The full papers from Ms. Linowes can be downloaded at the links below.
June 20, 2018 - Part 1
Texas Public Policy Foundation released the paper “Texas Wind Power Story: Part 1 – How Subsidies Drive Texas Wind Power Development,” which shows that the growth of the wind industry in Texas is spurred by, and only viable because of subsidies such as the production tax credit, along with tax breaks at the state and local…
July 10, 2018
GREENWOOD — Selectmen are expected to schedule a special town meeting to decide on proposed amendments to the town ordinance governing commercial wind…Continue
"If we would like to see investments avoid Maine, moratoria and unfair and unreasonable treatment of the wind industry is the best way to do that," Payne said.
Maine had its own renewable energy targets in place in order to send positive market signals to investors, Payne said, but they are not enforceable.
Even a short moratorium could still have longer term impacts, "because it sends market signals" of unreliability and uncertainty, ACORE's Foley…Continue
The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday agreed to expand the scope of the investigation into Central Maine Power Co.’s high bills.
Liberty Consulting Group of Pennsylvania at the end of May started an audit of CMP’s new metering and billing systems following hundreds of customer complaints about high bills.
In their ruling today, PUC Chairman Mark Vannoy and commissioners R. Bruce…Continue
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Some of the more important articles in this issue are:
Wind and Solar Require Massive Subsidies
Renewable energy seeks demand, investment to survive Trump squeeze
Technical Experts: Wind Turbines Pose “Significant Danger” To Environment
Video: Wind Turbine Infrasound
Even ‘clean’ and ‘green’ energy have an environmental impact
Energy development: free market purists vs the state
The Electric Power Struggle
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California to Arizona sounds like Mass to Maine.
Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer is financing the initiative through his NextGen Climate Action group, which supported similar efforts in Nevada and Michigan. But only the Arizona measure spawned a political battle, with the Republican-controlled Legislature passing a rule to help insulate utilities and the parent company of the state's largest electricity provider bankrolling opposition…Continue
The company has provided few details so far about the project, which is part of a $214 million effort to improve the power transmission system throughout Greater Portland, including substation proposals in Freeport, North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray and Portland.
The plan to upgrade what’s called the Cape Substation comes as the city tries to control development in its increasingly popular waterfront neighborhoods, including a 2014 ban on loading crude oil into tankers that the…Continue
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The heat wave that has roasted the U.S. East Coast may be …
No new wind farms have started up in Maine since 2016 and no new applications are pending. Politics is just one reason why. Developers must secure power purchase agreements, typically with utilities in southern New England. They also need firm transmission connections to the electric grid. Both are presenting challenges today....................
Opponents were buoyed by LePage’s stance and hope to influence the next governor. One group, Friends of Maine’s…Continue
“It’s important that we embrace new technology, but we cannot subsidize special interest groups and harm Maine’s viewscape, just to benefit the profits of a few.”
Mills said she strongly supports wind energy in Maine and wouldn’t extend LePage’s ban on new development.
Caron would “proceed more cautiously” on land-based wind.…Continue