Vermont is Listed as the State With Highest "Renewable" Portfolio

Our friends at AOL business just published a list with all 50 (or is it 57) states and how they stack up as far as "renewables" are concerned. Vermont is # 1 and Maine is # 5. Interesting, however, is the fact that all the top 10 list HYDRO as the reason they are renewable winners. The ones touting wind and solar are in places where there is little running water and are much further down the list. I think we are missing a huge opportunity to take Maine back to a state where hydro powered EVERYTHING! We have to stop worrying about wild fish and start worrying about right and wrong. Tearing out perfectly good hydropower dams is senseless and irresponsible when alternatives can be made for fish. Existing dams could be retrofitted with new turbines for the price of ONE wind turbine, and produce 100 times as much continuous power. Small scale dams that take advantage of flow, not reservoirs, could be established with little or no disruption of the surrounding environment. Small turbines are available for city water systems, put in the pipes and producing power that flows constantly.

We have to have our elected officials and their staffs explore these other roads to power.

  http://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/04/20/states-producing-the...

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Comment by Jim Lutz on August 14, 2017 at 11:17pm

Willem, I agree to some extent. But here is the thing about that. We would need new transmission for Canadian Hydro. There is already transmission in place along our rivers from existing plants and former plants. They could be hooked up with little or no investment. Our Maine grid is PERFECTLY adequate for the current population and the population centers we currently have. Since our population is NOT expected to explode in the next 40 years, since our population is aging more than almost any other state, We here do not really need to improve our electrical power portfolio. My objection is that just as happened four years ago with the CMP "Upgrade", we paid a premium for power that we are not even getting. It's like paying solar panel owners for their power and giving them kickbacks from our taxes in the form of subsidies. We the people don't deserve to pay for nonsense we don't really need. We are part of ISO-NE and as such are locked into anything they and their suppliers build.

Comment by Willem Post on August 14, 2017 at 10:06pm
Jim,
A much less costly approach would be to maximize hydro from Canada.
The price would be about 6 to 7 c/kWh, plus 1c/kWh for transmission., for steady, 24/7/365, near-CO2-free, clean energy.

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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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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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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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