Why have power outages become so much more common in Maine?

I have been on planet earth for a long time now. Long enough to remember the power cut was a big deal as it rarely happened anywhere I lived in Maine. After two winters in a row with at least one power outage and a few here and there during the warmer seasons, something seems to have changed which makes me wonder if it’s just me or if it’s also happening to d’ other residents of Maine. Turns out it’s not just me.

According to WMTW and the Associated Press, to think that our food is depleting much more may be supported by the data. Maine has seen at least a 50% increase in the duration of power outages in recent years.

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Like everything right now, the cost of maintaining Maine’s power grid is skyrocketing. The lines are old and the equipment is outdated, which means they fail more often. This translates into higher bills for customers, as utilities have to pass the costs on to us. Not to mention the recent 83% increase in the cost of supply electricity and the 11.5% increase in the cost of delivering that electricity to Mainers. Things just get expensive.

But the Associated Press has also determined that global warming is also a cause of more power outages. As the air gets warmer, especially here in Maine during the winter, there is more chance of icing and this past winter Maine saw a few stores that were a mix of precipitation that can bring down trees and power lines with them.

Toronto Ice Storm

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The AP says weather-related outages like this have gone from 50 a year nationwide two decades ago to more than 100 a year in the past five years.

So here is. Your power is draining more than before. Just another reason why the electric bill keeps going up.

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