Bangor, Augusta and Millinocket each have had their coldest recorded Novembers ever so far this month, according to federal weather data posted online by the Southeast Regional Climate Center at the University of North Carolina. Bangor has averaged just above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Millinocket just above 29 degrees and Augusta just below 33 degrees. Records for those locations date back at least 40…Continue
The turbine broke and the manufacturer went bankrupt, and it never produced the energy that was promised in 2008.Continue
Apart from line loss due to electricity traveling long distances from generation source to consumption point, if wind projects require 200 miles of transmission line to reach the average point of electricity consumption in the grid and natural gas plants require only 20 miles of transmission line to reach the average point of electricity consumption in the grid (because the latter can be built closer to population centers), should not the ratepayer be advised that the associated transmission…Continue
I reviewed your authority under your enabling statutes and find it decidedly covers environmental impacts of wind farms in areas under your jurisdiction:
"To preserve …support and encourage Maine's natural resource-based economy and strong environmental protections; … to honor the rights and participation of residents and property owners …while recognizing the unique value of these…Continue
The pricing contract of the 800 MW off-shore Vineyard Wind :
Phase 1 = 400MW
Phase 2 = 400 MW
"The price for energy and RECs in the Phase 1 of the long-term contracts begins at $74 per MWh (nominal $), and the price for energy and RECs in the Phase 2 long-term contracts begins at $65 per MWh (nominal $). Each longterm contract has a 20-year term, starting at the COD of the relevant project, and the prices described…Continue
The following chart summarizes the Projects:
RI share of project
Price (energy + RECs)…
By Mary Kay Barton -- November 27, 2018
“Today’s Sierra Club has strayed so far from [John] Muir’s original mission of protecting life and our natural environment it is unbelievable. We are greatly saddened to see the Sierra Club (a group many of us used to support) now lobbying for the destruction of vast swaths of rural America with industrial wind sprawl,…”…Continue
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“The Trump administration needs to root out the embedded leftists who are responsible for this one-sided propaganda report that is even less credible than Al Gore.”
“The left has already politicized the science, and President Trump has every right to populate the executive branch agencies that produced this report with climate realists,” Taylor…Continue
Those efforts will be aided by a…Continue
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For at least 120 years, climate “scientists” have been claiming that the climate was going to kill us…but they have kept switching whether it was a coming ice age, or global warming.
(A timeline of claims follows, updated to 2014)…Continue
As the quantity of fossil fuels is increasing weekly from major advances in dense fossil fuel extraction, states like Maine are crippled by its unscientific political ideology and low density energy politics. Dense fuel is only a few hundred miles to the southwest Maine! Get those natural gas pipelines in, or, freeze on Maine! Ignorance has no bounds it seems in Maine's energy policies.All the wind farms and wind turbines in the world , on every mile of land, will never compensate…Continue
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Did you realize Maine electric generation was over 90% emissions free in 1994 & 1996Continue
The report confirms what should have been obvious from the start: the more “variable” wind and solar are introduced into any electricity system, the more they make it both more expensive and less reliable.
The term Variable Renewable Energy, VRE, could more accurately be described as Unreliable Renewable Energy, URE, due to the terribly obvious fact that the sun doesn’t shine at night, and sometimes not during the day either, while the wind doesn’t always blow. Thus the more…Continue
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A few weeks ago, my wife and I were scheduled to attend a family soiree at a historic lodge on Webb Lake, near Mount Blue State Park. Since we had not spent much time in this area before, we arrived early to allow time for some sightseeing.
The highlight was a stunning vista from Linda Bean’s farm, looking south…Continue
A $2 billion increase in wholesale energy costs and a $ 1.3 billion increase in forward capacity costs for 2018 in the New England electric market doesn't bode well for the new retail rates due to start January 1, 2019. The market is responding to natural gas constraints and distortions inflicted by integrating wind and solar.
Mr. Solheim, referred to in the audit as “a senior manager,” had spent 79 percent of his time away from the agency’s headquarters in Nairobi and incurred $488,519 in travel expenses over a 22-month period.
According to the audit, he selected flight itineraries that passed unnecessarily through Oslo and Paris and failed to account for what he did in those cities for a total of 72 days. The audit found that the travel arrangements were “uneconomical” and contravened…Continue
Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 23, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today is asking renewable energy developers and other interested parties to share details on what could be the largest renewable energy project of its kind in the country. The City of Boston released today a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain feedback from qualified renewable energy project developers with projects throughout the United States that could support the municipal energy demand of 20 cities included in the request. The total aggregate energy demand of…Continue
Congratulations, Governor King and Baldacci, your visions for a Saudi Arabian Wind Empire for Maine has been attained. The annual in-state electricity generation from wind surpassed the in-state electricity generation from natural gas for 2017. With that, the state is now in a perilous situation with more intermittent power eclipsing reliable power. And with another 400 plus megawatts of wind power projects hustling to adorn the state's hills and barely a drip of natural gas available…Continue