Amid Cold Snap, Maine’s Electricity Comes from Nuclear, Natural Gas, and Fossil Fuels


As temperatures plummeted on Friday, Maine residents and businesses relied mostly on nuclear energy, natural gas, and oil for their electricity.

Friday afternoon, ISO New England reported that 24 percent of Maine’s electricity came from nuclear power generation, while 20 percent came from oil and another 21 percent came from natural gas.

Thanks to the blustery weather, wind power was able to account for a higher-than-average 7 percent of Maine’s electricity supply, while solar supplied less than 3 percent.

UPDATE: By 4pm, the blend had increased to 25 percent natural gas, 25 percent oil, and 21 percent nuclear. Must have been a cloud or a break in the wind.


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