Governor Baldacci to UMPI: "Thanks for Leading the Way - Suckers!"

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http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/umpi-wind-turbine-2011

In less than four months it will be the second anniversary of the UMPI wind power debacle and they have only now hit the embarrassingly low Year ONE electricity production goal.

Wind power is a surefire way to make Maine's electricity prices skyrocket and make Maine even less competitive as a place to do business.

When will the press start reporting the truth about the gross failure, environmentalist farce, economic crippler and taxpayer theft that is wind power?

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Comment by Harrison Roper on January 23, 2011 at 9:55am

 UMPI is an educational institution, and I hope they are learning from the experience of owning and operating the sole large publicly owned wind turbine in the State of Maine. Those of who are paying attention to the situation are learning a lot, and it does not produce enthusiasm for inland industrial wind power. Yes, it works, but it does not seem to produce much power.  

  To their credit, years ago UMPI did due diligence by checking out geothermal energy to heat its new sports facility.  Groundwater proved to be not sufficiently warm,  and a professional test of wind power potential was done and they found it was adequate.  Details of the test have not been made public,  to my knowledge.  Solar hot water heaters are planned in the future, and they will work. UMPI is trying.

 Some details of the funding and purchasing the wind turbine are chronicled in the UMPI website. The turbine was erected in May of 2009 and it became fully operational in July of 2009.

  The  original prediction of 1,000,000 kWh annual turbine power production has proven to overly optimistic.  When it was recognized that it has taken about 19 months to achieve that first announced goal, and in recognition of painful reality, the it was  quietly  reduced. The turbine produced 680,000  kWh in its first  year of operation.

  UPMI  uniquely makes its turbine power production public, from moment to moment, at http.umpi.edu/wind/live wind data  (something like that) The program for reporting the data is new, and there have been some glitches, but on the whole it works. Such information from First Wind and other commercial wind farms etc. is virtually non-existent.

  I am hoping UMPI is learning from the experience. One lesson should be that it takes more than optimism to produce useful electric energy.

  Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth

Comment by Brad Blake on January 22, 2011 at 11:24am
Utter bullshit!  To call UMPI's turbine a lemon is to disrespect lemons.  Wind Zombie Zillman should resign in disgrace and Gov. LePage should order the thing dismantled.

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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(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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