Wind Power News: Connecticut
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The forum’s focus on offshore wind projects does not include support of any wind turbines being built in Long Island Sound, said John Humphries, an organizer with the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs. “We’re talking about development rights being auctioned off by the federal government in the ocean off of Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” Humphries said. “Massachusetts has an RFP (request for proposals) that is 10 times the size of the Block Island project and some of that energy is going to Connecticut.”
The fact that renewable energy producers pay people to buy their energy, albeit rarely, raises questions about the subsidies and tax credits they enjoy. "It looks like we are at the point now where the subsidization process has lifted the tide for these folks to the point that they don't need to be a foster child of the government anymore," said Fromuth. "Seems like we have found a way to keep the solar business abundantly cared for, so there is no existential threat to its continued growth, and that's a good thing."
The town might be interested in putting a wind turbine or a telecommunications tower on the property in the future, according to Johnson. "There is always a wind up there," Johnson said. "We are looking at a couple of options and we will circle back."
New England states have considered imposing economywide carbon fees before, but this year’s efforts have taken on a sense of urgency with an administration in Washington that is rolling back policies to control power-sector greenhouse gas emissions. The states already attack greenhouse gases as members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for buying and selling pollution credits aimed at ratcheting down emissions across New England and in New York, Delaware and Maryland. Renewed legislative efforts recognize . . .
Connecticut has a love-hate relationship with wind power. Okay, so far it’s mostly hate. While wind power is soaring nationally – now accounting for the most renewable generating capacity in the U.S. electric grid – eclipsing hydro for the first time late last year, Connecticut has been a laggard. There are just a couple of utility-scale turbines in Colebrook – the upshot of citizen opposition followed by a three-year moratorium while siting regulations worked their way through the state’s bureaucracy. . . .
HARTFORD, Conn. The Council on Environmental Quality wants Connecticut lawmakers and state environmental officials to encourage developers to build energy projects on previously developed sites, such as landfills and industrial lands. The council is raising concerns in a new report about the surge in proposals to build large solar electricity-generating facilities on farmland and forest lands. Susan Merrow, the council’s chairwoman, says the desire for land conservation and more renewable energy in Connecticut don’t have to be conflict. She says . . .
I want to report that there was a major wind farm in Hawaii called, Kamaoa and other wind farms on the island. And in California there were three major wind farms located at Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio, and are considered to be the world’s best wind sites. All of these projects have ultimately been an environmental and economic disaster. And finally, a critical review is needed of the use of wind turbines in Denmark and Germany. Denmark is . . .
Why is a Vermont developer seeking to blast important ridgeline habitat to install seven 499-foot-tall industrial wind towers near a residential Vermont neighborhood? Why is this developer seeking to build his wind plant when no Vermont electric utility wants to buy his power? The Vermont utilities have said that the cost of the power is too high, they do not need the power, and they will not support a project that the host town opposes (the town of Swanton, Vermont . . .
For Gregory Zupkus, president and CEO of West Hartford wind-power developer BNE Energy, 2016 proved to be a mixed bag. Though a massive wind project the company planned in Goshen doesn’t appear to have a viable path forward, Zupkus and his business partner, BNE Chairman Paul Corey – owners of the state’s sole commercial wind farm in Colebrook – could start construction on a third 3.5-megawatt turbine in Colebrook next year, following a successful bid into a state-run energy program. “We’re excited . . .
The installed capacity requirement ISO-NE filed with FERC last week shows a continuing trend of slightly declining load growth and a greater reliance on behind-the-meter solar power (ER17-320). New England’s ICR for the upcoming 11th Forward Capacity Auction (delivery year 2020/21) is 34,075 MW. That represents a capacity need of 35,034 MW minus 959 MW of Hydro-Quebec Interconnection Capability Credits. In FCA 10 earlier this year, ICR resources of 35,126 MW were required. “There was a small drop in ICR, . . .