July 2018 Blog Posts (60)

Why is Germany so dependent on Russian natural gas? (Same reason as Massachusetts?)

Germany would not be so dependent on Russian natural gas if the German government didn't shove wind and solar down the throats of ratepayers. Not unlike Massachusetts.

Massachusetts’ anti-fossil-fuel policies are the primary reason why the state has relied on natural gas imports from a Russian oil company the Department of State sanctioned during the Obama-era.

Officials in Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire blocked financing in 2016 for the $3 billion…


Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 11, 2018 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Greenwood, ME proposal: Limit Turbine Height to 250' and 2.5 Mile Setbacks

Greenwood to schedule meeting on commercial wind farms

GREENWOOD — Selectmen are expected to schedule a special town meeting to decide on proposed amendments to the town ordinance governing commercial wind…


Added by Long Islander on July 11, 2018 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Wind developers wait for November to see market signals in Maine

"If we would like to see investments avoid Maine, moratoria and unfair and unreasonable treatment of the wind industry is the best way to do that," Payne said.

Maine had its own renewable energy targets in place in order to send positive market signals to investors, Payne said, but they are not enforceable.

Even a short moratorium could still have longer term impacts, "because it sends market signals" of unreliability and uncertainty, ACORE's Foley…


Added by Long Islander on July 10, 2018 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Maine PUC expands CMP audit on high rates

The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday agreed to expand the scope of the investigation into Central Maine Power Co.’s high bills.

Liberty Consulting Group of Pennsylvania at the end of May started an audit of CMP’s new metering and billing systems following hundreds of customer complaints about high bills.

In their ruling today, PUC Chairman Mark Vannoy and commissioners R. Bruce…


Added by Long Islander on July 10, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Let's Put an End to the Whole CO2 Driven Climate Change Scam

Climate Change is based on a flaw in the IPCC's beginning premise. It breaks one of the basic laws of physics: 

That Big Idea is impossible because it violates the Equivalence Principle of physics. The Equivalence Principle says if data cannot distinguish between two things, then the two things are identical.

The IPCC claims…


Added by Eskutassis on July 10, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Maine Residents: How Long Before Climate Change Becomes A Second Mortgage

Maine Climate Change: Your Catastrophic Electric Bill Due Ahead

Massachusetts and Rhode Island have the fourth and fifth highest electric rates in the United States and it's only to get more expensive.…


Added by Frank Haggerty on July 10, 2018 at 9:12am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr. : Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 9, 2018

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Wind and Solar Require Massive Subsidies

Renewable energy seeks demand, investment to survive Trump squeeze

Technical Experts: Wind Turbines Pose “Significant Danger” To Environment

Video: Wind Turbine Infrasound

Even ‘clean’ and ‘green’ energy have an environmental impact

Energy development: free market purists vs the state

The Electric Power Struggle



Added by Long Islander on July 9, 2018 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Sen. Rand Paul Calls for Shortened PTC Phase Out

Sen. Rand Paul Calls for Shortened PTC Phase Out

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12:30pm…

Added by Long Islander on July 9, 2018 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment


Wind and Solar Conditions in New England: New England has highly variable weather and low-medium quality wind and solar conditions. See NREL wind map and NREL solar map.




Added by Willem Post on July 8, 2018 at 11:00am — 4 Comments


Almost all studies compare ICs and EVs, as if they traveled the same number of miles over a period of years. This is a serious error, because EVs travel, on average, about 9642 miles per year and ICs about 13433 miles per year, i.e., EVs travel about 28% less miles than ICs. The average annual miles driven by a driver is 13476. See Appendix.

In actual practice, EVs are mostly used for shorter trips, because of a lack of range, but ICs are used for short…


Added by Willem Post on July 5, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Wind Power Totally Fails When Needed the Most

Here we go again, as usual! We are in the midst of a heat wave, with the highest demands of the year on the New England grid. We need to dispatch more power as demand soars far beyond base load. To what source do we turn? Gas fired plants--maxed out. Crank up the oil fired Wyman plant on Cousin's Island, fouling Maine air with the largest single point of air pollution in the state--GRRR!!! Prices soar as ISO-New England searches the spot market!

But what about wind power? Not a single…


Added by Brad Blake on July 5, 2018 at 1:37pm — 7 Comments

California billionaire roils Arizona utilities with push for renewable energy

California to Arizona sounds like Mass to Maine.

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer is financing the initiative through his NextGen Climate Action group, which supported similar efforts in Nevada and Michigan. But only the Arizona measure spawned a political battle, with the Republican-controlled Legislature passing a rule to help insulate utilities and the parent company of the state's largest electricity provider bankrolling opposition…


Added by Long Islander on July 5, 2018 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

South Portland has petitioned the PUC on CMP's plan to develop the grid for renewable energy

The company has provided few details so far about the project, which is part of a $214 million effort to improve the power transmission system throughout Greater Portland, including substation proposals in Freeport, North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray and Portland.

The plan to upgrade what’s called the Cape Substation comes as the city tries to control development in its increasingly popular waterfront neighborhoods, including a 2014 ban on loading crude oil into tankers that the…


Added by Long Islander on July 5, 2018 at 10:22am — No Comments

Are the wind turbines powering the air conditioners?

The Heat Wave Sent U.S. Power Demand Surging to Highest in Years

The heat wave that has roasted the U.S. East Coast may be …


Added by Long Islander on July 4, 2018 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Developers holding off on land-based projects pending election of Maine governor

No new wind farms have started up in Maine since 2016 and no new applications are pending. Politics is just one reason why. Developers must secure power purchase agreements, typically with utilities in southern New England. They also need firm transmission connections to the electric grid. Both are presenting challenges today....................

Opponents were buoyed by LePage’s stance and hope to influence the next governor. One group, Friends of Maine’s…


Added by Long Islander on July 2, 2018 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Where the candidates stand on wind power development

Shawn Moody

“It’s important that we embrace new technology, but we cannot subsidize special interest groups and harm Maine’s viewscape, just to benefit the profits of a few.”

Janet Mills

Mills said she strongly supports wind energy in Maine and wouldn’t extend LePage’s ban on new development.

Alan Caron

Caron would “proceed more cautiously” on land-based wind.…


Added by Long Islander on July 2, 2018 at 11:08am — 2 Comments


Governor Sununu made a very wise decision to veto the two energy bills; one would have provided $90 million in subsidies to wood chip plants, the other would have provided $20 million in above market rates to larger capacity RE systems over three years.


These bills would have added about $110 million over three years to the electric bills of NH ratepayers. Most of that $110 million of subsidies would have been additional revenue for the owners of the wood-chip…


Added by Willem Post on July 1, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Falmouth Failed Wind Turbine Scheme Ends -Massachusetts

Taxpayers On Hook For 2 More Years - As Dead Wind Turbines Look Like Two Giant Upside Down Tooth Brushes Sticking Out Of A Toilet Bowl

Falmouth Massachusetts USA July 1, 2018

Falmouth Wind turbine1 and Wind turbine 2 determined to be a nuisance at their respective locations by the Zoning Board & Massachusetts Superior…

Added by Frank Haggerty on July 1, 2018 at 9:59am — No Comments

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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


(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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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."


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