Maine PUC: Long-term wind deals in Hancock, Somerset counties will be reconsidered (BDN)

...the term of commissioner Littell, appointed by LePage’s Democratic predecessor John Baldacci, expires in March. “This proceeding has already had a lot of delay, and I think we should proceed with all due speed,” Littell said.

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/25/energy/long-term-wind-deals-i...

also an article in the Portland Press Herald (Associated Press):

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/25/maine-regulators-to-reconside...

also an article from First Wind sponsored MPBN:

http://news.mpbn.net/post/maine-utility-regulators-decide-reconside...

 

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Comment by arthur qwenk on February 26, 2015 at 5:09pm

Maine's new state motto;

"The Graft is Greener, in  Maine"!

Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2015 at 4:20pm

How can the PUC contract 266.6 Megawatts of wind plant electricity which is more than 25% of Maine's normal hourly consumption from 1 am to 5 am and still say we are in a competitive electricity supply market. During these hours, wind has a severe wholesale market advantage with the negative pricing rules used by ISO-NE and the unique and generous REC revenue allowing them to take advantage of lowering their wholesale price bids. These contracts as well as previous wind contracts should be voided as the ISO-NE rule will very well cause an over payment by CMP and Emera during times when wind bids low to obtain REC money and stick the ratepayers with immense stranded costs. Remember 1 am to 5 am is almost always the time of lowest wholesale prices, so wind can go negative and the differential from normal pricing is at it's lowest. What a win-win for wind. 

Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2015 at 3:49pm

LTC with Downeast Wind LLC :

"The energy produced under the contract is priced at 88% of the real time locational marginal price at the future ISO-NE designated node for the Project in the day-ahead market (DALMP). The contract will have a price floor of $45/MWh at the interconnection node in year 1, escalating at 1.5%, with a ceiling of $110 MWh. "

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 26, 2015 at 3:29pm

They should reconsider all of them.

It's all "Green" Graft!!

Comment by Dan McKay on February 26, 2015 at 10:25am

There seems to be a tendency for reporters to drop the LLC from the wind project development titles.  LLC is Limited Liability Corporation and there is no wind plant projects in Maine that isn't LLC.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 25, 2015 at 11:48pm

First Wind - "Clean Energy Made Here"

More like: Forced Wind - "Crony Energy Mandated Here"

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on February 25, 2015 at 7:19pm

Can we please pull out of RGGI and thus stop inflicting ourselves with competitive disadvantage versus other states who do not burden themselves with such politically correct but foolhardy policy?

No more mandates telling us what kind of electricity we have to buy. It's a free country, no?

 

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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