Published on April 27, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is seeking public comment to gauge the public’s interest in potential commercial offshore wind energy development in the water off the coast of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
“BOEM is committed to transparent, inclusive, and data-driven processes, and public input is essential to helping us determine areas that may be suitable for offshore wind development in the…Continue
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Maine Public | By Robbie Feinberg
Published April 26, 2023 at 2:41 PM EDT
Electric vehicle owners in Maine could soon be required to pay a new yearly surtax, under a proposal before the Legislature.
The measure, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Stanley Zeigler of Montville, would add a $72 yearly surcharge that EV owners would pay when registering their vehicle. Zeigler says those funds would go towards maintaining Maine's roads, and help to offset lost gas tax…Continue
Perhaps the Maine Monitor would consider revisiting onshore wind now that it has been almost 13 years since their founders, Naomi Schalit and John Christie, first investigated the subject. They might want to consider starting with Senator Angus…Continue
By Mike Damiano Globe Staff, Updated April 20, 2023, 12:57 p.m.
A Maine jury ruled Thursday that construction can proceed on a transmission line that will carry clean, hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts through the region’s power grid — bolstering efforts to shift the state’s electricity consumption away from carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
The decision in favor of Avangrid, the Connecticut company building the transmission line, overturns the result of a 2021 ballot…Continue
The near failure of the Texas power grid, coming just 4 minutes and 37 seconds from a complete collapse on February 14, 2021, was the first alarm bell that something was dreadfully wrong with US power grids. Meredith Angwin, a physical chemist and power grid specialist, described the February 2021 failure of the Texas power grid failure as a seminal event that was not a surprise: “Those of us who were watching the grid had noticed for years that Texas ran with a very low reserve margin…and…Continue
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April 18, 2023
BY TUX TURKEL STAFF WRITER
The landmark trial that could decide the fate of the $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect power line moved closer to a climax on Tuesday after the defense rested its case. Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday, followed by an anticipated verdict from the nine-member jury.
The jury on Tuesday heard from the trial’s final three witnesses. Hammering away at a common theme, defense attorneys…Continue
By Laurie Schreiber
Two fast new DC charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed in Bangor and Newport that can recharge EV batteries to 80% in 15 to 45 minutes.
The installations represent continued progress in building out strategic segments of Maine’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure and expanding the network northward.
Designed to serve all brands of EVs, the stations are the next step in building out Maine’s network from the original…Continue
Community solar farms, which sprouted after a 2019 law went into effect, now face challenges including higher costs for Mainers and glitches in hooking up to the grid.
BY TUX TURKEL
The solar power industry, which has spent millions of dollars taking advantage of a 2019 Maine law meant to spur the growth of local generating farms, is facing partly cloudy…Continue
by Lori Valigra
April 10, 2023
PORTLAND, Maine — Jurors heard opening arguments in state court on Monday about whether a $1 billion hydropower corridor project through western Maine should be allowed to proceed despite being rejected by voters in 2021.
Representatives for companies associated with Central Maine Power Co. presented slides showing infrastructure already built, saying they had spent hundreds of millions of dollars and should be allowed to continue.…Continue
John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: April 10, 2023
Please click on the following link to read the following stories and much, much more:
The Energy Transition Is a Delusion Indeed
Eminent Scientist Says Wind…
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Michael Bates -
April 6, 2023
Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) says it has acquired and received regulatory approval for four operating wind farms in Maine from Patriot Renewables and other project owners, adding 81.5 MW to its renewable portfolio.
The acquired projects are Canton Mountain Wind (22.8 MW), Saddleback Ridge Wind (34.2 MW), Spruce Mountain Wind (20 MW) and Beaver Ridge Wind (4.5 MW). The projects supply energy to multiple municipal utilities…Continue
The so called "Public Advocate" (you sure about that?) says there are no easy answers about natural gas. I disagree. Maine sits on the map not far at all from mammoth natural gas deposits. The state of Maine should be doing everything in its power to petition NY and Mass to stop blocking the construction of new pipelines that would run through their states on the way to Maine. Harwood should stop listening to these so called, self declared environmental groups which are on the payrolls of so…Continue