Dan McKay's Blog – January 2020 Archive (5)

House Energy & Commerce Committee releases climate change-focused energy bill

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…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 31, 2020 at 9:55am — 7 Comments

Europe’s Electric Vehicle Charging Prices to Increase Substantially

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…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 30, 2020 at 2:50pm — No Comments

LD 1634    An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund

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…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 29, 2020 at 7:26pm — 3 Comments

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?

Do Renewable Portfolio Standards Deliver?

https://bfi.uchicago.edu/working-paper/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…

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Added by Dan McKay on January 23, 2020 at 4:31pm — 2 Comments

Vermont allows for the use of HQ attributes for REC compliance

" 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 ?  

Added by Dan McKay on January 12, 2020 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

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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

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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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