The term "installed capacity" refers to the amount of power an industrial wind facility would produce under ideal wind conditions; but such ideal wind conditions rarely (if ever) occur.    

  Wind Farm Proposal and Permits usually refer to the ratio of actual power to be produced compared to this production ideal as "an expected capacity factor of about  36% ". This is usually coupled with pie-in-the-sky expectations as:  "north of 50% capacity factor" with the newer, larger turbines, new designs and technology. Yea, sure.

  Let's look at the reality: according to FERC, for the whole of 2012  Maine's existing wind farms' actual power production was 24.72% of installed capacity, or a capacity factor .2472.  That's less than one-quarter of installed capacity!

   The turbines at Mars Hill, Rollins, and Stetson I and II are 1.5 MW GE machines.  Do we have capacity factor figures for the newer, larger turbines?  Well, where are they?  Typically, the data will be available from FERC about two years after the newer larger turbines are installed in Oakfield.   

  So, when a wind promoter talks about "enough power for 20,000 homes",  divide that figure by four, and you know the reality.  I have yet to see any hard figures about the actual power production and capacity factor of the newer, larger turbines. 

Harrison Roper  

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Comment by Dan McKay on March 20, 2014 at 8:59am

After the word " homes" add "intermittently "

Comment by Martha thacker on March 20, 2014 at 12:15am

Harrison Roper

And for these pitiful stats. , ME is being sold out. Outdated technology, outdated politicians. 

Comment by Harrison Roper on March 19, 2014 at 3:01pm

Some recent observations of the UMPI turbine's output, which is uniquely displayed to the world on the turbine's website:  3:15 pm yesterday:  POWER DRAW -.2 kW; 

                                    5:00 pm yesterday: POWER DRAW -1.5 kW;

                                    7:30 am today:       POWER DRAW  -.6  kW

                                    1:00 pm today:       POWER DRAW  -.2 kW

                                     1:30 pm today:      POWER DRAW  -3.6 kW

   (when there is no wind the turbines draws power from the grid, and (uniquely) displays it on the website, updated every ten seconds)

          The past 24 hours 3:00 pm -3:00 pm power production was 50 kWh, capacity factor for this 600 kW turbine was  .00347.  There just wasn't much wind at all. This is typical power output for inland Maine wind.  The overall capacity factor for the UMPI turbine is "south of" .11, or less than 11% or installed capacity.  H. Roper 

Harrison Roper 

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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