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    Saturday, July 20, 2024

    Short-sighted energy report raises red flags

    The Day article, “A question of energy,” (June 16, by Daniel Drainville) should cause red flags to wave and alarm bells to ring for readers.

    Thomas Quinn, NE Edge president, stated there is more than enough energy on the electric grid to support the proposed data center in Waterford. He also said there is a surplus of energy. Energy analysts also agree, but they add the future needs are uncertain.

    Matthew Kakley, president of ISO New England, says that by 2050, electricity usage in New England will double; that we would see an increase of 17% in electricity use over the next decade. If there is a surplus of electricity, then why are we told to conserve our use of appliances during heat waves? We are asked to ration our use or not use at all dishwashers and washing machines to raise AC temperatures. If there’s not enough electricity now, how can we believe there’s enough energy to support a big chunk for a data center?

    Mary Gadbois

    East Lyme

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