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ISO-NE Study Shows Need for Dispatchable Generation - Go Figure

ISO-NE: Significant dispatchable resources are a must in a decarbonized grid

Key takeaways

ISO New England worked with the New England states and regional stakeholders to develop…


Added by Art Brigades on August 4, 2022 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Farms, Parks and Weasels

With 1200 to 2000 MW planned, Number Nine Wind “Farm” will be bigger than Baxter State “Park” and far and away bigger than any “farm” in New England. Number Nine was huge when first proposed many years ago, but it has since...

...acquired the rights that First Wind had at the King Pine and Horse Mountain project proposals, which are planned for just north of Baxter. 

All of these proposed projects have been held in abeyance…


Added by Art Brigades on June 21, 2022 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Like Sweeping Dirt Under the Rug

Anyone truly interested in the environment should read this excellent article.

And ask, "when all those non-recyclable turbine blades disintegrate, get replaced and decommissioned, where will the battleship-sized fiberglass-composite corpses be laid to rest?…


Added by Art Brigades on March 19, 2022 at 8:47pm — 3 Comments

Give Us More of Your Money, So We can Give You Back Some of the Money We Already Took

Love the photo here.

Grimly concerned Legislators at a press conference/photo op.

Responding to the proverbial fire alarm, wailing "The people need to think we're DOING something!"

Best thing they could do is stay out of energy policy.…


Added by Art Brigades on March 9, 2022 at 5:23pm — 4 Comments

Call for a Generac Quote, Wait til Next Year

Robert Bryce again succinctly identifies an energy malfunction in America. 

The grid is failing because of public policy choices.

If you aren't rich, you probably don't have a generator.

If you don't have a generator, you're stuck.…


Added by Art Brigades on February 11, 2022 at 9:57pm — 4 Comments

New Maine Public Advocate Picks Up Where Predecessors Left Off

Maine's Public Advocate (PA) has one mission: fight like hell for electric ratepayers.

The ratepayer watchdog is appointed by the governor and approved by the legislature, but he (or she) has a term that does not run concurrent with the governor. The PA is intended to have one master: us.

Bill Harwood was sworn in last week as the latest PA. Based on this…


Added by Art Brigades on February 9, 2022 at 7:22pm — 6 Comments

A Good Post-Mortem on November's Corridor Debacle

Gotta love nuclear power. But NextEra also owns gas and oil generation in addition to Seabrook. They all hate Canadian Hydropower.

....For five years, two of the world’s largest power companies have been locked in an all-out battle over the future of New England’s electric grid. The…


Added by Art Brigades on January 19, 2022 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Same Snake, Different Oil

Wind Warriors will remember the circus that was Eolian Renewables. 

Eolian was a zero-experience fly by night barnstorming rent seeking outfit, led by ringleader and chief snake oil salesman Jack Kenworthy. 

The tenacious towns of Orland and Frankfort finally sent the would-be wind developer scurrying away, but it took several divisive…


Added by Art Brigades on January 4, 2022 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

These Maine Legislators Are Idiots

They affirmatively tell Massachusetts that they'd rather have a power line as big as NECEC, PLUS a thousand 50-story wind turbines in "pristine Maine Wilderness" that only work 2 days out of 7. 

Sorry to use such a harsh term as "idiots" but that's the only word that fits. …


Added by Art Brigades on November 23, 2021 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Huge Clean Energy RFP Issued Today by Maine PUC

And this one is a double-wammy!

Links provided within this post

Wind developers are high-fiving today. An RFP was issued this morning by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a legislature-mandated transmission corridor that seeks to bridge the gap between Aroostook and the New England grid. While this is momentous, it’s not merely another transmission corridor case. This 12 month RFP…


Added by Art Brigades on November 16, 2021 at 2:49pm — 9 Comments

Research Research Research

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…


Added by Art Brigades on October 1, 2021 at 6:41pm — 9 Comments

Rural Mainers Finally Count?

Governor Mills has signed a bill that should have been included in the Expedited Wind Act over a decade ago.

An Act To Require Consideration of Climate Impacts by the Public Utilities Commission and To Incorporate Equity Considerations in Decision Making by State Agencies

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…


Added by Art Brigades on June 19, 2021 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Another Good Piece by Robert Bryce

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. …


Added by Art Brigades on December 28, 2020 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Comment Opportunity Today - Governor's Energy Office

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…


Added by Art Brigades on September 11, 2020 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Urgent Deadline August 22

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…


Added by Art Brigades on August 21, 2020 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Comment Opportunity - Big Wind Wakes from Hibernation

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…


Added by Art Brigades on April 7, 2020 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Skullduggery in Augusta this Morning


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.

Never mind…

Added by Art Brigades on March 17, 2020 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

So much more energy, and more electricity. Impossible without nukes at the very least.

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?  

Lots of…


Added by Art Brigades on October 1, 2019 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

AMC Now Full Members of the AEC

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…


Added by Art Brigades on June 27, 2019 at 11:00am — 2 Comments


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 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?" 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.”

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We have the facts on our side. We have the truth on our side. All we need now is YOU.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Vince Lombardi 

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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."

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