Maine "sustainability" professor: The Electric Economy is the future


There is ample reason that electricity will be the go-to energy for home heating and transportation in the future.

This change is coming fast due to the rapid drop in prices for renewable energy sources. Solar and wind power today are cheaper than any fossil fuel..................

Maine still has an over-reliance on heating oil. Fossil fuels are the old-fashioned and most expensive way to heat homes or water. Mainers have installed more than 30,000 inexpensive, highly efficient electric heat pumps (with a $500 rebate from Efficiency Maine) in the last few years. More than 10 percent of Maine homes have a heat pump. Forward-thinking Mainers are not even considering installing or replacing an oil or gas boiler with another fossil fuel device...................

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Comment by Penny Gray on April 10, 2019 at 7:25pm

In Lab City, Labrador, the residents heat their homes with electricity provided by hydropower.  Hydropower from Churchill Falls is plentiful, powerful and inexpensive.  I'm not sure how wind and solar energy is going to heat all the houses in Maine,as well as power our vehicles.  That would be quite a trick.

Comment by John F. Hussey on April 10, 2019 at 4:05pm

FACT... Heat pumps DO NOT WORK EFFICIENTLY below 40 degrees F, hugely expensive to operate below that temp.

"How heat pumps work in cold weather

An air source heat pump is like a heat sponge: it absorbs heat from the outdoor air and transfers it inside your home.

Because they use outside air, air source heat pumps work especially well in moderate temperatures. But when temperatures drop below 32° F, they lose efficiency, meaning they have to rely on a secondary source of heat to properly heat your home.

Secondary forms of heat come in two forms:

  1. Electric resistance coil heaters (the default)
  2. Gas furnaces (when combined with a heat pump this is called “hybrid heat” or “dual fuel system”)

Let’s take a look at both of these backup heat sources in more detail:

Comment by Willem Post on April 10, 2019 at 1:50pm

This environmental professor is seriously misinformed and spouts deceptive information.

He is irresponsibly polluting the minds of impressionable youngsters with nonsense.

German companies are investing about $11 billion for Nordstream II, to bring an additional 55 bcm/y of gas directly from Russia, via the Baltic Sea, to Germany. 

In 2018, Russia supplied 200 bcm of gas to Europe, via existing pipelines.

Russia has untapped reserves in the arctic that will last Europe, etc., at least 100 years.

Venezuela's untapped oil/gas reserves are the largest in the world, the reason the US wants to illegally/criminally get control of Venezuela.

Regarding heat pumps.

The Vermont Department of Public Service has proven, by an actual survey of about 100 installations (not someone's biased/uninformed/self-interested opinion), heat pumps installed in an average Vermont house displace only 32% of fuel oil Btus used for heating. The rest of the Btus has to be supplied by  the traditional fuel oil system, and the average energy savings were about $200/y, and the average installed/turnkey cost was about $5000/heat pump.

The more a house is insulated and sealed, the lower will be its maximum heating demand.

If the house is highly sealed/highly insulated only then will it be possible to have heat pumps provide 100% of the heating demand.

All of this is explained in detail in these articles, with examples in Vermont and 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 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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