Gorham, ME - Plus Power (SUPPOSEDLY) Breaks Open Market for Massive Battery

This sure makes for a good headline, but what if the sun goes behind the clouds for a few hours? What if there's no wind? How quickly do electricity users run down the battery, rendering it useless? Who pays for this? Why do we hear about New England's physical constraints on its natural gas supply when the only constraint are politicians' bans on much needed natural gas lines for Maine?

For some answers, please read Willem Post's "REALITY CHECK REGARDING UTILITY-SCALE BATTERY SYSTEMS DURING A ONE-DAY WIND/SOLAR LULL" at https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/reality-check-regardin...


Plus Power Breaks Open Market for Massive Batteries in New England

Large standalone battery plants had not succeeded in New England’s capacity market. Until now.

San Francisco-based developer Plus Power won two bids in the latest capacity auction held by the New England ISO, which operates the transmission grid and competitive power markets in six Northeastern states...........

Plus Power now needs to build the plants: a 150-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour system near a cranberry bog south of Boston, Massachusetts and a 175-megawatt/350-megawatt-hour battery in Gorham, Maine. The seven-year capacity contracts start in June 2024...................

The upshot is that a region with big climate goals and physical constraints on its natural-gas supply will meet its hours of greatest electricity demand with a bit more battery power and a bit less gas-fired power................



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Comment by Kenneth Capron on February 12, 2021 at 11:54pm

So. Just this week, Musk declared that there weren't enough batteries for long haul tractors. Now we hear about massive batteries for storage. I think we are missing the real issue. THEFT.

Batteries are going to be an easy target for someone. Harvest a few $10K batteries a night?

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Comment by Penny Gray on February 12, 2021 at 7:30pm

Interesting that there is really no information whatsoever as to how long this massive miracle battery will power the region when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing and everyone's trying to charge their Tesla and dry their clothes and cook their suppers and see after dark and so on and so forth.  Where's the beef?

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 12, 2021 at 5:52pm

Ok, so we pump the batteries full of the renewable energy resources. Wind, Solar, BioMass (under Maine only statutes in New England) 

 Maine's   Legislature is perusing this folly in an upcoming committee. Renewables to Hydrogen. 

For every 100 kWh put into creating Hydrogen from Water, we get a return of 70% - 73% return. However storage of Hydrogen storage is only 25% - 45% efficient. 

So we get 30% Max out of Wind investments, convert it to Hydrogen for an end output equating to 21% for a storage system that is only 25% - 45% efficient, yielding 5% to 9% power.

This goes back to the previous calculations I have made in multiple ways........ 

Green Energy, even if it blankets the nation, will never exceed that 9% of what this nation utilizes. 

Try as I may....... it does not exceed that other than local residential needs in pocket areas. 



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."



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


(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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