WIND IS NOT MAINE'S RENEWABLE POSTER CHILD BY A LONG SHOT.

    THE TOP CHART DISPLAYS THE MIX OF RENEWABLES USED TO MEET THE RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO 
    PERCENTAGES FOR 2013                 WIND NEARLY 0

    THE BOTTOM CHART DISPLAYS THE GENERATION BY FUELS      WIND @11% IN 2013

    THIS DISCONNECT BETWEEN IN PLACE WIND AND IN PLACE WIND REQUIRED FOR PORTFOLIO   

    PERCENTAGES WILL HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES GOING FORWARD

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 13, 2015 at 8:31am

Watch out Vermont, having Connecticut ratepayers subsidizing your electric bills will not stand.

https://vtdigger.org/2015/03/11/connecticut-rules-in-favor-of-vermo...

Comment by Penny Gray on March 12, 2015 at 1:55pm

Okay, thanks Dan.  Vermont was doubling down on their REC's, selling them out of state and using them to fulfill their own renewable mandates, and got called on it? What a tangled web we weave.  I'm assuming the wind developer can only sell what is actually being generated.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 12, 2015 at 1:03pm

True, a REC represents the renewable attribute of a unit of electricity and once purchased this attribute belongs to the buyer and it is retired so it can not be sold again. The wind plants in Maine, by selling RECs out of state, are therefore rightfully considered no different than any other generator ( oil, gas, coal ) and produce far less valued electricity.

Comment by Penny Gray on March 12, 2015 at 12:55pm

Forgive my ignorance but does this mean that as long as we sell the REC's from the wind projects here in Maine to out-of-state buyers, these wind developements being built on our mountains and ridgelines cannot be counted toward our own renewables mix?  Only REC's generated in Maine and purchased for Maine consumers can be used?

Comment by Dan McKay on March 12, 2015 at 12:33pm

Wind RECs are being sold out of state where they fetch $45 to $65 per megawatt-hour. Maine's biomass is used as Maine bought RECs, mainly because other states do not classify it as renewable, making the Maine market the only buyer and the price for those RECs is very low, near 0 and I have heard some give them away. " other" could be diesel or some other solid fuel besides coal. The mill cogen in Rumford sometimes burns old tires.

Comment by Penny Gray on March 12, 2015 at 12:21pm

So, 11% of all electricity currently being generated in Maine is by IWT's, but nearly zero percent wind reflects in our 65% (+) renewable generation...because Maine isn't receiving the benefit of the renewable credits?  They're being sold out of state?  (What does "Other"mean?)

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on March 12, 2015 at 11:15am

This should be in all the major newspapers - is it??

Comment by Long Islander on March 12, 2015 at 9:42am

Fear of health: Denmark stops expansion of wind power plants

http://www.windaction.org/posts/42340-fear-of-health-denmark-stops-...

(This article is in English at WindAction but is not in English at the original source. It looks to be a Google translation to English and thus a bit bumpy, but well worth reading)

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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