An Act To Review Strategies for Improving Utility Rate Affordability and To Provide Utility Relief

A CTFWP member alerted me to the following with a note saying "tacit acknowledgement that we’re not gonna like paying the bill..."

................B. If convened, the stakeholder group shall:
30 (1) Identify different methods to ensure that residents of the State are able to afford
31 electricity as the State seeks to meet the renewable resources goal under section
32 3210, subsection 1-A, paragraph B, including modernized or new rate designs or
33 structures, measures to lower costs by reduction of demand through energy
34 efficiency, weatherization and financial assistance programs and any other option
35 for mitigating rate increases and ensuring reliability and affordability; and...........................

https://legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0674&ite...

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Also sent to me with a note saying: "3 Million would better be spent on a thousand heat pumps."

Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Program To Encourage Climate Education in Maine Public Schools

https://legislature.maine.gov/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1409&ite...

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Comment by Penny Gray on January 17, 2022 at 5:41pm

People up here in the County jumped on heat pumps because of the tax rebates and golden promises but I can't help but notice almost all of them have wood stoves in their homes.  As for the fate of humanity with skyrocketing electricity costs, we survived for thousands of years without it.  We may well have to, once again.

Comment by Art Brigades on January 15, 2022 at 1:44pm

Climate Education in Maine Schools.  

Is that to say the kids are NOT now being taught a climate change curriculum? 

Comment by Art Brigades on January 15, 2022 at 1:42pm

Willem, according to Maine's foremost heat pump expert, a heat pump is usually 300% efficient.  He says even on coldest days a heat pump is still twice as efficient as electric resistance heating. He says there are a handful of days every year when they definitely need help.

Listen here:  https://www.wvomfm.com/episode/ghrt-rewind-10-12-jim-labrecque-1400/ 

Comment by Dan McKay on January 15, 2022 at 9:01am

Energy destruction by government edict. Make energy expensive, so expensive that money can flow from conscientious ratepayers to those who would beg government for relief. This bill is absurd.

Comment by Willem Post on January 15, 2022 at 8:31am

A thousand heat pumps would be very expensive to operate on colder days, because they would be VERY INEFFICIENT 

It would be equivalent to heating your house with electric resistance heaters

The utility companies would love it, but your pocketbook would not!!

Utility companies want you to use heat pumps, because they make oodles of money at your expense.

Heat pumps work fine at moderate temperatures 

The lower the temperature, the lower their efficiency.

I turn off my three heat pumps when temps are below 15F, and I turn on my efficient propane furnace

 

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

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(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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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/

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