"Pricing carbon is the simplest, easiest, and most efficient way to ease this tension and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It could be implemented by state or federal policy, including through the existing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative structure."
COMMENTARY: The Sierra Club says states should leave the organized energy markets if their decisions and recent orders by federal regulators undermine efforts to encourage clean resources and hurt consumers. (Utility Dive)
A subsidiary of Greenbacker Renewable Energy has bought the rights to build an over 15MW wind farm in the US state of Maine for an undisclosed price.
The 15.3MW RoxWind project has been developed by Palmer Management Corporation and other unnamed parties.
It is contracted to sell electricity through long-term off-take agreements with four local municipal utilities.
RoxWind is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2021.
Wind Produced 2,450,000 megawatthours 2019…Continue
As of March 10, 2020, ISO-NE shows 751 MW of proposed wind projects in Maine :
72.6 MW Hancock County " Weaver Wind " Has DEP Permit In Hand
15.3 MW Oxford County " RoxWind " Has DEP Permit In Hand
20 MW Penobscot County " Silver Maple-Pisgah MTN " Under DEP Review
126 MW Washington County " Downeast Wind " Preparing documents for DEP
517.5 MW Aroostook County " Number Nine " ?? No News Lately…
The Conflict : Renewable Energy versus Reliable Energy.
The Resolution : States will unilaterally develop their own energy profiles and reject regional grid co-operation. We see it in the NECEC argument over providing Massachusetts power delivered through the Maine woods. We see it in Connecticut, whose ratepayers are paying premiums to keep a nuclear plant operating. We see it in the regional grid operator forcing all New England ratepayers to pay extra to a natural gas…Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 21, 2020 at 9:01am — No Comments
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $64M for Components of Coal FIRST Power Plants
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $64 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Critical Components for Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future.
“Coal is a critical resource for grid stability that will be used in…Continue
On January 28, several majority members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee released a 622-page bill focused on addressing the impacts of climate change. Perhaps the most notable provision in the wide-ranging legislation is the goal…
Bait and switch : Rebates on heat pumps and immediately raise the price on electricity
Rebates on electric cars and immediately raise the price of electricity.
Europe’s Electric Vehicle Charging Prices to Increase Substantially…Continue
Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2020 at 2:50pm — No Comments
LD 1634 An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund
Sec. A-1. Authorization of bonds. The Treasurer of State is authorized, under the direction of the Governor, to issue bonds in the name and on behalf of the State in an amount not exceeding…
Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?
This working paper from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds that average retail electricity prices in states after the passage of a renewable energy mandate are 11 percent higher after seven years and 17 percent higher…
" Vermont allows for the use of HQ and NYPA attributes for REC compliance , which are not currently eligible in other states."
With Maine out of the picture of procuring RECs from the NECEC project because of it"s 100 megawatt limit, I wonder if Vermont would consider securing RECs from the project to reach it's 75% renewable standard by 2032 ?
The RoxWInd small-scale wind project was approved July 26, 2019. Interested parties have until August 2 to comment.
My Comments :
STATEMENT : "The Department finds that a formal deed restriction of the meadow buffers is not necessary since any future development on the buffer areas is very unlikely due to their adjacency to the wind turbines, "
RESPONSE : This appears to admit real estate sales are very much influenced negatively by proximity to wind…Continue
The Institute for Energy Research and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy released a new study evaluating the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from new and existing generation resources.
This innovative study takes into account several important considerations that other…
THE STATES ASSESS A PER TON CARBON DIOXIDE TAX ON FOSSIL FUEL PLANTS, WHILE ISO-NE ASSESSES AN ENERGY TAX ON RATEPAYERS TO RETAIN THE SAME PLANTS.
So, now the legislature will simply bypass current laws and make the PUC approve what they tell them to approve.