Massachusetts Clean Energy / Climate Plan 2025 Failing Again

Massachusetts Clean Energy / Climate Plan 2025 Failing Again 
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 and the 2021 Climate Law brought about the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025.
First, Massachusetts proposed 2000 megawatts of land-based wind power by the year 2020. Each wind turbine averaged around one megawatt of power in 2008. Massachusetts would have had nearly 2000 land-based wind turbines.
The land-based wind projects were an absolute failure with around 100 turbines installed and many being taken by court action over health, noise, and shadow flicker. 
After the land-based wind plan political fiasco the new plan calls for a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent below 1990 baselines by 2025 using offshore wind turbines, high voltage direct current electric substations, battery backup, and solar.
Massachusetts politicians failed to require offshore wind contractors to run ocean submarine cables to the large coastal cities where the power would be used. Instead allowed offshore wind to go to small towns to get to the electric grid. The problem now is the New England electric grid is antiquated at capacity and residential homeowners don't want hundreds of thousands of volts of power buried outside their front door. 
The offshore wind plan requires residential neighborhoods to accept 6 to 12-acre electric substations and battery backup sites in their neighborhoods. This only ensures more lawsuits by neighborhood organizations.   
The Massachusetts administration allowed offshore wind companies to back out of legal contracts providing thousands of megawatts of power and raising future electric rates to consumers. The state is putting the climate agenda ahead of the financial needs of families.
The state wants to add Solar projects, and high-voltage electric vehicle charging stations to an electric grid that can't handle offshore wind power transfers to cities like Boston. No one who drives to work wants an EV that needs to be recharged for 6 to 8 hours every day.  
Whale deaths have followed the construction of ocean wind turbines since the Block Island, Rhode Island wind farm in 2016 to New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts today. Research groups, scientific groups, and others have partnered financially with offshore wind companies blaming ship strikes for whale deaths. The bottom line is a whale deafened by sonar exploration pounding foundations causes deafness. A deaf whale is a dead whale with no navigational skills, unable to eat and communicate.
No matter how much Massachusetts legislation Beacon Hill passes in 2024 to accelerate progress nothing will happen unless offshore wind provides power by submarine cables to large cities such as Boston and Hartford. 
Note:  new modular nuclear reactor designs have been touted as the way to bridge the energy gap


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Comment by Dan McKay on December 23, 2023 at 6:43am

So true, Frank.

The scramble to catch up to the legislative goals set by each of the six states of New England, currently held together by a weak system operator, IMO will lead to conflicting opinions of whose land must be sacrificed to achieve these goals. The coalition of cooperation is about to be tested.  Will Maine continue to be the lapdog for Mass., Conn and RI, the three southern New England states that often combine to exploit Maine's geographical dominance to distort the landscape into turbine alley?  Would it be better if each state used their own sovereign land and waters to comply with their own goals?  Too much intermittent power generation concentrated within the borders of a single political division could easily decimate its independence as it becomes the "energy slave" to others.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on December 22, 2023 at 5:32pm

Dan, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center uses Maine to achieve the Massachusetts renewable energy goals

Comment by Dan McKay on December 22, 2023 at 5:24pm

I hope Mass. doesn't expect Maine to give in and allow Maine land to be used to advance their climate plan. It ain't gonna happen.


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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 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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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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