Long Islander's Blog – April 2020 Archive (14)

Number Nine wind farm submitting bid for Maine RFP by May 11

Chapman and Kurt outlined EDP Renewables North America as developing, constructing, owning and operating wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. 

EDPR is ranked fourth in the United States in installed wind capacity and produces enough energy to power approximately 2 million homes. 

EDPR is trying to develop a wind farm in…

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Added by Long Islander on April 30, 2020 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

NJ Rate Counsel Says Utilities Can’t Spend a Dime of Ratepayer Money on EV Charging Infrastructure

The state Division of Rate Counsel is seeking to block two utilities from spending hundreds of millions of ratepayer dollars on programs to build out the infrastructure needed to electrify the transportation sector.

In separate filings with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, division director Stefanie Brand is asking the agency to mostly dismiss proposals by Public Service Electric & Gas and Atlantic City Electric to invest $364 million and $42 million to build out charging…

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Added by Long Islander on April 27, 2020 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

Robert Bryce: Michael Moore’s “Planet Of The Humans” Skewers Renewables

Robert Bryce

I write about energy, power, innovation, and politics.

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Gibbs exposes the two-facedness of Bill McKibben, perhaps the most famous environmentalist in America. Gibbs shows McKibben, the founder of 350.org, extolling the use of wood to generate power, saying that the technology “can happen anywhere...and it must happen everywhere.” He later catches up with McKibben at a climate protest to ask him about the issue, but rather than address the…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2020 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Michael Shellenberger: New Michael Moore documentary reveals massive ecological impacts of renewables

Over the last 10 years, everyone from celebrity influencers including Elon Musk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Al Gore, to major technology brands including Apple, have repeatedly claimed that renewables like solar panels and wind farms are less polluting than fossil fuels.

But a new documentary, “Planet of the Humans,” being released free to the public on YouTube today, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, reveals that industrial wind farms, solar farms, biomass, and biofuels are wrecking…

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Added by Long Islander on April 23, 2020 at 11:48am — No Comments

Michael Moore crucifies the Sierra Club and their ilk

From John Droz, Jr., in reference to the Michael Moore documentary, "Planet of the Humans" which Mr. Droz describes as a MUST SEE MOVIE:
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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2020 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Sour on wind power movie from Michael Moore now free on YouTube

I have not yet watched it but am nevertheless posting.

"Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2020 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: April 20, 2020

We Must Not Let Green Extremists Exploit the Corona Crisis

FERC Denies Rehearings on PJM Capacity Orders

Will China build more Coal to stimulate the economy?

Green New Deal goes viral, and fails

America must take steps now to sustain its energy dominance

Report: Nevada’s Renewable Energy Delusion

Fishermen seek delay in Gulf of Maine offshore wind planning

An open letter from Canada’s clean energy sector

To read these and other…

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Added by Long Islander on April 21, 2020 at 10:53am — No Comments

New England Ratepayers Association files net metering petition with FERC

By Kim Riley | Daily Energy Insider | April 16, 2020 | dailyenergyinsider.com ~~

The New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) on April 14 filed a legal challenge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)…

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Added by Long Islander on April 18, 2020 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

In Blow to Wind Industry, FERC Denies Rehearings on PJM Capacity Orders

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday rejected requests to reconsider its controversial orders that will upend the $10-billion-per-year capacity market of mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM by forcing state-subsidized renewable energy resources to bid at higher prices that could render them uncompetitive.

In Thursday's vote, FERC’s Republican majority rejected rehearing requests from states that say their clean energy goals will be undermined if renewables are forced to bid…

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Added by Long Islander on April 17, 2020 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Fishermen seek delay in Gulf of Maine offshore wind planning

By Kirk Moore on April 16, 2020

Gulf of Maine fishermen this week asked three New England governors and federal officials for a six-month delay in planning for offshore wind energy development in those waters, as the seafood industry grapples with the upheaval of coronavirus.

In deeper waters of the gulf, wind power will be achieved only with the use of floating turbines. The extensive anchoring and cabling that would be required means “lease areas will become de facto closures…

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Added by Long Islander on April 16, 2020 at 11:02pm — 4 Comments

Maine Audubon Windies - There You Go Again

HOULTON, Maine – If you’re working on new energy construction projects that are friendlier to the environment, how do you know where to build them so they won’t have a harmful impact on wildlife? That is a question that Sarah Haggerty and the Maine Audubon Society have been trying to answer.

Maine Audubon sees one of the most pressing concerns regarding climate change as the impact it has on wildlife and natural habitats. As climate zones shift due to the increase in overall warming…

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Added by Long Islander on April 13, 2020 at 12:38pm — 4 Comments

COVID-19 threatens tax credits for billions in sun, wind energy projects

“We’re thankful that Congress rolled out the Phase Three relief program because the nation’s economy needs strong action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kiernan said. “It’s unfortunate that we weren’t included in the package, and we’re beginning the process of reiterating our ask to be included in the Phase Four bill that will likely be drafted.”

Construction delays from COVID-19 have wind and…

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Added by Long Islander on April 10, 2020 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

Dylan Voorhees, NRCM Clean Energy Director, Stepping Down

Dylan Voorhees is stepping down as as the climate and clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, leaving the organization after 14 years to work at a clean energy nonprofit group in Maine........

Friday will be the last day at NRCM for Voorhees, whose new job will be with the nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corp. A search is underway for his successor.

Correction: This story was updated at 1 p.m. Friday April 3, 2020 to indicate that Voorhees is…

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Added by Long Islander on April 3, 2020 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

Review finds enough signatures to get CMP transmission corridor on ballot

The secretary of state invalidated hundreds of signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a hydropower transmission corridor, but enough remained to get the measure on the ballot.

Maine election officials invalidated hundreds more signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor, but there were still enough valid signatures to surpass the threshold for a statewide vote in November.

The court-ordered…

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Added by Long Islander on April 2, 2020 at 4:37pm — No 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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