Does This Mean All Our Maine Windfarms Are Non-Functional?

"Transmission bottlenecks that prevent Maine’s wind generation from reaching load centers in Massachusetts and Connecticut could be relieved by allowing large and small generators to pool their interconnection requests." 

To me this sounds like the planning of our great "Wind" experiment was seriously flawed and rushed to production to scoff up the huge tax and construction subsidies. We have all known that the current iteration of our grid can NOT handle feckless wind power and one upgrade, raising the rates of our electricity transmission by 20%, to handle sending power to Southern New England, was not sufficient to do the job. Reading this leads me to believe that our wind turbines destroying our sense of tranquility and our environment have been spinning freely and doing nothing for the ISO-NE grid have been a HUGE FOLLY, and an expensive one too.

It's too bad we can't get real data from these secretive companies that don't allow us to know just what they REALLY contribute. This fraud has to be stopped!

https://www.rtoinsider.com/iso-ne-maine-resource-integration-study-...

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on May 30, 2017 at 3:59pm

Contradiction? As Emera vyes for moving Northern Maine Wind Power via this Atlantic Link cable

http://www.islandinstitute.org/working-waterfront/proposed-undersea...

Comment by arthur qwenk on May 30, 2017 at 1:14pm

They are only usable at certain times when grid demand allows, otherwise,a massive scam.

Oh well, we knew this years ago.

What the heck, a billion here, a billion there, before you know it , its real money!!

Comment by Dan McKay on May 30, 2017 at 12:26pm
Project : Maine Clean Energy Connection
Comment by Dan McKay on May 30, 2017 at 12:15pm

Penobscot Tribe - 2012 Project

Summary

With this award, the Penobscot Indian Nation will advance the preconstruction activities required to secure funding for the proposed 227-megawatt (MW) Alder Stream wind project. The grant will fund activities such as site layout, identification of power purchasers, environmental studies, advancement of state and tribal permitting requirements, preparation of transmission and interconnection studies, and negotiation of an interconnection agreement required to deliver energy to a specific set of potential purchasers.

Project Overview

Tribe/Awardee
Penobscot Tribe

Location
Old Town, ME

Project Title
Alder Stream Wind Project

Type of Application
Development

DOE Grant Number
EE0005636

Project Amounts
DOE: $1,000,000
Awardee: $1,614,568
Total: $2,614,568

Just last month, this project secured approval for Met Towers from LURC

Comment by Dan McKay on May 30, 2017 at 10:29am

That should generate the same old wind rhetoric about jobs and the need to solicit transmission costs to the ratepayers to make the jobs.

   ISO-NE is acutely aware of the costs in upgrading these transmission routes. This should squelch any hopes for the wind industry expansion in Maine, although, you can bet they are conniving to make this work. A pairing up with solar, perhaps.
   The last solicitation from Southern New England for renewable energy favored solar, but, then again, solar is easily applicable to regions of southern New England. Big solar favors PPA with renewable hungry Mass. and Conn. utilities.
   The people evaluating the current solicitation for renewable energy must consider this ISO-NE rule as a considerable amount of time beyond August will be needed for ISO-NE reliability evaluation. It would be much better for them to stick close to home if economics and timely implementation is important to them.

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/

 

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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