RETIRE MAINE'S RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD

Part of the testimony from the Maine PUC on LD 646, An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Renewable Sources of Energy : LD 646 testimony [PDF]

"The Commission notes that expanding portfolio requirement eligibility requirements to large generating facilities is likely to have the effect of greatly increasing the eligible supply for Maine’s portfolio requirements, with the consequence of lowering (perhaps substantially) the price for Maine RECs. This could have a negative impact on currently eligible renewable facilities and, in the event that prices drop to the point where there is no significant market premium, there may be little purpose for maintaining any portfolio requirement." (Bold and Italics added )

From their 2014 Annual Report on New Renewable Resource Portfolio Requirement [pdf] 

"The Commission notes that the cost of Maine Class I RECs has dropped substantially since 2012 and they are currently trading in the range of $3.00 to $5.00."

                                                         AND

" During 2012, the costs of RECs used to satisfy the Class II eligible resource portfolio requirement ranged from $0.00 per MWh (some RECs were provided for free as part of an energy transaction) to $1.00 per MWh, with an average cost of $0.15 per MWh and a total cost of $533,247."

  79 % of the renewable portfolio is Class II      

  21%  of the renewable portfolio is Class I  

There is no reason for the RPS to exist any longer. Maine is well over 50% renewable in generation output.

 

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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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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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