Windpower’s PTC: Secondary to state mandates


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Windpower’s PTC: Secondary to state mandates

(Posted November 28, 2011)


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Comment by Dan McKay on November 29, 2011 at 6:39am

The very fact that " Renewables " are mandated is a marketer's dream.  Utilities buy " Green " to cover themselves under this law , and pass on the cost to the consumers.  Marketers can be very persuasive . Note, in this story from Norwood, Mass. , How the utility super has been persuaded to believe that a mandate of 100% " Renewable " is forthcoming.  He, also, seems to sense the RECs bought can bring in a profit at resale. Marketing " Green " electricity is like marketing cable TV. The price keeps going up, while the product stays the same.  The RPS must be eliminated before entrenched marketing takes place and a new lobby emerges .


By Lindsay Briggs / staff writer
Posted May 27, 2010 @ 07:00 AM


In a move toward energy efficiency, the Board of Selectmen, working as the town’s light commissioners, voted on Tuesday, May 25, to buy 17 percent of Spruce Mountain Wind Project’s electricity output.

“It’s a good move for the town to buy into the ‘green’ (energy) at a reasonable cost,” Selectman Bill Plasko said.

The electricity from Maine-based Spruce Mountain Wind Project makes up about 3 percent of the Norwood Light Department’s energy, said Malcolm McDonald, superintendent of the Norwood Municipal Light Department.

McDonald said he could see municipal light departments, like Norwood’s, being required by the state to be 100 percent green, or energy efficient, some day.

“We are not required right now,” McDonald said. “But I see it happening (in the future).”

Patriot Renewables, a developer, owner, and operator of commercial wind energy projects, is potentially looking to erect between 5-7 turbines at the Woodstock, Maine site, according to the U.S. Department of Energy website. There are currently 1.5 turbines there.

Norwood will be signing a fixed-rate, 15-year contract for the 17 percent share of the project.

The fixed rate would be set at $99.70 per megawatt hour, McDonald said. A megawatt hour is a measurement of energy.

Plasko said the price wouldn’t be too much higher than the current $75 per megawatt hour that is bought by the light department at the end of the 15 years.

“It’s a $1 to $2 difference from now to the 15th year (with other current energy prices),” Plasko said. “It is not a bad deal.”

The Light Department can also receive credits if it sells the green energy through the grid to other light companies, like National Grid, which must buy green energy. The credits could add up to about $23 per megawatt hour, which would bring the costs down to $76 per megawatt hour, Plasko said.

It is not known at print time if the green energy will be sold or if the town will keep it.

The cost to buy 17 percent of the project’s output will be billed into the monthly rates, McDonald said Wednesday, May 26.

The $75 per megawatt hour rate will increase over the next 15 years while the green energy rate stays flat



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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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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