Electric vehicle charging stations get a boost from Maine regulators

“The commission is pleased to make these awards today to support electrification of the transportation sector,” said Philip Bartlett, the PUC’s chairman.

The number of charging stations for electric vehicles in Maine will increase by 120, roughly 50 percent, following action Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission.

Through a rebate program run by Efficiency Maine Trust, 60 rebates will be provided for $4,000 each, for a total of $240,000. These rebates will be for so-called Level 2 electric charging stations. Eighty percent of the rebates will be offered to customers in Central Maine Power’s service area and 20 percent to customers in Emera Maine’s service area.

A separate program run by Central Maine Power will provide $4,000 in “make ready” work for the electrical infrastructure required to provide for 60 Level 2 charging stations, for a total of $240,000. This program will be offered as an alternative to Efficiency Maine’s rebate program, to learn which approach is preferred by customers.

A Level 2 charger is a 220-volt connection, like a clothes dryer, and takes about eight hours to charge an electric vehicle. It’s usually located at workplaces, stores or homes.

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https://www.pressherald.com/2020/02/25/electric-vehicle-charging-st...

Wind fighter Hanley to seek fourth term in Maine House

02/25/2020 - 7:45am

Representative Jeff Hanley (R-Pittston) has filed paperwork to run for a fourth term. Hanley, who serves as the top House Republican on the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology committee, said that he has been pushing back against policies that would drive up the cost of energy or make it more costly for homeowners to stay warm during his six years in office.

“I am all for solar, wind and alternative energy sources as long as we are not passing their cost on to the people paying the bills,” said Hanley. “Maine has one of the highest energy costs in the nation, and we can’t afford to see it go even higher. It’s getting in the way of business growth, in rural areas especially, and we have to turn things around if we are going to build a sustainable economy here.”

Hanley said that he has serious concerns about putting windmills on Maine’s scenic mountaintops and along its coastline where lobstermen haul their traps.

“In my first term we pushed back against industrial wind power and gave the people of our remote rural communities a chance to say no,” he said. “Many of our small communities have been led to believe there are only going to be benefits of these wind turbines, and aren’t taking into account the concerns of sportsmen, residents along lakes, or those who believe in due process. Now you’re starting to see a push for off-shore wind in areas where our lobstermen work every day. I think we need to take a real hard look at where we are going with wind power before it’s too late. People come from all over the world to visit and look out over our coastline. We should consider how will this hurt us.”

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Comment by Dudley G. Gray on Sunday

At Hannaford  in Farmington Me, a lovely 3 vehicle charging station  along with all the electrical infrastructure.    Price is $.20 KWH plus $.55 /hour to leave vehicle for a long charge up.

Madore's Market  Regular Gas price on 04/04  $1.489 per gallon including Maine tax of .30 and Fed .184

Irving stations were $1.93   because of some Canadian Government regulation.  I would like to see a comparison of vehicle operating costs @2.00 gallon VS. the electrical costs less all the subsidies. Also, Just how much did this stupid charging station cost?  Please, some responsible Legislator respond.

D.G. Gray

Comment by Willem Post on February 29, 2020 at 9:27am

Another Dem/Prog dream fantasy going up in flames.

What other nutty ideas will be next?

Blittersdorf's 80-y-old, el-crappo trains that he bought for a song and a dance in Texas?

Electric buses, at $350,000 to $500,000, each, plus chargers, everywhere?

"TCI will distribute a FRACTION of the allowances revenues to states?"

After paying exorbitant salaries and expenses to the TCI organization and wise bureaucrats thinking up and administering this cumbersome TCI scheme, what happens to the fraction, after exorbitant expenses, that is NOT distributed to states?

This looks to me like another costly boondoggle about to go viral.

New England, with high energy prices, needs it like another hole in the head!

The TCI scheme is wide open to fraud, waste and abuse, as there will be minimal, to no, meaningful oversight, other than by pre-selected insiders who agree with the TCI agenda, i.e., the fox guarding the hen house!!!

TCI will become a proxy CARBON TAX collector for states, AT A FAT FEE. Vermont needs that like another hole in the head!

Legislators in each state do not have to vote for much-hated CARBON TAXES, which would be increasing each year, until we all croak.

They would be “off the hook”. They would say with sad faces: "I know you pay more taxes, but it is not my fault, and re-elect me anyway. Bull manure!

November is near. Vote the bums out. Term limits.

Legislators of each state should be ashamed to allow a large amount of hard-earned CARBON TAX money being mis-appropriated by a TCI “super-state” entity over which they likely would have minimal, or no, control.

Another autonomous/out-of-control Big Brother Entity.

Analysis shows the new CARBON taxes would add up to about $56 BILLION, due to fuel dealers buying allowances over 10 years, to reduce CO2 by an additional 1% to 6%, above what would be reduced by EXISTING policies. That sounds really cost effective!!

TCI is legal? Oh no, it is a robbery, developed/supported by know-nothing politicians who need funding for more untested, unproven “programs" that would further increase Vermont State government budgets, i.e., INCREASE the tax burden on hard-working Vermonters.

TCI is not serious about dealing with the issue of climate. Airline travel is FAR worse.

There are about 20,000 commercial jetliners in the air.

All burn a large quantity of DIRTY jet fuel; much, much dirtier than ULS fuel, propane and natural gas.

Airline travel climate impact is a factor 6 to 47 times greater than the impact from car travel, because its CO2 and major particulate pollution is released in the UPPER atmosphere.

Raising gas prices in tiny Vermont will have ZERO effect on global warming, but it provides lots of “feel good halo” to Dem/Prog Volvo-Democrats.

As for the people who cannot afford higher fuel prices? Well, they can take the bus.

How are these $350,000to $500,000 electric buses working out?

And no one seems to mention that increasing the price of fuel will increase the price of everything else – your groceries come on a truck.

And for all you people who voted for the current Dem/Prog legislators, because you hate Trump (induced by endless Media anti-Trump barrages), please do ponder your vote when you’re gassing up, or when you will be in the voting booth in November; JUST VOTE NO.

 

This recent study in Finland shows CO2 has minimal effect on climate and global warming.

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1907.00165.pdf

“In this paper we will prove that GCM-models used in IPCC report AR5 fail to calculate the influences of the low cloud cover changes on the global temperature. 

That is why those models give a very small natural temperature change leaving a very large change for the contribution of the greenhouse gases in the observed temperature. 

This is the reason why IPCC has to use a very large sensitivity to compensate a too small natural component. 

Further, they have to leave out the strong negative feedback, due to the clouds, in order to magnify the sensitivity. 

In addition, this paper proves that the changes in the low cloud cover fraction practically control the global temperature.

 

Comment by Art Brigades on February 26, 2020 at 11:53am

Knowing that Maine’s Transportation Sector is responsible for 6 times more CO2 than the electricity sector, and knowing how eager Maine’s 186 legislators are to reduce CO2, it would be fun to calculate the carbon footprint of the legislature’s commute to/from Augusta. The info is all publicly available from the Executive Director at the Legislative Council because legislators submit a mileage reimbursement form every week. How many session days and committee days per year? How many miles each legislator drives? It can all be aggregated and with an average Miles Per Gallon assumption, we could possibly show that Legislator travel to and from hugely wasteful meetings (mileage reimbursed by taxpayers) has a bigger carbon footprint than all the electricity generating power plants in Maine.

Again, the issue is legislators' "we have to DO something" mantra, or "ready-aim-fire" model of problem solving. 

Comment by Penny Gray on February 26, 2020 at 11:51am

They should place these charging stations at the foot of Maine's six hundred foot tall industrial wind turbines, using direct 12 volt connections. That way, the turbines will be built close to where they're needed, in Maine's big cities. 

Comment by Willem Post on February 26, 2020 at 10:10am

$4000 for a L2 charger is a ripoff.

Most EV owners elect to purchase a Level 2 EVSE, which stands for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, for use in their home.

The Level 2 chargers require a 240V outlet (NEMA 6 which many clothes dryers use). The cost of a Level 2 charging station is typically around $1,000 all-in, which includes the equipment and installation cost.

There are a range of Level 2 models and costs, to view click here.

https://www.usedvwaudi.com/blog/2019/01/07/how-much-does-a-home-cha...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UB9R4KO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&a...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MFVI92S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&a...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YJFHFZ0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&a...

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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