LETTERS: All electric, all in

To the editor:

As we keep adding wind and solar power to remove carbons at bay, we are overlooking one important fact, and that is, in my opinion, we are trying to play catch up at too late a time. It won’t matter how much we augment fossil fuels for electric generation because if [all] goes according to plan, in the next decades we will all be driving EV (electric vehicles), and this is just one of the inevitable loads we will be adding to the electric grid. Also, scientists are saying we will need to build new homes with total electric amenities, i.e., heat, air conditioning, and a host of other electric needs. It should be noted that resistive electric heat base board or space heaters all are 100 percent efficient. In other words, for every dollar spent on electric heat you get a dollar’s worth of heat. No other system can make that claim.

So, in summation, if we don’t go to nuclear power all the solar and wind in the world will never catch up to our electrical demands. I should add [that] once EVs are made mandatory most homes will have to upgrade their electrical systems as most 100 or less ampere services will not carry two (2) EV cars if both drivers have to charge their vehicles at the same time.

I was laughed at when we moved to Maine in 1999 and built an all electric home. Can’t understand so many people’s aversion to electric heat. Most say it’s too expensive, but if the home is built for it, it is not only reasonable but quiet, safe and clean.

Frank Slason


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