Long Islander's Blog – November 2021 Archive (12)

Sierra Club backs consumer-owned power for Maine

We should replace profit-seeking utilities with a publicly managed nonprofit to meet climate goals.



By Matthew Cannon

Special to the Press Herald

Matthew Cannon is campaign and policy associate director for the Sierra Club Maine chapters.

The latest report from the…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2021 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Maine PUC RFP: "All electrons are equal but some electrons are more equal than others"

The transmission line for NECEC was strongly opposed by NRCM. Will we see NRCM question this? Don't hold your breath. Remember, "All electrons are equal but some electrons are more equal than…

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Added by Long Islander on November 30, 2021 at 11:42am — 7 Comments

NECEC is halting payments while work on Maine energy corridor is suspended

11/24/21

The developers of a 145-mile transmission line through the state agreed to suspend work but said that also means payments for benefits will be held back.

by Edward D. Murphy

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The developers of an electricity transmission corridor through western Maine who agreed to halt construction last week at the request of Gov. Janet…

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Added by Long Islander on November 25, 2021 at 10:00am — 47 Comments

Interior Department approves 2nd large U.S. offshore wind farm, off Rhode Island

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press

November 24, 2021 | 2:59 PM

The Biden administration approved an offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island on Wednesday as part of a plan to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it approved the construction and operations of the South Fork Wind project, the department’s second approval of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project in the United States.…

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Added by Long Islander on November 24, 2021 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Belgrade extends moratorium again on solar, wind farms and other developments

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BELGRADE — Residents at a special town meeting this week decided to extend by 180 days a ban on a range of developments in Belgrade, including solar and wind farms.

Tuesday’s vote was the second time a moratorium has been extended since it went into effect last November. It means applications for various permits, including for subdivisions and telecommunication installations, are not being accepted by the town.

The…

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Added by Long Islander on November 18, 2021 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

CMP customers to pay an average of $30 more per month in 2022 for electricity

This story will be updated.

Most Central Maine Power Co. residential and business customers will have to pay 83 percent higher electricity bills in 2022, the result of rapidly escalating prices for the natural gas that powers New England’s energy grid, a state regulatory agency said Wednesday.

The sharp increase in the electricity supply rates, announced by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, resulted from the agency’s competitive bidding process…

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Added by Long Islander on November 17, 2021 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: November 15, 2021

Wind Energy:

French couple wins legal fight about turbines affecting their health

Will Wind & Solar confront its 10 challenges? If not, we need Nuclear, CCS, and more

Norway in legal quandary after wind turbines ruled a threat to reindeer herder rights

Maine Voters Reject Transmission Line, Blocking Renewable Energy Expansion

“Sad” News from Denmark about Industrial Wind Turbines

Wind Manufacturers Blown Off Course

Offshore wind builder tries to calm…

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Added by Long Islander on November 16, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

CMP corridor opponent aims for higher office

A member of the anti-Central Maine Power hydropower corridor coalition is taking a shot at higher office. While main CMP critic Tom Saviello is still teasing the idea of taking a shot at governorship, Caratunk select board member Liz Caruso has formally jumped into the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District race in the hopes of taking down U.S. Rep. Jared Golden. Caratunk was one of the first towns to rescind…

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Added by Long Islander on November 16, 2021 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Mainers face shock in 2022 electricity rates - Environmental groups have stalled natural gas pipeline expansion

Experts say the expected increase is primarily a result of rising prices for natural gas. Maine's solar policies also could increase rates in the coming years.

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A majority of Mainers could see the rate they pay for their home’s electricity supply jump between 60 and 80 percent next year, based on assumptions provided to the Legislature by the state Public Utilities Commission, as well as wholesale prices observed by energy…

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Added by Long Islander on November 11, 2021 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

French couple wins legal fight over wind ‘turbine syndrome’

A French court has recognised “turbine syndrome” after a couple complained their health was damaged by living near a windfarm.

In what is believed to be the first judgment of its kind in France, Belgians Christel and Luc Fockaert were awarded more than €100,000 in compensation by the judge in Toulouse.

The couple claimed they experienced a range of health problems including headaches, insomnia, heart irregularities, depression and nausea for more than two years, insisting…

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Added by Long Islander on November 9, 2021 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Robert Bryce: Maine Voters Reject Transmission Line — How NIMBY Blocks Renewable Energy Expansion

News coverage of Tuesday’s elections was dominated by Glenn Youngkin’s victory over incumbent Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. But when it comes to energy policy and climate action, the lopsided result of a referendum in Maine over a high-voltage transmission project proved yet again that land-use conflicts are the binding constraint on the expansion of renewables in the United States. The rejection of the…

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Added by Long Islander on November 5, 2021 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Maine towns start to halt solar panel construction

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Ellsworth is the latest municipality to temporarily ban solar panel arrays, citing concerns about overdevelopment. Dixmont voted to temporarily halt permitting for commercial installations earlier this month, after discovering that there was no policy in place for what to do when solar panel arrays reached the end of their useful lives. Augusta did so in August.

Because solar panels often change ownership several times during their lifetime, Dixmont officials…

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Added by Long Islander on November 1, 2021 at 12:02pm — 10 Comments

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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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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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/

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