While offshore wind has been working (part time) for many years, Maine continues to overthink how to make it work.
Readers Digest version: erect your turbines and wait for the wind to…Continue
Governor Mills has signed a bill that should have been included in the Expedited Wind Act over a decade ago.
The new law is intended to balance the power between energy developers and regular citizens who are essentially defenseless. "Equity" is a popular word these days, but it hasn't…Continue
250 times more tax credit than nuclear gets, although nuclear produces five times more clean energy.
Funny how Congress called it the "Investment" tax credit. Anyone who puts (our) money in an "investment" that has such a backward ROI isn't a very good investor. …Continue
Bill Gates continues to advocate for clean energy.
Deadline today. Take the survey.
Well-informed, empirical, non-unicorn comments are needed:
September 11, 2020
The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) are required to develop a plan to identify pathways and strategies for advancing Maine’s clean energy economy (ie: education, training, workforce, etc). The GEO and GOPIF want to hear directly…Continue
Added by Art Brigades on September 11, 2020 at 1:36pm — No Comments
The Maine Climate Council is taking suggestions.
Take their survey before end of the day Saturday, August 22.
They actually are allowing written replies to questions. They need a good dose of reality (the kind of thoughtful, fact-based info found right here on the Citizens Task Force Blog) before they start making their policy recommendations to the governor and legislature. Without our critical thinking, they…Continue
Added by Art Brigades on August 21, 2020 at 4:07pm — No Comments
Here they go again. Just when you thought Big Wind had thrown in the towel (in Maine).
Just when you thought they can no longer compete.
Just when everybody and his uncle is making more sensible energy decisions.
Big Wind is Back in Maine.
Despite their insidious lobbying efforts, Big Wind's PTC got left out of the…Continue
As legislators got to their desks an hour ago, they received a piece of legislation which would order the PUC to reverse its decision that granted a “certificate” to the NECEC.
This is even more brazen than the Wind Act.
We were taught in grade school (and we laughed at) how primitive people thought the earth was flat until a bold Italian sailor proved otherwise. Today's primitive thinkers want a rapidly developing world to reach carbon neutrality using tools the equivalent of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria...
This report is a stunner. If the EIA is even close to correct in this prognostication, and if fossil fuels are somehow off the table, how can civilization advance?
When you click on the below link you'll see in the top picture a gathering of interested parties at the RPS/Climate change bill-signing.
That's Beth O'Hearn (teal dress) from League of Conservation Voters, which is the overarching organization for the Airhead Enviro Cabal (LCV, NRCM, Sierra, Audubon, Environment Maine, et al). Over her shoulder in Maroon/white is Katelyn Bernard, the lobbyist for the Appalachian Mountain Club, which for a few years had…Continue
Very quietly, First Wind creeps back into Maine like Godzilla rose from the fetid lagoon.
Let's hope it's the last wind project ever in Maine.
Read the Draft Order here: …Continue
On May 10 the Environment & Natural Resources Committee will take up a substantive bill that hopes to reform and update Maine's landfill policy, which is a very big duty of the Department of Environmental Protection. The bill is here: LD%20112%20sponsors%20proposed%20amendment%20for%20PH.pdf
Earlier this year during the public hearing for the RoxWind…Continue
For dramatic effect, the opponents of the NECEC have been publishing scary stock photos of massive power lines from the midwest and elsewhere. As a result, most of the vocal-local opposition has been focused on scenic impact to Maine's wilderness. Here are some of their published photos, some provided to media outlets.
The headline calls it a "ban" but it is not. It, like over 100 other ordinances around Maine, is zoning written to regulate and protect a community from a gawdawful land use. The maximum height of 150 feet to top of blade pretty much kills any industrial wind project, which is a community's right. They are copying/pasting the…Continue
Added by Art Brigades on April 21, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments
While the CMP/HQ 1200 MW HVDC line is seeking approvals at the Maine DEP and PUC, it is also seeking approval of a power purchase agreement at the Massachusetts DPU (the equivalent of our PUC). This attachment explains that if the CMP/HQ project is built, it…Continue
After last month's public hearing, the original LD 1810, introduced by Governor Paul LePage thanks to Representative Joel Stetkis, was drastically overhauled in committee. Unfortunately, the House didn't even debate the minority report; they just voted to kill the bill outright.
This minority report of the committee simply would have given the DEP a little bit more opportunity to request a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) when a wind project is proposed close to a Scenic Resource of…Continue
Lots of talk lately about High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission systems. New Hampshire's Northern Pass or CMP's New England Clean Energy Connect might be built soon, providing 1000+ MW of clean dispatchable Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Such a project -- or perhaps two or three of them -- could greatly slow the wind bandwagon.
This link provides a good primer on HVDC: …Continue
WGAN RADIO ALERT TODAY
Tory Ryden is guest hosting "Inside Maine" today. She announced that she will be talking at noon for an entire segment about "alternative energy" and how we can expand it at a time when "we have a governor who doesn't believe in alternative energy."
(Believe…is it a religion? ...Alternative…to what?)
Chances are she will have a guest who is in the wind lobby.
Tune in to 560 AM or you can listen live online (about a minute delay).…Continue
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