Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plains & Eastern Recycles FERC Approval to Pass it Off as News

HA! Look at this!  FERC has approved Plains & Eastern Clean Line’s to negotiate rates...AGAIN.  Somebody should have told North American WINDPOWER FERC already granted Plains & Eastern Clean Line approval to negotiate rates once already.  Here’s a quote from the WINDPOWER 3024 article.
 
Clean Line Energy says its Plains & Eastern Clean Line project has obtained a key regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Now, here’s an article from the 2012 Windpower Engineering and Development complete with Clean Line Picto-Map Graphic. Notice the similarities to the 2014 article.

Plains and Eastern Clean Line (Clean Line) has obtained a key regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin negotiating transmission service agreements with potential customers of the transmission line project.

It’s virtually the same sentence in the articles two years apart!  Got plagiarism?  Can anybody make up something so absurd?   Skelly, get a new publicist.  A real utility company wouldn’t make such a faux pas.  Is WINDPOWER so disengaged they didn't remember this story was done two years ago. 

This begs an obvious question that WINDPOWER failed to ask.  WTF?  Clean Line Energy had FERC approval to negotiate rates.  Plains & Eastern Clean Line Energy Partners LLC llc llc claimed there is enough interest to supply 485% of Plains & Eastern’s capacity.  So if Clean Line really has 15 wind companies purported to want to utilize a 3,500 MW HVDC powerline, why does Plains & Eastern NEED FERC’s approval to negotiate rates and be allowed to have only one company supplying 100% of the 3,500MW’s?

Something is not adding up here.  

There are 15 wind companies wanting this powerline.

There is up to 17,000MW’s wanting to compete for this powerline.

But Plain’s & Eastern cannot make a go of this and NEED to be allowed to negotiate with only one supplier.  

So what changed?  What made 14 of the alleged 15 wind companies interested in Plains & Eastern walk away?  Why no open season?  Why spin this through a wind energy trade publication like this is allegedly purported to be the first time FERC approved Plains & Eastern the right to negotiate rates?  

Slow public relations traction and Clean Line elects to rerun old news as new news?


Does FERC’s Order 1000 make the Merchant Transmission Model so uncompetitive, it allowed Plains & Eastern to more favorable negotiation privileges?  How does this benefit ratepayers more than the last time FERC approved Plains & Eastern’s last request to negotiate rates?

To me this is more of the same.  Clean Line Energy wants every possible position in their favor before they sell the project to National Grid.  Even if Clean Line Energy Partners puts something in writing in a request to the federal government, they aren’t afraid to ask for a redo.   

Would FERC allow a real utility company such generous negotiation terms?  Would Duke or Southern Company get the same deal?

Are FERC commissioners so determined to advance wind energy, they will allow ratepayers to pay exorbitant rates to advance the industry?

Who is representing the consumer at FERC?  Anyone?  

HAS FERC EVEN NOTICED CLEAN LINE ENERGY PARTNERS KEEPS CLAIMING THIS POWERLINE IS FOR WIND ENERGY WHEN FERC ALREADY TOLD CLEAN LINE ENERGY PARTNERS THEY CANNOT DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN FORMS OF ENERGY?

What's going to be on this line when the "windpower" is not blowing?  It's probably not going to be energy generated from hog manure.

How much is this wind energy from 750 miles away going to cost consumers? 

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