Act 250 undone
Posted in the Brattleboro Forum
#1 Jul 26, 2013
#2 Jul 26, 2013
The Lowell wind turbine facility has nothing to do with community-scale wind, everything with utility-scale wind (blatant PR to soft-soap the people). It is a capital intensive ($2,500,000/MW), highly visual (400-ft tall wind turbines), noisy wind turbine facility that is proposed to be built on environmentally-sensitive ridge lines.
The Lowell wind turbine facility will produce just a little of expensive, unreliable, intermittent, variable wind energy that has little dispatch value to the grid; at least 10 percent of the year, the wind speeds are too low to produce any wind energy and most of the wind energy is produced at night during the winter.
The Lowell wind turbine facility job creation is largely a mirage. The facility will temporarily employ a number of people during the construction phase for about a year. During the next 20 years, just a few people will be permanently employed to perform operations and maintenance.
An enormous waste of capital to create just a few permanent jobs, as shown by this Vermont Department of Public Service study.
The project would not be built if there were no subsidies equivalent to at least 50% of the capital cost. Without subsidies, the wind energy produced would be at least $0.15/kWh delivered to the grid.
The project has nothing to do with reducing CO2 emissions or generating wind energy. Most of the CO2 emissions wind energy was meant to reduce is offset by the increased CO2 emissions of the inefficient operation of the balancing plants, as the below study shows.
The project has everything to do with grabbing as much federal subsidies as possible and “coursing” them through Vermont’s economy for the short-term benefit of the well-connected few (including high-income, non-Vermonters and foreign companies supplying wind turbines), at the long-term expense (higher electric rates) of the many.
Over the past 10 years, the subsidies for wind turbine facility owners have become so excessive that facilities are built in marginal wind areas, as on most Vermont ridge lines, or before facilities are built to transmit the wind energy to population centers, as in the Texas Panhandle, just to cash in on the lucrative subsidies. Here is a partial list of subsidies:
- Federal grant for 30% of the total project cost which also applies to Spanish, Danish, German and Chinese wind turbines thus creating jobs in those nations instead of the US. These nations would not dream to have such a measure benefitting US wind turbine companies.
- Federal accelerated depreciation allowing the entire project to be written off in five years which is particularly beneficial to wealthy, high-income people looking for additional tax shelters.
- Federal production credit of $0.022/kWh of wind energy produced.
- Owners of wind turbine facilities receive Renewable Energy Certificates which they can sell on the open market. The RECs are subsequently bought by polluting companies that find it less expensive to buy the RECs than clean up their pollution.
- Federal government and State legislatures are pressured to provide increasingly greater state subsidies to politically well-connected renewables vendors, developers, financial entities (Goldman Sachs on Wall Street) and their high-income clients who use them for tax shelters.
- State legislatures and state government agencies are pressured to pave the regulatory ways to essentially circumvent state environmental and quality of life laws. Pro-forma hearings, usually required by law, are held to create a semblance of democratic process but effectively are rubber-stamp approvals of pre-ordained decisions.
- See more at: http://vtdigger.org/2011/07/13/gmp-hosted-loc...
#3 Jul 26, 2013
#4 Jul 26, 2013
Brattleboro's massive solar project.
This project only makes sense for the developer. They will make a profit due to massive government tax breaks paid by guess who? And guess who will be saddled with higher energy costs due to the need for construction/purchase of additional power generation when the sun don't shine...
And let's not forget that the land underneath these 8316 panels is rendered as useless as if it had been contaminated by some kind of industrial waste.
They tried this approach in Germany and failed miserably. They had to bring 23 coal fired plants on-line to deal with the 16% efficiency rate of their multibillion solar/wind fiasco.
These projects should never be allowed to go forward
#5 Jul 26, 2013
Why not put the solar project across the street from McDonalds and in front of the cemetery instead? The town would not allow a truckers rest area in that field or a C&S warehouse near that area because to truck traffic, so why not encourage the solar energy project to be there instead? Why litter the view from I-91 when we could easily have it away from the interstate?
#6 Jul 26, 2013
How can one VT Governor destroy forty years of environmental stewardship?
GMP awarded bat permit for Lowell Mountain
Posted: Jul 25, 2013 5:42 AM EDT Updated: Jul 25, 2013 10:09 AM EDT
By WCAX News - bio | email
The Lowell Mountain Wind Project is allowed to accidentally kill up to seven endangered or threatened bats a year.
The Agency of Natural Resources granted Green Mountain Power the permit, saying that number of bats would not be biologically significant as long as efforts were made to help save colonies.
The Caledonian-Record reports the utility will have to pay about $18,000 a year to do that and will hire a consultant to look for dead bats under the turbines.
#7 Jul 26, 2013
If Vermont Yankee closes the solar project can go right downtown.
#8 Jul 26, 2013
Suddenly, a challenger appears!
#9 Jul 26, 2013
How can one VT Governor destroy forty years of Act 250 environmental stewardship?
#10 Jul 26, 2013
He gets voted in that's how!
#11 Jul 26, 2013
crabby miserable old people complain about everything. The stuff isn't bothering people with better things to worry about.
#12 Jul 26, 2013
So it's ok with you that the federal government is spending limited tax dollars on propping up substandard energy generation even while we are cutting combat pay / hazardous duty pay for our troops? I imagine that Shumlins preschool plans could be fully funded if VT stopped throwing good money after bad with energy speculation that reverses act 250 and does nothing to create energy security in the state.
#13 Jul 26, 2013
So it's ok with you that the federal government is spending limited tax dollars on tanks even the military says they don't need even while we are cutting combat pay / hazardous duty pay for our troops?
You aren't very good at debating.
#14 Jul 26, 2013
Good jobs program so some local men can find some work to support their families sooner than join the military because there is nothing else.
The miserable old people never think about anyone but themselves, can't be happy to see some men find some work in this horrible economy the ME Generation made.
WPA,TVA,CCC solar, windmills what's the difference ? The angry full of hate spoiled old people have no clue what it's like not to be able to find a decent job because the good life in America was handed to them on a silver platter after WW2 and they are still miserable crabby old people driving imported cars because they hate the country that provided them the easy life.
Maybe they can dump act 250 and build some economy priced no frills condo units in small Vermont towns instead of dumping all the poor people in the little cities like Springfield, Brattleboro, Bennington, Rutland so the cost of housing drops a lot so young people can afford a place to live in a small town after the miserable angry self absorbed narcissist old people of the ME Generation zoned the working class out of their little snob towns.
#15 Jul 27, 2013
The “useless eaters” are the working poor and the former middle class whose jobs were offshored so yuppie dirt bags could save a few pennies on chi-com stuff and tell the whiners they need to get an education. How's the education thing working out ? Probably as good as the hope and change thing.
I feel the love, lots of happy faces.
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