Dan McKay's Blog – January 2011 Archive (8)

Stuck In The Recession With You, Wind

Wind developers love to engage in conversation about the mechanical aspects of turbines which steers people away from the truth about how utterly useless they are at grid scale . Even bad ideas can bring wealth to the game players, ( developers, a few landowners and money hungry town governments ) but this money has to come from somewhere and at some cost. The money comes from the taxpayers and the ratepayers ( you and I ) . the cost is loss of economic engine as wind forces aside the… Continue

Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2011 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

NO MORE WIND CONTRACTS, PLEASE



Finally, we recognize that the linked standard offer and entitlement arrangements approved in this Order create certain obligations and risks for CMP that should be properly borne by customers rather than shareholders.  We are informed by our staff that CMP agrees to accept the obligations and risks as long as it is compensated for the financial consequences of satisfying those obligations.  Therefore, we explicitly find that any direct or…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2011 at 9:34am — No Comments

I SAY THE STATE SHOULD FIGURE REDUCTION IN HEATING WITH OIL AS CREDITS TO THE RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

QUIETLY, MAINE IS REDUCING OIL CONSUMPTION AND ENTERING RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL GENERATION BY TRIED AND TRUE ENERGY RESOURCE. WOOD, PERHAPS TRANSITIONAL,  PERHAPS NOT, BUT THERE IS NO WIND IN THE PORTFOLIO.






Maine’s Colby College has begun construction on a new biomass heating plant that will replace about one million gallons of…
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Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2011 at 7:01am — No Comments

BEP DRAFT ORDER DECISION ON APPEAL REQUEST BY FRIENDS OF SPRUCE MOUNTAIN


 

Added by Dan McKay on January 29, 2011 at 6:11am — 3 Comments

Try, Try Again ?

In spite of having government backing them ( Al Gore was Vice President ) and the first and best locations for wind resource, Mr. Bradley, a previous employee describes Enron's lack of success with " Green " energy:

Bradley: Enron’s green investments lost money year-by-year despite the taxpayer subsidies, so yes. The ‘green’ kick also got management off track—got the company off of a consumer-driven track onto a government-driven track. That is a bad trade even in…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 28, 2011 at 6:13am — No Comments

Kick Iberdrola out of this State

Can anyone tell me why Iberdrola should be allowed to control delivery of electricity and build generation plants in Maine ? BTW, they are a foreign company very much involved in Spain's current fall towards bankruptcy.

Added by Dan McKay on January 27, 2011 at 6:38am — 11 Comments

Demand Transparency

With power purchase agreements becoming the favorite mechanism for sale of electricity from wind developments, why are they declared " priority information " and kept secret. We, the taxpayers, subsidize the existence of wind projects. This information contains pricing which helps reveal the impact wind will have on electric rates. How are we to know if wind can deliver 6 cent per kilowatt electricity if these " power purchase agreements" are allowed to be secret, Governor.

Added by Dan McKay on January 27, 2011 at 6:28am — 6 Comments

Make It End, Please

GE CEO has been given the reigns of our economy by the President:

 This item has achieved "Innovative Award " by GE : A Cloth Windmill

 

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Added by Dan McKay on January 22, 2011 at 11:28am — No 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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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