Dan McKay's Blog – December 2014 Archive (7)

When it is known to be an economic disaster, but regulators look away.

   This graphic depicts the several wind projects in place or looking for approval to build in Maine. Power Purchase Agreements with out of state utilities have provided collateral for financing.

    DEP/BEP approval is essentially a given for these projects.

    The Maine PUC is aware of the transmission constraints  these projects will encounter in trying to…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 31, 2014 at 9:46am — 4 Comments

Negative Pricing in The New England Electric Pool Will Cost Ratepayers a Fortune

 Wind projects in New England receive such enormous payments for their generation, they will offer their output to the grid even when prices go negative. Clearly, when low or negative pricing occurs, the best course for the electric power providers is to reduce the production of energy. That's common sense, unless the power producer can be paid handsomely for products attached to their output, " the enhancers ."

      Real time wholesale prices in New England averaged $40 per…
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Added by Dan McKay on December 27, 2014 at 9:18am — 3 Comments

New England's Wholesale Market Treatment of Wind Evolves as Penetration Increases

Date: 11/11/2013

During 2013, ISO New England (ISO-NE), the region's independent system operator, continued to address a range of issues that impact wind power's access to and participation in the regional power market. These issues cover the integration of variable resources; the forward capacity market; bidding rules in ISO's energy market; and transmission congestion, planning, and cost allocation. Many of the topics are under active consideration, and depending on the outcome,…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2014 at 9:01am — 3 Comments

New wind power forecast integrated into ISO-NE processes and control room operations

 It won't be long before wind is setting some of the clearinghouse prices for electric supply in New England.

http://isonewswire.com/updates/2014/4/1/new-wind-power-forecast-integrated-into-iso-ne-processes-and.html

Added by Dan McKay on December 14, 2014 at 11:24am — 1 Comment

Negative Pricing In ISO-NE Market This change would benefit wind generators by allowing them to enter negatively priced bids to ensure they are dispatched.

Another recently adopted change to ISO-NE energy market pricing rules will (pending FERC final approval) affect wind power projects. Today, intermittent generators like wind projects participating in ISO's energy markets can simply bid zero ($0 per MWh) and be assured of being selected and getting paid the real-time market clearing price, a practice referred to as being a "price taker." There are times, however, when the output of all projects acting as price takers would exceed the load. In…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 14, 2014 at 7:39am — 1 Comment

A FEW EXCERPTS AND COMMENTS FROM A 2004 REPORT FROM THE MAINE PUC TO THE EUT COMMITTEE

In 2003, the hands of Government enter the deregulated electric market:

NOTE THE DIRECTIVE " to consult with entities with expertise or substantial interest in the promotion of renewable resources "

In Dixfield, that means consulting the wind developer on the proper writing of an ordinance .…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 2, 2014 at 9:22am — 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

******** 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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