Connecticut Approves Large Scale Hydroelectric as a Renewable

Bravo Connecticut!

And then of course there's Vermont, which signed a 20 year deal for low cost Canadian hydro. Maine has had the opportunity to do the same, but instead chooses to protect the out of state wind industry and make Maine ratepayers pay dearly to support these parasites.

 June 5, 2013
 
 
GOV. MALLOY SIGNS BILL MODERNIZING CONNECTICUT’S RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS
 
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today signed Senate Bill 1138, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Clean Energy Goals.  The bill modernizes the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, which currently call for 20 percent renewable power by 2020.  The change will allow Connecticut move away from dirtier fuels like biomass to cleaner large scale hydroelectric power.
 
“I want to thank Senators Williams and Duff, Speaker Sharkey, Representative Reed and the legislature for their work to get this bill passed,” Governor Malloy said.  “Updating our renewable energy portfolio strengthens Connecticut’s competitiveness while also protecting our environment for future generations.  This legislation creates clean energy jobs right here in Connecticut, moves us away from polluting fossil fuels, and provides cleaner, cheaper, more reliable energy to ratepayers.”
 
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For Immediate Release: June 5, 2013
Contact: David Bednarz
David.Bednarz@ct.gov
860-524-7315 (office)
860-770-9792 (cell)
 
If only a few more legislators had supported Governor LePage:

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Comment by Penny Melko on June 26, 2013 at 2:31am

When will the destruction of your beautiful state end? And exactly how is hydroelectric green when they destroy the natural flow of water, development of dams and changing the flow of a river or stream anyway. The politicians are totally out of control and are plundering the most pristine places in our beautiful country right in our faces. What they're doing is unforgivable. Who the heck are any of them to think they know what's best for us? It's not us they care about a single one of us. They all have $$$ in their eyes. There will be a day of reckoning when everyone's grandkids are shoving each other out of the way to snatch a cockroach to eat.

Comment by Hart Daley on June 25, 2013 at 9:38pm

We need to utilize hydro in Maine. We have ample water sources and need our electric rates reduced! Talk to your state reps any chance you get.

Comment by Long Islander on June 24, 2013 at 9:37pm

More can be read right here.

"Democratic Governor Led the Battle
Malloy, a Democrat, vigorously championed adding large-scale hydropower to the renewable power mix, pointing out hydropower is substantially less expensive than wind and solar power and emits no greenhouse gases."

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Todd Wynn, director of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council, says state legislators across the country are attempting to freeze, repeal, or reform their renewable energy mandates in order to dampen their negative economic impacts.

“Hydropower is an emissions-free source of electricity that is generally, and inexplicably, excluded from renewable energy mandates,” said Wynn. “Although a better approach would be full repeal of Connecticut’s renewable energy mandate, the inclusion of hydroelectricity is a small step towards making sure electric utilities can use more affordable and reliable sources of energy to meet the mandate.”

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Fahle pointed out Connecticut residents will get some much-needed relief in lower electricity prices.

“Connecticut residents have the third highest residential retail electricity rates in the nation,” he said. 

Renewable power mandates in Connecticut and elsewhere still retain some popularity because most of the expensive renewable power requirements have yet to kick in, Fahle said.

“The issue is that there has not been a lot of pain from the ‘20 percent by 2020’ Connecticut renewable power mandate yet, but now they’re getting to the point where it will be painful for the consumers. The hydro issue is a punt that will allow environmental activists to feel good about themselves and say, ‘Oh look, it’s working,’” Fahle explained.

Daniel Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs for the Institute for Energy Research, said consumers will benefit from a large source of hydropower, which offers some of the cheapest energy in the nation.

“States like Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have large rivers, so they have ready-made sources of inexpensive hydropower. People often forget that Connecticut has Quebec [nearby]. The power that Connecticut will import from Quebec will be cheaper and more reliable than any other renewable power source available. If the point is to generate more power from renewable sources, then legislators should certainly highlight hydroelectricity,” said Simmons.

“States in the Northeast have some of the highest electricity costs in the United States, and they need some relief,” Simmons said."

 

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

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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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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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