Long Islander's Blog – February 2021 Archive (7)

BDN - Is Maine’s electric grid ready for a lot more renewable power? Regulators need to find out now

Following is a fairly incredible revelation, i.e., that in essence, the $1.4 billion MPRP (Maine Power Reliability Program, aka, the "CMP upgrade") was built, after all, for wind and solar.

From the BDN:…

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Added by Long Islander on February 22, 2021 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

US power line tensions grow over green energy surge

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The battle over a power line in Maine features a television advertisement depicting felled pine trees in the wooded US state paired with noir images of a corporate tower in modern Bilbao, near the Guggenheim art museum. A voiceover declares: “A good deal for Spain, and a bad deal for Maine.”

“They chose a very xenophobic message that I find incredibly troubling,” said Thorn Dickinson, chief executive of the Avangrid company building the Maine project.…



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Added by Long Islander on February 18, 2021 at 10:18pm — 2 Comments

Tucker Carlson: Green energy means a less reliable power grid. Why do our leaders deny that?

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Added by Long Islander on February 15, 2021 at 7:00pm — 23 Comments

Maine solar industry baffled, angry as CMP cites need for costly upgrades

Portland Press Herald - Tux Turkel - February 4, 2021

Maine’s burgeoning solar industry is up in arms, after many developers received emails from Central Maine Power last week indicating that their projects are causing technical problems at substations that could require costly upgrades. The controversy is erupting as scores of solar developers are building and proposing…

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Added by Long Islander on February 13, 2021 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Gorham, ME - Plus Power (SUPPOSEDLY) Breaks Open Market for Massive Battery

This sure makes for a good headline, but what if the sun goes behind the clouds for a few hours? What if there's no wind? How quickly do electricity users run down the battery, rendering it useless? Who pays for this? Why do we hear about New England's physical constraints on its natural gas supply when the only constraint are politicians' bans on much needed natural gas lines for Maine?

For some answers, please read Willem Post's "REALITY CHECK REGARDING UTILITY-SCALE BATTERY…

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Added by Long Islander on February 12, 2021 at 5:05pm — 5 Comments

Progressive Eco-Group Admits that Renewable Energy is a Hoax

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: February 8, 2021

A link to the full article (Progressive Eco-Group Admits that Renewable Energy is a Hoax) and other articles can be found in the following PDF. After downloading, scroll down to Page…

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Added by Long Islander on February 11, 2021 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

CMP racing to build its New England Clean Energy Connect corridor as foes continue to throw up legal obstacles.

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..........The existing corridor must be widened before workers can set poles and string new transmission lines. Contractors Cianbro Corp. and Irby Construction are scheduled to start that task in May, NECEC has said in court documents. Meanwhile, Cianbro is set to do site development work this winter for a custom-built, $250 million converter station in Lewiston that will convert direct current into alternating current to feed into the electric grid.

All that…

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Added by Long Islander on February 7, 2021 at 11:58am — 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."

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

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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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