November 2018 Blog Posts (47)

Bangor, Augusta, Millinocket on pace to have coldest Novembers on record

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…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 30, 2018 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Saco Wind Turbine Debacle Now in Press Herald

Saco takes down decade-old wind turbine that never lived up to its promise

The turbine broke and the manufacturer went bankrupt, and it never produced the energy that was promised in 2008.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/30/saco-takes-down-decade-old-wind-turbine-that-never-lived-up-to-promise/…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2018 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2018 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Challenging LURC's scope of wind farm review and their default to D.E.P. ..correspondence with Stacie R. Beyer Chief Planner, Land Use Planning Commission

Hello again:

 

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…

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Added by Frank J. Heller, MPA on November 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind

Testimony from CMP in the Maine PUC CPCN case of the NECEC project :  
"In the event that the project is not selected by the Massachusetts entities, will CMP withdraw its petition or continue to seek the CPCN from the Commission? Please explain. "   Question from Office of the Public Advocate
"Before making any decision to withdraw its petition as hypothesized, CMP…
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Added by Dan McKay on November 29, 2018 at 7:41am — 10 Comments

Vineyard Off-Shore Wind Prices

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…

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Added by Dan McKay on November 29, 2018 at 7:35am — 4 Comments

Check Out The Capacity Factors : From Rhode Island Awarded Projects For Green Energy

The following chart summarizes the Projects:

Project

Nameplate

Capacity Factor

RI share of project

Contract capacity

Price (energy + RECs)…

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Added by Dan McKay on November 28, 2018 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Mary Kay Barton: Sierra Club joins Big Wind Bullies

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,…”…

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Added by Long Islander on November 27, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

French Revolt Over Climate Taxes

Watch protesters burn their city in response to Macron’s tariffs

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 27, 2018 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Experts on Climate Change Assessment: ‘Every Conclusion of This Latest Government Report Is False’

“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…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 26, 2018 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Gov-elect Mills: I'll be embracing and advancing a clean-energy future

Those efforts will be aided by a…

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Added by Long Islander on November 25, 2018 at 8:07am — No Comments

A brief history of climate panic and crisis… both warming and cooling

A brief history of climate panic and crisis… both warming and cooling

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)…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 25, 2018 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Renewable "Ideology" and left wing Green politics is Killing Maine

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…

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Added by arthur qwenk on November 24, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Did you realize Maine electric generation was over 90% emissions free in 1994 & 1996

Did you realize Maine electric generation was over 90% emissions free in 1994 & 1996

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Added by Dan McKay on November 24, 2018 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

Another report reluctantly admits that 'green' energy is a disastrous flop

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…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 24, 2018 at 5:00am — No Comments

Blowing in the Wind - Maine's electricity 10th most expensive in the U.S.

By Randall Poulton | Nov 23, 2018

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…

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Added by Long Islander on November 23, 2018 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Retail Standard Offer Electric Rates In Maine To Exceed 10 Cents Per KW-HR Starting January 1, 2019 In Maine

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.

Added by Dan McKay on November 23, 2018 at 8:16am — 3 Comments

UN Environment Chief Resigns After Racking Up Huge Carbon Footprint

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…

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Added by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 23, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

City of Boston Spearheads Multi-City Renewable Energy RFI

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…

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Added by Dan McKay on November 22, 2018 at 9:29am — 3 Comments

Wind Generated Megawatt-hours = 2,332,853 Natural Gas-fired Generated Megawatt-hours =2,237,068

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…

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Added by Dan McKay on November 21, 2018 at 11:10am — 7 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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