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Maine: Lower Electric Rate for Heat Pump Customers – “The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently announced plans for a series of new electric rates for those who use electric vehicles, heat pumps or battery storage…The new rate schemes are optional. Maine households and businesses can opt in if they want to participate. ‘It’s really about trying to make sure that everybody is contributing fairly to the costs of the grid, while not unnecessarily discouraging beneficial policies’, said Phil Bartlett, chairman of the Maine PUC. Under the new rates approved by the PUC, a household will pay a higher monthly service fee, but a lower fee for each kilowatt hour consumed…Under current rates, the utilities are essentially collecting more from heat pump consumers, above and beyond what the companies have determined it costs to maintain and operate the grid.” . Full article here.
The Numbers: – Buildings and Transportation are Neck and Neck as Worst Sources of Greenhouse Gases in NYS – Buildings occupy the pole position. The Climate Action Council has published a pair of data-filled spreadsheets that underpin the text of New York’s Draft Climate Action Scoping Plan. Titled Integration Analysis Annex 1 and Annex 2, the spreadsheets can be found about two thirds of the way down this page under the “Integration Analysis” heading. The chart below comes from the 2020 Emissions worksheet (one of dozens in the Annex 2 spreadsheet). We have added sector total rows to the worksheet.New York Is 2nd Most Energy-Efficient State – WalletHub Study – Adam McCann – Wallet Hub – “Energy is… one of the biggest household expenses for American consumers. The average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill. In 2021, the average consumer spent another $2,148 on motor fuel and oil… In order to gauge the impact of doing more with less energy, WalletHub measured the efficiency of auto- and home-energy consumption in 48 U.S. states. Full article here.