Ships that pass in the night. Now that President Biden has promised Europe that American natural gas is on its way, could we see American ships heading for Germany passing Russian ships headed for New England next winter?

     At least one New England natural gas-fired plant fueled by liquefied natural gas has received Russian fuel when pipeline constraints paralyzed their operation. That was during the winter of 2018, "Massachusetts Limits Gas Pipelines, Imports LNG from Russia Instead " (IER April 16,2018) Massachusetts Limits Gas Pipelines, Imports LNG from Russia Instead...
    The pipeline supply problem is getting worse. This January, dual fuel plants (natural gas and oil) were storing oil all month and ended up producing 1,030,336 Megawatt hours of January electricity from stored oil. The most oil used since 2012)
    The situation has taken on an ironic turn.  As ISO-NE calls for the storage of oil to alleviate dangerous rolling blackouts during the coldest days of the year, ISO-NE also proclaims its support for offshore wind plants. "The ISO continues its efforts to support offshore wind development....."  (ISO Newswire. March 17,2022). ISO-NE supporting Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s offshore win...
     To be fair, wind development is being shoved upon the scene by state legislatures and the ISO is committed by the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) to connect all generation to the grid.
     All this " Renewable Development" emboldens environmental groups in New England who lobby for no new natural gas pipelines and no new fossil fuel plants.
    Can ISO-NE keep the rolling blackouts from happening? Is there enough oil to replace choked off natural gas brought about by environmentalists' and President Biden's actions. 
      What will electricity supplies cost next winter even after the 80% increase thrust upon New England ratepayers this winter. 
     The generation volatility overtaking the New England grid must set off alarms within ISO-NE and they must give the sobering news to the legislators from Rhode Island to Maine. We are on a non-reversible course where unreliable resources and the war on fossil fuels will bring down the New England grid.
     The New England grid has just 2 resources producing electricity that had output swings of less than 50% from day to day for the month of January 2022. Nuclear and Biomass. Output from wind resources varied from daily outputs of 2822 megawatt-hours to 26,300 megawatt-hours (a 903% swing!)
    Solar daily output had a 8130% swing. Oil-fired output went from 0 megawatt-hours one day to 65,800 Megawatt-hours another day.
     Hydro output had a reasonable 110% swing and natural gas fired output had a 82% swing (hardly base load reliability).
      This winter will be perilous at best and dangerously life-threatening if the present course stays.

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Comment by Josh Scandlen on August 21, 2022 at 9:11am

Do people in New England not actually see what's coming? I simply can't get over the ignorance. I'd love to move back to Maine upon retirement but my goodness how the hell you gonna heat your home? We had woodstoves growing up but we also had oil too. 

Heat pumps in Maine on a grid that is already sketchy? Pure insanity

Comment by Willem Post on August 20, 2022 at 7:39am


Please, add some URLs to your comment.

Burning municipal garbage is also a steady producer, as well as farm methane, but, in the total picture, they are diddly-squat.

See my recent battery article


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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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