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…Continue
Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 31, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments
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…
Added by Long Islander on July 30, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments
..................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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
NRCM is NWF's affiliate in…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 26, 2019 at 3:06pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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)
Avangrid Vice Chairman John Baldacci -- what's your plan for when a wind turbine blaze starts on a remote mountaintop in Maine?
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 16, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments