PPH - U.S. energy regulators order grid operators to plan for more electrification

Stephen Singer
Press Herald



U.S. grid operators are under broad new federal orders to improve their response to growing threats of extreme weather and greater electrification required to heat and cool buildings and operate vehicles....

........“Our nation needs a new foundation to get badly needed new transmission planned, paid for and built,” he said. “With this new rule, that starts today.”

The rule change followed comments over three years from hundreds of stakeholders across the industry, “advocacy groups of all stripes,” and local, state and tribal governments, said Karin Herzfeld, senior transmission counsel at FERC.

It has been over 10 years since the commission last implemented a regional transmission policy............

.................The New England states have set aggressive goals to reduce carbon emissions. Upgrades will help avoid overloading transmission lines and transformers as electricity use increases and as offshore wind and other renewable power sources that are distant from population centers produce more of the region’s power, the ISO said.

ISO has requested a response from FERC by July 9.

Philip L. Bartlett II, chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, said FERC’s rule will help utilities, regulators and others find efficient ways for rebuilding transmission and “breaking traditional logjams” to achieve climate goals at a reasonable cost in what’s known as the energy transition.

“Our chief focus is how to make the transition most affordable,” Bartlett said. “There’s no question the transition will be expensive.”...................................And utilities can save money by building out a transmission line before installing a new one, he said........................................In addition, upgraded transmission systems should provide access to less expensive generation such as solar and wind and help keep down ratepayer costs, Gramlich and Bartlett said....................................A transmission line up to 160 miles long to bring power generated by a wind farm in northern Maine was rejected by state regulators in December over cost differences. The PUC has initiated a process to reopen its procurement for transmission and generation. Regulators are asking developers to submit information by June 21.................................................................



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Comment by Dan McKay on June 4, 2024 at 9:52am

As to  state regulators, there are 3 people who finalize cases after staff analysis.

As to the Aroostook County proposal for 160 miles of transmission lines and 1000 megawatts of wind at 30 to 40% capacity factor, the second proposal will probably be a 2 man decision as Commissioner Gilbert will recuse herself as she worked for Daymark and Daymark claims renewables are cost beneficial and obviously Commissioner Bartlett has drank from the same kool-aid pitcher. Daymark also did work for L S Power and King Pine while Commissioner Gilbert was part .of their staff

Commissioner Scully had reservations about the first solicitation concerning  mounting costs to ratepayers before agreeing to the approval

Comment by Willem Post on June 4, 2024 at 7:29am

We are talking spending at least $1.5 TRILLION OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS, based on what the much smaller Germany with its much smaller economy had to do, and it is FAR FROM DONE.

It is great no one wants heat pumps and EVs. Sales are way down from 2023, because electricity prices have gone through the roof. The people are pissed, moving to the right.

Leftist liberal Schultz clique will be voted out

The same has happened in the UK

Ford loses $100,000 on every EV it sold in 2023

My three HPs , $25,000 capital cost, are money losers in my well insulated Vermont house



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


(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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