Wednesday, February 12, 2020

the promise of cheap wind energy is slipping away

As a longtime advocate of Cape Wind and all off shore wind energy, it saddens me that the feds have once again stopped the Vineyard Wind project from starting in 2022. It was bad enough the wealthy and politically connected sued Cape Wind until they couldn't get going, but now Trump and his oil friends have hurt this state and rate payers by asking for a broader study.  I find myself asking if will I be alive to see any off shore wind energy being produced off of Massachusetts.

Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth magazine has yesterday’s “good news, bad news” regarding the offshore wind industry in Massachusetts: The super-low electric prices that Mayflower Wind is willing to charge for its offshore wind energy – and yet more delays for Vineyard Wind’s planned offshore-wind project in local waters.
Quickie observation: Rarely do you see both environmentalists and business leaders agreeing on something – and in this case they agree that the low electric prices offered by Mayflower and Vineyard are both impressive and most welcome. And yet the Trump administration is dragging its feet on approvals.


At February 12, 2020 at 1:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These wind farms are great news, but only if we can actually get them working. So if the Trump administration is the culprit in delaying this, what can we do about it Jim?

At February 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I wish I had an answer. No one person or branch of government seems to be able to stop the madman in the oval office from doing anything he wants. Good for the oil and coal businesses, bad for our air and electricity rates.

Just one more thing we the people can't do much if anything about.

At February 12, 2020 at 3:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Robinson do anything? Isn't she vice chair of the renewal energy committee at the state house?

At February 12, 2020 at 3:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about solar? You co do that right on your own property with no government agency getting their hands in your stuff.

At February 13, 2020 at 11:09 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

Maria can't move the feds... and maybe not even Baker. And the sense of urgency just don't seem to be there from our congressional delegation. They are all still reeling from the acquittal and now will spend their days trying to investigate more wrong doing of the President imo.

Solar is not for everyone as I have discovered personally. Solar by the way is only 14 to 17% efficient with some commercial systems as high as 22%. Wind turbines are around 35 to 45% efficient and hydro is around 90%.


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