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Media Balance Newsletter -July 25, 2021 (John Droz, Jr.)

Greed Energy Economics:

Are Existing Coal Plants Less Expensive Than New Gas, Wind or Solar?

Americans Finally Waking Up to the Nightmare Cost of Unreliable Wind and Solar

Net zero emissions? That will be $3000 from each of you, every year

Report: Philadelphia’s $24M Electric Bus Fleet in Complete Shambles

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Retired Batteries May Bring ‘Explosive…


Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2021 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Fight between rival energy companies threatens to delay CMP’s $1 billion energy corridor

CMP parent Avangrid is locked in a bitter dispute with rival NextEra over the upgrading of equipment at the Seabrook nuclear station, without which the 145-mile corridor can’t connect to the New England grid.

By Colin Woodard Staff Writer

A heated dispute between Central Maine Power’s parent company and rival energy giant NextEra is threatening to delay the completion of CMP’s controversial 145-mile transmission corridor.…


Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2021 at 6:25pm — 4 Comments

Berry Bill Buried - Mills vetoes bill calling for forced buyout of CMP and Versant Power

The governor calls the performance of Maine's electric utilities 'abysmal' but says the bill to form a consumer-owned utility was 'hastily drafted' could create more problems than it solves.


Supporters already have begun laying the groundwork for a separate, statewide referendum on whether to force Central Maine Power and Versant Power to sell their assets to a new Pine Tree Power Co.

The bill’s chief sponsor, Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of…


Added by Long Islander on July 17, 2021 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Mills' Energy Office Releases Preferred Site For 16-Square Mile Offshore Wind Farm

Updated July 13, 2021 at 12:42 PM EDT

Governor Janet Mills’ energy office has just released its preferred site for a 16-square mile offshore wind farm of up…


Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2021 at 1:16pm — 14 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: July 12, 2021

Small sampling:

Wind energy in crisis as expansion stalls in Germany

Offshore wind support vessel forced to leave after fishermen protest

New Maine law prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters

Two Australian wind projects fined $1+ million for their role in blackout…


Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Mills signs new law that prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters

Three miles is nothing. But why is the setback on inland wind turbines only 1.5 times the height of the turbine, i.e., less than 1,000 feet?

Mills signs new law that prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters

Credit: By Fred Bever | Maine Public | July 7, 2021 |

Gov. Mills has signed compromise legislation to permanently bar future development of offshore wind projects in state waters.…


Added by Long Islander on July 8, 2021 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Wildfire threat looms large as Maine’s prolonged drought continues

Unfortunately, when a wind turbine catches fire hundreds of feet above the ground, fire personnel often cannot reach the fire and simply wait for the fire to burn out. That might be adequate on the Great Plains, but what happens in remote and bone dry Maine forests?


Maine’s prolonged drought, now more than 16 months long and impacting the whole state, has exacerbated the threat of wildfires by creating an earlier…


Added by Long Islander on July 3, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Paul LePage files for historic Blaine House return bid against Janet Mills in 2022


AUGUSTA, Maine — Former two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage filed with the state to kick off his long-awaited 2022 run against Gov. Janet Mills, officially beginning the race between the two political archrivals. 

It is an expected step for LePage, who battled often with the Democratic governor during his tenure in the Blaine…


Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2021 at 2:54pm — 4 Comments

Bill to jumpstart northern Maine’s renewable energy industry earns Janet Mills’ signature

Bangor Daily News | June 30, 2021 | bangordailynews.com ~~

MADAWASKA, Maine – Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill to give Aroostook’s renewable energy industry a boost Tuesday afternoon.

LD 1710, which passed through the Legislature with bipartisan support, looks to connect the Northern Maine energy grid to the one powering the rest of New England. The hope is to facilitate renewable energy exports, which are costly right now as northern Maine’s power has to be wheeled through New…


Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2021 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Maine PUC awards new round of clean-energy projects


.......Six new solar projects and one existing wind farm were selected Tuesday by the Maine Public Utilities Commission as the best clean-energy choices to supply power for Central Maine Power and Versant Power customers.

.......The one existing project winner, for 50 percent of its 132-megawatt output, was Helix Maine Wind Development LLC. The wind farm is in the Boundary Mountains of Franklin County. (Kibby Mountain)

.......Interest groups that support clean…


Added by Long Islander on June 30, 2021 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Maine offshore wind compromise comes out of committee

Ellsworth American - Ethan Genter - June 23, 2021

AUGUSTA — A compromise has emerged in the state Legislature that would install a permanent ban on wind energy development in state waters and give the fishing industry a seat at the table on any federal projects that want to connect to land through the state’s jurisdiction.

The compromise came from the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, which had been considering a pair of dueling bills on offshore wind. The first…


Added by Long Islander on June 24, 2021 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Former environmental consultant omits Maine wind turbine fires in piece on supposed increasing wind speeds

The writer, Marina Schauffler, before becoming a journalist served as a communications consultant to numerous environmental organizations and agencies. In the piece, excepted below, she talks about the threat of wind driven fires, suggesting that wind speeds are getting higher.

From the article:

"Historically, the state’s largest and most destructive fires have been wind-driven, Mints noted: “Here in Maine, wind is our…


Added by Long Islander on June 20, 2021 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Bill to form consumer-owned utility rejected by one vote in Maine Senate


AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate on Thursday night voted down a bill to form a consumer-owned utility to buy the assets of Central Maine Power and Versant Power, reversing the results of initial Senate action and considerably dimming the bill’s chances of passing the Legislature this session.

The measure passed the Senate a day earlier on a preliminary vote of 19-16, but it failed by a single vote on final enactment, 17-18. There was no debate in the Senate chamber…


Added by Long Islander on June 19, 2021 at 10:59am — 3 Comments

Wind Turbines and Birds: Latest from the American Bird Conservancy

How much worse than acknowledged are the bird and bat kills by wind turbines?


By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 14, 2021

“Which source of mortality kills more or less birds is somewhat irrelevant…. the threat posed by wind turbines grows with each facility constructed in a high-risk area for birds.”

– Joel Merriman, American Bird Conservancy

The “avian mortality problem” has long been an issue for industrial wind turbines, as…


Added by Long Islander on June 17, 2021 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Washington County Downeast Wind project under review by LUPC


By Maureen Milliken

Plans for a $235 million wind farm in Washington County, in the works since 2013, are before the Maine Land Use Planning Commission for review, a final step before construction can begin.

The state Department of Environmental Protection passed the Apex Clean Energy project on to the commission for review last month after DEP determined the wind farm is an allowed use under its guidelines. The LUPC is the planning authority for the…


Added by Long Islander on June 15, 2021 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Landmark bill passed by House and Senate seeks to sell off Maine’s fossil fuel investments


Maine could become the first state where lawmakers order 'divestment' from fossil fuels, although changes to the bill could slow the process.

Divestment advocates hailed the bill’s passage as a landmark moment that helps put Maine at the forefront (at least among state governments) of an international campaign that they say has solid ethical and financial footing. Youth climate activists, environmental groups and state retirees led the fight for the…


Added by Long Islander on June 12, 2021 at 6:00am — 17 Comments

The Green Energy Agenda vs. Long Run Strategic Planning

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 8, 2021


In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Mark Mills brought to light the fact that the International Energy Agency (IEA), generally regarded as the world’s most important source for energy information, recently released a 287-page report entitled, The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions.  

Here are some highlights and lowlights from that IEA report. 

  • Transitioning from…

Added by Long Islander on June 9, 2021 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Look at the testimony submitted on Jackson’s “Destroy Aroostook” bill

Look at the testimony submitted on Jackson’s “Destroy Aroostook” bill:

An Act To Require Prompt and Effective Use of the Renewable Energy Resources of Northern Maine

The Northern Maine Renewable Energy Development Program, referred to in this section as "the program," is established to remove…


Added by Long Islander on May 25, 2021 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine legislators attempting to seize the state's power grid

As someone wrote to me about this:

"Berry is very progressive. He's been pushing this for a while and now it may go to a referendum vote. No one in their right mind would take over these unprofitable, capital intensive utilities. Versant would love to get their money back - they bought the damn company with a credit card. Avangrid would as well - CMP is a loser. They put the trans line in a separate LLC in prep for this move. The PUC is going to condemn these companies? How does…


Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2021 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

CMP Project Taking Shape Fast Despite Legal, Political Risks

Maine Public | By Fred Bever

Published May 14, 2021

Central Maine Power first proposed building a transmission line to Canada in 2017, and four years of controversy later, there are still hurdles ahead: legal challenges at the state and federal levels, a statewide ballot item set for November, unexpected technical issues to address.

But on Thursday, a federal court lifted an injunction that barred tree-clearing in one disputed segment.

And elsewhere on the…


Added by Long Islander on May 20, 2021 at 1:00am — 2 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."



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


(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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