July 2019 Blog Posts (27)

Collapse of Wind Power Threatens Germany’s Green Energy Transition

From Die Welt Via The GWPF

Hardly any new wind turbines were built in Germany in the first half of the year. Turbine makers call it a “punch in the gut of the green energy transition” and blame environmentalists.

The expansion of wind power in the first half of this year collapsed to its lowest level since the introduction of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in 2000. All in all, just 35 wind turbines were build with an output of 231 megawatts. “This corresponds to a decline of 82…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 31, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: July 29, 2019

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Climate trillions frittered in the wind

Study: The Social Cost of Carbon and Carbon Taxes

Wind Farm Back-of-the-Envelope Economic Analysis

The Confusions of the ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax

Inconvenient Energy Realities

Infrasound noise guidelines: Antiquated and irrelevant for protecting populations

Archive: Big Wind’s Dirty Little Secret — Radioactive Waste

Study: The Impact of Wind Energy on…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

EV programs run out of cash. What can states do?

..................The most recent example is Massachusetts, where lawmakers are trying to rescue the state’s incentives for electric vehicle sales after drivers burned through a program that dealt out more $30 million in recent years.

A climate resilience bill passed last week by the state House contains an amendment that would replenish the dwindling coffers of the Massachusetts Offers…

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Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

National Grid says “no thanks” to results of 400 MW RFP, selects one project

The utility has chosen to disregard the goals of the State of Rhode Island and only procure electricity from one of the projects that completed a recent solicitation.



July 29, 2019 Christian Roselund

We at pv magazine have seen utilities do a lot of unusual things. But one thing that can usually be counted on is that when a state agency wants a utility to procure a certain capacity of renewable energy, the utility typically procures…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2019 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

NWF concerned about degrading wildlife habitats but avoids naming onshore wind

The National Wildlife Foundation is worried about onshore transmission lines but makes no mention of the onshore wind factories destroying new parts of Maine with each passing year.

https://offshorewind.nwf.org/

NRCM is NWF's affiliate in…

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Added by Long Islander on July 29, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

DEP APPROVES ROXWIND

The RoxWInd small-scale wind project was approved July 26, 2019. Interested parties have until August 2 to comment.

My Comments :

STATEMENT : "The Department finds that a formal deed restriction of the meadow buffers is not necessary since any future development on the buffer areas is very unlikely due to their adjacency to the wind turbines, "

RESPONSE : This appears to admit real estate sales are very much influenced negatively by proximity to wind…

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Added by Dan McKay on July 28, 2019 at 7:44am — 3 Comments

One of presidential candidate Jay Inslee’s beloved wind turbines started a wildfire

By Dori Monson

I do not know if you realize this, but Jay Inslee is going to be the next president of the United States. And one of Jay Inslee’s major themes in his green campaign is that we need more wind energy. He has repeatedly used this same line: “Donald Trump says wind turbines cause cancer, but we know they don’t cause cancer, they cause jobs.”

And as we know, there’s little that Jay Inslee loves more than blaming wildfire smoke in Washington on climate change. Remember…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 26, 2019 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Kirsten Gillibrand unveils $10 Trillion plan to combat climate change

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand released a $10 trillion proposal to fight climate change over the next decade, aiming to bring the U.S. to net-zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In her plan rolled out in a Medium post on Thursday, Gillibrand promised to…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 26, 2019 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Maine Voices: Transmission deficit is holding back wind in Maine

This appears to claim that the $1.4 Billion CMP upgrade (Maine Power Reliability Program) had nothing to do with wind power. In fact, the CMP upgrade was a ratepayer funded gift to the wind industry. Essentially, ratepayers bought the wind industry its shipping system. See:http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-electricity-rates-going-up for more on this.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Hancock County reaches settlement over wind farm payments it said were too small

Hancock owner Novatus is of course the company which employs former EUT co-chair Stacey Fitts who helped kill about a dozen citizen initiated wind bills in the EUT committee. See: http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/abstain-for-maine

Additionally, former Baldacci chief counsel and PUC Chair Kurt Adams, who according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, received…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

EUT Co-Chair Berry Suddenly Concerned About Flashing FAA Lights on Towers (when they affect his district)

Rollins Lights

Guess we can't have flashing lights near the backyard of wind tower erector Reed & Reed. Why should Rep. Berry's district or Reed & Reed's district have to endure nighttime lights as those have done for years looking at Rocky Dundee in the photo above of the Rollins Wind factory near Lincoln? (Rainer Egle photo)

Neighbors seeing red over flashing lights on new CMP towers

Rep.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 24, 2019 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Avangrid wind "farm" fire burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

Avangrid Vice Chairman John Baldacci -- what's your plan for when a wind turbine blaze starts on a remote mountaintop in Maine?

‘Juniper Fire’ in Klickitat County burns more than 500 acres, threatens homes, wind farm

The fire started Saturday afternoon near an area where fire was seen coming from a wind turbine nearly 300 feet off the ground, according to officials and local media. The turbine is part of a wind farm…

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Added by Long Islander on July 21, 2019 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Vineyard Wind says project at risk

Federal environmental approval needed in 4-6 weeks

VINEYARD WIND says its offshore wind farm could be in jeopardy if the federal government fails to approve its environmental impact statement over the next six weeks.

In a carefully worded statement issued early Thursday morning, the company appeared to be prodding federal officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to move quickly to approve the environmental impact statement. The statement represents a shift for…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Wind power angling for new handouts as PTC is set to expire (From Council on Foreign Relations)

Beware any coming electrical blackouts as they'll surely be used as pretext for an attempt to have taxpayers fund a revamp of the grid.

A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), which was designed to drive investment by providing reductions in…

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Added by Long Islander on July 18, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Capitalism as Seen by the Left: “The Age of Enron”

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 16, 2019

“Add [to rent-seeking] the company’s rank imprudence and strategic deceit (what I labeled philosophic fraud), and a new term had to be invented to describe that which true capitalist luminaries from Adam Smith forward warned against: the contra-capitalist corporation.”

For many years now, as a poor man’s Robert Caro, I have labored to demonstrate that the worldview-testing event called Enron was Exhibit A of crony capitalism and…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 16, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments

CO2 EMISSIONS FROM LOGGING, CLEARCUTTING AND BURNING

A nearby farm in Hartford, Vermont has 200 acres of open fields, plus 700 acres of woodland. During a recent logging operation, the trunks of the high quality healthy trees were set aside and cut to 8.5, 10.5 and 12.5 ft lengths, for transport to lumber mills, and the less valuable material, such as tops of trees and branches, misshapen trees, standing dead trees, sickly trees, etc., were gathered and piled up for chipping.

 

The less valuable material is fed into very large…

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Added by Willem Post on July 15, 2019 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Journalism’s Contribution to the Rise of Climate Alarm

Guest Opinion by H. Sterling Burnett

As respect for journalists and their trustworthiness declines, mainstream media outlets, both print and television, are losing readers, subscribers, and viewers. By any measure, journalists aren’t trusted. In public opinion polls, the only professions consistently falling below journalists on their trustworthiness or ethical standards are politicians and used-car salespeople.

This doesn’t surprise me. For more than 20 years…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 15, 2019 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

NY's Hamptons: "Seeing turbines on the far horizon would be unacceptable"

Developer: We won’t pursue wind farm in waters off Hamptons

.......................... Then there’s New York State, which does not support wind-energy areas off the Hamptons and has registered opposition with BOEM, officials said.

“No one can really tell me who and why [New York…

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Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Maine PUC Approves Wind Power Contract for Old First Wind Gang

July 12, 2019

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) unanimously approved a long-term contract for a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The project is being developed by Weaver Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Longroad Development Partners, LLC and is expected to be operational no later than December 2020.

"This 20-year contract should create real ratepayer benefits for Maine" stated Commission Chairman Philip Bartlett. The…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Business group worried offshore wind bidders could become scarce

ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTS of the declining price cap on offshore wind solicitations is now calling on the Baker administration to scale it back.

Robert Rio, senior vice president and counsel at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, one of the state’s leading business groups, sent a letter to the Baker administration on July 5 urging modification of the price cap, which requires each successive offshore wind procurement to be priced lower than the last.

The unusually low…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 11:00am — 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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