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January 14 Our View: Offshore Wind the Right Investment for Maine


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Ruth
- 339 days ago - pressherald.com
'A small increase in electric rates now could transform the state's economy.'The developers would invest $120 million, which they would recoup by selling Mainers electricity for the next 20 years at rates starting at 23 cents per kilowatt-hour,...'



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Ruth R. (216)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 12:56 pm
From the article:
' 'The PUC is now considering a long-term power contract with the company, a consortium of the University of Maine, Cianbro Corp. and Emera, an international energy company based in Nova Scotia. It proposes building a pair of 6-megawatt floating wind turbines off Monhegan Island, which would produce enough electricity for about 6,000 homes.

The developers would invest $120 million, which they would recoup by selling Mainers electricity for the next 20 years at rates starting at 23 cents per kilowatt-hour, increasing the average residential customer’s bill by 75 cents per month.

Even though this project is expected to create about 340 jobs, it doesn’t look like much of a deal on its face. But if this experiment succeeds, it has a chance to transform the state’s economy.

After the floating turbines off Monhegan, the next step would be to build a 500-megawatt wind farm 10 miles from shore, which would produce power at prices competitive with coal and gas. According to documents filed with the PUC by Aqua Ventus, that would be a $2.5 billion project, which would generate about $300 million in annual revenue – a little less than what the entire lobster industry produced in 2012.

If plans to build as many as five offshore wind farms are achieved, Maine would have something in abundance that other states will need – carbon-free electricity – and would have a source of power that would give our industry an energy advantage for a change.

That future is far from assured and at best it will take years of trial and error to make it work, but awarding this contract now is an essential step to achieving that goal." '
 

Michela m. (3955)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:55 pm
Noted
 

Ruth R. (216)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 5:12 pm
Wind is one of the cleanest forms of energy! LET'S GO WIND WITH SOLAR!
For vehicles of all sizes -- including iive-in and ocean going: WHEN THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR THE CONSUMER I VOTE FOR -- THE EV PEDDLE POWER -- AS BACK UP -BIO-FUEL -- AND A CRANK AND SEE-SAW ENERGY DIRECT INTO THE WHEELS AND HELICOPTER WINGS AS THE ROOF RACK!

Some considerations on wind:
The laws on Birds for Wind Energy are very strict -- if the wind turbines cause a certain number of the birds to die -- the companies are getting sued.

1.) If people do build wind -- so that the wind turbines are where the birds will not fly into the turbines and buildings -- then wind energy would be good -- with the other IF.

2.) If people will use some wood and recycled-material wind turbines -- please see the article on wood turbine in Inhabit -- then there are less steel and less fiberglass wind turbines. This less steel would mean less mining or using recycled metals. Less mining usually has a better impact on the earth and all that lives on earth.

3.) The less use of fiberglass would mean using an organic material such as wood or some other bio-degrade-able material.

4. Wood windmills can and would be made efficient and beautiful -- so this would help the atmosphere and the scenery.
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Some consideration on Solar energy.
That we make sure that there is minimal impact on the earth and all that lives on earth, with the knowledge that no energy source is not going to have an impact on the earth.
1.) sand to silicon. 2.) the needed chemicals to make solar cells. 3.) the use of what kind of plastic--
recycle-able, biodegrade-able?

GO SOLAR-WIND- MICRO-HYDRO ON THE SIDE OF RIVERS, TIDAL AND WAVE ON FLOATS AND BOATS!
 

Fi T. (16)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 3:57 am
For the future and ourselves
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 5:17 am
Excellent.
 

kate k (478)
Friday January 24, 2014, 10:05 am
Great article thank you Ruth
 
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