Dan McKay's Blog – December 2018 Archive (13)

“New England’s Shrinking Need For Natural Gas”

"First, with or without a new pipeline, existing laws and regulations will cumulatively require New England’s use of natural gas for electric generation to decrease by 27 percent by 2023, relative to 2015 levels."  …

Added by Dan McKay on December 29, 2018 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

Explaining Variable Resources

The States yell " More Wind, More Solar " , While the Grid Operator exclaims " More Reliable Energy " 

"Mark Karl,  Vice President, Market Development, ISO New England, explained that the ( New England ) region is shifting away from resources with on-site fuel supplies (coal, oil, nuclear) toward those that rely on “just-in-time” fuel delivery (natural gas) or variable weather conditions (renewables). Karl explained that, during extended cold weather…


Added by Dan McKay on December 23, 2018 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Better Value Resources aka NOT WIND.

This man explains it in simple terms to ISO-NE :

Paul Peterson,  Principal Analyst, Synapse Energy Economics,  said that, between 2015 and 2030, natural gas use is projected to decrease by more than 40 percent and that the region needs to do more to ensure it is able to meet its carbon reduction goals. He also said that markets need to evolve in order to better value resources such as…


Added by Dan McKay on December 23, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

Why are there such stark differences in monthly electric bills among the New England States ?

All six states participate in a wholesale electric market that uses a clearinghouse pricing structure, meaning the wholesale price of electricity at any given moment is the same throughout the region. 
 State Average Monthly Electric Bill 2017
Connecticut $139.97 
Massachusetts $116.86 
New Hampshire $114.95 
Rhode Island $105.76 
Vermont $95.02 
Maine $87.21  
Could be Maine is more frugal with…

Added by Dan McKay on December 22, 2018 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

Where Was NG Plant Owners When We Fought Against Wind ?

   I can't remember one natural gas plant owner in Maine that fought with us as we opposed  all the wind projects in Maine that now send over a million megawatt-hours of electricity into the grid because of purchase contracts with Southern New England Utilities. 

     Could it be whereas wind is intermittent and requires natural gas plant back-up. they knew their profit margins would increase with wind. while their production costs decreased as wind power offset their…

Added by Dan McKay on December 16, 2018 at 11:21am — No Comments

Maine's Green Dream Is A Reality

 It's time for Maine to take a passive stance on energy policy for the sake of reliability and ratepayer price relief. The latest reports on Maine electric production pegs the state at 75% renewable electric generation. . Emissions from Maine Electric plants are at just half the 2025 RGGI…


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


                           Source : EIA 

In 2017, about three-quarters of Maine's net electricity generation came from renewable sources, with almost one-third from hydroelectric dams, one-fourth from biomass generators using mainly wood waste products, and one-fifth from wind turbines. In addition, almost one-fifth of net generation came from natural gas.  

Added by Dan McKay on December 15, 2018 at 7:58am — No Comments

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Numbers Shows Maine Has Achieved The 2025 Emission Cap With A 1.4 Million Tons To Spare

Maine Electric Plants Actual CO2 Emissions 2017         1,033,182 tons
Maine Emission Cap for the Year 2025                          2,480,620 tons

Added by Dan McKay on December 15, 2018 at 7:43am — No Comments

A Call-Out To The NRCM and The Democratic Wing Of The Maine Legislature

   To all those people, like the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Democratic Wing of the Maine Legislature, who want all of New England's electricity to be derived from renewables, aka, wind and solar replacing fossil fuels, how could you not confront the ISO-NE people who have decided to retain natural gas resources seeking retirement, specifically, Mystic Units 8 and 9, natural gas plants fueled by LNG . A special cost-of- service agreement will be implemented to keep these…


Added by Dan McKay on December 6, 2018 at 8:57am — 1 Comment

Is The DEP Aware Of This Construction Prior To Permit ?

Longroads statement on Weaver Wind Bid to RI RFP

"Eligibility for the Federal tax credits is assumed in the pricing and viability of the Project. It is likely the Project will elect the Investment Tax Credit (“ITC”). The Project has qualified for the 30% ITC available for wind by starting offsite construction by the end of 2016. "

Added by Dan McKay on December 5, 2018 at 10:04am — 2 Comments

Another Suspect Comment From A Well Known Conniving Developer

Rhode Island RFP of Clean Energy 2018

Longroads is questioned about disputes :

7.10 "Bidders must disclose any pending (currently or in the past three years)
litigation or disputes related to projects developed, owned or managed by bidder or any of its affiliates in the United States, or related to any energy product sale agreement."

Added by Dan McKay on December 5, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Repeal The Maine Wind Energy Act, Already

To any self-respecting Republicans left to represent us in Augusta, would you consider a bill to repeal the Wind Energy Act,

1. Whereas Maine generates 75% clean electricity now, and 
2. Whereas the federal taxpaying PTC expires in 2019, and
3.  Whereas recent comments sent to the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission were 80% against wind projects and  
4. Whereas the remnants of the now Defunct First Wind Company are still lurking around…

Added by Dan McKay on December 4, 2018 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

How It All Started

Controversy over Maine approval

But the most eyebrow…


Added by Dan McKay on December 1, 2018 at 6:52am — 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."



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


(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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