Long Islander's Blog – October 2020 Archive (8)

First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?

Heather Richards and Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporters

Published: Friday, October 30, 2020

In the new year, the first offshore wind farm in the United States will shut off its turbines, and its customers on nearby Block Island in Rhode Island will revert to diesel generation.

The rocky saeabed around Block Island has been worn away by tides and storms, sometimes exposing high-voltage cables in a popular swimming location that developers failed to bury deep…

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Added by Long Islander on October 31, 2020 at 2:41pm — 2 Comments

Mass DPU orders gas utilities to rethink their future

What is their role in net-zero emission future

Bruce Mohl Oct 29, 2020

THE MASSACHUSETTS Department of Public Utilities on Thursday ordered the state’s natural gas utilities to jointly hire consultants and come up with a way to dramatically phase down or eliminate their businesses over the next 30 years.

The order is a response…

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Added by Long Islander on October 29, 2020 at 11:25pm — 1 Comment

National Grid to develop 600 MW offshore wind RFP for Rhode Island

Dive Brief:

Rhode Island will open a competitive request for proposals to procure up to 600 MW of new offshore wind, Governor Gina Raimondo, D, said Tuesday.

In January, Raimondo issued Executive Order 20-01 with a target of meeting 100% of Rhode Island's electricity demand with renewable energy by 2030, the earliest such state target in the country. The 600 MW of offshore wind when combined with existing commitments, would allow the state to meet about 82% of its estimated 2030…

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Added by Long Islander on October 29, 2020 at 12:34am — No Comments

Maine PUC Commission OK’s wind and solar projects

October 26, 2020 by Kate Cough

CLIFTON — The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved contracts for 17 renewable power projects on Sept. 22, including a 20-megawatt (MW) wind farm known as Silver Maple Wind in Clifton and a 100-MW solar project in Hancock known as Three Rivers Solar.

The PUC approved a contract for SWEB Development’s Silver Maple Wind that includes two options: one where the company sells the electricity it generates for $34.30 per megawatt hour…

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Added by Long Islander on October 27, 2020 at 1:46pm — 4 Comments

CMP parent says top competitor is illegally obstructing $1B corridor project

by Caitlin Andrews October 15, 2020

Central Maine Power and its parent have filed a complaint alleging a competitor opposed to its $1 billion hydropower corridor has illegally obstructed the project by refusing to complete upgrades necessary to connect the project to the regional grid.

It is no secret that NextEra Energy Resources, a large Florida-based utility that operates a clean-energy business in Maine and New Hampshire while also owning the oil-fired Wyman Station plant…

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Added by Long Islander on October 16, 2020 at 12:37pm — 1 Comment

Governor Mills, New England Governors Call for Modernization of Regional Electricity System

October 14, 2020

Five Northeast Governors Seek Reform of Market Design, Transmission Planning, and Governance Needed to Achieve States’ Mandates for Clean, Affordable, and Reliable Power

Recognizing the critical role that New England’s regional wholesale electricity market plays in addressing climate change and…

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Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2020 at 1:08pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 12, 2020

Some select articles from the latest newsletter:

Gates-backed nuclear fusion: 'We can fill the gaps left by wind and solar'

Family Receives a €225K Payout from Wind Developer for Health Problems

Study: Surprising science – There’s no such thing as clean energy

Mommy, where did my Tesla come from?

Give Thanks to Fossil Fuels

Davos 2021 will launch its own Green New Deal — Be afraid

A New Abnormal of Rolling Blackouts Under Biden Energy…

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Added by Long Islander on October 15, 2020 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Federal grant for Maine offshore wind

Maine is getting a $2.16 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to map out plans for an offshore wind energy industry, and join other Northeast states already promoting their own vast hopes for turbine arrays.

“Unleashing American innovation is critical to our global competitiveness,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in announcing the grant Oct. 1. “This project will allow Maine to capitalize on its technical leadership in the wind power sector to…

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Added by Long Islander on October 6, 2020 at 2:25pm — 2 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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