Mass Gov rejects proposals to boost onshore wind

Sounds like crybaby wind developers, not satisfied with subsidies, REC's and other giveaways are upset that the cost of electricity is being considered. How dare they. Doesn't Governor Baker understand how much money the wind developers have to pay for their Mercedes G-Class vehicles, especially when everyone in their families requires this sort of transportation? The nerve.

Baker makes few changes in offshore wind RFP

The Baker administration did not make changes sought by officials representing southeastern Massachusetts, who complained the RFP two years ago shortchanged onshore economic investment. That proposal based 75 percent of a developer’s bid score on price and 25 percent on five other factors, including economic development.....................Rep. Patricia Haddad, a high-ranking House official who represents Somerset, has filed legislation to do away with a requirement that each successive contract award come in at a lower price. Haddad fears the insistence on a lower price will squeeze developers so much that they will make fewer investments in the development of an onshore supply chain for the wind farms. Baker has made no move to change the law.

While the Baker administration oversees the offshore wind procurement process, the bids are judged and the contracts negotiated by the state’s three utilities – Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil.

Like the last RFP process, the state will consider bids of 200, 400, and 800 megawatts. There were three bidders last time, and two of them, Ørsted and Deepwater Wind, subsequently merged. Four bidders are expected this time, including Vineyard Wind; Ørsted; Mayflower Wind Energy, a joint venture of EDP Renewables and Shell Oil; and Equinor.

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Comment by Willem Post on April 7, 2019 at 6:59am

The hucksters are out in force to grab as much as possible of the money pot for themselves and for their sycophant supporters, and for the 100% RE imbeciles, who advocate about energy, but likely NEVER designed or analyzed any energy systems. 

They are greedy, un-Christian deviants, because they are envious of each other, which God said, is a mortal sin.

Baker is correct to put the 75% emphasis on electricity price, c/kWh, and the other 25% for other considerations.

He realizes, NE already has the highest household electric rates in the US.

He knows, more variable, intermittent wind and solar, plus major grid expansion, plus major storage, instead of more low-cost, steady, 24/7/365 gas and nuclear, would make those NE electricity prices go up a lot more, say about 75% to 100%, if the turnkey capital costs of heat pumps, electric vehicles, charging stations, and deep retrofitting almost all the buildings in New England were included.

He knows, that would be another major headwind for the NE economy, which is already in near-zero growth mode, and in near-zero population growth mode.

God have mercy on them, for the self-appointed energy tsars/hucksters know not what they are doing, and will lead all of us into their Nirvana Lalaland.

Comment by richard mcdonald on April 4, 2019 at 6:15pm

New Bedford pols are furious with Baker because New London, CT got $30M in community benefit and infrastructure investment in the CT RFP offshore bid package. RI, MA, and CT have recognized the new cash cow called offshore wind. They see massive funding for infrastructure and pet projects being extorted from the offshore developers - something they overlooked when they bought wind/solar power out-of-state. The days of big RFP's for out-of-state power could be over or severely diminished. So, without SNE customers, Gov. WindMills will be forced to put out RFP's for Maine's utilities and ram wind development down our throats to meet her new RPS/Emissions goals. 

Comment by Art Brigades on April 4, 2019 at 1:57pm

The flap is over "investment" in "supply chain" port infrastructure, like wharves and landings for the vessels working on the ocean wind projects. The port cities like New Bedford and others want their slice of the subsidy pie. 


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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 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?" 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.”

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"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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