Long Islander's Blog – December 2021 Archive (13)

Maine Voices: As need for electricity grows, nuclear power should play larger role

Small and safe reactors can be built close to where the demand is greatest, thus eliminating lengthy, wide transmission lines, dams and fossil fuels.



By Richard Bedard Special to the Press Herald

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The former Republican in me says it is OK to cut a tree, because our need for electricity is so great. Oh, how I miss Dick Hill, longtime University of Maine mechanical engineering professor, at a time like this.

His mind would have done the…

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Added by Long Islander on December 28, 2021 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

Maine’s electric vehicle transition a costly proposition, report says

12/22/21

By Peter McGuire Staff Writer

Public funding for new vehicle incentives and charging stations to meet Maine's climate goals is projected to fall short by more than $100 million, according to the state-commissioned report.



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Rapidly electrifying cars and trucks in Maine is the fastest way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and meet the state’s climate change goals, but getting there will be an uphill ride, a new report commissioned by the state…

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Added by Long Islander on December 23, 2021 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

Dudley Gray: Sides are drawn in North Woods debate

Letter to the editor | The Ellsworth American | December 17, 2021

Piscataquis, Somerset and Aroostook counties are in danger of becoming the new Clean Energy Connect for solar and wind development. Irrespective of the developments themselves just how many miles of transmission lines, clear cuts, wildlife habitat will be destroyed, but more importantly the entire unique character of the North Maine Woods will be forever altered and lost for future…

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Added by Long Islander on December 22, 2021 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Heating Industry Letter To NE Governors RE Power Outages

Dear Governor: On December 6, New England’s electric grid operator warned that your state is at “heightened risk” of power outages this winter. According to ISO New England President Gordon van Welie, “controlled power outages” would most likely occur during an extended period of extreme cold, when, for millions of local residents and…

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Added by Long Islander on December 21, 2021 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Will Public Advocate nominee Harwood please analyze Sen. Troy Jackson's Aroostook boondogle?

The attached file was compiled by a Citizens Task Force member and sent to me.
There are two worksheets. Sheet A is select EIA data for Generation and Sheet B is the EIA data converted to Capacity Factors. I believe that the topmost section of data on each sheet is 2020 and the bottom section 2018.
Notable: …
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Added by Long Islander on December 21, 2021 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: December 20, 2021



Industrial Wind Turbines Once Again are Up to Their Old Tricks

California To Slash Rooftop Solar Subsidies, Add New Fees

Green Energy Push Is Contributing To Forced Labor, Slavery

Offshore wind project go-ahead ‘will be disastrous’ for already-struggling seabirds

Is nuclear energy green? France and Germany lead opposing camps.

*** Report: Fossil fuels for China, Decarbonization for everyone else

Biden's New "Regressive" Methane Tax Will Raise Average…

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Added by Long Islander on December 20, 2021 at 11:10am — 6 Comments

CMP corridor foes worry about new law increasing federal role in big utility upgrades

by Lori Valigra

December 16, 2021

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The federal government will have more control over large electric grid expansions under a little-noticed portion of the sweeping infrastructure law, potentially letting it override state decisions on large projects such as Maine’s stalled hydropower corridor.

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed by…

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Added by Long Islander on December 16, 2021 at 11:49am — 4 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: December 13, 2021

***Wind Energy companies accused of bid rigging and racketeering in US lawsuit



Public should know true costs of state's push for carbon-free grid



Energy poverty in Europe is linked to expensive renewables



Fine Video: Wind Turbines: Salvation or Ruin? Part 1: Wind Energy & Humans



Offshore wind grid woes may be worse than previously thought



Biden’s offshore wind goal is a waste of energy



Power Brief: China Flexes…

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Added by Long Islander on December 13, 2021 at 12:33pm — 4 Comments

If your pipes burst, thank the recklessly irresponsible environmental groups

Lawsuits anyone?

With natural gas supplies disrupted, Mainers may need to reduce energy use this winter

Maine Public | By Fred Bever

Published December 6, 2021 at 5:34 PM EST

The top official running New England's electricity grid says the region faces a "precarious" winter, in which consumers and…

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Added by Long Islander on December 7, 2021 at 9:16am — 5 Comments

NRCM, a major NECEC opponent, is on board with this transmission project. Why do you suppose that is?

 

PUC to give a boost to renewable projects in northern Maine

Updated 12/7/21

State regulators have begun the process of collecting proposals for a high-voltage transmission line to serve as a conduit for renewable energy projects in Aroostook and Washington counties.

HALLOWELL — Despite criticism of the New England Clean Energy Connect…

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Added by Long Islander on December 7, 2021 at 9:00am — 33 Comments

Some Boothbay residents angered by wind power developments, including drill tests on private property

By Fred Bever | Maine Public | December 3, 2021 | www.mainepublic.org ~~

The developers of a wind-energy turbine off Monhegan Island are apologizing to Boothbay residents angered by unannounced work in town last…

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Added by Long Islander on December 6, 2021 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

John Droz, Jr: Media Balance Newsletter: December 6, 2021

Wind & Solar Energy:

A green paradox: Deforesting the Amazon for wind energy in the Global North

Quantifying the hurricane risk to offshore wind turbines

Green Technologies Have A Glaring Problem Of Scale

NY Utility Bills to Rise 10± Percent due to Green NYC

Lake Erie wind turbine project subject of upcoming Ohio Supreme Court hearing

Pennsylvania Bill Solar and Wind Decommissioning Introduced

Fire fears over huge battery…

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Added by Long Islander on December 6, 2021 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

U of Maine: Fire not unusual for wind turbines

What I would add to this article is that apart from the UMPI wind turbine's fatal fire, it was a complete disaster in terms of electricity production, never getting anywhere near its going in goals. An unmitigated disaster, as thoroughly documented on this website..

“Our experience with wind was not successful,” said UMPI Chief Business officer Betsy Sawhill Espe. “We found out that the fire was not totally unusual for wind turbines, so we…

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Added by Long Islander on December 4, 2021 at 5:42pm — 9 Comments

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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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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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