Governor Mills has signed a bill that should have been included in the Expedited Wind Act over a decade ago.

An Act To Require Consideration of Climate Impacts by the Public Utilities Commission and To Incorporate Equity Considerations in Decision Making by State Agencies

The new law is intended to balance the power between energy developers and regular citizens who are essentially defenseless.  "Equity" is a popular word these days, but it hasn't existed since the Expedited Wind Law was enacted.

Think rural manners, residents and camp owners in the Unorganized Territory, citizens of rural towns whose selectmen are in the bag...

Time will tell if this is just feel-good legislation or it actually makes a difference.

Hannah Pingree ➡️ will take public input as she figures out how to make "equity" a consideration in proceedings at the DEP, PUC, etc.

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1251...

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Comment by Willem Post on June 19, 2021 at 5:29pm

Rural MAINE citizens ARE defenseless, because STATE RE bureaucrats are in cahoots with wind and solar developers up to their eyeballs, taking under the table kickbacks left and right (jobs for friends, money, lunches, etc.

Little MAINE can do absolutely NOTHING regarding "climate"

If MAINE were to totally disappear, the "CLIMATE" would never know it.

All that climate talk is merely a way to EXTRACT money from YOUR pocket, plus to put you under decades of CENTRALIZED, SOCIALISTIC government domination.

HIGH COSTS OF WIND, SOLAR, AND BATTERY SYSTEMS IN NEW ENGLAND

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/high-costs-of-wind-sol...

Excerpt:

Future Build-outs of Offshore Wind Turbine Systems

 

- MA, RI, and CT are planning to have 8460, 880, and 4160 MW, respectively, a total of 13,500 MW of offshore wind by 2035, much greater than the above 1600 MW.

- If the same simulation were made for 13,500 MW of wind turbines, the up/down spikes would be about 10,000 MW

- The existing CCGT plants would be inadequate to counteract them, i.e., output curtailments would be required.

- The 2035 date has a ring of urgency to it, but likely would be unattainable in the real world. See page 13 of NE-pool URL

 

It would take at least 20 years to build out 13,500 MW wind turbines off the coast of New England, plus large-scale solar systems to reduce the NE grid CO2/kWh by about 30%

 

With that much wind and solar, the NE grid would become very unstable. The NE grid would need:

 

1) Curtailments of wind output, kWh, on windy days

2) Curtailments of solar output bulges on sunny days

2) Major connections to the Canadian grid

3) Grid-scale batteries, with a capacity of 3 to 4 TWh; turnkey capital cost about $1.5 to $2 TRILLION, at $500/kWh, delivered as AC

 

https://www.iso-ne.com/static-assets/documents/2020/02/2020_reo.pdf

https://nepool.com/uploads/NPC_20200305_Composite4.pdf

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/reality-check-regarding-utility-scale-battery-systems-during-a

 

NOTE: Nearby countries import German overflow electricity, when it is windy and sunny, at low grid prices (because of a German surplus), and export to Germany, when it is not windy and not sunny, at high grid prices (because of a German shortage). 

The Netherlands is one of the major beneficiaries.

German households get to “enjoy” the highest electric rates in Europe, about 2.5 times as high as the US

Denmark, another wind country, is second!

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/08/germanys-windexitold-wind-turbines-dismantled-without-replacementlooming-massive-power-outage/

 

Maine Offshore Wind Turbine Systems

 

The ocean waters near Maine are deep. Almost all offshore wind turbines would need to be floating units, anchored at the seafloor with at least 3 long cables.

The 700-ft tall wind turbines would need to be located at least 25 miles from any inhabited islands, to reduce the visuals, especially with strobe lights, 24/7/365

The wind turbines would be far from major electricity demand centers, such as Montreal and Boston.

Transmission systems would be required to connect the wind turbines to demand centers

All that would make the cost of electricity produced by these wind turbines more expensive than those south of MVI.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/deep-water-floating-offshore-wind-turbines-in-maine

 

Maine is in active discussions with stakeholders to add 751 MW of onshore wind turbines.

Maine is not in active discussions with stakeholders to add offshore wind turbines, as shown by the interconnection proposals on page 13 of URL

https://nepool.com/uploads/NPC_20200305_Composite4.pdf

Comment by Paul Ackerman on June 19, 2021 at 2:42pm

Unfortunately the use of the term "equity" by leftists such as Pingree has nothing to do with "rural Mainers" in the way you suggest. It is a trojan horse for "reparations" to "native Americans" and "communities of color" ,that is what they have been twisting language into a propaganda pretzel for quite a while to accomplish., "Equity" used to imply an investment in something tangible --a home, business or property-- but now it is being morphed into an irrefutable method of seizing control of anything the leftists want to control.

One can easily see this in the insane moves by the legislature and senate to attempt a hostile takeover of the power grid in Maine. You think the rates will go down for "rural Mainers" ? Not a chance. But the ridiculous proliferation of "equitable" rates for favored political groups who toe the leftist line will be assured....as will windmills, solar farms, subsidies for electric vehicle charging stations & their favored rates.

It is a total scam.

Comment by Kenneth Capron on June 19, 2021 at 2:00pm

I thought it meant that Cumberland County should NOT set the path for the rest of Maine because of its population density. In essence, Southern Maine has controlled statewide votes based on count alone.

Comment by Penny Gray on June 19, 2021 at 1:02pm

If "equity" means that inland residents will be given the same consideration as coastal residents when it comes to wind power, I'm all for it.  Rural Mainers have been discriminated against for far too long.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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