TROY JACKSON ALERT - Proposal to give lawmakers final say over Maine’s electric vehicle standards sails through committee

People the world over have rejected EV's and the Maine legislature still has its head in the sand. See passage below highlighted in bold. Wind and transmission pusher Troy Jackson knows the public doesn't want EV's and knows that the public's reasoning goes far, far beyond lack of charging stations. However, if subterfuge artists are allowed to legislatively ordain that Maine be carpeted with charging stations, their argument for EV's will then take on "But, but, but, we spent all this money on charging stations so we must now mandate increasing numbers of EV's otherwise we will have wasted money." ANY ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL THAT MANDATES EV's MUST BE VOTED OUT. EVERY CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR ELECTION MUST BE ASKED WHETHER THEY WILL VOTE FOR AN EV MANDATE AND/OR A CHARGING STATION INCREASE. If the answer is yes or if they refuse to answer, fire them.

Proposal to give lawmakers final say over Maine’s electric vehicle standards sails through committee

The committee unanimously approved a bill declaring electric vehicle rules to be the responsibility of lawmakers and not the Board of Environmental Protection, an appointed citizen board that rejected EV rules

March 22, 2024
Stephen Singer
Press Herald

EXCERPTS (emphasis mine)

An absence of controversy would contrast with thousands of public comments submitted to the board from environmentalists who say Maine must act immediately to curb tailpipe emissions – a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions – and opponents who accused state officials of seeking to impose mandates limiting vehicle choice.

Legislative Republicans called a news conference Thursday to praise the board’s decision, while denouncing a petition signed by 150 Mainers that prompted the board to consider clean car standards. Senate Minority Leader Trey Stewart, R-Presque Isle, said the petitioners “basically abused the system” to force the issue when it should be decided by the Legislature.

The proposed EV standards would have required increasing the share of zero-emissions and near-zero emissions cars and trucks sold in Maine to 51% of all vehicles sold in 2028 – up from 43% as previously proposed – and 82% of all vehicles sold in 2032.

Critics, including Republican lawmakers and car dealers, said Maine lacks enough chargers, particularly in the state’s vast rural stretches, to support EVs.


That was a central argument by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Aroostook, who has said he supports “clean cars” and favors incentives to promote installation of EV charging stations. He and House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, signed onto the bill, making what had been a Republican initiative a bipartisan bill backed by the Legislature’s top Democrats.


The Maine Climate Council’s annual report last December included an ambitious goal of 219,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2030. Fewer than 12,500 were on the road at the end of 2023, the report said.

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Comment by Willem Post on March 26, 2024 at 9:28pm

On snowy days, despite their huge installed capacity, MW, their generation, MWh, is way short of their “wished for” generation, due to “weather dependence”

That solar generation would normally have a big bulge at noon-time, which far exceeds demand.

Storing it in batteries and discharging 80% of it during the peak hours of late afternoon/early evening, is out of the question, as that would add at least
30 c/kWh, to the price of the solar electricity fed to the battery.

Go woke, go big-time broke.

Now you know why the electricity rates in California are skyrocketing.
A bunch of climate screwballs are in charge, stealing from your pocket
They make the rules that enable their stealing.

The only solution is to elect Trump by a landslide to far more than overcome any fraud, so he can undo all that dysfunctional wind/solar/battery BS

Annual Cost of Megapack Battery Systems; 2023 pricing
Assume a system rated 45.3 MW/181.9 MWh, and an all-in turnkey cost of $104.5 million, per Example 2
Amortize bank loan for 50% of $104.5 million at 6.5%/y for 15 years, $5.484 million/y
Pay Owner return of 50% of $104.5 million at 10%/y for 15 years, $6.765 million/y (10% due to high inflation)
Lifetime (Bank + Owner) payments 15 x (5.484 + 6.765) = $183.7 million
Assume battery daily usage for 15 years at 10%, and loss factor = 1/(0.9 *0.9)
Battery lifetime output = 15 y x 365 d/y x 181.9 MWh x 0.1, usage x 1000 kWh/MWh = 99,590,250 kWh to HV grid; 122,950,926 kWh from HV grid; 233,606,676 kWh loss
(Bank + Owner) payments, $183.7 million / 99,590,250 kWh = 184.5 c/kWh
Less 50% subsidies (ITC, depreciation in 5 years, deduction of interest on borrowed funds) is 92.3c/kWh
At 10% throughput, (Bank + Owner) cost, 92.3 c/kWh
At 40% throughput, (Bank + Owner) cost, 23.1 c/kWh
Excluded costs/kWh: 1) O&M; 2) system aging, 1.5%/y, 3) 20% HV grid-to-HV grid loss, 4) grid extension/reinforcement to connect battery systems, 5) downtime of parts of the system, 6) decommissioning in year 15, i.e., disassembly, reprocessing and storing at hazardous waste sites. Excluded costs would add at least 10 – 15 c/kWh
NOTE: The 40% throughput is close to Tesla’s recommendation of 60% maximum throughput, i.e., not charging above 80% full and not discharging below 20% full, to achieve a 15-y life, with normal aging
Tesla’s recommendation was not heeded by the Owners of the Hornsdale Power Reserve in Australia. They excessively charged/discharged the system. After a few years, they added Megapacks to offset rapid aging of the original system, and added more Megapacks to increase the rating of the expanded system.
Regarding any project, the bank and the owner have to be paid.
Therefore, I amortized the bank loan and the owner’s investment
If you divide the total of the payments over 15 years by the throughput during 15 years, you get the cost per kWh, as shown.
According to EIA annual reports, almost all battery systems have throughputs less than 10%. I chose 10% for calculations.
A few battery systems have higher throughputs, if they are used to absorb midday solar and discharge it the during peak hour periods of late-afternoon/early-evening. They may reach up to 40% throughput. I chose 40% for calculations.
Remember, you have to draw about 50 MWh from the HV grid to deliver about 40 MWh to the HV grid, because of A-to-Z system losses. That gets worse with aging.
A lot of people do not like these c/kWh numbers, because they have been repeatedly told by self-serving folks, low-cost battery Nirvana is just around the corner, which is a load of crap.

Comment by arthur qwenk on March 24, 2024 at 1:46pm

These are very sick people in office, and it takes very angry citizens to get rid of them.. Not enough angry citizens yet it seems. If Mainers don't get off their seemingly passive posteriors, they will be left with the ass backward outcomes so common in Maine's energy landscape.

Comment by Dan McKay on March 24, 2024 at 6:24am

This issue of any government entity, elected or non elected, forcing Maine people to buy EVs is naive  at best. The people of Maine have the power to choose whatever mode of transportation they prefer. Anyone willfully challenging this will fail. This is your saber rattling warning, government.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 23, 2024 at 2:25pm

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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 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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