Maine and New Hampshire
Memo from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chairman, Paul Hibbard, to the ISO New England. Chairman Hibbard expresses his concerns over the push to regionalize costs for building expensive transmission lines to service renewable projects (wind) built far from load centers. Current FERC rules are unclear on how to justify distribution of the costs across all ratepayers within the region unless it can be shown such transmission is needed to ensure the reliability and integrity of the grid.
These public comments were filed with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee in reference to the Lempster Wind proposal (NH SEC Docket 2006-01 - Lempster, NH). Ms. Martin's comments were prepared following interviews she had with residents living near the Mars Hill, Maine commerical wind project. The Mars Hill wind project went on line in early 2007; problems of noise were reported as early as December 2006.
This document includes studies in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Renewable energy sources have disadvantages as well as advantages, however.
Although their costs have decreased in
recent years, many renewables are still more
costly than traditional sources. Some are also
available only intermittently; for example,
wind can be variable and hydroelectric is seasonal. And while many people are in favor of
renewables in principle, many are also
unhappy when faced with the prospect of a
windmill or a trash-burning power plant in
their neighborhood. These facilities face the
same siting and investment difficulties that
any electrical facility would, as the developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of
Cape Cod have discovered in recent years.
...the MEA Report can be used to estimate the value (avoided emissions) of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) by providing both REC suppliers and stakeholders with information that can be used to communicate the environmental benefits of RECs and works to enhance the overall REC marketplace.
Editor's Note: As noted below under Methodology [emphasis added], this report appears to substantiate the point that wind energy would not backdown "baseload" generation.
This presentation indicates that for New England the increasing demand for
summer-time electricity is greater and increasing faster than
winter-time demand. The fast-rising need for power in summer will
likely result in construction of new power plants to keep ahead of
demand - although inland industrial wind plants will not be able to contribute much
to this demand period due to their very low capacity factor during
Comments to FERC by the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissions and the Vermont Department of Public Service