Long Islander's Blog – July 2021 Archive (11)

Maine’s high court turns down bid to split CMP corridor referendum into separate questions

by Jessica Piper July 29, 2021

Updated July 30, 2021

AUGUSTA, Maine — A referendum aiming to take down the Central Maine Power corridor will appear as one question on Maine ballots this fall after the state’s high court rejected an attempt to split it into three separate questions.

Opponents of the CMP corridor project, which aims to connect hydropower from Quebec with New England’s electric grid via a transmission line in western…

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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2021 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

Feds consider compensating fishermen for wind energy effects on harvests

by Fred Bever, Maine Public July 29, 2021

The Mills administration is partnering with a commercial wind energy company, New England Aqua Ventus, to seek a lease of 16-square miles of federal waters south of for a wind farm of up to 12 wind turbines tens of miles south of Bremen, with a goal of researching novel “floating platform” technology and its effects on ecosystems and fisheries.

“It’s positive that the Biden Administration is examining these questions, and we…

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Added by Long Islander on July 31, 2021 at 11:59am — 9 Comments

Media Balance Newsletter -July 25, 2021 (John Droz, Jr.)

Greed Energy Economics:

Are Existing Coal Plants Less Expensive Than New Gas, Wind or Solar?

Americans Finally Waking Up to the Nightmare Cost of Unreliable Wind and Solar

Net zero emissions? That will be $3000 from each of you, every year

Report: Philadelphia’s $24M Electric Bus Fleet in Complete Shambles

Renewable Energy Health and Ecosystem Consequences:

Retired Batteries May Bring ‘Explosive…

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Added by Long Islander on July 25, 2021 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Fight between rival energy companies threatens to delay CMP’s $1 billion energy corridor

CMP parent Avangrid is locked in a bitter dispute with rival NextEra over the upgrading of equipment at the Seabrook nuclear station, without which the 145-mile corridor can’t connect to the New England grid.

By Colin Woodard Staff Writer

A heated dispute between Central Maine Power’s parent company and rival energy giant NextEra is threatening to delay the completion of CMP’s controversial 145-mile transmission corridor.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 23, 2021 at 6:25pm — 4 Comments

Berry Bill Buried - Mills vetoes bill calling for forced buyout of CMP and Versant Power

The governor calls the performance of Maine's electric utilities 'abysmal' but says the bill to form a consumer-owned utility was 'hastily drafted' could create more problems than it solves.

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Supporters already have begun laying the groundwork for a separate, statewide referendum on whether to force Central Maine Power and Versant Power to sell their assets to a new Pine Tree Power Co.

The bill’s chief sponsor, Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of…

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Added by Long Islander on July 17, 2021 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Mills' Energy Office Releases Preferred Site For 16-Square Mile Offshore Wind Farm

Updated July 13, 2021 at 12:42 PM EDT

Governor Janet Mills’ energy office has just released its preferred site for a 16-square mile offshore wind farm of up…

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Added by Long Islander on July 13, 2021 at 1:16pm — 15 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: July 12, 2021

Small sampling:

Wind energy in crisis as expansion stalls in Germany

Offshore wind support vessel forced to leave after fishermen protest

New Maine law prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters

Two Australian wind projects fined $1+ million for their role in blackout…

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Added by Long Islander on July 12, 2021 at 10:30am — No Comments

Mills signs new law that prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters

Three miles is nothing. But why is the setback on inland wind turbines only 1.5 times the height of the turbine, i.e., less than 1,000 feet?

Mills signs new law that prohibits offshore wind projects in state waters

Credit: By Fred Bever | Maine Public | July 7, 2021 |

Gov. Mills has signed compromise legislation to permanently bar future development of offshore wind projects in state waters.…

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Added by Long Islander on July 8, 2021 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Wildfire threat looms large as Maine’s prolonged drought continues

Unfortunately, when a wind turbine catches fire hundreds of feet above the ground, fire personnel often cannot reach the fire and simply wait for the fire to burn out. That might be adequate on the Great Plains, but what happens in remote and bone dry Maine forests?

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Maine’s prolonged drought, now more than 16 months long and impacting the whole state, has exacerbated the threat of wildfires by creating an earlier…

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Added by Long Islander on July 3, 2021 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Paul LePage files for historic Blaine House return bid against Janet Mills in 2022

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Former two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage filed with the state to kick off his long-awaited 2022 run against Gov. Janet Mills, officially beginning the race between the two political archrivals. 

It is an expected step for LePage, who battled often with the Democratic governor during his tenure in the Blaine…

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Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2021 at 2:54pm — 4 Comments

Bill to jumpstart northern Maine’s renewable energy industry earns Janet Mills’ signature

Bangor Daily News | June 30, 2021 | bangordailynews.com ~~

MADAWASKA, Maine – Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill to give Aroostook’s renewable energy industry a boost Tuesday afternoon.

LD 1710, which passed through the Legislature with bipartisan support, looks to connect the Northern Maine energy grid to the one powering the rest of New England. The hope is to facilitate renewable energy exports, which are costly right now as northern Maine’s power has to be wheeled through New…

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Added by Long Islander on July 1, 2021 at 2:30pm — 3 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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