February 2017 Blog Posts (104)

US Offshore Wind: Tax Machines Offset Bad Economics



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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on February 28, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Digital activists are paid employees; their purpose is to attack anyone who's posting something contrary

We've long heard that the wind industry has "an army of bloggers". Also, anyone who has followed social media conversations about wind has heard the same talking points over and over and over again.

He was hit hard by digital activists pretending to be regular people.

"Digital activists are paid employees; their purpose is to attack anyone who's posting something contrary to the view of the page owner wants…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 28, 2017 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

DELINGPOLE: President Trump Must Not Wobble on Climate Change

I’ve said it…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 27, 2017 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Vaclav Smil: Batteries Need to Get Big—Like, Enormous—for Solar Power to Shine

They need to store an order of magnitude more than anything yet seen



By Vaclav Smil

It would be a lot easier to expand our use of solar and wind energy if we had better ways to store the large quantities of electricity we’d need to cover gaps in the flow of that energy.

Even in sunny Los Angeles, a typical house roofed with enough photovoltaic panels to meet its average needs would still face daily shortfalls of up to about 80 percent of…

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Added by Long Islander on February 27, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

John Droz: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 27, 2017

Sample of contents:

Greed Energy Economics:

NYS is paying 11 wind and solar power projects 2X more in subsidies than electricity generated

Duke Energy says solar power will cost N.C. customers $1 billion too much

End IRS Abuse of Wind PTC

Electric Vehicles: Are the Costs Worth the Benefits?

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has

Former Oklahoma Governor Says Wind Energy Tax Breaks Were a…

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Added by Long Islander on February 27, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

A VERY EXPENSIVE OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY FOLLY IN NEW ENGLAND

The Block Island Wind Farm, after many years of dithering, became operational in late 2016. It is located 3.8 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island. It has five wind turbines, each with a capacity of 6 megawatt. Each turbine is about 589 feet tall.

 

The annual wind electricity production would be about 105,000 MWh/y, if the capacity factor were 0.40. 

The estimated useful service life would be about 20 years, based on about 20 years of European offshore…

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Added by Willem Post on February 27, 2017 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Critique of the Massachusetts Dept Environmental Protection 2012 Wind Turbine Health Impact Study

Critique of the MA DEP 2012 Wind Turbine Health Impact Study
 
Dr. Hartman demonstrates fallacy using findings of the DEP study to justify wind turbine siting. "Independent Expert Panel" not Independent
Falmouth Massachusetts USA  February 27, 2017…
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Added by Frank Haggerty on February 27, 2017 at 7:45am — No Comments

Time Sensitive: Dept of Energy Seeking Public Comment on Maine Offshore Wind

Meeting dates and written comment deadline are highlighted below. Perhaps the new DOE will take public input seriously.

EA-2049: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE’S NEW ENGLAND AQUA VENTUS I, AN OFFSHORE WIND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, OFFSHORE MONHEGAN ISLAND IN THE GULF OF…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2017 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

Offshore wind companies' job just got a lot harder with the election of Donald J. Trump.

The stakes are big. Dong, Statoil, Deepwater and other companies secured a total of 11 leases to build offshore wind farms. To move forward, developers will need permits from multiple agencies and, in some instances, federal grants to refurbish ports. For instance, Deepwater’s 30-megawatt wind farm off Rhode Island benefited from a $22.3 million U.S. Transportation Department grant to upgrade piers and terminals for use as a staging area.…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2017 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Lisa Linowes: DOE - Breaking the Federal Arm of the Wind Industry (MUST READ)

In the coming months, we recommend the new administration take action to reset the priorities of the DOE including:

Reviewing and eliminating DOE efforts that fall outside core proficiencies. Identify and defund activities aimed at wind advocacy.

Discourage funding of wind-related research where the costs can and should be borne by private industry.

Halt efforts by the DOE to assert federal authority over states with regard to transmission expansion.

Please…

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Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2017 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Alberta government – Myths? How about “Whoppers”?

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on February 26, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

MORE ENERGY FROM HYDRO-QUEBEC IS BEST FOR VERMONT AND NEW ENGLAND

Five years ago, Gov. Shumlin declared Vermont’s energy goal to be "90% renewable energy by 2050". The General Assembly has never enacted this declaration, but it did establish a Renewable Portfolio Standard, RPS, requiring 55% of retail electricity sales to be from renewable sources by 2017; 75% by 2032, per Act 56.

Renewable Portfolio Standards: Renewable portfolio standards require utilities to have a percentage of their electricity supply from renewable sources. Two…

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Added by Willem Post on February 26, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey Immigration Vs Wind Turbine Agendas Clash

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey Immigration Vs Wind Turbine Agendas Clash

Systems with de facto second-class citizenry are generally regarded as violating human rights. The wind turbines have created a second class…

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Added by Frank Haggerty on February 26, 2017 at 10:32am — No Comments

WIND ENERGY IS HIGHLY VARIABLE AND UNRELIABLE IN GERMANY

Germany had an installed capacity of 39,612 MW at the end of 2014. During 2014, the output varied from 29,687 MW (74.9% of capacity briefly during December) to 24 MW (0.06%). The average output was 5,868 MW (14.8% = the capacity factor). The production was 51,405.8 GWh.

 

Output was between 0 to 10% of capacity for 45.5% of the time (3986.75 h)

Output was in excess of 50% of capacity for 5.2% of the time (460.75 h)

 

A graph of wind output during 2014, does…

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Added by Willem Post on February 26, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Scottish Wind Power Company Attempts to Cover Up Turbine Collapse

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on February 25, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to grow Maine's mosquito and black fly populations

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on February 25, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

CMP Customers To See Lower Bills After Long-Term Contracts Expire

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Added by Eric A. Tuttle on February 25, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Wind Farm Asks permission to Murder More (endangered) Bats, Nene

When you can't and haven't been obeying the law, just get your corrupt friends to change them............They have been slaughtering the hell out (excessive numbers ) of these endangered species for years without permission, just like the industry has done with all the hidden eagle carcasses being sent to the Denver Repository. Now these dirtbags want to change the laws they have been breaking for years…

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Added by Jim Wiegand on February 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — 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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