PPH - Electric vehicles, heat pumps driving up electricity demand in Maine

May 17, 2024

Stephen Singer
Press Herald

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New England’s grid operator is expecting Maine’s electricity use to soar in the coming decade because of the demand to power heat pumps and a growing number of electric vehicles, despite the state’s rejection of policies calling for broader EV use.
Maine is expected to maintain its position as a leader in electric heat pump installations. The state is forecast to consume more electricity for heat pumps in 2033 than any other New England state except Massachusetts, according to ISO-New England’s 2024-2033 Forecast Report of Capacity, Energy, Loads and Transmission.
As a result, the increase in Maine’s use of electricity in the coming decade is expected to outpace the six-state region.
Overall, electricity consumption is expected to rise by 30% in the next decade in Maine, with most of the increase driven by more heat pumps. For New England, electricity use is forecast to rise by 17%.
But EV use in the state also is expected to grow significantly.
EVs in Maine will require 63 times more power one decade from now, with demand rising to 1,845 gigawatt hours (gWh) annually in 2033 from 29 gWh this year, according to ISO. The state’s shift to electric vehicles would be the second strongest in New England, after New Hampshire..........................

....................The ISO report avoids the complicated issue of whether the region’s grid can handle the push to electrify heating and transportation. “My role is to figure out what is coming and characterize it as accurately as possible,” Rojo said.
State law requires Central Maine Power and Versant Power to submit to the Public Utilities Commission plans detailing the expected effect of climate change on their equipment. The PUC is considering numerous comments from environmentalists, ratepayers and others.
Price said electricity consumption growth projections are up significantly nationwide, due not only to more heat pumps and EVs, but also in response to increasing demand for data centers and the rise of some manufacturing sectors. The projected net growth in electricity consumption in New England, 1.8% annually over 10 years, is “at the low end” of forecasts for other regions with greater demand for data centers that process information used by advanced manufacturing, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, he said.
Developers of data centers seek large metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York and high-tech centers in Seattle, Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley, California.
Rojo said the overall growth in electricity forecast by ISO is “appropriate for what we have going on in New England,” reflecting that manufacturing and data centers are not high-growth sectors.
Greater electricity use in New England will change the seasonal trends of energy use...........................

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Comment by Dan McKay on May 21, 2024 at 9:48am

30% increase in Maine is far less than a 10% increase in Massachusetts 3,000,000 megawatts to 5,000,000 megawatts, respectively

Comment by Willem Post on May 20, 2024 at 8:11am

How much will it cost to build the additional power plants, and additional fuel supply and storage systems, and additional grid systems to distribute all that additional power to users?

Why is Maine aiming to build unaffordable, super-expensive floating offshore wind mills that will sell their electricity to utilities for 17c/kWh, which will mark it up with their costs and profits?

It will be many $BILLIONS coming out of the pockets of already impoverished, overtaxed, over-regulated Mainers, who are trying to make ends meet in a zero-real growth Maine economy, with high inflation and stagnant/decreasing real wages, and a socialistic government spending borrowed money like drunken sailors to keep themselves in power.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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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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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