Dan McKay's Blog – February 2019 Archive (8)

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STATE OF MAINE

129TH LEGISLATURE

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LEGISLATIVE NOTICES

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

Sen. Mark Lawrence, Senate Chair…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2019 at 11:04am — 6 Comments

THEY CAME FOR MY LAWN TRACTOR, BUT I DID NOTHING

   The people elected to represent you in Augusta are coming after you with their own green deal, offered so that you can't refuse. 

  They  exclaimed "We're going to have to electrify transportation, heating and cooling" and the plan is to make it happen in twelve, yes twelve years from now. 

    Your oil and…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2019 at 7:32am — 4 Comments

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE…

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Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2019 at 7:51am — 12 Comments

The Times, They Are A-Changing

 Can there be solar and batteries providing grid power for some, while natural gas, hydro and biomass provide power for others ? 

     The quick answer is yes and it involves the latest "outside the box" creation  of the green energy crowd : microgrids. 
     A microgrid is basically a " community island " of standby electric power, ideally consisting of one or more of the renewable energy resources. The phrase "Distributed Energy Resources" is used…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 19, 2019 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

High Efficient Oil Furnaces As Cheap As Air Source Heat Pumps

Based on this week's prices, Mainers can estimate the cost of heating by using the table below. Prices between various heating fuels are listed, and these prices are converted to a common heating unit value (dollars per million Btu).

Comparison of Heating Fuel Prices per Million Btu (February 4, 2019)

Fuel Price (in…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 16, 2019 at 6:14pm — 5 Comments

Battery-Backed Solar Breaks Into Grid Long Seen Off Limits

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"Solar is breaking into a power market that’s long been the domain of big, conventional generators. A key reason: batteries."

"New England just approved 145 megawatts of …

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Added by Dan McKay on February 10, 2019 at 8:38am — 5 Comments

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Off Shore Wind Contracts

Well, they did it. Massachusetts and Rhode Island have sent their electricity prices soaring into the realm where wind power prices are competitive to fossil fuel.

Too bad they continue to be blind to the value of reliability.…
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Added by Dan McKay on February 9, 2019 at 10:07am — 3 Comments

NRCM respectfully requests that the Commission deny CMP’s request for a CPCN for its proposed NECEC project.

"..... CMP’s proposed transmission line would actually harm Maine ratepayers by causing significant negative impacts to Maine’s renewable energy industry," 

Added by Dan McKay on February 2, 2019 at 8:01am — 8 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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