New NH energy strategy calls renewables into question

The 62-page document to be released today by the Office of Strategic Initiatives raises questions about the state’s renewable portfolio standards, which require utilities to purchase a certain amount of energy from renewable sources at above-market prices............While the 2014 strategy called on lawmakers to “strengthen and stabilize” the Renewable Portfolio Standards, the new policy calls them into question..................Gov. Chris Sununu said the new plan sets the stage for New Hampshire to “get out of the business of picking winners and losers in the energy market.”............................One bill would require utilities to display the cost of renewable portfolio standards on each consumer’s electric bill annually in December (HB 1550)...................The third bill is designed to ensure that, as much as possible, Granite State electricity customers don’t bear the costs associated with renewable energy initiatives in other states that we partner with in the regional grid. Massachusetts and Connecticut, for example, are both making large purchases of renewable energy at above-market costs......................“As a part of the ISO-NE grid, New Hampshire energy policy is connected to the decisions of our regional neighbors,” said Sununu. “It’s critical that New Hampshire’s ratepayers do not bear the burden of the costly policy decisions of Southern New England. This bill will provide the state of New Hampshire with another tool to negotiate with our neighboring states.”

The full article is here: http://www.unionleader.com/state-government/nh-energy-strategy-shif...

The official NH document is here:

2018-10-year-state-energy-strategy%20-%20Copy.pdf

and

https://www.nh.gov/osi/energy/programs/energy-strategy-revision.htm ; (includes listing of Public Comment sessions)

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Comment by Sherwin Start on April 20, 2018 at 8:12pm

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW- is WHY Is MAINE  on the SACRIFICE ALTER ?? THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE ARE  PAYING ,THE ENVIRONMENT IS PAYING,THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IS PAYING ,THE RECREATIONAL INDUSTRY IS PAYING and the WILDLIFE IS PAYING - a  HORRIFIC PRICE   just so that that   the STATES TO the South can  reduce their co-2  Emissions ??

WHY HAS THE STATE OF MAINE LEGISLATURE NOT ONLY ALLOWED  the  " WIND POWER CARPET-BAGGERS' into this State  but AIDED & ABETTED THEM IN the  DESTRUCTION of this STATE ??!!

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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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