Long Islander's Blog – March 2017 Archive (27)

Trump to nominate McIntyre, Chatterjee, Powelson to FERC, reports say

Anonymous sources told Bloomberg this week McIntyre is expected to be nominated to chair the commission.......

Kevin McIntyre, a lawyer at the Cleveland energy firm Jones Day, is expected to be nominated to head the commission. McIntyre is no stranger to the agency, having argued cases before the commission on behalf of energy companies.

Neil Chatterjee, a longtime aid to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is also expected to be named to the commission. Chatterjee…

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Added by Long Islander on March 11, 2017 at 12:02pm — No Comments

ISO-NE Begins Discussing FERC Order 1000 Public Policy Tx Projects

Although EPA’s Clean Power Plan may be eliminated by the Trump administration, state clean energy goals could drive projects that deliver Canadian hydro and wind power from Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. Order 1000 requires public utility transmission providers to consider “transmission needs driven by public policy requirements [PPR] in both the local and regional transmission planning processes.”…

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Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2017 at 11:11am — No Comments

Lisa Linowes: Protect the Eagles - End USFWS’s 30-Year ‘Take’ Permits

Given the history of collaboration between Big Wind and FWS officials, the motives behind this push should be questioned by Congress and the public.”

https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/protect-eagles-usfwss-30-year-take-permits/

Added by Long Islander on March 9, 2017 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

BDN & PPH - Senate confirms Perry as energy secretary, Carson for HUD

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Democratic lawmakers expressed worry Perry would weaken the department’s functions and potentially target its army of scientists focused on climate and clean energy research......

Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Perry had failed to persuade him he would push back against Trump administration plans to cut the department’s budget and focus…

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Added by Long Islander on March 3, 2017 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Aroostook Wind Sites Being Eyed by People's Republic of China?

EDP Renewables: "We need to lay low with this type of president"

Trump, whose animosity towards wind energy has put the industry on edge, was a major topic of discussion at the summit, the first large gathering of industry leaders since he took office. Some of his policy priorities, they agreed, have generated significant uncertainty for the industry......some of the changes being proposed could curb the availability of tax…

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Added by Long Islander on March 2, 2017 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Ask at your Maine Town Meeting: Where is our wind ordinance?

While the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issues permits for wind projects, the state’s standards and protections are weak. But once a wind project permit is granted, you cannot protect yourself.......

Communities that were not proactive on wind zoning have gone through hell when Big Wind suddenly came to town, pitting neighbor against neighbor, driving deep wedges and dividing communities. Big Wind is a dirty, ugly business that has driven Maine people from…

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Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2017 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

The Environmentalist Left's New Agenda: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Conceived by Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson and endorsed by McKibben and others, The Solutions Project is a plan to move America to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. McKibben offered glowing praise for the proposal in a recent op-ed, saying it comes “as close to winning this war [on climate change] as we could plausibly get.”…

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Added by Long Islander on March 1, 2017 at 12:00pm — 4 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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