FERC ordered hearing and settlement procedures in a dispute over capacity obligations in an area of Northern Maine separate from ISO-NE (ER17-192).
The dispute concerns the Northern Maine Independent System Administrator, whose transmission system is not directly connected with the rest of New England and whose market participants are not subject to ISO-NE’s jurisdiction and do not participate in the New England Power Pool.
At issue is the ISA’s request to eliminate a requirement that market participants prove the deliverability for resources located outside Northern Maine but within the New Brunswick balancing authority area, of which the ISA is a part.
NMISA said the deliverability assurance requirement in its market rules is no longer needed because its rebuild of Line 691 and planned spring 2017 upgrade of the Tinker transformer at the New Brunswick-Northern Maine interface will eliminate the transmission constraint into the area.
The request was protested by ReEnergy Biomass Operations, which owns the 37-MW Fort Fairfield and 39-MW Ashland generating plants in Aroostook County, within the NMISA control area.
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I see this as a 'red herring' ... the reasons to eliminate IWTs and large scale solar, in no particular order:
. they require rare metals. Already rare, can you imagine the wars (overt and covert) that will be fought as they become more rare?
. rare metals, when mined, leave radio active tailings in soils and aquifers around and below ech mine for thousands of years
. short life span. these things need to be replaced every 15-20 years. More extraction.
. require backup from some source (coal? oil? gas? nucelar? etc)
. cannot possibly completely replace existing energy sources
. existing energy 'requirements' and projected 'need' must be significantly reduced. Should this not be the first priority? Perhaps beginning with a reduction in the military? A closing of all US bases around the world?
. removal of thousands of acres of healthy trees and soil that sequester CO2 ... insanity.
Unfortunately, it is really not about Electrical Power but that of Power over the control of our land. Remember the Native Americans.... In particular the Cherokee Nation.......... the Civilized Indigenous people that out performed the White Invaders so much so they (whites like Jackson) had to send them westward to settle for less. Jackson who reveled and fought for the concept of slavery and elimination of those in the way of elitists.
NOW it is about the Elitists. First they create a welfare Nanny Nation, then they become the land barons.
Sound a bit European.......... Well what goes around comes back around.
Unless we use our (The people's) voice via Democracy to reconstruct the laws of this republic we will once again become serfs of a European style governance, with the elite in absolute control.
We almost got Socialism through Bernie, with a path to communism like Russia and Cuba experienced, but for Hillary. But then with Hillary we would have gone directly to Royalty, as she perceived and others like Billary and Oh No Bama, it was her turn to ascend to power.
It is Control of the Land, once again......... That is where the Power lies.
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