A proposal to purchase Maine’s two investor-owned electric utilities and replace them with a state-owned power delivery authority has stalled due to lack of support.
In July, Maine State Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) introduced a bill in the legislature to allow for the state to transition to a consumer-owned utility, but ultimately the bill was amended to instead create a task force to study the issue. The legislation, LD 1646, was approved 8-1 by the committee, but the bill died…Continue
The first Dutch climate refugees are a fact. Not because of wet feet, but because citizens cannot cope with the noise of wind farms.
Residents close to biomass power stations also complain bitterly. Are health and the environment in the Netherlands subordinate to our climate goals? “I do see a similarity with the Groningen gas and the Limburg…Continue
Mills Administration Releases Report on Strengthening Maine’s Clean Energy Economy
Maine’s bold renewable energy and climate change policies are supporting economic growth and workforce demands in thriving clean energy industry, new report finds.
A new report from the Governor’s Energy Office and Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future offers a detailed analysis of the…Continue
Maine’s largest-ever procurement of renewable-power contracts was hailed in September as a historic step on a path to reaching ambitious climate change goals. But today, those contracts are under fire from two dissatisfied developers.
The developers question whether the selection process was flawed, whether customers will get the lowest possible rates and whether some of the winning projects could be delayed or never…Continue
The project in Sherman would be New England’s largest wind project, right in the shadow of Katahdin.
The second developer, Clearway Renew LLC, challenged how the PUC scored the projects. It maintained that its entry, called County Wind, had a superior price and climate impact and should have won a contract. Clearway also has filed a broad Freedom of Access Act request in an effort to see confidential pricing information and learn how projects were scored,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Maine should get in on the planning early as the 4 Atlantic provinces and Quebec weigh a grand proposal for clean energy.
The worst national energy legislation in decades (S.2657) is being negotiated as we are distracted by COVID-19, the Supreme Court, national elections, etc., etc.
S.2657 (and the 900± page H.R. 4447 House counterpart passed on 9-24-20!) will likely
be the most problematic, far-reaching…
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) along with Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX) today introduced…
Some select articles from the latest newsletter:
Short video: The Impossibility of Wind Turbines
The Plague of Renewable Portfolio Standards
Nevada County Approves 1 Mile Setback on Wind Turbines
Short video: What’s Wrong with Wind and Solar?
Podcast: Rational Environmentalism - The Truth About Renewables, etc.
‘Green’ billionaires suppression of ‘Planet of the Humans’ documentary
Inconvenient Facts About Renewable Energy
Short video: Climate…
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This is an open letter to Governor Janet Mills.
It is my considered opinion that Maine needs to re-examine the value and merit of the Aqua Ventus Offshore Wind Project with an anticipated capacity of 12 megawatts of electric power.
While admittedly this is among the smallest planned wind projects, its construction and…Continue
...............................After all, the six New England states share an interlinked electric grid, workforce, and ecosystem. A cohesive New England strategy invariably improves results for pricing, port infrastructure, workforce development, stakeholder engagement, wildlife protection and environmental mitigation, equity in economic participation, and transmission infrastructure.
Finally, New England states must consider how to meaningfully improve racial equity. It is already…Continue
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state had to “sober up” about the fact that renewable energy sources had failed to provide enough power for the state at peak demand, and needed “backup” and “insurance” from other sources.
Newsom addressed journalists and the public in the midst of ongoing electricity blackouts that began on…Continue