ALL MAINE WIND AND TRANSMISSION PROJECTS DECLINED BY SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND

All Maine wind projects plus the CMP and Emera transmission projects were rejected by Southern New England in the Clean Energy RFP!  The only project selected in Maine is Ranger Solar, located at Loring Air Force Base!  This is fabulous news for wind warriors, our ridgelines and mountaintops and a major blow to wind developers!!! Without expanded transmission, the constraints on new development will be substantial. 

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/25/maine-transmission-projects-l...

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Comment by Pineo Girl on October 25, 2016 at 9:34pm

Oh Yeah!  The BDN read the Press Herald and said "  Oh God! We have to write a story about this!!! Good work BDN! Wrong headline - Maine did NOT lose!!

Comment by Paula D Kelso on October 25, 2016 at 9:26pm
Comment by Pineo Girl on October 25, 2016 at 8:29pm

I have heard that also.  If the only successful mill in Maine today is successful largely in part to the fact that they spent $2 million dollars to get natural gas from Canada ( the former Domtar Mill in Woodland Maine), it makes absolute sense that you can send electrical power to Canada and use their transmission to send it back south to the US!

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 25, 2016 at 8:10pm

I believe I heard that some of the Aroostook Wind projects were to go onto the Northern Grid. If so, that would feed into Canada, and eventually the power may make it down the newly created $5.2B line. I am not exactly sure how that line is interconnected if at all. It may only go to serve the County.

Do not quote me, rather investigate. 

Comment by Pineo Girl on October 25, 2016 at 8:08pm

No surprise Donna! We all know that these wind projects produce far less than their stated capacity  and their money comes from federal subsidies paid by all of us - the US taxpayer!  Imagine the number 9 project in Aroostook if their production turns out to be the same as the UMPI turbine - 13% of its capacity - They are dead in the water before they even get started!  But this all started long ago - When people like John Baldacci and Duval Patrick were in office! First they put in place renewable energy mandates - and then they found a way to make money on renewable energy projects for themselves - That is why Duval Patrick to this day has a very close relationship with Paul Gaynor of former First Wind - And of course we all know about John Baldacci and his now involvement with CMP/Iberdrola/Avangrid - desperately trying to get back into the energy production game!! It is all rigged and everything we are hearing in this election cycle and everything every one of us hates!

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on October 25, 2016 at 7:38pm
Will existing projects like oak field stop functioning? I heard they are behind on lease payments the crooks - wish the town had listened- /! And some have developed health issues- if no transmission will they be closed? That would be so so great- - anyway good news yeah!!
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 25, 2016 at 7:13pm

Capacity requirements............ are far different than actual output...........  The law only looks for installed capacity.......... Looks good in the books but short on delivery............. 

Comment by Pineo Girl on October 25, 2016 at 7:07pm

If anyone is interested here is the web site for Ranger Solar the one winner of a bid from Maine.   Our less than wonderful State Energy Directer Patrick Woodcock says he is "disappointed" in the results and the solar will come from Ranger projects in Farmington and Sanford each having a capacity of 50 MW - Oh wow! what is 15 % of 50 MW, what these projects will produce - 7.5 MW  - Good Luck with that!!  I think the Southern New England states were looking for 600 MW!

http://www.rangersolar.com/

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 25, 2016 at 6:32pm

We need...... citizens to organize their communities under what is constitutionally allowed in Maine under Home Rule......... Not just for the good of themselves here & now, but for the future.

We need...... to organize with other communities that neighbor them to work for a common mutual benefit.  We support Mutual Aid in our fire departments to assist in times of tragic events. These assaults from above without permission from we below are such tragic types of events.  We hold  within the constitution the ability to do so with Rights Based Ordinances. Carefully crafted they will stand  if in place before an attack. Communities can legally Stay the execution of an attack with a Moratorium, and essentially prolong the attack so long as work is being accomplished on developing an ordinance.  These are ultimately NOT up to local governance but the citizens should they have the courage to utilize the few remaining laws that provide the slim pathway.  

Comment by Paula D Kelso on October 25, 2016 at 6:31pm

And yes, I want a NO WHAMMY law.

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/

 

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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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