What New England’s foolhardy, clean energy policy looks like

Chris O'Neil from Friends of Maine's Mountains Makes an impassioned and fact driven expose' of what happened to ISO-NE on Sept 8th.  Our wind farms failed to produce when they were called on during a peak period that lasted most of the day.  Prices went from $30 per MWH to nearly $1,000 per MWH during that period.  So much for "Free" Wind.


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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 16, 2015 at 11:30am

So long as any city such as Aspen remains on the national Grid systems (of which there are only 3) any claims of being a Green energy community is absolutely false. They pay a premium price only... for the ability to make that claim. To my knowledge there is no Resale of electricity labeled as Green that is 100% such unless on a secluded system. Even then, it or it's ancestry lineage is derived from carbon based energy. 

Comment by Brad Blake on September 16, 2015 at 12:10am

I posted this on Face Book and got an astonishing 50 "shares", so who knows how many hundreds of people at least read my intro and saw the photo, even if they didn't go to the article.  I wish I could tell how many click throughs happened.  Anyhow, the photo of the Oakfirld turbines hovering above Pleasant Lake in Island Falls should go with this, so here it is:

Comment by Kathy Sherman on September 15, 2015 at 2:30pm
I am so sorry to see the shadows of the towers reach virtually all across the lake. I am so sorry that people commenting on the story think Chris (and the rest of us) who criticize wind energy are paid by fossil fuel interests, and used the 'bring the troops home" argument when arguing against proper siting of industrial wind in the presence of a Vietnam vet whose PTSD was reinstated by industrial wind. I am so sorry that they point to China's surge in wind installation without saying what the surge in coal consumption in China has been, or acknowledging that they aren't putting the turbines on the Great Wall. Sorry too that they don't think about where many of those turbines and solar panels are made, where the rare earths are mined (although that involves a lot of manual labor) and refined. But my litany ends on the post that says third American city has gone all renewable. Aspen is 'all renewable' by purchase from Nebraska, not damming snow melt for hydro or turbines up and down its mountains.

It looks like flicker will be horrible in Oakfield, and the FAA lights. Did they put in ones that are only activated by an approach?

Just senseless. I did check on ISO-NE Sept 8th and happened to catch a time when wind generation was the most that I have seen it - 542 MW about 1 AM. But the drop later that day dramatically shows the problem with wind in New England and Ontario -- it is not forecastable. It might be different in high wind areas of the Great Plains.

I do have questions on the generator/alternator issue from either Siemans or Northern Power turbine, I forget which, for Eric.
Comment by Penny Gray on September 15, 2015 at 7:55am

It's doubtful there'll be any cost/benefit analysis of industrial wind here in Maine as long as the wind developers are allowed to grease political palms using our own tax dollars.  Making bribery legal as part of Maine's wind law was a brilliant strategy on the part of the wind industry.  "Tangible benefits" come in many shapes and sizes and I'm sure Maine's reputation as being one of the most corrupt states in the nation plays wonderfully into this scheme.

Comment by Brad Blake on September 14, 2015 at 11:15pm

Stop this wind power madness! Enough is enough! No, actually, we have too much sprawling, environmentally devastating industrial wind in our state already. We don't need this fickle trickle source of electricity in our state, as we already meet our state's arbitrary Renewables percentage without industrial wind power, making us a "green" state, for whatever that is worth.

What we are doing is destroying our natural and scenic resources to fulfill the ideological RPS standards of southern New England states. Remember, the wind industry would never exist without promotion by misinformed zealots and the thieves that have convinced Congress to create tax credits, mandates, subsidies, and other unduly favorable manipulations to favor a special interest.

Look at the photo of Pleasant Pond in Island Falls with the 479 ft tall turbines in Oakfield looming over it. There is now a list a mile long of grand vistas and close up vignettes of Maine's vaunted "Quality of Place" that are being destroyed by these ugly, useless, noisy, bird and bat killing monster machines.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 14, 2015 at 9:32pm

Government is suppose to Protect the People, from its enemies both foreign and domestic along with that which provides for the needs of the people. Mainly the Environment. They are not to enact laws that do otherwise. If there is no law of protection on a particular issue that affects the state as a whole, they can only (permit) allow by rules within existing statutes. The Expedited Wind Energy Act may be such a statute, permissive of destruction, rather than attempting to create rules within the statutes that existed at the time. This would be an Unconstitutional Law, un-protective.  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 14, 2015 at 9:23pm

The PUC should be investigated... sheesh....... 

Comment by arthur qwenk on September 14, 2015 at 9:04pm

The PUC should investigate the energy' graft' projections  in all long term energy contracts from all wind companies in Maine, starting with their use of basic plate capacity quotes for their projects, and do real economic cost/benefit analysis prior to approving any new contracts.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 14, 2015 at 9:01pm

Thanks, that is where I was at, it will not let me view or comment. Your link is the same thing, no view or comment. I am logged in also. Like I said must be on their list of people that spoke a truth they did not like at some point or I got flagged. 

Comment by Penny Gray on September 14, 2015 at 8:30pm

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."



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


(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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