Giant batteries coming to Maine to soak up, send out excess energy

So this can power homes for up to two hours. Then what? What are the costs? How much power is lost in the course of charging and discharging the batteries? Effect on ratepayers and taxpayers? How clean/dirty are batteries across their life cycle? How long do the batteries last? Battery disposal? If there are ever huge numbers of batteries being charged during off-peak hours, will those hours still be off-peak?

Maine policymakers want to encourage such projects as another tool to help meet the state's ambitious climate goals.

By Tux Turkel

Excerpts:

Sometime in May, two 53-foot-long storage containers, each fitted with roughly 950 lithium-ion batteries, are scheduled to be trucked to an industrial park in Rumford.  

The batteries for this $5 million project will be charged at night with cheaper electricity, when demand in New England is low. The next day, when homeowners turn on appliances and business ramps up, the region’s grid operators in Massachusetts can remotely dispatch those batteries and send enough power flowing to run 4,000 or so homes for up to two hours.......................At Rumford, and at a similar 4.99-megawatt project in Madison, the project’s owner earns money by selling the stored energy when it’s most advantageous. The company, New England Battery Storage of Boston, is planning a comparable project in Sanford and another one twice as large in South Portland.................................Maine policymakers want to encourage such projects as another tool to help meet the state’s ambitious climate goals. On Tuesday, the legislative committee that handles energy and utility matters is scheduled to hear a bill meant to advance energy storage in the state. It would set a target of installing 100 megawatts by 2025......................................Pairing renewable power generation with storage increases the value of battery plants, according to a recent market assessment done for the Maine Governor’s Energy Office. That combination will be especially important in the winter, as Maine shifts more home and business heating to heat pumps, part of the process to phase out oil and gas and electrify the state’s economy....................................

https://www.pressherald.com/2021/03/08/giant-batteries-coming-to-ma...

John Droz, Jr: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: March 8, 2021

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Comment by Mountain View on March 10, 2021 at 11:49am

Whether to recharge batteries or to rely on electricity to keep the windmills turning when there is no wind, where would the subsidized solar and wind so-called industries be without fossil fuels? 

Comment by Dan McKay on March 9, 2021 at 3:48pm

Penny, interesting thing about solar projects invading the generation market is that the price of electricity falls between the morning peak and suppertime peak high electric demand hours when the sun shines. This enables the pumps to run buying low cost electricity to store at night and at sunny  periods to supply both peak demand periods with clean energy.   

Comment by Penny Gray on March 9, 2021 at 3:33pm

Interesting article, Dan. Made in the 60's? Wish it described how they hollowed out a mountain so it would hold all that water.  That'll be the next use of Maine's mountains.  Water storage containers.  What about sinking giant penstocks down into the seabed, letting them fill with ocean water to turn the turbines when power is needed, releasing the water back into the ocean.  Situate these right off the city of Portland.  Keep the turbines high enough out of the water so ships, fish and whales aren't sucked in accidentally.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 9, 2021 at 2:44pm

New England's Largest Battery Is Hidden Inside A Mass. Mountain  New England's Largest Battery Is Hidden Inside A Mass. Mountain | B...

Comment by Bob Stone on March 9, 2021 at 2:18pm

And where would their final resting place be?  In what landfill?  At what cost?  To whom?

Comment by Penny Gray on March 9, 2021 at 2:11pm

There are no words.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 9, 2021 at 2:02pm

Wind Power Is a Disaster in Texas, No Matter What Paul Krugman Says

https://mises.org/wire/wind-power-disaster-texas-no-matter-what-pau...

 

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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