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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Michigan's Coming Energy Crisis

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Sun May 23, 2010 at 01:42:42 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, coal, jobs, Granholm (all tags)

    The State of Michigan is headed for an Energy Crisis, and the Democrat Party is mostly to blame.

    From the Alpena News:


    According to a press release from Gov. Jennifer Granholm's office, the state's decision is based on findings of the Michigan Public Service Commission, which said the company failed to demonstrate the plant was needed to meet future supply needs.

    In October of 2008, the MDEQ affirmed that the Rogers City area was safe of air pollution from the proposed Wolverine Clean Energy plant.  So, the Granholm administration went to work to stop the plant by changing the rules.

    Jennifer Granholm's State of the State Address in 2009 laid out the unconstitutional plan to use the MPSC as the decision maker instead of the MDEQ.  Instead of arguing about the environmental impact, because her administration had just proved there would be little if any, she wanted to move the target.

    So, in June of 2009, the MPSC started the process of being the office that would decide if the plant was needed by using future economic modeling.  Since the only way Northern Michigan could prosper was if the plant was approved, the future without the plant is pretty glum, therefore ensuring there would be no uptick in need for electricity.  Convoluted?  Welcome to bureaucracy.

    Meanwhile, our genius Republican legislators thought it would be a grand idea to, at this point, merge the MDEQ and the DNR.

    In September of 2009, the MDEQ was  combined with the DNR using a legislation package, a portion of which was proudly brought to the floor of the Senate by Jason Allen, as a measure to streamline government.  Allen  is now seeking a job as representative of the First District of Michigan in Washington D.C.

    I'm all for smaller government, but, when you combine two departments like the MDEQ, who had already did their work in approving the plant, and the DNR, who had no interest in the plant whatsoever, dump tons of paperwork on this new "streamlined" government office, it makes it easier for the special interests and the Governor's office to pressure and push for a decision.

    Like it or not, Michigan career politicians, this is also partially your fault.

    From the Alpena News:


    Ultimately, the DNRE said Wolverine had not adequately demonstrated through the alternative analysis the inability to secure long-term power supply purchase arrangements, such as buying power from an existing power plant, to meet their member needs.

    "Through the alternative analysis" means that after the State changed the rules, Wolverine didn't follow the new rules and come up with the right numbers to make the control-freak governor happy.

    How is it that the MDNRE has the power to tell a manufacturing company that they don't need to manufacture, because they can buy it from somebody else?

    If it was the Wolverine Jeans Company, and they wanted to hire people to build a jeans manufacturing plant, then hire more to manufacture the jeans, would our nanny government be able to tell them that they have no need to make jeans, because they are being made elsewhere?

    The fact is, the Granholm Administration continually changed the rules and moved the target because she wants to please The Sierra Club and Green Peace, and all the green energy companies that she approved.

    Consider these facts:

    56 wind turbines only produce 180 MW of energy when the wind is blowing very hard, and none when it is calm.

    Our side of the state does not produce enough wind to provide any energy.

    It takes one month to construct 30 wind turbines on land.

    Most wind turbines are made in Canada.

    Off shore wind turbines would only be useful off the coast of the North Western Lower Peninsula, which also happens to be the most scenic, with the most beautiful sunsets, and extremely high property values.

    It only takes one person to keep a windfarm running.

    So, when Granholm's office says that the jobs would be short term, the fact is, there is not much more short term than one month.  Wind energy and solar energy will not and cannot provide more energy.  The energy companies of Northern Michigan will continue to buy coal power from other states, and someday, these Democrat politicians interested in authoritarian control will be held to account.

    < Governor's Wolverine power plant denial a bad decision | The King Nerd makes a major mistake >

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    Wind Farm (none / 0) (#1)
    by grannynanny on Mon May 24, 2010 at 11:58:56 AM EST
    Perhaps Joe Swallow, retired judge from Alpena, who spearheaded the local opposition, will volunteer his 500' of Lake Huron shoreline for a wind farm to provide electricity to Northern Michigan residents.  

    Wind Farms Don't Pay For Themselves (none / 0) (#2)
    by steve on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:33:30 PM EST

    Great post and I wholeheartedly agree. Wind power is intermittent and the turbines are geared such that if the wind is blowing above a pre-set rate the generators shut down to prevent damage from spinning too fast. Also, the intermittent nature of the turbines plays havoc with the grid as well.

    Not only are the Canadians, but Vestas in Europe is looking to get a slice of the wind turbine business as well.

    I posted about the Chinese fining that even with the optimum circumstances, wind power does not pay for itself.

    Also, Granholm is passing out subsides to companies that set up shop as recently as 2008 to scoop up the government handouts

    Again, great post.

    • Thank you by jenkuz, 05/25/2010 08:59:42 AM EST (none / 0)
    Typical environmental hacks (none / 0) (#3)
    by coulomb67 on Mon May 24, 2010 at 09:08:19 PM EST
    I lived in dreaded California for 8 years and that state was unable to build a power plant because of environmental concerns.  I guess the kool-aid has made it to Michigan!  How sad for us :-(

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