Dan McKay's Blog – March 2015 Archive (8)

Future Transmission Upgrades For Wind Will Need PUC Approval

2014 ISO-NE Regional System Report

"Integrating Intermittent Renewable Resources. A number of wind projects have interconnected to electrically remote and weak portions of the regional power system, and additional wind projects are proposed for these areas. These facilities pose operational and planning challenges due to issues with voltage and stability…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 26, 2015 at 9:21am — 8 Comments

Two Products, Two Contracts, Ratepayers Beware.

Could Maine Ratepayers end up paying wind plants in Maine the REC value obtained from contracts  involving other State RPS programs ? That would be quite perverse, but strange things happen when lawmakers screw around in the private sector.

    Maine ratepayers have endured many long term contracts for electrical energy that became so burdensome with  exorbitant  costs, the contracts were bought out, the generator shut down and compensatory payments to the generator becoming…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 24, 2015 at 9:47am — 3 Comments

Wind Timeline Costs

 As with any new market, changes take awhile, but the added costs from the new, Maine wind market are real and coming fast.
Wind Timeline Costs:
   1. ITC, federal program using tax-paid or more correctly, future tax-paid funds plus interest,  which grants a wind development company 30% of the costs of construction.
    2. Long term contracts with regional utilities lasting 15 to 20 years that sell energy output. This attracts investors, quelling fears of…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 22, 2015 at 10:39am — 3 Comments

Public Advocate : Ratepayer Funds to Benefit Ratepayers, Not Economic Development

   A bill the EUT committee held public hearing on; L.D. 273 An Act To Encourage and Enhance the Future of Waste-to-energy Facilities Resource Laws, describes a desire to make a new Renewable Class with associated renewable energy credits for waste to electricity producing plants. This new Class is looking to procure $10 per credit to start.
    Our Public Advocate, realizing such credits mean added costs on customer electric bills testified :
               " We take…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 20, 2015 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

Augusta, We Need A Make-Over

    The State wants to make over the electric generating industry just 10 years from the last make-over and their reasoning is so the state will  be in a jobs available market.

    Realistically, the electric market serves customers best when certainty for many more years than ten years is offered them  The last make-over in generation occurred in 2000-2001 when 5 new natural gas plants came online in Maine, just after Maine Yankee retired and electric restructuring took…
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Added by Dan McKay on March 20, 2015 at 5:13pm — 3 Comments

The Maine Wind Plantation Marches Forward

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/reports/docs/rptReceivedAccepted.html

The six state Governors committee on energy has been given notice that 2500 megawatts of wind plant electricity is ready to take over the Maine landscape by 2016.

The three states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island ( not a place for wind plants ) have issued a Request for Proposals for at least 1000 megawatts…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 9, 2015 at 10:41am — 4 Comments

It's Official, They Are Not Green In Maine

Check out photo and see where power and RECs are being sold for all these wind plants in Maine. Read this decision about Vermont wind plants from the FTC.

"The FTC ( Federal Trade Commission ) has instructed GMP ( Green Mountain Power ) officials to—“Carefully review (your) current and future communications to ensure that Vermont customers, and other market…

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Added by Dan McKay on March 8, 2015 at 8:43am — 13 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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