Long Islander's Blog – January 2022 Archive (7)

Hydro-Quebec stops work on Canadian section of NECEC power line

The provincial utility said it hopes to resume work, and expressed confidence that NECEC would win its legal challenges.



By Tux TurkelStaff Writer

Provincial utility Hydro-Quebec has stopped construction on the Canadian section of a transmission corridor that would hook up to the now-stalled $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect project in Maine.

The utility had started work on the 60-mile Appalaches-Maine interconnection from a substation near…

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Added by Long Islander on January 27, 2022 at 8:30am — No Comments

How unmitigated wind development threatens the environment and human livelihoods

VIDEO

The growing wind industry is increasingly looking to offshore to capture ample wind resources, especially in the Northeast U.S. However, the impact of this development on commercial fishermen, endangered species, and grid reliability is being ignored. Hear from a group of Rhode Island fishermen who are suing the federal government to properly enforce its laws and how Texas could be impacted by the outcome.

Speakers:

Bonnie Brady - Exec. Director,…

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Added by Long Islander on January 22, 2022 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

An Act To Review Strategies for Improving Utility Rate Affordability and To Provide Utility Relief

A CTFWP member alerted me to the following with a note saying "tacit acknowledgement that we’re not gonna like paying the bill..."

................B. If convened, the stakeholder group shall:

30 (1) Identify different methods to ensure that residents of the State are able to afford

31 electricity as the State seeks to meet the renewable resources goal under section

32 3210, subsection 1-A, paragraph B, including modernized or new rate designs…

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Added by Long Islander on January 14, 2022 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Aroostook farming leaders fear solar projects will steal prime potato land

by Paula Brewer January 7, 2022



PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Aroostook County’s farmers aren’t sacrificing soil for solar yet, but the potato industry and farm preservationists are keeping close tabs on Maine’s largest tracts of prime growing land.

Alternative energy developers have targeted some of Maine’s farmland as ideal sites to set up power arrays, because they favor large pieces of land that are easy to access, flat and located close to power transmission…

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Added by Long Islander on January 9, 2022 at 4:43pm — 9 Comments

New England’s electricity rates expected to keep rising over next few years (BDN /AP)

Son: "When I grow up, I don't want to be a capitalist, I want to be a cronyist" and make so much money that I don't have to worry about how much things cost".

Parents: "You can do anything you want Angus".

by Lori Valigra

1/6/22

The commission said it is “critical” that Maine accelerate its electric grid infrastructure modernization so it is compatible with new technology and that it improve its capacity to transmit electricity bidirectionally,…

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Added by Long Islander on January 7, 2022 at 9:34am — 10 Comments

Roxbury: RoxWind reaches commercial operation

Deep roots in the community because of John Richardson? Did he live in Roxbury? I thought it was Brunswick or somewhere in that area.

Excerpts:

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (“GREC” or “Greenbacker”), a leading owner and operator of sustainable infrastructure and energy efficiency projects, announced today that RoxWind, a 15.3-MWdc wind farm, entered commercial operation on November 30. When it was acquired in 2020, the to-be-constructed project in…

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Added by Long Islander on January 5, 2022 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: January 3, 2022

Greed Energy Economics:

Green energy firms the biggest corporate welfare recipients ever

Thank you Senator Manchin — as he Says No on Build Back Better Green New Deal

Here's how much energy prices rose in 2021

Europeans Face a $395 Billion Hike in Energy Bills Next Year

NYS Playing a Climate Shell Game with NY Ratepayers



Wind Energy — Offshore:

Texas Public Policy Foundation brings fishermen’s lawsuit against…

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Added by Long Islander on January 3, 2022 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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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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/

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