Welcome mat not fully out, wind industry summit comes to Maine

Welcome mat not fully out, Northeast Wind Summit comes to Maine

Politics aside, market demand is driving business deals, organizers say.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Although U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine gave opening remarks by video, no state officials turned out...

Engineering firms, environmental consultants and other services help support wind power development, he said, and are represented at the summit. One example is the Portland-based Bernstein Shur law firm, which boasts 20 lawyers and other professionals on its “wind energy team,” which works on issues ranging from environmental permitting to power-purchase agreements.

But Williamson, of the ocean and wind trade group, noted that more than half of New England’s electricity now is generated by natural gas, and utilities that want to balance that dependence with other sources are putting more wind into the mix. Power-purchase agreements for Maine projects that will send electricity to Massachusetts and Connecticut confirm the trend, he said, even if Maine’s current governor doesn’t embrace it.

“Governors come and governors go, but the market demands are still here,” Williamson said.

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on March 26, 2014 at 9:43pm

Good post Willy. Are there any other wind bass-turds on the NRCM?

Comment by Dan McKay on March 26, 2014 at 7:44am

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"Politics aside, market demand is driving business deals, organizers say."

The Renewable Portfolio Standards of Maine, The Renewable Portfolio Standards of New Hampshire, The Renewable Portfolio Standards of Vermont, The Renewable Portfolio Standards of Massachusetts, The Renewable Portfolio Standards of Connecticut, The Renewable Portfolio Standards of Rhode Island.  Without The Renewable Portfolio Standards, where the hell is the market demand ?  Wind is such a loser, laws mandating their presence had to be enacted. 

The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) as described by the Maine PUC :

       “The mechanism (of the renewable portfolio standard ) works by legislatively creating a demand for designated resources by mandating that pre-specified percentages of a retail electricity provider’s load are served by the designated resources. The market then operates to meet this legislatively created demand at the lowest cost. The result of the portfolio requirement mechanism is that a premium over wholesale electricity market prices is created for the designated renewable resources. This premium is paid for by electricity customers through the supply portion of their bills.”
 The PUC's take on LD 646 – An Act to Remove the 100 MW Limit on Renewable Energy Sources:
· "This could have a negative impact on currently eligible renewable facilities and if prices drop to the point where there is no significant market premium – there may be little purpose for maintaining any RPS 

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on March 26, 2014 at 7:41am

NRCM board member Marion Freeman has served as the director of Kepware Technologies since 2000 according to NRCM's website.

"Kepware Technologies of Portland makes industrial control software for automation, and has clients in the power and oil industries. But recent business with Vestas, the large Danish turbine maker, has the 85-person company looking to see where else it can grow.

“Vestas has opened our eyes to this industry,” said Erik Dellinger, Kepware’s product manager. “I’m trying to make those connections.”

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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