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THE GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT A DECADES-LONG BURDEN ON VERMONT

The subject of this article was just a few paragraphs in a prior article. However, the Vermont House passed the Global Warming “Solutions” Act bill, GWSA, and sent it to the Vermont Senate, which also passed it. The bill, if enacted, would convert the aspirational goals of the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP, into mandated goals, with penalties. GWSA has been called “must pass this Session”.

 

Vermont Business…

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Added by Willem Post on June 24, 2020 at 4:30am — No Comments

THE VAGARIES OF SOLAR IN NEW ENGLAND

In summer, highly subsidized, expensive, variable, intermittent solar dozes off in late afternoon/early evening, sleeps all night, and does not wake up until about mid-morning the next day, becomes very active around midday creating DUCK curves, especially on sunny days, then dozes off again in late afternoon/early evening.

 

In winter, solar dozes off in late afternoon, sleeps all night, and does not wake up until about mid-morning the…

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Added by Willem Post on June 24, 2020 at 4:30am — No Comments

VERMONT SOLAR MARKET PATHWAYS REPORT BASED ON OPTIMISTIC ASSUMPTIONS

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, VEIC, is involved in “energy solutions for an evolving world”. It helps various, mostly government entities, meet economic and environmental goals with sustainable solutions “designed for impact”. Major areas of interest are energy efficiency, building electrification, transportation electrification, and a clean and flexible grid.

 

SOLAR IN VERMONT

 

VEIC states: Vermont is on its way to becoming an advanced…

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Added by Willem Post on June 8, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

NEW ENGLAND IS THE LEAST FAVORABLE FOR PV SOLAR, except areas near rainy Seattle

Based on the sun index level, Vermont is ranked 44th regarding solar power potential, according to a sun index developed for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) using data provided by NREL's Renewable Resource Data Center.

Connecticut and Rhode Island rank 41st and 38th. See table 2 of URL

https://neo.ne.gov/programs/stats/inf/201.htm

 

The sun index is defined as an…

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Added by Willem Post on May 16, 2020 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

ELECTRIC VEHICLES COMPARED WITH GASOLINE VEHICLES

Please note, this article is a short excerpt, with references to tables and the Appendix, from this much longer article. Much additional information is provided in the longer article. Please, also read the longer article.…

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Added by Willem Post on May 7, 2020 at 10:00am — No Comments

REVIEW OF PLANET OF THE HUMANS

Review of Planet of the Humans

Richard Heinberg  (Post Carbon Institute)

April 27, 2020

A few days ago, Emily Atkin posted a…

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Added by Willem Post on May 2, 2020 at 10:35am — 11 Comments

BURNING WOOD IS NOT RENEWABLE

Pro-logging interests use “Burning Wood is Renewable” as a slogan, a mantra, to assure others all is benign, because it helps save the world, fight global warming, is part of the solution, and thus deserves to get money via a proposed Global Warming Solutions Act.

 

Sources of CO2 of Logging Sector

 

1) Before logging, the logging sector has to be set up, operated, maintained and renewed, which emits CO2

2) The logging process includes…

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Added by Willem Post on April 29, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

FORTRESS VERMONT, A MULTI-BILLION BOONDOGGLE FOISTED ONTO RATEPAYERS AND TAXPAYERS

Depending on how much the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, variable/intermittent wind and solar often supply too much or too little electricity. The solution of the 100%-in-state proponents is to store unused electricity in batteries (or some other medium) and then dispatch from storage as needed, 24/7/365, to maintain ISO-NE-specified grid conditions. 

 

The 100%-in-state proponents propose a $1.2 billion down-payment…

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Added by Willem Post on April 24, 2020 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

COMPARISON OF NE, VT, HYDRO-QUEBEC ELECTRICITY AND CO2

The purpose of this article is to compare the Hydro Quebec electricity prices of exports to New York and New England and the costs of wind and solar, and the prices paid to owners of New England wind and solar systems. The CO2 of wind, solar and hydro are also compared.

 

This article shows, it is abundantly clear electricity from Hydro-Quebec is far less costly than from New England wind and solar, plus it requires no subsidies and cost shifting.

 

Reservoir…

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Added by Willem Post on April 18, 2020 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

VERMONT CO2 REDUCTION OF ASHPs IS BASED ON MISREPRESENTATIONS

Vermont has a Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP. The capital cost for implementing the CEP would be in excess of $1.0 billion/y for at least 33 years, per Energy Action Network annual report. See URLs.

 

http://eanvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/EAN-2015-Annual-Report-Low-Res-Final.pdf …

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Added by Willem Post on April 10, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

VERMONT CO2 REDUCTION OF EVs IS BASED ON MISREPRESENTATIONS

Vermont has a Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP. The capital cost for implementing the CEP would be in excess of $1.0 billion/y for at least 33 years, per Energy Action Network annual report. See URLs.

 

http://eanvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/EAN-2015-Annual-Report-Low-Res-Final.pdf …

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Added by Willem Post on March 21, 2020 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

ENERGY ACTION NETWORK REPORT TO REDUCE CO2 IN VERMONT

Vermont has a Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP. The capital cost for implementing the CEP would be in excess of $1.0 billion/y for at least 33 years, per Energy Action Network annual report. See URLs.

 

http://eanvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/EAN-2015-Annual-Report-Low-Res-Final.pdf …

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Added by Willem Post on March 16, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

VERMONT FORESTS AND CO2 ABSORPTION

After 2015, the method of calculating CO2 absorption by Vermont's forests, etc., was changed to conform with EPA and international standards.

 

As a result, the higher values of the old method were replaced with the lower values of the new method.

For example, 8.23 million metric ton in 2015 (old) became 4.39 million Mt in 2015 (new), about 47% less.

  

If Vermont were to reduce overall CO2 to lower levels, then forests would absorb an increasing percentage…

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Added by Willem Post on March 1, 2020 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

VERMONT IS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET REGARDING FOOLISH ENERGY SYSTEMS

The "Global Warming Solutions Act" bill was passed by the House Energy and Technology Committee on a 7-2 vote and moved to the House Appropriations Committee, which rubber-stamped the bill. A House vote passed the bill, 105 - 37, a few days later. The Senate is next to vote.

 

GWSA converts the CO2 aspirational goals of the Comprehensive Energy PlanCEP, to legal mandates

GWSA requires state government to come up with…

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Added by Willem Post on February 15, 2020 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

THE PROPER BASIS FOR CALCULATING CO2 OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Go to any Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, etc., parking lot and you see at least 60% four-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive SUVs/crossovers/pick-up trucks.

 

People own these vehicles for many reasons, especially to drive on snowy, icy, hilly, pothole, muddy, rutted roads during cold winters. All-wheel-drive and 200+ range are preferred in Vermont, New Hampshire Maine, etc.

EVs would lose up to 40% of their already-limited range.

A full-battery, 200-mile…

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Added by Willem Post on February 9, 2020 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

LIQUID AIR ENERGY STORAGE (LAES) IN VERMONT

Recently, Vermont Electric Co-op and Highview Power, were musing a liquid air energy storage, LAES, plant, using excess wind electricity generated with wind turbine plants, to be installed, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, NEK.

 

Baker-Hughes is an advisor regarding LAES to Highview Power.

Baker-Hughes estimates the all-in, turnkey cost (financing, operating,…

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Added by Willem Post on February 7, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

A $1.0 BILLION OBAMA SOLAR FIASCO IN THE SOUTHWEST DESERT WENT BANKRUPT

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Added by Willem Post on February 4, 2020 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

1600 NEW COAL POWER PLANTS PLANNED TO BE BUILT AROUND THE WORLD

While DISGUSTA, Maine, folks are going nuts because the world is going to come to an end, if they do not blanket NORTHERN MAINE with wind turbines everywhere, the REST OF THE WORLD is busy ADDING 1600 NEW coal plants.

THESE KNOW-NOTHINGS ARE HELL-BENT to UGLIFY MAINE and make Maine much more expensive to "live" in.

Vote out Governor Mills and get rid of her lackey appointees in November, the only rational solution.

Maine needs term limits on House members and…

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Added by Willem Post on February 3, 2020 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

COMPARISON OF TESLA MODEL S AND MODEL 3, BASED ON REAL-WORLD DRIVING CONDITIONS

Vermont has a Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP. The capital cost for implementing the CEP would be in excess of $1.0 BILLION PER YEAR FOR AT LEAST 33 YEARS, according to the Energy Action Network annual report.

https://outside.vermont.gov/sov/webservices/Shared%20Documents/2016CEP_Final.pdf

 

The CEP projects plug-ins and EVs as shown in table 1.

The…

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Added by Willem Post on January 27, 2020 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

COST SAVINGS OF AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS ARE NEGATIVE IN VERMONT, MAINE, ETC.

Vermont has a Comprehensive Energy Plan, CEP. The capital cost for implementing the CEP would be in excess of $1.0 billion/y for at least 33 years, according to the Energy Action Network annual report. See URLs.

 

http://eanvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/EAN-2015-Annual-Report-Low-Res-Final.pdf …

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Added by Willem Post on January 25, 2020 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

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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