Saturday, April 29, 2017

CLEP MEME Outtakes

It's not easy to make a meme that makes the cut for the editorial board.  Here are several outtakes. A couple made the rigorous approval process.  Most didn't make the cut.

Skelly and "Pocket Approval" was a joke 2 years ago.  It's unbelievable that joke is 2 years old and this circus is still going on. Looking back, this story is a good example how a free meal, or such, can buy a positive story from the mainstream news media.  I wonder if the reporter even bothered to ask "What's a pocket approval?"




























Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Clean Line's Dream is Almost Over

The RICL case before the Illinois Supreme Court is nearing!  I do hope we can all gather on the steps of the court with Mike Skelly, Jimmy G, Hans Detweiler, and even Mark Lawlor for a group picture to commemorate the last 6 or 7 years this has been going on. Whatever the outcome, it will be a precedent for the Illinois Public Utility Act and eminent domain in Illinois.

Did anyone ever wonder what is going on at "Clean" Line headquarters about now?  They've got to be near broke and running low on investor's cash. The Rock Island "Clean" Line is dead in Iowa.  The state legislatures are moving forward with a bill to deny eminent domain with proposed for-profit Merchant Transmission Line.

Illinois is approaching oral arguments at the Illinois Supreme Court where CLEP will attempt to justify being a Public Utility with no guarantee to serve the public. If RICL is determined by the state's court not to be a Public Utility, then no eminent domain, and no eminent domain for Grain Belt Express.

Missouri has denied CLEP public utility status twice and in the process if denying the Grain Belt Express for a third time.

The Tennessee Valley Authority still has no desire to purchase 3,500 megawatts of overpriced wind energy when they have enough generation within the region for years.

It makes one wonder what the atmosphere is at "Clean" Line headquarters in Houston.  Just playing the odds and speculating here, but the culture at CLEP Central is probably very toxic, if not septic. Negativity spreads and there isn't much to be positive about there.  They've got to be close to broke.  It wouldn't be surprising if many are wondering when us their last day to work at CLEP as their seed money from investors dwindles. There is a good chance some arguing is going in about who frittered money away on this or that.  When someone misses a simple deadline with a lawyer, it wouldn't be surprising Jimmy Glotfelty goes into a hell tirade about doing your job, letting the team down, and there is no tomorrow if they fail.  Fear can be a powerful motivator for a leader.  Fear and desperation can also make a leader do some irrational things. 

With a new Administration in Washington determined to “drain the swamp” and "Clean" Line Energy desperate, does Team CLEP choose to sulk or suck up to the new Administration?

After investing so much time in lobbying the previous Administration as a proposed “clean” energy project, looks like “Clean” Line is choosing to spin as “shovel ready” projects that needs a little federal help ramming their projects through the state regulatory process.  Getting three projects added to a fake lobbyist created shovel ready infrastructure list was a slick move. 

Where does one go after spending years to forge a sweetheart deal for Plains & Eastern Clean Line?

The TVA still doesn't want their high priced wind energy from 750 miles away.    "Clean" Lie has gotten more aggressive with their politicking claiming wind energy can be delivered for a competitive 20 cents a kilowatt. The TVA is being polite but they know that's a dirty lie from Clean Line.   There isn't a single actual wind company willing to go public claiming such an absurdly low price. It looks like Clean Line is choosing vinegar over honey option when dealing with the TVA now as the company chooses an aggressive media campaign claiming to be “cheap” wind energy without providing specifics. It’s an interesting high pressure negative public relations campaign to pressure the TVA in buying high priced wind energy. 

In "Clean" Line's desperation, they've gone public with another dirty lie.   Clean Line Energy Partners llc is actually a wind energy company.   After literally years of denial, "Clean" Line is officially developing a 1,000 megawatt wind energy project out west, probably for their Centennial West "Clean" Line project.   So much for the "Clean Line Energy is not a wind company" they told the public at the informational meetings, but desperate times call for desperate measures.  Skelly probably didn't want to go public with the wind farm development until after the transmission easements were secured but they're running out of money and running out if time with states denying them Public Utility Status.

It's probably a bit lonely at CLEP headquarters. They don't seem to be speaking at wind or transmission trade shows much anymore.   It makes a person wonder if the industry is shunning the "Clean" Line name for drawing focus on the worst of the industry.

Admit it Mike, the dream is almost over.  Clean Line's death is probably closer to imminent.  Then again, one man's dream is another's nightmare and this one is nearing an end.

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.