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The Ivanpah solar thermal station on I-15 at the California-Nevada border produces 30% of the electricity it contracted to deliver from its solar towers. It burns gas to make the…"
"The ones getting kickbacks are Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth.
As Michael Shellenberger documented in "Apocalypse Never," Sierra Club gets a big chunk of their funding from gas companies. Sierra Club had supported nuclear power…"
"Is there a good reason to expect wind power to be more reliable in Maine than it was in Texas?
How do you get through a stretch of bad weather? Energy storage. How much do you need? I suspect you don't know.
Several people have calculated…"
"The context of my remark was whether you get firm power with only solar and wind generators, and a smattering of other stuff like hydro, biofuels, geothermal. Not on whether you can make money storing and selling electricity to an otherwise firm…"
"24 hours storage is not nearly enough. Several studies have concluded 400-800 watt hours per watt of average solar + wind capacity are required for firm power.
Grid-Scale Storage of Renewable Energy: The Impossible Dream:…"
"Hi Lynn, Agree with you on Storage..... I've been a member on the Task Force for years and am reaching out with what I've created. Am in the thick of wind where it should not be. Here's my recent post on it! Snady
"A few days' storage is not nearly enough. Various analyses have concluded that 400-800 watt hours' storage per average watt of wind+solar capacity are necessary to provide firm power (99.97% available is the industry definition). These…"
Nov 30, 2020
Lynn Oleum is now a member of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine
Hi Lynn, Agree with you on Storage..... I've been a member on the Task Force for years and am reaching out with what I've created. Am in the thick of wind where it should not be. Here's my recent post on it! Snady
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."
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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