June 30th, 2015
Oh… My… DOG! Imagine Julie Jorgensen, Dennis Egan, and Mark Andrew, all for one, and one for all! Where does the public fit in?
I love solar, but with these three, their track records, lobbying shenanigans, and their public project and public money magnetism, I’m going to take a very careful and skeptical look.
GreenMark Solar, a Minnesota-based solar energy company, announced Friday it has acquired land in Red Wing for solar garden projects.
The company, which is leasing property from area farmers, will work to have permits completed by the end of the year and plans to start construction next spring, said Dennis Egan, who has been assisting GreenMark.
“I am so pleased and proud to be working with GreenMark Solar to offer area businesses, institutions and residents the opportunity to purchase solar electricity at a discount without having to purchase solar panels to install on their own property,” Egan said.
“As a state pioneer in creating substantial solar expansion, GreenMark is enthused to be offering subscriptions to our solar gardens in Goodhue County and other counties surrounding Goodhue,” said Julie Jorgensen, GreenMark Solar CEO.
The announcement comes on the heels of another potential solar garden project; earlier this month, Red Wing City Council members directed staff to work with Minnesota Community Solar on a lease for a 1-megawatt garden on city-owned property at Highways 19 and 61.
Julie Jorgensen (Julie Jorgensen’s outdated CV) was a Chief co-conspirator in the Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project, thankfully now virtually defunct (discounting its zombie qualities. For more information go to www.legalectric.org and search “Excelsior Energy” or “Mesaba Project” or “Julie Jorgensen” or “Tom Micheletti” or “boondoggle” or “coal gasification” or “carbon capture” or “sequestration” or “IRRRB” or just “IRR” or “Iron Range Resources” or “Renewable Development Fund” and of course go to the Citizens Against the Mesaba Project www.camp-site.info and settle in for a good read. And from a little over a year ago — zillow.com says it sold, but who knows the real story:
Tom & Julie’s house is for sale February 2nd, 2014
And this on the money they sucked out of the IRRB… how much has been written off? And then there’s the state’s “Renewable Development Fund” Again! Legislative Auditor on IRRRB! April 19th, 2015
And Dennis Egan, he’s front man on solar projects HERE? In Red Wing??? Well, for sure he’s no longer ED of Minnesota Industrial Sand Council (that’s a google cache, I got a 404, “the site is crashed and should be repaired.” It might be different by the time you see this, I’ll check tomorrow).
April Fool on April Fools Day! April 1st, 2013
Mayor Egan Resigns March 7th, 2013
Where’s the Mayor’s resignation letter? March 4th, 2013
7p TONIGHT – Red Wing City Council Meeting February 25th, 2013
Mayor Egan to resign? Sand mining bill introduced! February 23rd, 2013
And then there’s garbologist Mark Andrew, champion of the HERC garbage burner in downtown Minneapolis.
Here’s some info about his garbage burner:
At a Mayoral debate, he did an inventive Al Gore:
That didn’t phase Andrew, who reiterated his intention to install solar panels on city, park and school buildings to “set an example” for Minneapolis businesses and residents. Describing his green accomplishments on the county board, he said was the “creator” of the Midtown Greenway transit corridor, a version of history that glosses over the contributions of citizen advocates, and that he “created” the city’s recycling program.
And Mpls. garbage divides mayoral hopefuls – MPR News. Needless to say he didn’t get the job.
And now, these three are selling solar in the Red Wing area. What are they cooking up? Read the fine print very carefully, and keep all the public money tied down.
June 30th, 2015
Here it is, Michigan v. EPA:
Given this decision, it’s going to be hard for any agency to argue that it shouldn’t do a solid cost benefit analysis, and one that includes verification and analysis of benefits! That’s a good thing given the outrageous benefits claims I’ve seen in transmission proceedings. Check this part of the Order early on (I’m just going over it now):
In accordance with Executive Order, the Agency issued a “Regulatory Impact Analysis” alongside its regulation.This analysis estimated that the regulation would force power plants to bear costs of $9.6 billion per year. Id., at 9306. The Agency could not fully quantify the benefits of reducing power plants’ emissions of hazardous air pollutants; to the extent it could, it estimated that these benefits were worth $4 to $6 million per year. Ibid. The costs to power plants were thus between 1,600 and 2,400 times as great as the quantifiable benefits from reduced emissions of hazardous air pollutants. The Agency continued that its regulations would have ancillary benefits—including cutting power plants’ emissions of particulate matter and sulfur dioxide, substances that are not covered by the hazardous-air-pollutants program. Although the Agency’s appropriate-and-necessary finding did not rest on these ancillary effects, id., at 9320, the regulatory impact analysis took them into account, increasing the Agency’s estimate of the quantifiable benefits of its regulation to $37 to $90 billion per year, id., at 9306. EPA concedes that the regulatory impact analysis “played no role” in its appropriate-and-necessary finding. Brief for Federal Respondents 14.
Michigan v. EPA, p. 4. The regulatory impact analysis included the information, it was in the record, but EPA says that it “played no role” in that decision. So can’t they just reissue it, state they took that into account and used it as a basis for its decision and everyone can go home? AAAARGH!
And here’s a highlight where I actually agree (!) with a sentence in Thomas’ Concurrence:
Statutory ambiguity thus becomes an implicit delegation of rule-making authority, and that authority is used not to find the best meaning of the text, but to formulate legally binding rules to fill in gaps based on policy judgments made by the agency rather than Congress.
Dissents, p. 3 (pdf p. 20 of 47).
June 27th, 2015
Ma’am, come down off the pole!
Come down off the pole! Ma’am, Ma’am, come down off the pole!
“… white men have an equality resulting from a presence of a lower caste, which cannot exist where white men fill the position here occupied by the servile race.”
Jefferson Davis, 1858, Pres. of the Confederate States.
Time for it to come down. Even Walmart gets that…
June 2nd, 2015
Follow up in the STrib about the surveillance airplanes circling around Minneapolis:
The plane’s flight path, recorded by the website flightradar24.com, would eventually show that it circled downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America and Southdale Center at low altitude for hours starting at 10:30 p.m., slipping off radar just after 3 a.m.
That’s one way to put it.
And the AP Exclusive in the STrib today:
April 21st, 2015
There’s the Garbage Queen Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County Commissioner, promoting the Joint Powers of Ramsey and Washington County’s dream of buying a RDF processing facility in Newport, one that’s now a private entity that they’re contracted with to handle their garbage! Why buy it? Why lock the counties into decades of grinding up garbage? They couldn’t answer that.
And it’s a bit of a conflict, as after they grind it up and turn garbage into RDF, they send it down here to burn it. Thanks Ramsey & Washington Counties. Let’s be clear here — you need to deal with YOUR garbage problem, and not send it to us, and not put it in our lungs.
They talked some about “what ifs,” like dreams/nightmares of anaerobic digestion and garbage gasification, but that is not dealing with their problem. It’s an issue of REDUCTION, REUSE, RECYCLING. How difficult is that?
Here’s their site and read between the lines for the plan:
Last night’s meeting was at Century College, which was 916 Area Vo-Tech when I went there and emerged in 1983 with a Truck Driver Certificate and the first of a few jobs of over the road driving that got me through a BA at Metro State! It’s changed a lot, big expansion, and the trucks are no longer there, but offsite.
The next “Talkin’ Trash” garbage open houses will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.:
• Tuesday, April 21, in the Marsden Room of the Ramsey County Department of Public Works building, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive in Arden Hills.
• Thursday, April 23, in lower level conference room 14 at the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St.t N., Stillwater.
• Monday, April 27, in at the Newport City Hall, 596 Seventh Ave., Newport.
• Tuesday, April 28, in Auditorium A of the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway N. in St. Paul.
Here are the latest reports that they’ve generated… they lose it by only looking at burning or landfilling — there’s a much wider range of options. And the Foth Report (first up) should make you froth:
Foth Analysis of Mixed Waste Processing
This study examines the potential of adding Mixed Waste Processing Technology at Newport and the costs associated with adding the technology.
This analysis includes looking at the current Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) processing facility and also looking at other technologies that may be used to process MSW.
This policy study investigates the governance options available to the counties, describes the process to implement and consequences associated with each.
Waste Delivery Assurance Analysis and Options
This document provides an overview of options for assuring delivery of mixed municipal solid waste, and potentially other solid wastes, to the Newport Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) Facility or another resource recovery facility involving Ramsey and Washington Counties.
Technology Comparative Analysis
This report compares the three options analyzed in the Preliminary Resource Recovery Feasibility Report to the current RDF System and to landfilling.
Preliminary Resource Recovery Feasibility Report
This report addresses the technologies selected for continued evaluation by the Ramsey/Washington Counties Resource Recovery Project as part of the future of waste processing decision process.