydro and eventually Laborador hydro or Newfoundland natural gas that drives electricity prices in New England, then so be it, as long as we get lower prices.  That would actually be better than industrial wind blight ravaging northern New England, with residents paying twice by subsidizing wind and then being forced to pay the high cost of this underproducing, unpredictable, unreliable, non-dispatchable, grid skittering source of electricity.

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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