FULL YEAR REPORT OF WIND OUTPUT IN MAINE

Folks, we have updated our reporting of Maine wind sites output by going back and adding 4th Quarter of 2011 to go with the three Quarters of this year.  Also added is some pertinent other information about these sites.  Sorry for the diminished size of the original spreadsheet. 

I consistently say capacity factor of Maine wind projects is under 25% and you can see these figures make that a true statement!  Take away Mars Hill, which performs significantly better than all the others (10 percentage points higher than the next best, Stetson I) and the state-wide results are even more miserable.

 

Is the destruction of rural Maine's mountains and its "Quality of Place" a worthwhile trade-off for less than 25% Output of costly, unpredictable, unreliable, non-dispatchable electricity that we do not need???

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Comment by Dan McKay on December 28, 2012 at 3:27pm

In the PUC negotiated power purchase agreement between Rollins Wind and CMP,  CMP is allowed to raise rates to cover costs of integrating Rollins Wind output into its distribution network. 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on December 27, 2012 at 5:29pm

To conduct further studies into the high cost of electricity produced by wind projects that is absorbed by the ratepayers in the state of Maine. To conduct unbias studies into the efficiency of wind energy compared to other renewable energy sources.

Comment by Hart Daley on December 27, 2012 at 9:31am

Brad...please forward this "output" information to Glenn Adams; Associated Press for this bias and bullshit article he wrote....maybe if he saw some real numbers he would write about it?? Perhaps??

Maine wind power inches toward generation goals

By GLENN ADAMS
Associated Press /  December 25, 2012
Comment by Dan McKay on December 27, 2012 at 8:26am

The PUC negotiated a power purchase agreement with First Wind for the sale of the Rollins Wind Project. The purchase price of $55.16 to $58.01 per megawatt hour is way where the PUC thought market prices would be. They indicated in argument with CMP and Bangor Hydro, that natural gas prices would climb and the margin of price between natural gas and wind would shrink over time. With this assumption, the PUC didn't add any triggers to lower the price for wind in the event market prices dropped with other generation types. How is that for looking out for the interests of the consumer. The PUC was also enlightened by a study authorized by State Legislature that the ACP ( alternate compliance payment ) should be monitored and set to assist wind in expansion within Maine. The ACP is paid when utilities fail to meet "renewable requirements " with purchase of RECs. The RECs are wind's gift for being green is envisioned as a way to provide funds to expand wind projects. The ACP is referred to as the price set to allow for adequate funds or the upper limit off REC prices. ( the ACP is currently over $60 per megawatt hour and rises a certain percentage annually )      

Comment by alice mckay barnett on December 26, 2012 at 9:29am

do we moratorium until PPA and FERC numbers are exposed?

Comment by Dan McKay on December 16, 2012 at 11:22am

What I do know, Brad, is that the output from this project is being sold to several Mass. and Rhode Island municipal utilities in power purchase agreements. I don't know how this relates to reporting the project's output, because it might be that the purchasing utility owns the output and could affect the reporting data. Nevertheless, the output has to be monitored in relationship to sales, somehow.

Comment by Brad Blake on December 16, 2012 at 11:14am

Dan, we haven't figured out the reporting entity for this project yet.  If you want to make the effort to find that out, let me know and the analyst who helps us on this project will extrapolate the datat and add it.  Be reasonably assured that numbers will be as bad, or worse, given the placement of the turbines with other high ridges in the area.

Comment by Dan McKay on December 16, 2012 at 10:31am

Why no numbers for Spruce Mountain Wind Project in Woodstock ? It has been online as long as Record Hill Wind has. 

Comment by Long Islander on December 15, 2012 at 12:36am

Wholesale savaging of a large percentage of Maine's sacred viewsheds all done under the false veneer of saving the planet so a handful of hucksters can line their pockets by picking ours. The lopsided absurdity of this tradeoff is dimensionalized here:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/nrcm-s-co2-analysis

Comment by Dan McKay on December 10, 2012 at 9:06am

Reagan's rule # 3 on government :   If it stops moving, Subsidize It.

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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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