January 30, 2020
... multistate transmission line intended to deliver electric power from out-of-state wind farms to utilities in 12 states.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) unanimously approved construction of the Wisconsin portion of a newelectric power transmission line known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek on August 19, 2019. As conceived by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), which manages the open-access high-voltage transmission system from Manitoba Canada through the midwestern Un...
October 30, 2019
A decision by New Hampshire’s Supreme Court to uphold a state commission’s rejection of the Northern Pass electricity transmission line may make it harder, or at least more expensive, for the state to meet its combined demand for reliable electric power, and the region to meet is carbon dioxide emission reduction goals under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Northern Pass History
Eversource, New England's largest energy provider, which provides electric and natural gas to more than more ...
October 5, 2022
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wanted regulatory reform, in part to reverse some of the Biden Administration reversals of Trump era reforms intended to expedite permits for fossil fuel projects.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) needed Manchin’s vote in the 50-50 Senate to enact his latest spending extravaganza, the Inflation Reduction Act, which was primarily a massive climate and “green” energy subsidy arrangement. It gives Schumer allies some $370 billion in wind, solar, battery and other fu...
April 19, 2021
The head of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) recently gave a revealing interview, in an obscure outlet he probably figured would not travel. It is “Yale Insights” published by the Yale School of Management. Elliot Mainzer, President and CEO of CAISO is a Yalie, so he gave something back.
Actually he gave a lot out, if you read the poli-speak correctly. Serious problems lie ahead. Below are some interesting insights, with translation where needed.
First, Mainzer explains his j...
July 11, 2017
In a setback for the renewable-energy industry, Iowa now has a law barring the use of eminent domain for high-voltage transmission lines carrying wind energy across the state into Illinois.
The battle over right of way for transmission lines transporting wind energy has been raging in Iowa and neighboring Illinois for more than six years. Gov. Terry Branstad’s (R) May signing of Senate File 516, a large energy bill including the eminent domain provision, caps the latest skirmish pitting rural l...
February 1, 2009
A Minnesota environmental activist group is fighting against the construction of power lines to deliver wind power to the state, shortly after environmental activist groups successfully pressured the state government into enacting renewable power mandates.Less than two years after the state legislature passed an aggressive renewable power mandate, the Citizens Energy Task Force has registered as a “legally intervening party” and is drafting legal arguments asserting the proposed wind power trans...
January 4, 2006
Competitive markets for the production of electrical energy are growing, but the facilities that transmit and distribute it remain technological monopolies. Through the 1970s most utilities were self sufficient in generation, and power trades between them were small. Transmission was supplied largely at the discretion of its owners and was priced at cost-recovering rates approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As these inter-utility ('wholesale") markets grew during the 1980...
December 24, 2019
Throughout October and November of 2018, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut down substantial portions of its electricity transmission system in northern California for extended periods of time, supposedly as a precautionary measure.
According to the widely reported official story, which cited high wind speeds the company described as “historic,” the utility claims if it didn’t turn off the grid, wind-caused damage to its infrastructure could have started more wildfires.
Perhaps this is...
December 30, 2019
It is likely to be more than a decade before electric vehicles (EVs) will be price-competitive with fossil fuel-powered cars, concludes a new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative.
The lithium-ion batteries used in EVs are among the most important factors contributing to the higher costs, with the batteries accounting for about one-third of the cost of an EV, the study states. The metals these batteries are made of are subject to shifting prices, and the cos...
November 13, 2019
According to the official, widely reported story, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut down substantial portions of its electric transmission system in northern California as a precautionary measure.
Citing high wind speeds they described as “historic,” the utility claims that if it didn’t turn off the grid, wind-caused damage to its infrastructure could start more wildfires.
Perhaps that’s true. Perhaps. This tale presumes that the folks who designed and maintain PG&E’s transmissi...