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?…Continue
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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. …Continue
And this one is a double-wammy!
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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…Continue
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
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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
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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