Maine would have to produce 55% more electricity if every car on the road transitioned to electric

...............Efficiency Maine, a state trust that oversees energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction programs, offers rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles, part of state efforts to incentivize growth.

“We’re certainly mindful that if those projections are right, then there will need to be more supply,” said Michael Stoddard, the program’s executive director. “But it’s going to unfold over a period of the next 20 years. If we put our minds to it and plan for it, then we should be able to do it.”..................

Colorado also is working to promote electric cars, with the aim of putting 940,000 on the road by 2030. The state has adopted California’s zero-emission vehicles mandate, which requires automakers to reach certain market goals for their sales of cars that don’t burn fossil fuels, while extending tax credits for the purchase of such cars, investing in charging stations and electrifying state fleets.

Auto dealers have opposed the mandate, saying it infringes on consumer freedom.

“We think it should be a customer choice, a consumer choice and not a government mandate,” said Tim Jackson, president and CEO of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

Jackson also said that there’s not yet a strong consumer appetite for electric vehicles, meaning that manufacturers that fail to sell the mandated number of emission-free vehicles would be required to purchase credits, which he thinks would drive up the price of their other models...........................

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Comment by Kenneth Capron on January 16, 2020 at 8:08pm

The Chinese have a monopoly on Rare Earth magnets. UMinn discovered a better magnet in 2012 but I think the Chinese bought the patent. It's formula was Fe16N2 - iron nitride - twice the strength, a tenth the cost.

Comment by Penny Gray on January 15, 2020 at 5:24pm

Rare earth magnets?  I like the idea of Stanley Steamers fueled by water and powered by micro-modular MSR's. No batteries needed. The future is filled with promise, but if we're hanging our hats on windmills and solar panels to get us to work on time, we'd be better off buying a fast horse.

Comment by Kenneth Capron on January 13, 2020 at 7:18pm

I hate to even propose a new concept that will eliminate fossil fuel and a good amount of electricity usage, but I can't resist. I am exploring magnetism as a motive source for a guided personal rapid transportation system. Rockwell has developed LSM's for their production automation systems. These can move up to 4500kg with almost no electricity. And the infrastructure has an extreme lifespan in the hundreds of years. It would be automated and OnDemand. So - frictionless and low maintenance. Autonomous so low labor costs. Fast 0 to 300mph. Non-stop. Privately O&O.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 10, 2020 at 10:24pm

These geniuses want to foist 100% electric vehicles on us and yet there's not a single mention of nuclear power in the article. This article is nothing but Predictive Programming, i.e., propaganda to slowly plant the seeds and condition us to accept whatever they are planning, all within an underlying context of "resistance is futile". If they were truly serious about electric vehicles and reducing their dreaded CO2 (plant food!), they'd be pushing nuclear like there was no tomorrow. The reason they don't is that their pushing of electric vehicles is simply one more lie to justify lining their pockets via wind farms.

Comment by Willem Post on January 10, 2020 at 10:14pm

New England often has minimal wind and minimal solar periods throughout the year that last anywhere from 1 to 7 days. Sometimes a 4-day period is followed a few days later by a 3-day period.

Just google NE weather data and google the ISO-NE site to obtain minute by minute wind/solar generation for any day of any year!

How will the wind/solar generation shortage affect charging of EVs and running of heat pumps, and any other electricity use during these periods, especially after all gas and nuclear plants have been forced to shut down?

Answer the questions, before doing rah, rah dances!

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on January 10, 2020 at 10:06pm

Just as telling one line can necessitate a whole chain of ensuing lies to cover for the first lie, many of the electricity-related schemes today have been created because of the original lie called grid scale wind power. Can't store electricity generated at nature's whim by wind turbines when it's not needed? Simple, force electric vehicles into the mix so their batteries can soak up this otherwise unusable electricity. Rube Goldberg would probably applaud. In fact, an apt model name for an electric vehicle would be "The Rube", as in 1) I drive a Rube and 2) I am a rube.

Comment by Willem Post on January 10, 2020 at 9:19pm

It is a no brainer to determine the 55% of additional generation for EVs.

How will the 55% additional generation for EVs be spread out during a day?

How will that affect peak demands?

That is much more difficult to determine.

How will the generation for air source and ground source heat pumps be spread out during a cold day?

How will that affect peak demands?

That is even more difficult to determine.

Comment by Dan McKay on January 10, 2020 at 5:04pm

Stoddard oversees one of the largest funded government agencies in the State which graciously subsidizes the wealthiest citizens of the State off the backs of the least wealthiest citizens of the State. This is statism and anarchy at it's worst.

Comment by Penny Gray on January 10, 2020 at 4:57pm

In a state that relies so heavily on tourism, how are all these millions of travelers suppose to charge their vehicles while travelling to and from (and through) Maine?  I'm assuming residents are suppose to charge their vehicles at home during the night, else face long lines and rage incidents at charging stations?  And then there's Old Man Winter. Batteries don't like cold weather.  Do the people who can afford EVs really need help from struggling Mainers to pay for their vehicles?


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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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"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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