Comments for: A good year for clean air

Posted Dec. 26, 2012, at 4:12 p.m.

It’s been a good year for clean air, and we are grateful. In the last 12 months, the Environmental Protection Agency, under the Obama Administration, has finalized three new clean air standards that will protect Americans from dangerous pollution from power plants and other industrial sources. The administration has also …

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  • Jeremy Allan D’Herville

    “Oil, gas and coal interests and their allies in Congress are doing everything they can to block and roll back these standards and clean energy incentives.” Do not support them then by attacking the small businesses and lesser pollutant categories first. No one cares about your jobs/ bureaucracy’s existence – only the product. The quality of that product so far has been over-inflated full of dressed up theory and consistently rubbish. UNEPs got a greater reach now so, you know maybe more friends if not brains.

  • Anonymous

    Good commentary.

  • Anonymous

    Despite naming CO2 as a pollutant, there is no verifiable record or measurement of it over time….neither DEP or any other govt. agency has measured CO2 over Maine; yet that’s all they can talk about. Point source emissions from smoke stacks are irrelevant to all the other CO2 emitted by cars, etc.

    And you wonder why there are a growing number of skeptics who think this is all being made up? Some experts are saying that the reason Maine’s air is so much better is the massive conversion to natural gas and clean burning wood pellet stoves. So be sure there has been a tiny dent from solar thermal heating; but with inexpensive hydro flooding in from Quebec, even electric heating of apts. and offices would be an improvement.

  • Anonymous

    “Here in Maine we know that a healthy environment and a healthy economy are strongly linked.”

    So, where’s Maine’s healthy economy? Considering what Maine’s environment and economy were like forty years ago (you didn’t want to be in Rumford on a windless night), I’m not sure ‘what we know’ tracks very well with ‘what is’.

  • Anonymous

    Lisa – NRCM is advocating the rape of Maine’s ridge lands for essentially no benefit to Maine. See the document we already handed to you in person:

    http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/nrcm-s-co2-analysis

    I guess it fell on deaf ears.

    When are you going to get on the side of the truth?

  • Anonymous

    It would be nice if this article was actually based on scientific facts, rather than religious fervor.

    For example, wind energy does not replace coal. That pitch may sound good to the choir, but it is simply superstition.

    What is real is that a one year extension of the wind PTC will cost $12 Billion, will be money borrowed from places like China, will lead to net job losses due to the higher price of wind electricity, and with zero proof of any net clean air.

    For those who have yet to imbibe the Koolaide, see EnergyPresentation.Info.

  • Anonymous

    This article is a naive and politically motivated piece. The good doctor should read Robert Bryce recent article in the WSJ where he describes the theoretical needs of a hospital post “Sandy”:

    Assume the hospital needs one megawatt of emergency electricity-generation
    capacity. Lives are at stake. It needs power immediately. That capability could
    easily be provided by a single, trailer-mounted diesel generator, which would
    occupy a small corner of the hospital’s garage (and be safely removed from any flooding
    threat). By contrast, providing that much wind-generation capacity would
    require about 5.6 million square feet of land-an area of nearly 100 football
    fields. And all of that assumes that the land is available, the wind is
    blowing, and there are enough transmission lines to carry those wind-generated
    electrons from the countryside into Lower Manhattan.

    ‘Nuff said?

  • Maine Wind Concerns

    Good that we are putting a dent in much of the pollution that flies here from other parts of the country. But please stop the clatter about the wasteful production tax credit for useless wind power.

  • Sewall House Yoga

    wow this is just such distorted lying..I cannot even believe it. The Natural Resource Council of Maine should be completely ashamed of the lies they are spreading while they do not uphold protecting Maine’s resources. I knew this already about them when our group tried to block the awful Oakfield project over two amazing lakes with high bird and bat populations that the State had ranked for preservation and as historic as well. I am beyond disappointed and flabbergasted that they are not protecting our trees, animals birds and the humans that enjoy these resources and hoped to see them preserved for future generations as they were assigned to be before the destructive inefficient expensive wind scam started which requires fossil fuel for back up and dessimates eagles and bats…I agree with John Droz completely..know what you are talking about..you don’t. You want to know how wind helps State economies..watch this..it simply does not ( oh and ask about the wind turbine at UMPI and see its record).

    http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2057224707001/the-cost-of-wind-power/

  • To conduct further studies into the high cost of electricity produced by wind projects that is absorbed by the ratepayers in the state of Maine. To conduct unbias studies into the efficiency of wind energy compared to other renewable energy sources.

  • Anonymous

    Come on Voohees, get the facts, you NRCM wind shills are pathetic!

    New Study Finds Federal Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) No Longer Needed to Drive Wind Generation Development

    Mature Wind Industry Can Compete On Its Own; Taxpayer-funded Welfare-For-Wind Must End

    WASHINGTON D.C. – A new report
    released today by the American Energy Alliance (AEA) concludes that
    wind energy is a mature industry whose growth has rendered the federal
    wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) an obsolete government hand-out that
    should be allowed to expire.

    The AEA-commissioned study, “Removing Big Wind’s Training Wheels: The Case for Ending the Federal Production Tax Credit,” documents
    the explosive growth of wind generation as well as the favorable
    outlook for future wind generation development as a result of Renewable
    Portfolio Standards (RPS) – not the PTC. Conducted by David
    Dismukes, associate director and professor at the Louisiana State
    University Center for Energy Studies, the study finds that wind
    generation now comprises 50,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity capacity
    in the United States — a five-fold increase since 2006 — and will
    continue to grow even without the renewal of the PTC. The PTC therefore
    only serves to tip the scale in favor of a well-established
    industry, giving wind an politically-determined advantage over other
    types of generation.

    Background

    The PTC was first enacted in 1992 and currently provides wind producers a subsidy of $22 per megawatt-hour (MWh) of energy generated. It has been extended seven times and is
    scheduled to expire under current law on December 31, 2012. Congress
    is now debating another extension of the credit. The Joint Committee on
    Taxation estimates that a one-year extension would cost taxpayers $12.1
    billion.

    “When you strip away all the rhetoric, the real issue is that wind is
    a mature industry whose growth is being fueled by aggressive RPS
    standards and is no longer in need of training wheels,” said Dr.
    Dismukes. “The PTC is a costly and inefficient subsidy that is clearly
    no longer necessary.”

    “The government needs to stop caving to powerful wind lobbyists and
    establishing policies that pick winners and losers in the energy
    marketplace. The wind PTC has run its course, and taxpayers must no
    longer be forced to subsidize a well-established wind industry that
    offers no substantive proposal for a phase-out of decades-old energy
    welfare,” said AEA President Thomas Pyle.

    Findings

    The Dismukes study finds that widespread adoption of state RPS
    mandates established a substantial guaranteed market for wind; one that
    did not exist when the PTC was enacted in 1992. Although a few states
    adopted RPS policies as early as the mid to late 1990s, most states
    enacted them between 2004 and 2007, which is when a substantial increase
    in wind energy capacity development occurred, as documented in the
    report. To date, wind generation accounts for 90% of all new renewable
    resources developed under these non-federal programs.

    Additionally, RPS requirements are expected to grow from about 50,000
    MW in 2010 to almost 200,000 MW by 2030, according to the report. If
    wind maintains the same 90% market share it holds in today’s renewable
    energy generation mix, merely fulfilling future RPS requirements
    guarantees wind producers a market for almost 130 GW of additional
    capacity through 2030. As such, even post-federal PTC expiration, the
    outlook for future wind generation development continues to be
    exceptionally favorable.

    The report also highlights forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information
    Administration which find that even if the PTC and other incentives are
    eliminated, renewable generation will still be on track to rise from
    500 billion kilowatt hours in 2011 to approximately 750 billion kilowatt
    hours by 2035, amounting to a 50% increase in wind generation.

    Additional key findings include:

    Standards & Poor’s recently estimated as much as $150 billion in
    new renewable energy investment opportunities over the next 10 years
    even if the PTC is not renewed, driven in large part by opportunities in
    wind energy development. Thus, offering billions of dollars in federal
    tax subsidies to wind generation, in addition to mandated state
    renewable subsidies, allows wind generators to “double dip,” and
    reflects a gross waste of limited fiscal resources.

    Over 50% of wind capacity is located in only five states; over 75%
    is located in just 11 states. The federal PTC, however, unfairly shifts
    wind energy development costs from taxpayers in the RPS states to those
    with little or no wind development, forcing taxpayers across the country
    to support an industry concentrated in only a few states. In fact,
    under the PTC, taxpayers in the states without RPS mandates pay
    approximately 24% of the PTC funding, even though they receive no direct
    benefit.

    The “one-size-fits-all” PTC is an inefficient and expensive means of
    supporting wind generation that fails to recognize the industry’s
    heterogeneity and operational differences, and grossly wastes limited
    fiscal resources by over-subsidizing many projects and driving
    over-development.

    To download a copy of the full report, click here.

  • Anonymous

    NRCM, go on a hike and enjoy the turbine views you are creating, as far as science and economics goes, go back to school please!

    Dartmouth is for wimps!

    The “one-size-fits-all” PTC is an inefficient and expensive means of
    supporting wind generation that fails to recognize the industry’s
    heterogeneity and operational differences, and grossly wastes limited
    fiscal resources by over-subsidizing many projects and driving
    over-development.”

  • Anonymous

    This administration is burdening business with an average of 63 new regulations every day (365/year).
    Laud him or loathe him, this is a considerable burden, pure and simple. Thank you, Obamessiah!

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when people support enviro-mentals at the ballot box (and the newspaper stand).

  • electricity generation is so small of the whole pollutions. NO PTC……done WIND…you have had 30 years and have gone nowhere. There is an opening for a repairs person at Kibby. A job repairing….mmm…go figure.

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