WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH ENERGY MAINE WIND PROJECTS PRODUCE? YOU 'RE GONNA HAVE TO WAIT!

In 2017, EIS, the Energy Information Administration, changed its reporting requirements, for renewable energy projects.  Many of Maine’s wind projects that previously provided monthly reports are now only required to file an annual report. The final (revised) 2016 data was made available On March 9. 2018.  Here are the regs provided to me by EIA when I inquired about the change:

https://www.eia.gov/survey/form/eia_923/instructions.pdf   (schedule 3 part D of EIA reporting instructions)

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia923/   (Section 2 of worksheet 6)

If you would like to see how these changes in reporting requirements affect Maine wind project reporting, take a look here:

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/browser/#/topic/1?agg=2,0,1&am...

It appears that only Bingham and Hancock wind projects are required to report monthly. It is also interesting to note that data collection is contracted out to a company named JBS International.

My cynical side is telling me this is a great way to cover up the failure of wind energy, especially in Maine!

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Comment by Pineo Girl on April 11, 2018 at 10:46am

Hello Frank and all! Here is the true value of the Wind Task Force!  I just learned FERC also collects data on any power plant with a nameplate of 20MW or more...Maybe we are not quite doomed yet!

Comment by Pineo Girl on April 11, 2018 at 10:07am

I am going to inquire as to how these electricity plants that only have to produuce reports annually were chosen.  According to EIA regs and plant from any fuel source that has a nameplate capacity of 1 MW or more must report.  It is obvious what this does! I obscures and delays the reporting of the failure of wind turbines! Its George Orwell's 1984  happening!  "He who controls the past contriols the future".  By  changing the facts about the past!

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on April 11, 2018 at 9:24am

I wish I knew how the accountability and tracking of power purchases really works; but you've raised another suspicion of the wind farm buying power at off-peak rates and selling it back at their set rate.  Is this even possible? The power used is very high, does it take that much to keep turbines turning or is that a record of power 'bought' and then 'resold'. 

Who are our contacts in EIA and what leverage do we have to track power produced vs. turbine capacity vs. power purchased vs. power resold(if any is) or used on site?

The question with perhaps the greatest political interest is the  worth of State subsidies in reducing the cost of power sold out of State. Are Maine ratepayers making foreign corporations rich and how do we prove it using EIA data?

Comment by Pineo Girl on April 10, 2018 at 8:12pm

Peerfect statement Penny! And you are absolutely correct about reporting of data!  thank you!

And toTux! Wake up man! You have a reputation as a good journalist to protect! Talk to your publisher/ owner! Being against phony energy production is not being against fighting climate change! In fact, it is aiding and abetting climate change! The more we support phony energy schemes, the more we impede doing something to really stem climate change!

Comment by Penny Gray on April 10, 2018 at 7:19pm

Wind power is an epic failure.  If it weren't, they'd publish those figures monthly and trumpet them to the media.

Comment by Pineo Girl on April 10, 2018 at 7:14pm

Eric- I know you know they use power from the grid to turn the turbines when necessary..

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on April 10, 2018 at 6:22pm

Pineo Girl, this data is the BEST case scenario with the assumption that ALL turbines are functional.

Traveling through the Bingham Project the night of the LUPC Adjacency meeting, there was NO wind recorded at 5:00 pm, yet all but 5 were turning that I could visually observe.

Power Consumption rather than Production comes to mind.   

Comment by Pineo Girl on April 10, 2018 at 6:07pm

Eric - It is amazing that you are tracking wind projects output!  This is much needed now that EIA has dropped the ball! Thank you!

Comment by Pineo Girl on April 10, 2018 at 6:03pm

It is, in my view, definitely a disservice not to provide monthly data on wind production.  It appears from looking at other electrical energy producttion facilites, like hydro, natural gas, coal, etc., that data is still collected on a monthly basis. I know there are others much more familiar with EIA statistics who can easily maneuver through EIA data.  I have also wondered how accurate data collection is, and if it is ever more closely monitored. The data collextion does require that data net of the production facilities own use is required when reporting. I have personally wondered how that works when the Stetson !! wind project, also known as Evergreen Energy 11, was reported by US DOE as one of Emera Maine's largest retail power purchasers ( info obtained through FOIA request).  I have always wondered if they were purchasing that power and then reporting it as produced power.  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on April 10, 2018 at 5:57pm

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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