Three New England states move on 460 MW of renewables

"TRANSMISSION PROJECTS
FAIL TO ADVANCE"

Note: Hopefully saving thousands of Acres also!

Portland, Maine (Platts)--26 Oct 2016 533 pm EDT/2133 GMT

After reviewing bids offered in a multi-state request for proposals, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are entering contract negotiations to buy power from six projects totaling about 460 MW, with most of the generation coming from solar projects.

The smaller-than-expected procurement is "consistent with our understanding that the initial RFP was to be used as a procurement vehicle to test for market pricing," UBS Securities said Wednesday. The equity firm expects a larger Massachusetts-led RFP to be issued next spring will be "the 'real' opportunity for project procurement."

The states received 24 offers in response to a mid-November clean energy RFP. By jointly seeking renewable supplies, the states expected to be able to reduce the price of the offers, which are confidential.

The winning bidders announced Tuesday include Ranger Solar, based in Yarmouth, Maine, with a proposal for five solar farms in Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire totaling 220 MW.

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On the tax side, this package included an Investment Tax Credit for solar energy that would ramp down over a number of years, eventually becoming permanent with a smaller credit than in the earlier years.
For wind, the package included a Production Tax Credit that will be ramped down and phased out over five years. The goal of the package was to end the stop-start tax incentives that are so disruptive to businesses and utilities that want to deploy additional renewable power.
A Possible explanation why Solar was favored over wind ......... I$ It the Money ?

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 28, 2016 at 8:57am

A Possible explanation why Solar was favored over wind ......... I$ It the Money ?

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 27, 2016 at 12:22pm

Attending Committee meetings is one way (limited seating) ENR, EUT, PUC, DEP, BEP are essential, however a constant barrage to each legislator and to as many media outlets as often as possible is also a key factor. Protection of your community must be #1. Even if failed, at least we know who the combatants were in history, the heros, the cowards the criminals so long as documentation is recorded. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on October 27, 2016 at 12:19pm

[MY thoughts]

The bombshell is still being built, and will be set to explode next spring. Unless Maine's Legislature acts responsibly to protect this state, the plans are in the works with land easements and purchases for the Transmission. Once that is secured the permitting phase starts with little public input though required by law at some point. Once the Transmission has the go ahead, Wind and Solar Farms may flourish. 

Comment by Penny Gray on October 27, 2016 at 12:13pm

So the bombshell could drop next spring?

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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