I post criticisms of the wind industry in Maine regularly on my Face Book page and they get nominal shares and comments. On April 2, I posted this comment and the photo. In less than 24 hours, this has been shared more than 260 times and my particular post has received 106 "reactions". Wind Warriors, the sensationalism of a turbine fire gets people's attention, so if you are using social media--send out the criticism of the wind power farce while we have people's attention!
A fitting end to a $2 million waste of taxpayer money. This tiny (by wind industry standards at 600kw or .6 Mw) wind turbine was a lemon from the start. It had numerous breakdowns and would be off-line for weeks and months at a time. Even when it was operational, it under-performed at less than 15% capacity factor in windswept Aroostook County! Wind turbine gearboxes are filled with flammable lubricants and they are subject to much wear and tear. They catch on fire and there is NO fire department anywhere that can put out such a fire. They are simply allowed to burn themselves out while fire personnel haplessly watch out for debris.
Here is the problem facing Maine: We have allowed hundreds of wind turbines to be placed in the woods, high up on ridges. Already, a wind turbines fire occurred at Kibby near the Canadian border--fortunately in the winter with a lot of snow. But any Mainer knows we sometimes have dry Spring periods before the trees green out, dry late summers and autumns as well. We just experienced a drought 2 summers ago and last year was the 70th anniversary of the horrific fires of 1947. What happens when a wind turbine in a remote Maine forest catches fire in tinder dry conditions and, even worse, fire is fanned by winds (ironically)? A fire starting at Kibby could burn all the way to the Kennebec River. A fire like that at Rollins in Lincoln or Stetson Mt. could burn all the way to the Canadian border.
We must stop putting potential forest fire starting torches on our ridges and stop further destruction of Maine's natural and scenic resources by the wind industry.