Sunday, April 23, 2017

Clean Line Energy is "not" a Wind Company

How many times have we heard the propaganda drivel "Clean Line Energy Partners is not a wind energy company"?



How many times have we heard "Clean Line Energy Partners is a transmission company" like it was a propaganda conspiracy theory of fake news.



Well, guess who's now officially a wind energy company?



You one get one chance at this guess.



Yep, Clean Line Energy Partners llc is now officially a wind energy company.



Shocking.



Clean Line Energy Partners is developing a wind energy project in New Mexico.



This is the core of the problem with the state regulatory racket. A company like Clean Line can come in and feed a load of drivel under oath, attempt to make no obligation to serve the state's residents in hopes of gaining eminent domain powers.  Once the dust is settled the company can renege on claims made under oath and no one is held accountable.



Take a look at the STOPPATH-WV-BLOG about this mess.  Something didn't add up when Bluescape made a 50 million investment in CLEP, and the dots are starting to connect.  Once you start learning about who owned this wind farm, the ties between NRG, Bluescape,  and CLEP,  one has to ask is this really legal.   Technically, it used to be illegal, but Jimmy Glotfelty lobbied Congress back during the Bush-Cheney Administration to repeal the Public Utilities Company Holding Act (PUCHA) that limited utility companies from creating holding companies and shell companies.



ENRON would be proud of this investment scheme.   Don't forget Jayshree Desai was Mergers and Acquisition at ENRON before joining Michael Skelly at Horizon Wind Energy.



Remember when Michael Skelly stated to the Illinois Commerce Commission he didn't know what the Iowa Land Acquisition Company subsidiary of CLEP does or why it was created?   As foolish as it sounds for a CEO of a company to not know the purpose of a subsidiary, we still have to ask the same question.



Again, is the Iowa Land Acquisition Company llc related to developing a wind energy subsidiary?



Some people are probably asking "What difference does it make?  It's called vertical integration."  When Clean Line was first introduced to the public, one of our concerns was the potential of price manipulation when an unknown company desires to be a public utility and will controls the generation of "3 times the size of the Hoover Dam".  Back when Clean Line was first introduced to us, the memories of ENRON was still fresh.   Another concern was using eminent domain so Clean Line could later develop wind farms.   We were repeatedly rebuffed that "Clean Line Energy is not a wind company".   Now the red flag is waving bigger than ever.



When we see the red flags of an outside group come into our communities and promise grandiose dreams of jobs and tax money, it does us no benefit to ignore the red flags because we see the potential money.   These fly-by-night schemers are going to be gone.   The local government leaders and the community will be left to pick up the pieces.  


We see the red flags with Clean Line Energy bigger now than seven years ago.   We see the potential of abuse, potential market manipulation, problems combining a transmission company with wind farm development.   The fact that Clean Line is now openly a wind energy company after literally swearing they are not such is another confirmation this company is not legitimate and does not deserve Public Utility status in Kansas,  Iowa,  Missouri,  Illinois, Arkansas or Oklahoma. This proposed project is a privately owned and will not guarantee service to any of the states it would have had operated within.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Aspirations of Hans Detweiler


Do people at Team Clean Line even like Hans Detweiler? Probably not..

Does Hans Detweiler feels like he’s been cut, crimped, and conditioned by a New Holland moco yet?  Remember when this started and he had that hallmark of his ego trophy with the Crain’s Chicago Business article called “Helping Hans”.  He was at his peak with no idea the storm he was stepping into.  Please, go to that link.  Check out the smug look on the face of “Helping Hans”…

…and now we find ourselves headed to the Illinois Supreme Court to determine if the Rock Island Clean Line is indeed qualified to be considered a “Public Utility” in Illinois.  I, for one, am looking forward to seeing the oral arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court.  It will be interesting to see what the RICL attorney decides for an argument. 

 At the ICC, the ComEd expert witness made a point to say RICL aspires to be a public utility but aspirations alone doesn’t make one qualified.  One can aspire to play lead violin in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but that does not make one qualified.   

In many ways that was the heart of the matter at the Appellate Court.   RICL still aspires to be a public utility and is looking for a court to say that’s close enough to be a Public Utility.   We shall see what the court says. 

My guess is the only wind energy Hans Detweiler will wheel is from his beanie powered generator to a 9 volt battery. 

See you at #ILSC.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RICL's Supreme Court Last Chance Appeal and the Art of Using Both Hands




The Rock Island Clean Line has filed its appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.  It’s a weak argument that amounts to wishing in one hand and pooping in the other.  After reading the decision from the Third District of the Appellate Court Illinois and Rock Island Clean Line’s appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, it is obvious this is RICL’s first time acting as a proposed Public Utility and has no clue about the expectations and obligations of being a public utility. 

RICL is still contending there will be a big savings with the Rock Island Clean Line.  Clean Line keeps claiming there is potential of millions of savings at the Illinois Commerce Commission but has failed to sufficiently explained how where these savings will materialize.  There is not a single windfarm client for RICL on the west or a single interested electricity provider on the east end of the powerline.  Remember Solomon’s advice.

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. 
  
It must be a challenge to see this speculation project as an actual public utility.  With the right hand, RICL cannot grasp and sign up a single wind energy company in Iowa.  With the left hand, RICL cannot grasp a public utility provider in Illinois.  Without both, there is not a projected savings to Illinois consumers? 

The savings simply doesn’t exist. 

So why doesn’t’ RICL have wind farm clients in Iowa?  Without actual contracts contingent on ICC approval, RICL cannot project savings for Illinois ratepayers.  Without a guarantee Illinois ratepayers will be buying this energy at a significant savings from an actual energy generation company, there is no proof of savings or benefit.  At best, RICL’s argument before the Illinois Supreme Court amounts to wishing in one hand and hoping in the other hand.  RICL cannot grasp one and hang on to the other.

It’s also a weak argument for RICL to claim it has failed to sign up wind energy customers because RICL is not a “Public Utility” in Illinois.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted RICL authorization to negotiate rates.  Clean Line Energy has gone so far as to boast it has FERC’s “approval”.  So why hasn’t RICL been successful in actually negotiating rates contingent on ICC approval for siting?

Could it be there is no saving for Illinois ratepayers?

Could it be there are no customers for the product RICL desires to wheel?

It’s a terrible attempt at a circular argument to say the Appellate Court cannot grant RICL public utility status because it is not already a public utility.  Only an idiot who finds himself lost in a corner would make this argument.  The regulatory process is designed for FERC to authorize rate negotiation and the states’ public utility commissions authorize siting approval based on need and benefit for the ratepayers.  Again, one hand authorizes rate approval and the other hand authorizes siting approval.  If there is indeed a savings and benefit for Illinois ratepayers, Clean Line needs to put it in writing.  Guarantee a commitment to serve Illinois ratepayers now and forever with actual contracts between energy generators on the west and energy resellers to ratepayers in Illinois.

Wishing in on hand and crapping in the other does not qualify RICL to be an Illinois public utility and it’s truly a weak legal argument to attempt. Hang on to one and letting go of the other can be difficult for some to master.  Putting it in writing can be near impossible for a speculation capital company that is not in the business for the long term.