Maine PUC RFP: "All electrons are equal but some electrons are more equal than others"

The transmission line for NECEC was strongly opposed by NRCM. Will we see NRCM question this? Don't hold your breath. Remember, "All electrons are equal but some electrons are more equal than others".

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Comment by Dan McKay on December 1, 2021 at 6:27am

Keep in mind that any transmission proposed must undergo study by ISO-NE. Any proposal that allocates costs to be shared by all New England States will assuredly be rejected by Massachusetts if NECEC fails tom be.

Comment by Art Brigades on November 30, 2021 at 10:19pm

On Wednesday, December 1 at 11:00 am the PUC commissioners will be at the EUT Committee giving an update on this RFP. The public can listen at this link:  

https://legislature.maine.gov/Audio/#211

Comment by Art Brigades on November 30, 2021 at 8:20pm

This RFP is a carnival. It begs for collusion between generators and transmission developers.  One thing to remember, we just passed a referendum on "high impact transmission lines." The legislature needs to approve it. See p. 13 of the RFP: 

E. Approval by the Maine Legislature for a proposed project that meets the definition of a “high impact transmission line” set forth in 35-A M.R.S. § 3131(4-A), pursuant to the results of the referendum election held on November 2, 2021, with respect to Question 1: Citizen’s Initiative 

Comment by Dan McKay on November 30, 2021 at 4:33pm

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At the very least, the PUC may consider the costs to Maine ratepayers associated with the submitted bids. The creation of jobs should not be subsidized by the electric customers, but derived from competition within the electric generation market. I find it very curious that Maine ratepayers will be on the hook for this corridor and associated generation, not to mention the forest clearing needed to take place, while NECEC, a PUC approved project, was to be paid by Massachusetts' ratepayers. Our legislature is steering us towards an autonomous, government controlled electric market. A market that is so vital to our existence, must not fall into the hands of a few zealots, hell-bent to replace reliable electricity with unreliable, expensive renewables and experimental storage devices. We need grown-ups to step forward and halt this assault on energy dense resources, energy dispatchable resources and energy resource sharing across State and National Borders. We need inexpensive, reliable electricity. We are headed towards a third world existence. I know the PUC knows these facts. I also know the PUC's mission is formulated to kowtow to the legislature, but they no longer act on behalf of the people of this State. As we watch out electric rates escalate as natural gas prices escalate, consider every kilowatt of wind, solar and experimental storage is backed-up by ready to respond delivery constrained natural gas. We must concentrate our efforts on replacing high cost generation with lower cost generation within a framework of a competitive market that values reliable resources, not redundant resources. This RFP becomes a turning point. The further we attempt to approach zero carbon with wind, solar and storage, the more we become dependent on across the border energy resources at out of controlled costs. If we rely on legislators who know not the difference between a kilobyte and a kilowatt, we are about to spend some cold nights in hell

Comment by Kenneth Capron on November 30, 2021 at 1:49pm

Could someone explain why the generated power ends up going into the NE-ISO grid? Doesn't that exclude small grids, local grids. One RFP for both generation and transmission? 

Comment by Kenneth Capron on November 30, 2021 at 1:18pm

What date is the legislatures' vote on this?

Comment by Kenneth Capron on November 30, 2021 at 1:13pm

You know how it is> electrons are finicky. Moving here moving there> shifting rings around their nucleus> permeating silicon in a single bound.

I hadn't realized there were black and white electrons. Must be dark energy. AC vs DC.

I assume the RFP is for transmission not distribution?

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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