PUC Chairman Tom Welch is set to retire Wednesday and Commissioner David Littell’s term expires in March. Those two commissioners voted to approve the First Wind-Emera partnership, while Commissioner Mark Vannoy …Continue
DEP/BEP approval is essentially a given for these projects.
The Maine PUC is aware of the transmission constraints these projects will encounter in trying to…Continue
Continue"At that point the whole pyramid collapsed. They are firing…
You can’t drive very far in rural Maine without at some point encountering a mountain ridge dotted with massive wind turbines, which was Angus King’s vision, both as governor and, post-governor, as a major investor in wind turbine construction. Back in the good old days, Maine was decreed the “Saudi Arabia of Wind,” ................…Continue
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Until Dec. 22, they lived less than a mile from one of the turbines, within a mile of five more. Each of the 16 turbines are taller than 500 feet and within two miles of their home.
Help has come from many of the family’s supporters — from people in Sheffield to the…Continue
Wherever in the world wind power is installed to significant degree, new transmission lines must be built, lest the spurting occasional wind-produced electricity will thermally overload the existing lines and severely disrupt the otherwise reliable grid. Yet in Maine, when the $1.4 Billion CMP upgrade (Maine Power Reliability Project) was forced down ratepayers' throats at ratepayer expense, we were told that this project was needed because Maine had "aging…Continue
Wind projects in New England receive such enormous payments for their generation, they will offer their output to the grid even when prices go negative. Clearly, when low or negative pricing occurs, the best course for the electric power providers is to reduce the production of energy. That's common sense, unless the power producer can be paid handsomely for products attached to their output, " the enhancers ."
“…startling data omission that he told me: “eclipses even the so-called climategate event.””
Willis Eschenbach tips me to a story by Marita Noon, titled:
What if Obama’s climate change policies are based on pHraud?
I’ve reproduced portions of it here, with a link to the full article. The graph with ALL the data is…Continue
Onshore, opponents of wind projects at the local and state levels continued to pose regulatory challenges to new projects through appeals that have risen to the state’s top court, which has clarified parts of the state’s regulatory appeals process.…Continue
"However, Maine does have huge untapped potential for offshore wind, tidal power, biofuels, and solar energy. Expanding the use of these alternatives will make Maine more economically independent and generate good jobs here".
"Maine’s national and state leaders — Muskie, Mitchell, Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Angus King, Harry Richardson, Joe Brennan, Horace Hildreth, Ken Curtis, Jon Lund, and Jock McKernan, among others —…Continue
Karen Bessey Pease, a resident of Lexington Township, urged commissioners to reject the TIF proposal, saying that First Wind had already proved their financial capacity to the state and that there was no need to return taxpayer money to the company.
“I realize that First Wind has received their permit to build the Bingham Wind Project, but as a resident and taxpayer in the unorganized territory, I would prefer that you don’t return any money to this developer,” Bessey Pease…Continue
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No-one should have to be made to host harmful, destructive and useless renewable energy projects just because sweetheart deals have been worked out between land owners, local and state politicians, and the renewable energy cartel. No-one!
Added by Marshall Rosenthal on December 20, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments
Of those, 89 people said they would approve more wind-energy plants, and 145 were opposed to the idea, Spafford said.
Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments
Mike Barnard’s wind wings clipped by employer: Told to stop writing on wind power, resign fellowship from Energy and Policy Institute, and delete his blog: Barnard on Wind
Jeremy Payne declined to comment specifically on the potential nominees, noting that his trade group, which represents wind power, biomass and other generators, typically meets and questions PUC nominees.
Added by Long Islander on December 18, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
The agreement also would allow First Wind to be reimbursed for some of its costs, totaling about $10 million over the next 30 years, according to the proposal.
Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2014 at 8:54pm — No Comments
Connecticut has also passed a law banning double counting of renewable credits.
During 2013, ISO New England (ISO-NE), the region's independent system operator, continued to address a range of issues that impact wind power's access to and participation in the regional power market. These issues cover the integration of variable resources; the forward capacity market; bidding rules in ISO's energy market; and transmission congestion, planning, and cost allocation. Many of the topics are under active consideration, and depending on the outcome,…Continue
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