FERC Orders Hearing in Maine Dispute over Capacity Rules

FERC Orders Hearing in

Maine

Dispute over Capacity Rules

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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Comment by Deborah Andrew on December 30, 2016 at 12:06pm

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.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 29, 2016 at 3:29pm

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.  

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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