I have finally found some information on Maine wind power production - on the FERC website, which has quarterly reports on industrial wind farms:


First Wind's Stetson I& II (capacity  82.5MW  (called "Evergreen Wind Power V LLC" on the FERC website) reported 38,000 MWH sold to the grid for the second quarter of 2009. This is barely over 20 percent of installed capacity. For the same quarter of 2010 Stetson I & II reported 32,000 MWH sold to the grid - 17.5% of installed capacity.


First Wind's Mars Hill, capacity 42 MW and  called "Evergreen Wind Power LLC" on the FERC website, reported 30,000 MWH sold to the grid for the second quarter of 2009. This is 32% of installed capacity. For the same quarter of 2010 it reported 24,000 MWH sold to the grid - 25.8 % of installed capacity.


   Maine's summer of 2010 included some of the hottest weather in memory.  The highly polluting Wyman plant, which burns oil, was fired up and operated when necessary to generate power to keep the grid stable. Very little wind power was available at the time. When it is hot in Maine power demand is high and there is usually little wind blowing.  At the very time the grid  needs more power, wind does not provide it. 

  Wind farms have impressive "installed capacity" on paper, but their record of output is fractional at best, irregular, and unpredictable, and has proved to be not very useful when it is needed most.

 Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth






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Did you check with FERC to make sure these project don't have any retail contracts? If the do, those numbers are not included in the production reports on FERC. I forgot the woman's name, but her phone number is located on the same page. She is very helpful.

Replying to my own November 7 Post:

I have since learned of a misunderstanding I had: on the FERC website, Stetson I  (57 mw installed capacity) is called "Evergreen Wind Power V, LLC" and Stetson II is called "Stetson II,  LLC" (26MW installed capacity).

Sorry about the error.

I did not check with FERC on retail contracts.  Certainly there is no industry to buy that power in that part of Maine.  Eastern Maine Coop is the local distributer, and I understand that all Stetson power goes direct to the grid, and nothing to Eastern Maine.

 Harry Roper


Readers will be interested, but not surprised, to learn that the UMPI turbine website has not reported ANY net power to the grid since the 18th of February. HR Houlton


Could you make up a spreadsheet with the FERC data for about 6-8 quarters for each wind facility in Maine. Here is an example of the wind facilities in New York State which also underperformed. 

Below is the URL of a table that shows the performance of New York State's wind turbines. http://www.dailyenergyreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/NY_CF20... 

The Vendor promises were capacity factors of 30% to 35%, before installation. The reality, after installation: Installed capacity, MW: 1035.5 in 2008; 1,274 in 2009: 1,274 in 2009; 1,348 in 2010 Production, MWh: 1,282,325 in 2008; 2,108,500 in 2009, 2,532,800 in 2010 Capacity factors: 14.1% in 2008; 18.9% in 2009; 22.7% in 2010 The data for the table was obtained from the 2011 New York ISO Gold Book http://www.nyiso.com/public/webdocs/services/planning/planning_data... 

Because no wind turbines were added during 2010, the 22.7% capacity factor of 2010 is the best proof of the lack of performance of the New York State wind turbine facilities. 

This reality is not unique to NY State. It has replicated itself in The Netherlands, Denmark, England, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, etc. The production less than promised, added to the CO2 emissions reduction less than claimed, as shown in below articles, makes further investments in wind energy an extremely dubious and expensive proposition.

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."



Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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