Maine, with it's hidden taxes on the same path as Ontario

"The electricity situation in Ontario is not quite the same, but it flows from the same vessel of ideological purity. The wholesale price for electricity in the province, called the Hourly Ontario Electricity Price (HOEP), has fallen over the past decade from 5 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), to now below 3 cents and often as low as 2 cents, all thanks to the shale gas revolution. While this should translate into lower power prices in Canada, a hidden tax for renewable power actually drives electricity bills to high levels."

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Comment by Paula D Kelso on September 16, 2016 at 2:11pm

Thanks for your response Dan.

I'd heard Central Maine was higher than Bangor Hydro (now Emera Maine) but here's how my bill stacks up:

Standard offer:  6.63 cents per kilowatt-hour

Distribution:      5.822 cents per kwh

Transmission     3.332 cents per kwh

stranded costs    1.657 cents per kwh

conservation       0.145 cents per kwh

State sales tax     0.002 cents per kwh

Total per kwh of   17.588 cents or thereabouts

If those new distribution lines significantly raise that 5.822 and if very many other suppliers get 9.2 cents per kwh like Pisgah has contracted for with Emera,  as a so-called community based energy facility, and you add in all those subsidies and tax rebates, etc. our electricity costs a heck of a lot more than the 5 or 6 cents per kwh that the news headlines like to shout. Seems to me its more like the 40+ cents that German households pay.

Comment by Dan McKay on September 15, 2016 at 5:53am

2014 Average Prices by Component - Central Maine Power Company Customers
(Rates represent the average rates over all rate classes.  Not all components apply to all rate classes)

 

Itemized Cost Elements

Energy Resource Obligations* 0.16 cents per kilowatt-hour
Efficiency Maine Trust* 0.12 cents per kilowatt-hour
Low Income Programs * 0.07 cents per kilowatt-hour
MPUC Assessment* 0.03 cents per kilowatt-hour
OPA Assessment* 0.01 cents per kilowatt-hour
Renewable Portfolio (RPS)** 0.15 cents per kilowatt-hour
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)** 0.24 cents per kilowatt-hour
TOTAL ITEMIZED COST ELEMENTS 0.78 cents per kilowatt-hour

 

 

 Transmission                                                     1.96 cents per kilowatt-hour

 Distribution (other non-itemized)*           2.69 cents per kilowatt-hour

 Supply (other non-itemized)**                 7.72 cents per kilowatt-hour

 

TOTAL AVERAGE RATE                    13.15 cents per kilowatt-hour

Comment by Paula D Kelso on September 14, 2016 at 4:54pm

I'd like to see discussions of the cost of electricity include all the contributing factors. My electric bill has the cost of the electricity itself, taxes, and distribution and transmission. Somebody tell me if I'm wrong but while the headline is the cost of wind energy is going down, the back story is that the cost of transmitting that wind energy is going up. Plus the loss in transmission over distance. Like most people I just look at the bottom line most of the time and take the news headlines at face value, We need honest and detailed information on the costs to the electric consumer. And don't give me projections based on all kinds of hypotheticals.

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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