"Green" Subsidy Leeches Fearful of Secty of Energy Nominee

These labs' reason for being is to champion renewable energy. Their employees' careers depend on the "success" or appearance of success of things like wind power. If they told the truth, they'd be on the unemployment line. Definitely not to be blindly trusted.

The Barack Obama and Bill Clinton administrations relentlessly stacked the federal bureaucracy with leftist partisans who used funding from the Energy Department’s four national research labs to push for climate change studies and policy.

To understand the scale of that funding, Congress approved an Obama plan to have the Department of Energy spend $7 billion on green energy research and development by 2021, along with another $6 billion on other programs aimed at fighting global warming. Obama promised that when Hillary Clinton was elected president, Democrats would pass a $10-per-barrel tax on domestic oil production to pay for their “green” transportation ambitions.

Timothy O’Connor, who works on California climate change policies at the San Francisco headquarters of the Environmental Defense Fund, dejectedly told the Los Angeles Times, “We have seen the federal government as a partner in research and development.” But with Rick Perry as the next Secretary of Energy, he moaned, “This may mean we have to do more of it ourselves.”


National Renewable Energy Laboratory - History

Established in 1974,[2][Note 1] NREL began operating in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. Under the Jimmy Carter administration, it was the recipient of a large budget and its activities went beyond research and development in solar energy as it tried to popularize knowledge about already existing technologies, like passive solar, amongst the population. During the Ronald Reagan administration, the institute's budget was cut by some 90%; many employees 'reduced in force' and the laboratory's activities were reduced to R&D. In later years, renewed interest in the energy problem improved the institute's position, but funding has fluctuated. In 2006 funding had dropped to the point that NREL was forced to lay off 32 workers,[3] and in 2011 anticipated congressional budget shortfalls led to a voluntary buyout program for 100 to 150 staff reductions.[4]

Since its inception in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute, it has been operated under contract by MRIGlobal.[5] In September 1991, the NREL was designated a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by President George H.W. Bush and its name was changed to NREL. Currently, NREL is managed for the DOE by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. The Alliance was formed in 2008 as a joint venture between MRIGlobal and Battelle.[6] Dr. Dan E. Arvizu became NREL's eighth Laboratory Director in January 2005, and currently serves as both the director of the lab and president of the Alliance.[7]

NREL's areas of research and development expertise are renewable electricity, renewable fuels, integrated energy systems, and strategic energy analysis.[8]

In 2011, NREL became the co-secretariat of the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) alongside the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).


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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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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


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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 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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