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  •  How about tidal energy in Maine? (2+ / 0-)
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    Xan, zic

    Don't you have some fairly extreme daily tidal variations that could be used to generate electricity?

    Here in Maryland our daily tidal variations are only a foot or so, not so much power available, but still a possibility.

    The diary earlier this week that talked about geothermal energy was pretty promising.  Drilling deep holes is something that we have lots of expertise in here in the US, and maybe some of the old coal mines and empty oil wells could be used for this purpose.

    Lots of possibilities once we dump Cheney and Bush, the fossil fools.

    •  Other energy projects (2+ / 0-)
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      zic, A Siegel

      If you or other Kossacks have renewable energy projects that you are aware of or think should be happening...I would love to hear about them and see what I can do to help them.

      Transacting carbon credits, renewable energy certificates, and finding investors is what I do for a living and have done for many years at this point.

      I'm aware of tidal projects on the board for ME...and for MD actually.  

    •  I don't know much about tidal projects (1+ / 0-)
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      Xan

      I live a couple hours from the coast.

      There are lots of moth-balled bio-mass generators at wood mills all over the state, moth balled when energy costs went down and the value of wood fiber increased. These are not carbon-neutral, but they do rely on carbon already released into the stream instead of sequestered carbon.

      Probably the biggest bro-ha-ha in the state that's not getting enough attention is the hydro dam on the Androscoggin River that creates an impound called Gulf Island Pond. This slows the water turnover of the impound to the point that it is unable to meet disolved oxygen standards. The focus for the lack of meeting water quality goes to the paper industry and municipal waste-water treatment plants above the dam, yet the DEP (Depatment of Environmental Protection) models indicate that the stream would not come into water-quality compliance with no discharges as long as the dam remains. Ironically, the dam becomes the elephant in the river -- nobody wants to talk about it as the problem, lots of people want to force industry and municipalities to "clean up there acts," and the same DEP modeling indicates that the river would, in fact, comply with the existing discharges were the dam removed.

      It's just one example of the conundrums that face us.

      •  Biomass plants in ME (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, there are a large number of biomass plants in ME.  And I'm quite familiar with operations and re-start of several of them.  

        Generally speaking, I would say biomass power in ME is carbon neutral.  The timber stands that are the source of wood chips is and is likely toremain in relative steady state, which is a little different from palm oil plantations, for instance.

        Dam removal is a big issue certainly.  I've only really looked at it closely in CT.  

        •  At the risk of over-complicating the issue (1+ / 0-)
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          marathon

          there is one huge piece of this folks don't often relate to the issue; the benefits of a working forest. Without industrial ownership, the north of Maine would likely be subject to development. As a working forest, it's an active sink, absorbing more carbon then is produced by the entire northeast.

          Certainly, it would be better if it were just left alone.

          But that's not likely to happen. It's either going to provide timber resources/wildlife habitat/recreation or turn into another very large suberb (SP? dyslexic moment here.)

          Just the patterns of ownership change are disturbing. Currently, the largest landowner is Irving, a Candadian company.

          I do see signs of large investment by LLC's funded in part by universities; and I have not done the research to determine motive for this.

          I have not been successful in determining if studies have been done on the carbon-sinking potential of actively growing forests, such as here, vs. mature, stable forests, such as in the west. I do know that one mature redwood tree is a much better sink then a mature white pine.

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