Dan McKay's Blog – December 2017 Archive (9)

When Too Much Wind Is Too Little Electricity, A Government Solution

Two Illinois nuclear plants were in jeopardy of closing because even at a low cost of five cents or so per kWh, they were losing a combined $100 million per year because they could not compete with cheap natural gas and wind energy that is subsidized at 2.3¢/kWh. Illinois taxpayers subsidize solar energy at 21¢/kWh. This bill provides these nuclear plants with just 1¢/kWh, and only until market conditions change.

New York’s new Clean Energy Standard includes the…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 27, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

TROUBLES AHEAD ?

Remember when the 100 megawatt cap on hydro law was challenged every year in the Maine Legislature ?

Remember how the wind and solar zombie representatives said it would wash out all the opportunities for wind and solar, so they refused to remove the cap ?

Well, the people in charge of reliability of New England Electrical Generation have something to say:

Winter Alert - ISO-NE- 2017-2018

NATURAL-GAS-FIRED GENERATION AT RISK OF NOT BEING ABLE TO GET FUEL WHEN…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 23, 2017 at 8:47am — 3 Comments

Verrill Dana's Juliet Browne on Maine DEP Wind Energy Act Rules: Safety Setback

The safety setbacks from property lines have been increased from the existing standard of 1 ½ times the distance to the tip of the fully extended blade, to 1 ½ times the hub height plus rotor diameter.

Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2017 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Verrill Dana's Juliet Browne on Maine DEP Wind Energy Act Rules : Impact of Project on Electric Rates

The applicant must provide evidence of the project’s effect on electrical rates directly attributable to the project. The impact of any single generation source on electrical rates in Maine is a complex undertaking that requires sophisticated modeling and assumptions about future operation of the electrical grid, future energy mix and prices in the region, and a myriad of other factors. Importantly, in enacting the Wind Energy Act the Legislature made specific findings on the positive effect…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2017 at 10:54am — No Comments

Verrill Dana's Juliet Browne on Maine DEP Wind Energy Act Rules Power Purchase Agreements

The applicant is required to provide evidence of a power purchase agreement or other evidence demonstrating the intended sale of the project’s output to a third party. The DEP has not previously required evidence of a power purchase agreement and does not generally evaluate the economics of projects it reviews or require a showing that the output (whether an energy project or non-energy development) will be sold to a third party.

Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2017 at 10:51am — No Comments

Verrill Dana's Juliet Browne on Maine DEP Wind Energy Act Rules : Decommissioning

"The new provisions on decommissioning do not allow consideration of salvage value when estimating costs and establishing the required decommissioning fund. The decommissioning fund must be fully funded and in place prior to commencement of construction and must be re-evaluated every two years during the life of the project. This change would substantially increase the costs associated with the required decommissioning fund."

Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

State Energy Plan

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Contact:  Steve McGrath, Director  (207) 441-0359  

Public Meetings Rescheduled on State Energy Plan 

Augusta, Maine –  The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is asking Mainers for their input as they develop an Energy Planning Roadmap that advances the state of Maine’s energy, economic development, and environmental goals. 

The roadmap, which uses the 2015 state comprehensive energy plan update as a starting point …

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Added by Dan McKay on December 13, 2017 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Maine Land Use Commision Meeting

NextEra wants LUPC to expand the expedited siting area so they may install approximately 500 megawatts of wind power to be deliverable to the ISO-NE grid. They have a bid proposal in response to the Massachusetts renewable energy RFP.



MAINE LAND USE PLANNING COMMISSION

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

22 State House Station - Augusta, Maine 04333-0022

TEL (207) 287-2631 FAX (207) 287-7439

AGENDA

Meeting Date:

December 13,…

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Added by Dan McKay on December 5, 2017 at 5:05pm — 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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