January 2011 Blog Posts (28)

Maine's Ocean Energy Institute Closes its Doors

Rockland's Ocean Energy Institute Closes its Doors 01/31/2011 02:49 PM ET

The ocean energy think tank suffered a blow in August with the death of founder Matthew Simmons.

A Rockland think tank that promotes ocean energy, including deep-water offshore wind power, will close its doors today.



The Ocean Energy Institute was founded in 2007 by the late Matthew Simmons, an internationally-known energy investment banker. The decision to close the institute was made after…

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Added by Long Islander on January 31, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Stuck In The Recession With You, Wind

Wind developers love to engage in conversation about the mechanical aspects of turbines which steers people away from the truth about how utterly useless they are at grid scale . Even bad ideas can bring wealth to the game players, ( developers, a few landowners and money hungry town governments ) but this money has to come from somewhere and at some cost. The money comes from the taxpayers and the ratepayers ( you and I ) . the cost is loss of economic engine as wind forces aside the… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2011 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

NO MORE WIND CONTRACTS, PLEASE



Finally, we recognize that the linked standard offer and entitlement arrangements approved in this Order create certain obligations and risks for CMP that should be properly borne by customers rather than shareholders.  We are informed by our staff that CMP agrees to accept the obligations and risks as long as it is compensated for the financial consequences of satisfying those obligations.  Therefore, we explicitly find that any direct or…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2011 at 9:34am — No Comments

I SAY THE STATE SHOULD FIGURE REDUCTION IN HEATING WITH OIL AS CREDITS TO THE RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

QUIETLY, MAINE IS REDUCING OIL CONSUMPTION AND ENTERING RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL GENERATION BY TRIED AND TRUE ENERGY RESOURCE. WOOD, PERHAPS TRANSITIONAL,  PERHAPS NOT, BUT THERE IS NO WIND IN THE PORTFOLIO.






Maine’s Colby College has begun construction on a new biomass heating plant that will replace about one million gallons of…
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Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2011 at 7:01am — No Comments

BEP DRAFT ORDER DECISION ON APPEAL REQUEST BY FRIENDS OF SPRUCE MOUNTAIN


 

Added by Dan McKay on January 29, 2011 at 6:11am — 3 Comments

Try, Try Again ?

In spite of having government backing them ( Al Gore was Vice President ) and the first and best locations for wind resource, Mr. Bradley, a previous employee describes Enron's lack of success with " Green " energy:

Bradley: Enron’s green investments lost money year-by-year despite the taxpayer subsidies, so yes. The ‘green’ kick also got management off track—got the company off of a consumer-driven track onto a government-driven track. That is a bad trade even in…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 28, 2011 at 6:13am — No Comments

UMPI turbine 10-day average

Today is January 27. According to the website, the UMPI wind turbine produced a total of 22,200 kWh over the past ten days. Those days included a n'or'easter Friday the 21st and  yesterday the wind was essentially calm.  That's the way it goes with wind power. 

That  power output is an average of 2,220 KWh per day. So, with capacity of 600 kW, the turbine averaged less than four hours of good wind each day. 

Ideal wind whould produce 14,200 KWh - but it never happens. Thanks to…

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Added by Harrison Roper on January 27, 2011 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

Kick Iberdrola out of this State

Can anyone tell me why Iberdrola should be allowed to control delivery of electricity and build generation plants in Maine ? BTW, they are a foreign company very much involved in Spain's current fall towards bankruptcy.

Added by Dan McKay on January 27, 2011 at 6:38am — 11 Comments

Demand Transparency

With power purchase agreements becoming the favorite mechanism for sale of electricity from wind developments, why are they declared " priority information " and kept secret. We, the taxpayers, subsidize the existence of wind projects. This information contains pricing which helps reveal the impact wind will have on electric rates. How are we to know if wind can deliver 6 cent per kilowatt electricity if these " power purchase agreements" are allowed to be secret, Governor.

Added by Dan McKay on January 27, 2011 at 6:28am — 6 Comments

Austerity pulling plug on Europe's green subsidies

Austerity pulling plug on Europe's green subsidies

ERIC REGULY | Columnist profile | E-mail

 

LONDON— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 7:15PM EST

 

Source:…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 26, 2011 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

2nd Annual Maine Wind Energy Conference - live blogging DeepCwind section - Complete & edited

2nd ANNUAL MAINE WIND CONFERENCE 1/25/11 Edited Morning and afternoon sessions

(edited=removal of twitter links)

Live blogged by "DeepCwind Consortium"

 

Speakers for Morning DeepCwind  Session

Jake Ward UMaine's Dept of Industrial Cooperation

Gary Hunt, UMaine's School of Economics

Caroline Noblet, UMaine's School of Economics

Mario Teisl,  UMaine's School of Economics.

 

START LIVE…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

This is How Senseless Policy is Conceived: "Power Hour"

It makes people feel good, like they're doing something to save the planet.  But let's assume that this gathering will be devoid of science and scientists. Let's assume that uneducated ideologues will populate these "Power Hours" and propose all sorts of flakey ideas which will eventually become policy.  We suggest that GPCOG insist that engineering experts attend all of these meetings. 

"Reducing energy..."    What does that mean?

 

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Added by Art Brigades on January 25, 2011 at 11:01am — 9 Comments

The Canadians Are Coming! The Canadians Are Coming!!

 

Maine Representative Stacey Fitts, House Chair of the Energy and Utilities Committee, was quoted AGAIN mentioning our "energy problems."

 

Some of those lawmakers are willing to listen. Representative Stacie Fitts from Pittsfield, who chairs the Energy Utilities and Technology Committee, says wind power could be a part of the solution to our energy problems in Maine.

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Added by Art Brigades on January 25, 2011 at 10:51am — 4 Comments

Ocean Energy Institute to close its doors in one week

 

UM fund to honor late ocean energy visionary

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Added by Long Islander on January 24, 2011 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Make It End, Please

GE CEO has been given the reigns of our economy by the President:

 This item has achieved "Innovative Award " by GE : A Cloth Windmill

 

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Added by Dan McKay on January 22, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Town Warrant Article

A set back from stationary industrial noise emitting higher than World Health Organization standard.

 

How do I get this worded onto a town warrant article?

Added by alice mckay barnett on January 21, 2011 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

UMPI

The capacity factor of a wind project depends on a number of different things and is site specific.  I cannot comment on the capacity factor of the Stetson project as I have not see those numbers, but there are several reasons why the UMPI capacity factor would be lower than that of Saddleback.  The UMPI turbine is a smaller turbine (600 kW), which is less efficient than a larger turbine,…

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Added by alice mckay barnett on January 16, 2011 at 8:03am — 5 Comments

Maine ocean wind power - Outgoing DMR head George Lapointe's swan song presentation

Outgoing Maine Dept of Marine Resources commissioner George Lapointe's final presentation on ocean windpower off Maine

(Photo is from a meeting a month earlier)

     In his 9 slide powerpoint George has a share-the-resource POV. Selling out ocean natural…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 14, 2011 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Dozens of windpower bills before Maine legislature for 2011

The following is a list of 29 bills relating to windpower (one or 2 include tidal energy) that will come before the Maine legislature between now and the close of the 2011 session. It comes from this list of more than 1,000 submitted bills accepted by the Maine legislature for this session. (58 page pdf file)  More about the Maine legislature…

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Added by Ron Huber on January 14, 2011 at 1:24am — No Comments

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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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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