Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan Wins Praise in Maine

This type of study probably never preceded Wind Power in Maine. 

recently released study commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, far above the state’s prevailing price. Maine’s traditional, centrally generated grid electricity is sold to residential customers at the average retail price of $0.13 per kWh. Under retail net metering, distributed solar is compensated at that same rate. The high value the study places on distributed solar added another data point to the ongoing, vigorous debate about the answer to a fundamental question: Just what, exactly, is distributed solar power worth?

Reading on in the Article they speak of considering a Solar Tariff, probably like the 4 western states when homes (to be encouraged by Efficiency Maine and others) compete with the grid tied commercial systems (another tax generating scheme to support commercial systems and gradually remove home systems). Will this be followed by tariffs on home wind as well? Oh that is right! We already pay for that and have been displaced in the sell back of our excess generation. A less destructive system on already occupied lands.

Also not mentioned is the CO² and other toxic outputs to the air and land. Or the fact that it is the second worst form of energy production based on a cost / return ratio. 1 being the  best in this accumulated information. Article Link

1 Hydrogen ?
1 Hydro Dams 100
Hydro Ocean Tidal ?
Hydro Ocean Generators ?
4 Wind Commercial 18
Wind Home Generated ?
6 Palm Oil 9
10 Soy biodiesel 5.2
11 Ethanol sugarcane 5
Ethanol Mixed Trash 2.0-2.3
13 Corn ethanol 1.3
Wood ethanol
2 Coal - Bituminous 80
Coal - Lignite
2 Coal - Sub Bituminous 80
Coal - Residual #6
Coal - Distillate Oill #2
4 Coal - Natural Gas 18
Natural Gas
5 Petroleum - Conventional #2 10
5 Petroleum - Conventional #6 10
7 Petroleum - Exploration 8
11 Petroleum - Shale 5
Petroleum - Tar Sands 3
Methane
LNG
Propane
Kerosene
Gasoline
Diesel
Jet A-1
Crude Oil
Bunker C
12 Wood - Combustion 1.9
8 Photovoltaic (tracking) 6.8
12 Solar flat panels 1.9
1.6
5 Nuclear 10
3 Willow 36
9 Jatropha / Tallow / Moringa 6.2

 

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Comment by Pineo Girl on August 4, 2015 at 11:56am

This is great news if the real polluters actually reduce emissions - With carbon credits still available big polluters can get of the hook.  It will be interesting to see how Maine handles this - 48% of our emissions come from cars - 14% from electrical production, 12% from commercial and 16% from industrial production.  

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

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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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