Maine board rejects mandate for 82% EV & hybrid sales by 2032

Every candidate for elected office in Maine must be grilled as to whether they would vote for ANY mandate for these almost universally despised EV's. To put in simply, enough already.

Maine board rejects mandate to boost electric vehicle sales by 2032

Suggesting lawmakers should take up such sweeping changes, the Board of Environmental Protection votes 4-2 against the rules on the same day that the Biden administration rolls out the country's strongest-ever limits on tailpipe pollution.

March 20, 2024

Stephen Singer
Press Herald


The citizen board’s 4-2 vote Wednesday coincided with a Biden administration rule released hours earlier for the strongest-ever limits on tailpipe pollution, a move also meant to boost electric vehicle sales.

The state standards would have required increasing the share of electric and hybrid cars and trucks sold in Maine to 51% of all vehicles sold in 2028 and 82% of all vehicles sold in 2032. About 6% of new cars sold in Maine last year were electric vehicles or hybrids.

Board Chair Susan Lessard, who voted to reject the measure, suggested that lawmakers should be the ones

“I’m not sure that we are, given the magnitude of this decision, the right decision-makers,” she said of the board. “Sometimes, just doing something isn’t the answer if there are too many questions associated with that. And I have too many questions.”

There is a proposal before the Legislature to give lawmakers control of Maine’s electric vehicle rules.................

.................The Natural Resources Council of Maine and Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental group, said the vote represented the first time since 2001 that the board chose to not adopt stricter tailpipe or fuel efficiency standards. They blamed “disinformation and partisan scare tactics” for the defeat...........................................

.....................House Republicans, meanwhile, said they were “relieved” by the decision, but criticized the process that allowed the board to take up the issue following a petition from environmentalists who gathered 150 signatures.................


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Comment by Willem Post on March 26, 2024 at 9:28pm

On snowy days, despite their huge installed capacity, MW, their generation, MWh, is way short of their “wished for” generation, due to “weather dependence”

That solar generation would normally have a big bulge at noon-time, which far exceeds demand.

Storing it in batteries and discharging 80% of it during the peak hours of late afternoon/early evening, is out of the question, as that would add at least
30 c/kWh, to the price of the solar electricity fed to the battery.

Go woke, go big-time broke.

Now you know why the electricity rates in California are skyrocketing.
A bunch of climate screwballs are in charge, stealing from your pocket
They make the rules that enable their stealing.

The only solution is to elect Trump by a landslide to far more than overcome any fraud, so he can undo all that dysfunctional wind/solar/battery BS

Annual Cost of Megapack Battery Systems; 2023 pricing
Assume a system rated 45.3 MW/181.9 MWh, and an all-in turnkey cost of $104.5 million, per Example 2
Amortize bank loan for 50% of $104.5 million at 6.5%/y for 15 years, $5.484 million/y
Pay Owner return of 50% of $104.5 million at 10%/y for 15 years, $6.765 million/y (10% due to high inflation)
Lifetime (Bank + Owner) payments 15 x (5.484 + 6.765) = $183.7 million
Assume battery daily usage for 15 years at 10%, and loss factor = 1/(0.9 *0.9)
Battery lifetime output = 15 y x 365 d/y x 181.9 MWh x 0.1, usage x 1000 kWh/MWh = 99,590,250 kWh to HV grid; 122,950,926 kWh from HV grid; 233,606,676 kWh loss
(Bank + Owner) payments, $183.7 million / 99,590,250 kWh = 184.5 c/kWh
Less 50% subsidies (ITC, depreciation in 5 years, deduction of interest on borrowed funds) is 92.3c/kWh
At 10% throughput, (Bank + Owner) cost, 92.3 c/kWh
At 40% throughput, (Bank + Owner) cost, 23.1 c/kWh
Excluded costs/kWh: 1) O&M; 2) system aging, 1.5%/y, 3) 20% HV grid-to-HV grid loss, 4) grid extension/reinforcement to connect battery systems, 5) downtime of parts of the system, 6) decommissioning in year 15, i.e., disassembly, reprocessing and storing at hazardous waste sites. Excluded costs would add at least 10 – 15 c/kWh
NOTE: The 40% throughput is close to Tesla’s recommendation of 60% maximum throughput, i.e., not charging above 80% full and not discharging below 20% full, to achieve a 15-y life, with normal aging
Tesla’s recommendation was not heeded by the Owners of the Hornsdale Power Reserve in Australia. They excessively charged/discharged the system. After a few years, they added Megapacks to offset rapid aging of the original system, and added more Megapacks to increase the rating of the expanded system.
Regarding any project, the bank and the owner have to be paid.
Therefore, I amortized the bank loan and the owner’s investment
If you divide the total of the payments over 15 years by the throughput during 15 years, you get the cost per kWh, as shown.
According to EIA annual reports, almost all battery systems have throughputs less than 10%. I chose 10% for calculations.
A few battery systems have higher throughputs, if they are used to absorb midday solar and discharge it the during peak hour periods of late-afternoon/early-evening. They may reach up to 40% throughput. I chose 40% for calculations.
Remember, you have to draw about 50 MWh from the HV grid to deliver about 40 MWh to the HV grid, because of A-to-Z system losses. That gets worse with aging.
A lot of people do not like these c/kWh numbers, because they have been repeatedly told by self-serving folks, low-cost battery Nirvana is just around the corner, which is a load of crap.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 22, 2024 at 9:10am

Not mentioned but has anyone amongst the elites considered Maine folks can buy ICE cars in New Hampshire .

Comment by Willem Post on March 22, 2024 at 7:29am

Every legislator who voted for EV mandates must be voted out of office come next election.

That is the only way to return to sanity

Those idiots should not be anywhere near any government position, ever, banned for life!!

Comment by Penny Gray on March 21, 2024 at 12:59pm

Enough with the mandates.  Let common sense and free markets prevail.  Oh wait...first, mandate that all politicians who supported this mandate purchase and drive EV's and nothing but EVs that are not subsidized by our tax dollars

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 21, 2024 at 8:55am
Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 21, 2024 at 8:49am

BEP Executive Analyst William F. Hinkel told the Maine Wire that Board members Steve Pelletier and Barbara Vickery voted in favor of the rule change, while Bob Duchesne, Rob Sanford, Bob Marvinney, and Susan Lessard voted to reject the proposal.
Hinkel also noted that Sarah Alexander was absent during Wednesday’s meeting and did not participate in either vote.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 21, 2024 at 8:49am

The point is that carbon dioxide is not a harmful pollutant, it is harmless at many, many times above present levels and has never been at such high enough levels to be a planet change agent. It will always increase during a climate cycling warming interval and decrease during the cooling interval.

People will buy EVs by choice, not by government authorization.


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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 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?" 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.”

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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."

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