Electric rates fall for most Mainers, but total bill likely won’t change much

Electric rates fall for most Mainers,
but total bill likely won’t change much



Rates have fallen again for the supply side of a homeowner's electricity bill,
but that's likely offset by rising transmission costs.

 

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The new Emera-area rate, which goes into effect Jan. 1, will be 6.3 cents kilowatt hour. It represents a decrease of 4.6 percent. For a typical eastern Maine home that uses 500 kilowatt hours a month, that translates into $31.63 next year, a savings of $1.52.


This welcome news is offset by the area’s transmission and distribution costs, which are notably higher than the cost of supplying energy. While the typical monthly supply cost next year will be $31.63, charges for transmission and distribution add up to $56.03, for a total bill of $87.66.    .....

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on November 29, 2016 at 10:38pm

Compare that 6.3 cents per kwh to the 9.3 cents the PUC awarded to Pisgah Mountain LLC for the electricity generated and sold to EMERA. True that electricity is a drop in the bucket of the total electricity produced and paid for, but it is a hard fact reminder of the unreasonable cost of wind energy. To say nothing of the scam to call the facility a 'locally-owned' company to be eligible for that inflated price. People are waking up to the real costs of wind energy but we still need to keep up the work of getting the truth out to the public. The headline may be lower electric rates, but there's no attempt to prevent that bare assertion being construed to imply that that is due to switching to more renewables. In spite of, not because of costlier wind energy.

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

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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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