Dan McKay's Blog – February 2018 Archive (16)

Hanky Panky On LD 1810 Is This Public Service Or Caving To Lobbyists ?

LD 1810 (HP 1255)

"An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Expedited Permitting for Wind Energy Development"

Last House Action  LD 1810

2/6/2018 - Speaker laid before the House

On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 28, 2018 at 9:29pm — 13 Comments

Heavyweights Collaborating With ISO-NE

Added by Dan McKay on February 28, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Why Does The EUT Committee Continue to Destruct Their Credibility Kowtowing To The NRCM ?

The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, as usual, rolled over for their favorite lobbyists, NRCM, yesterday 2-27-18 , giving away the people's time to listen to a speaker giving a half-baked report commissioned by the NRCM about shutting down all privately owned biomass electric plants in the State.

The Report :

Economic Impact Assessment of Wood Chip Heat in Maine

Prepared for:

Natural Resources Council of Maine

Attn: Nick Bennett

3 Wade…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 28, 2018 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

Economic Impact Assessment of Wood Chip Heat in Maine

Here is a report prepared for the Natural Resources Council of Maine making argument for the closure of  Maine biomass electric plants.

Biomass plants qualify as RPS Class I Renewable Resource along with Wind Plants.

Small biomass plants in Maine account for nearly 90% of the State's required Class I Renewable Credit

Biomass electricity is a dispatchable resource.

Why NOT the closure of…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 23, 2018 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Review of Scenic Impacts of Associated Facilities. A DEP Draft Rule Worth Supporting

Impacts to scenic character from a wind energy development’s associated facilities are generally evaluated in the manner set forth in the WEA, 35-A M.R.S. §3452 (1) & (3).

However, if the Department determines that application of the WEA…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2018 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE RoxWind LLC

Rumford Falls Times

Feb. 21, 2018

Miscellaneous Notices

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE

Please take notice that RoxWind LLC (mailing address: 13 Elm Street, Suite 200, Cohasset, MA, 02025, telephone: 781-383-3200) intends to file applications with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to the provisions of Title 35-A M.R.S. 3456 for certification that the wind energy development being proposed has been designed to meet the noise, shadow flicker, and public…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

The Market Responds To Public Policy:

The mad rush to incorporate more wind and solar power into the New England electricity network is creating interesting results.

State subsidies to wind and solar power plants is providing the money these ventures need for return on investments. Their ROI is based on far shorter time periods than investments in the much sturdier gas, hydro and nuclear plants.

The market response to these policy driven intermittent, renewable investments is based on reliability and the…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 15, 2018 at 9:57am — No Comments

Highlights Of United States Department Of Energy Budget Request FY 2019



The FY 2019 Budget Request advances energy dominance by investing in America’s leadership in energy innovation. The FY 2019 Request provides $2.5B for energy and related programs, $1.9B below FY 2017 Enacted, and continues the Administration’s prioritization of the early-stage R&D that takes place at the National Laboratories. Highlights include:

$696M for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, $1.3B below FY 2017 Enacted, focusing on early stage R&D on energy…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 12, 2018 at 12:17pm — No Comments

LD 1810 : Senate Needs A Nudge To Move It To Committee

LD 1810 (HP 1255)

"An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Expedited Permitting for Wind Energy Development"

(Emergency)

(Governor's Bill)

Sponsored by Representative Joel Stetkis

Reference Committee

Energy, Utilities and Technology

Last House Action

2/6/2018 - Speaker laid before the House

On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.

Sent for concurrence. ORDERED…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 9, 2018 at 3:40pm — 8 Comments

ISO-New England Updates

In all, 132 MW of wind and 86 MW of solar facilities cleared FCA #12 (most photovoltaic resources in New England are on the distribution system and don’t participate in the wholesale markets). Those totals include 1 megawatt of new wind and 21 megawatts of new solar facilities

Wind Power More than 1,300 MW of wind power is operational in the region. Developers are proposing nearly 8,600 MW of additional wind power, primarily in northern New England and offshore in southern New…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 9, 2018 at 9:08am — No Comments

The Irony Of Wind And One's Emergency Act.

In a "what goes around comes around " potentially, ironic situation, could former Governor Baldacci, the one time Champion of Maine Wind Energy actually become an unwitting participant in it's demise ?

Baldacci is now an employee of Avangrid, a worldwide leader in service, innovation and investment in the U.S. energy industry.



More specifically, he is Vice Chair of the Board at Avangrid.



Avangrid owns CMP, an electrical transmission and distribution company…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2018 at 12:46pm — No Comments

THE POWER MOMENTUM SHIFTS AWAY FROM CUSTOMER CONTROL.

Start with commodity allocation dependent on customer choice on price. The Electric Restructuring Act of 2000 was enacted to place electric generation in a competitive market giving customers choice on price. At that time, electric generation resources selected to meet demand were based on timely costs to provide the lowest price possible to retail sellers, and, subsequently, to customers

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Obviously, policy makers considered the word "Restructuring " meant the market was subject to…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 6, 2018 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

John Madigan, A Democrat and Traitor To Constituents

John Madigan, Representative for District 115 - Roxbury, Rumford, Sumner and Woodstock, plus the unorganized territory of Milton Township wants to cover the Western Maine Mountains with wind turbines.

Siding with fellow democrats, while throwing his constituents under the bus, Madigan voted against bring LD 1810 to public hearing . "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Expedited Permitting for Wind Energy Development"

He is the only Rep. from Western Maine to vote this…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 1, 2018 at 10:35am — 2 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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