June 2019 Blog Posts (40)

Report: Renewable Energy Is Bigger ‘Scam’ than Bernie Madoff and Enron

Well . . . we have been saying it over and over but now the Aussies have finally confirmed all the reasons we should hang up our "Renewable Energy Industries" at once. Of course with the "Green New Deal" and insane liberals being elected to office, there is little hope that this will end before we bankrupt our system and all our citizens. Germany is also in trouble with their renewable plan and it is costing them a fortune.…

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Added by Eskutassis on June 29, 2019 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

Ex-Gov. Baldacci, board member of CMP’s parent, says company should make customers whole

https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/1494006837?profile=original

What this seems to say is "if we took more money from you then we were supposed to, it looks like we'll have to give it back". Is there a way we can nominate Baldacci for a magnanimity award? Perhaps the biggest story here is that it took five years for the Maine media to reveal that Baldacci joined the Avangrid board back in 2014.

Note also that since 2012, Baldacci has been with Portland law firm…

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Added by Long Islander on June 29, 2019 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

COST SHIFTING IS THE NAME OF THE GAME REGARDING WIND AND SOLAR

Regarding wind and solar, cost shifting is rarely mentioned, identified or quantified. Those costs, as c/kWh, could be quantified, but it is politically expedient, using various, often far-fetched reasons, to charge them to:

 

- Directly to ratepayers, via electric rate schedules, and/or added taxes, fees and surcharges on electric bills

- Directly to taxpayers, such as carbon taxes, user fees and surcharges.

- Directly to federal and state budgets and…

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Added by Willem Post on June 29, 2019 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Gone with the Wind: Inefficiency and Hazardous Nature of Wind Energy Impedes Renewable Crusade

June 29, 2019

By Vijay Jayaraj

Wind energy is infinite, clean, a friend of climate, and the future of our energy sector. That is the green gospel we hear from renewable-obsessed environmentalists and politicians every day.

If wind energy is what they claim it is, why are the economic powerhouses of the world increasingly turning toward fossil fuels and nuclear, not toward wind? If wind is affordable and efficient, as they claim, why does it need subsidies to…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on June 29, 2019 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Timber Unity: Loggers, Truckers, Farmers Descend on Capitol To Protest Climate Change Bill

Hundreds of blue-collar workers assembled at the Oregon state capitol Thursday, protesting a climate change bill they believe would cripple their respective industries.

Farmers, loggers, ranchers and truckers rallied in Salem to protest HB2020, a cap & trade bill which they fear would cut jobs and increase fuel prices.

The bill was first challenged earlier this month by Republican lawmakers, who defied the state’s Democrat Governor Kate Brown by walking out…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on June 27, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AMC Now Full Members of the AEC

When you click on the below link you'll see in the top picture a gathering of interested parties at the RPS/Climate change bill-signing.

That's Beth O'Hearn (teal dress) from League of Conservation Voters, which is the overarching organization for the Airhead Enviro Cabal (LCV, NRCM, Sierra, Audubon, Environment Maine, et al).  Over her shoulder in Maroon/white is Katelyn Bernard, the lobbyist for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which for a few years had…

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Added by Art Brigades on June 27, 2019 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Angus King Introduces the Renewable Electricity Standard Act

By Michelle Froese | June 26, 2019

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and others have introduced the Renewable Electricity Standard Act of 2019 — a bill that would more than double the supply of renewable energy in the U.S. from 18% of electricity generation in 2018 to at least 50% by 2035.

Starting in 2020, the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) would require electricity providers across the country to increase their supply of renewable energy, from sources such as wind and solar…

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Added by Long Islander on June 27, 2019 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

BDN: Massachusetts regulators OK key contracts for proposed CMP hydropower project

By Lori Valigra, BDN Staff • June 26, 2019 1:34 pm

Updated: June 26, 2019 1:55 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has approved power purchase agreements that are key to the proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission line through western Maine.

Hydro-Quebec, which is a partner with Central Maine Power on the proposed line, said Wednesday that the regulator had approved the agreements signed between Hydro-Quebec and Massachusetts electric distribution…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2019 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Bill Nemitz: Former Gov. Baldacci, a board member, hides from questions about CMP

By Bill Nemitz 6/26/19

Few things brighten up a dismal situation like the phrase “I know a guy.”’

It implies that, as intractable as a problem may be, having a contact on the inside just might help, if not resolve it altogether.

Take for example Central Maine Power Co.’s disastrous roll-out of its new $56 million billing system,…

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Added by Long Islander on June 26, 2019 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine smart meter swap promised savings that never came

6/23/19 - By Tux TurkelStaff Writer

The promise was that smart meters would give home customers real-time information on electricity costs, so they could shift power use to when it’s less expensive. Dry your clothes at 10 p.m. and save a few cents. To encourage that outcome, taxpayers chipped in $96 million to install smart meters.

But what few people understood at the time was that the potential couldn’t be realized until CMP upgraded its…

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Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2019 at 9:57am — 2 Comments

Maine- Build Them, and Pay the Price You Can't Afford.

Maine, How much will it cost You? 

Build them, but they must be connected too. 

....and YOU WILL PAY!

Aerial…
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Added by arthur qwenk on June 22, 2019 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Who broke party line On LD 1494 Roll Call - "An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard"

Here are the Maine House Republicans that voted for this bill:

COREY of Windham
KINNEY of Knox
TUELL of East Machias

Here are the Maine House Republicans that were absent from the vote:

CEBRA of Naples
DeVEAU of Caribou
GRIGNON of…
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Added by Long Islander on June 21, 2019 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor / Mills signs wind bill

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor

By Tux TurkelStaff Writer

Clean-energy supporters are celebrating the pending passage of two bills that they see as catalysts to advance a new wave of renewable power development in Maine.

The first, L.D. 1494, will update Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, a policy that…

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Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2019 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

N.Y. lawmakers agree to historic climate plan - frightening wake up call patriots

"It means that on Father's Day, when I see my grandchildren next year, I'll have a lot less uncertainty about their future than I did yesterday morning," said Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright"

Mr. Englebright - are you aware that NY State's population is equal to 3/10th's of 1% of the world population? Are you…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on June 19, 2019 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Time To Keep Massachusetts Clean Energy Projects Out of Maine



Mass Clean Energy Center Loses 20 Million Plus On Wind Turbines





Suffolk County Civil Jury Trial Case # 1684CV02305 Monday, June 14, 2019 - Jury Finds Against MassCEC 20 Plus…

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Added by Frank Haggerty on June 19, 2019 at 8:22am — No Comments

BURNING WOOD PRODUCES EXTREMELY SMALL PARTICLES HARMFUL TO PUBLIC HEALTH

A Cloud of Wood Smoke Forms Every Winter

 

Most people do not know the pollution emitted by wood-burning appliances, or know the emission limits of new appliances, as required by the EPA. 

 

Open-hearth…

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Added by Willem Post on June 18, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 17, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

The Greens’ Goal has Always Been to Make Renewable Energy Expensive

Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Power Beats Everything Else

The Levelized Cost of Electricity from Existing Generation Resources

Observations on the Alliance for Market Solutions’ ‘conservative’ case for a carbon tax

Economists Have Been “Useful Idiots” for the Green Socialists

Infrasound — a Growing Liability for Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on June 18, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

North Carolina anti-wind bill would freeze development, devastate industry, say critics

North Carolina's beleaguered wind industry is heading for collapse should S.B. 377 become law.

A similar moratorium was put in place under former Maine Gov. Paul LePage, R, and though it was lifted a year later, renewable energy advocates said development in the state was noticeably stalled. North Carolina would be the…

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Added by Long Islander on June 17, 2019 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Maine Energy Laws Making Their Way To The Governor.

Current laws on the table:
LD 1494 : a 10 page bill proposing to revamp the renewable portfolio standard, based on purchasing of electricity in Maine.
Passed Committee, heading for House and Senate
LD 1711 : a very confusing 20 page bill to advance solar on the backs of ratepayers, Passed Committee, headed for House and Senate.
LD1464 : a 3 page bill proposing all fossil fuels be replaced by electricity ?  On Governor's desk. Dumbass…
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Added by Dan McKay on June 16, 2019 at 7:35am — 3 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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