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 Eric A. Tuttle on April 10, 2018 at 5:53pm

Today's output across the state of the 18 wind farms I am tracking is at 2.31% of NPR capacity.

43 Days of sampling has produced a result of only 33.95%, with our windiest Months past us. 

Comment by John F. Hussey on April 10, 2018 at 5:33pm

Wind is for Mass-holes! 

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on April 10, 2018 at 5:04pm
Another thing was how much was exported and how much used in state. Wind is mostly exported, nat. gas is used in local grids on demand, I think.
Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on April 10, 2018 at 4:56pm
Interesting chart...lot of nulled out data elements, even on an annual basis. . And then aosome interesting contrasts. For Mars Hill, the annual generation in MWhours was 132,558 in 2014 and dropped to 131, 836. Lost revenue or down time or wind velocity fluctuations?

A lot is missing, for example amount paid for power produced; graph of when power was produced....there are annual graphs and there are substantial variations in output. and most plants are nulled out. The Saddle back ridge wind farm doubled production, but I can't find details of the installation, how many turbines and at what capacity? Nor do I understand what the 'fuel consumption' data element means...is that fossil fuel offset or electricity consumed while turbines were idle? are monthly totals 'normal' for time of year.

In Oct. 2015 it was 129, in Nov. 167, in dec. 136, and jan. it was 164.

in Oct 2016 it was 144, in Nov. it was 163, in Dec. it was 226 and in Jan. 2017 it was 172

In Oct 2017 output was 219, in Nov. it was 223, in Dec. it was 207 and in Jan 2018 it was 244.

Obviously, output has gone up but on a per turbine basis what is it?
Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on April 10, 2018 at 4:35pm
What about generators other than wind energy? Are the others required to report only annually? It sounds like fossil fuels, for example, are not really dependent on the season and can simply be ramped up or down depending on needs. Wind and solar are totally dependent on external and uncontrollable conditions. Not being able to see their production monthly would seem to make it impossible to see whether their production, based on how it simply happens to fall, lines up with electricity demand. How can one evaluate a power source if this alignment (or lack thereof) is not visible?

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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