BDN - Maine wind loses, solar wins in regional clean energy bids

"Maine wind loses"

Looking north from the top of Number Nine Mountain, 8 miles west of Bridgewater. EDP Renewables proposed expanding its 119-turbine Number Nine Wind Farm project in a bid to southern New England states seeking to contract for renewable power generation. Only a company that proposed five solar projects, including two in Maine, made the final cut.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 26, 2016 at 11:05am

I will advocate for individual Solar, and Wind that is small and personal so long as both are used to the best practical use. Solar Heat 1st, Small Solar / Wind Electric works best at the current time if energy efficiency is used in conjunction to minimize the need of larger systems.

When you need to cut a forest to place a system, or to transport the product to market the line has been crossed.

When prepayment (taxpayer) is needed and a use payment (ratepayer) is also needed and few investors risk their monies capitalism for an honest profit, what is a correct movement has been re-purposed to use our government to create a corporate welfare structure that benefits only those that can afford to participate.

Though The green energy initiative should be an achievement it should too be thought out carefully and responsibly as to the potentials of adverse effects.

Going at this as though promoting a religion, blindly, with arrogance and to a degree ignorance, without scientific "Factual" reviews is similar to terrorism especially to states that depend on their traditional values and land uses.

Just because a few say it will be good for you, does not make it so. Obama Care is a prime example.

We outlaw gang activities, yet the largest Gangs are elected officials, all competing with one another for the top dog spot. All the activities not allowed by we the people are controlled by these corrupt factions of our governance, secretly.  

Comment by Pineo Girl on October 26, 2016 at 10:20am

Another thought - Maybe - Just maybe- This is a sign of the end of the Obama "climate change" wind insanity!!! Is that to much to hope for?  Maybe we can now allow scientists to be truthful about what actually is causing climate change and who and where is air pollution is honestly coming from today!

Comment by Pineo Girl on October 26, 2016 at 10:15am

The thing about solar we all need to get beyond - It doesn't work for you if someone else owns the panels that are put on your roof and then sells you the electricity.  That of course is the preferred model of solar companies - They get all of the tax breaks and benefits - You have something on your roof that makes it more difficult if you want to sell your home - Plus the power is still not cheap!  I have a friend I envy- She installed a solar array in her field - She heats and electrifies her home all year long with it! ( and still hates CMP because they give her a hard time!)  Still - It was about a $12,000 investment and a commitment to living green which I am all for!  To me any amount of reduction of non green energy is worth it! Even if you just put a few panels up yourself!  You would be amazed at what you can do with it - Still and all though large solar arrays are industrial and ugly- Putting them where they are not seen - Open space at Loring sounds perfect!

Comment by Dan McKay on October 26, 2016 at 8:33am

I wonder if anyone on the evaluation committee was curious about this statement from Ranger Solar :

    "The operation of a large solar facility, like the ones being proposed by Ranger Solar, will have a direct impact on the local and state LMP by reducing the dispatch by ISO-NE of mostly natural gas fired marginal generation units. The study cited above estimates that the 25 year levelized reduction in energy cost will be $0.081 per kWh (page 12). With the change of rules to allow negative offers down to a negative $150 per MWh, this impact is likely to increase"
  Is Ranger Solar actually considering paying $150 per MWh to get it's output dispatched ?
Does money as well as rays from the sun fall upon their panels ?
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 26, 2016 at 7:00am

@Paul  -  Yes this is a toe in the door to cover Maine's rooftops first with solar and use our space in conjunction with the possible if not already end of net metering.  Expect the prices of Solar to soar to the point they are not within reach of home ownership. Then they will offer to lease your rooftop or unused portions of land for half of your monthly need of power and sell the rest through your connection to the grid for a hefty profit using your Meter.  All this generation without building a transmission line.   Like Water, [you can have a million sources attached to the pipe, and a million users, so it all eventually gets to someplace,] is the electron.  After the rooftops, maybe they will occupy more displaced forests and fields, though It would be better if they first attacked the thousands of miles of open space occupied by Transmission lines.  Will they...... NO as they will whine to our legislators for their own control over our lands for their needs.  

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on October 26, 2016 at 5:40am
Fantastic news!
Comment by Paul Ackerman on October 26, 2016 at 12:40am

Just wait until the blight of "solar farms" begins to take over the rural landscapes.Once they figure a way to really soak the taxpayers/ratepayers to subsidize these even more we'll have another problem to deal with here.

As I understand it,from an aerospace engineer,the rare earth materials needed to make photo voltaic panels is currently only produced in China (virtually no enviro regs on mining there) and the fuel consumed to mine,refine,and produce the materials for panels far exceeds anything they'd ever produce in a purported 25 year lifespan.

He says they'd be fine in space or vast desert areas where you have no other options,but absurdly un-green if you really look at what it takes to make them.

Comment by Pineo Girl on October 25, 2016 at 9:14pm

My take - Maine didn't lose - Maine people won!


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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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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