Dan McKay's Blog – February 2015 Archive (5)

RETIRE MAINE'S RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

Part of the testimony from the Maine PUC on LD 646, An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Renewable Sources of Energy : LD 646 testimony [PDF]

"The Commission notes that expanding portfolio requirement eligibility requirements to large generating facilities is likely to have the effect of greatly increasing the…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 19, 2015 at 2:46pm — No Comments

What would Ed Muskie think of wind plants ?

A interesting read about the proposed Dickey-Lincoln dam project as it was debated in the U.S. Congress. I just can't see Mr. Muskie having much use for wind.

http://abacus.bates.edu/muskie-archives/ajcr/1967/Dickey.shtml

Added by Dan McKay on February 16, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Electric generation trends from natural gas-fired plants in Maine

  The top chart is net generation from Maine independent gas-fired power producers, such as the Westbrook ( Calpine ), Rumford (  Emera ) and Veazie ( Casco Bay Energy,…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 10, 2015 at 9:27am — No Comments

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MAINE TO POWER UP WITHOUT NATURAL GAS ?

 Although we often hear how natural gas makes up 50% of electrical generation in Maine, EIA data reveals Maine's natural gas plants do not run anywhere near 100% of the time and, in fact, in-state hydro out-produced natural gas generation for 2013 and trends would indicate the same for…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 5, 2015 at 3:06pm — 13 Comments

4 Wind Projects 1 Biomass Project 0 Hydro Projects

Since 2008, the Maine PUC has approved 4 wind projects, 1 biomass project and 0 hydro projects for long term renewable energy contracts. This is getting old and is starting to smell akin to Alfond's abuse of power to aid wind during  the last legislative session.…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 4, 2015 at 11:18am — 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

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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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