Long Islander's Blog – May 2020 Archive (12)

Connecticut Positioned to Close on Offshore Wind Deal

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says the two largest energy utilities in the state, Eversource Energy and United Illuminating (UI), have filed power purchase agreements with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to procure 804 MW of offshore wind power.

This is a major milestone for Connecticut’s clean energy portfolio and the future of offshore wind in the state and region. If approved by PURA, this would be the largest procurement…

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Added by Long Islander on May 28, 2020 at 10:40am — 9 Comments

Neighboring New Brunswick: Police investigating damage at wind farm

Police are investigating after several wind turbines at the Caribou Wind Park near Bathurst were damaged over the long weekend.

New Brunswick RCMP say 10 turbines were damaged sometime between Sunday and early Monday at the wind farm located off Route 180 in Caribou Depot, about 50 kilometres west of Bathurst.

Police said in a release issued Tuesday equipment was significantly damaged while the suspect or suspects tried to gain entry into the base section. Ultimately,…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2020 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills

The Interior Department had stopped charging the rents at the end of 2018 to review company complaints that former President Barack Obama’s administration had increased them too much, making them uncompetitive with rents on private property. The Interior Department declined repeated requests to comment on the outcome of that review, or the issuance of the retroactive rent bills. A budget document on the Interior Department’s web site shows it expects to collect $50…

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Added by Long Islander on May 22, 2020 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 18, 2020

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Trump issues executive order to protect power grid

Wind and solar add zero value to the grid

Clean energy needs reliable supplies of critical minerals

Large solar farm could cause explosion on scale of small nuclear bomb

EPA: Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS

Video of superior talk by Bret Kugelmass

Report: The inadequacy of wind and solar

Report: Wind Turbine…

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Added by Long Islander on May 19, 2020 at 9:48am — No Comments

Turbine output drops steeply after ten years: US research

Craig Richard - May 15, 2020

General USA

The research suggested project operators are incentivised to maintain turbines during the first decade by the tax credit support system. The fall in performance is noticed more acutely after a project is no longer receiving the subsidy. As the production tax credit (PTC) is paid in line with a turbine’s output, operators maximise the benefit of the support before it is phased out by keeping their turbines in better condition to maintain…

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Added by Long Islander on May 16, 2020 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

Avangrid sues to block November referendum on hydropower line

The power company asked a state court Wednesday to reject plans for a Nov. 3 statewide public vote on the controversial project.

Avangrid Networks asked a state court Wednesday to block state officials from putting a referendum on the November ballot that could overturn the 2019 decision by regulators to allow the construction of a controversial 145-mile hydropower transmission line from Quebec to Lewiston.

The suit, filed in Cumberland County, argues the referendum…

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Added by Long Islander on May 14, 2020 at 8:52pm — No Comments

CMP Wins Permits From Two State Agencies For Western Maine Power Line

By Fred Bever

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission signed off today on vital land use permits Central Maine Power needs for its proposed 151-mile power line through western Maine.

The permits include dozens of conditions the agencies say will mitigate damage to forest values, with special attention to reducing habitat fragmentation by a 51-mile section of all-new timber cuts stretching between…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2020 at 4:19pm — No Comments

This Katahdin Sunrise is in Peril

The PUC is currently a battleground for wind development. Please visit both the filings and the public comments in Case Number…

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Added by Long Islander on May 12, 2020 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

US Treasury to tweak tax credit deadlines for renewables projects

A concise three-sentence letter sent by the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday suggests relief is on the way for a renewables industry concerned about meeting quickly approaching tax credit deadlines.

The letter came in response to a…

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Added by Long Islander on May 8, 2020 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Lisa Linowes on a 13th Extension of the Wind PTC (crony coronas exposed)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 5, 2020

Big wind does not have a COVID problem. It has a mismanagement problem.

[Chuck] Grassley is promoting the American Wind Energy Association’s bogus claim that COVID slowed the industry causing projects to delay into 2021. He is now asking the IRS to extend the four-year window by another year to allow MWs that started construction in 2016 to spill into 2021 and still earn…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2020 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: May 4, 2020

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

China’s coronavirus actions are just one of many threats it poses

We Can’t Entrust US Interests to UN

Modeling Catastrophe in a Climate of Fear

Model Madness – Parallels Between Failed Climate and Coronavirus Models

Study: Systemic Misuse of Scenarios in Climate Research and Assessment

The Scientific Case for Vacating the EPA’s Endangerment Finding

US CO2 Emissions Have Declined More Than Anywhere…

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Added by Long Islander on May 5, 2020 at 10:39am — No Comments

Robert Bryce: Stanford Prof. Can’t Muzzle ‘Planet Of The Humans' (Forbes)

Last week, anti-hydrocarbon activist and documentary maker Josh Fox — along with Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, Penn State climatologist Michael Mann, and several others — succeeded in briefly getting Michael Moore’s new documentary, Planet of the Humans, taken off of a website owned by a group called Films for Action. 

Fox’s censorship effort was cheered by Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and journalist who tweeted “cheers to @joshfoxfilm and everyone who worked hard and…

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Added by Long Islander on May 1, 2020 at 1:00pm — 6 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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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