Proof That Wind Power Costs More than Conventional

Clearview Peddles12 cents per kwh for Wind vs 6½ cents per kwh for the current "standard offer" in Maine

We are constantly criticizing the high cost per Megawatt Hour of intermittent wind power.  While people can shop around for a better deal than the default "Standard Offer" approved by Maine's PUC, seldom do people make a conscious choice to spend more on wind power supplied electricity when given the choice.  Now in this article by Tux Turkel of the Portland Press herald comes proof.  http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/15/texas-based-power-seller-draw...

From the article: 

In the case of Clearview, a review of the company’s rates in CMP’s service area shows that they are well above the standard offer. On its website, the company features two “Green Energy” plans. One is a fixed rate for 12 months at 11.99 cents per kilowatt hour. The second is a fixed rate through the end of 2015, at 9.49 cents/kwh. The current standard offer rate for CMP home customers, which expires at the end of the year, is 6.5 cents/kwh.

Clearview does business in 13 states. It’s one of the largest green and renewable retail energy providers in North America, according to Tammi Stroud, the company’s vice president of sales.

It began operations June 9. According to a map provided by the company, sales are concentrated in Greater Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston-Auburn, Augusta and Waterville. The company also has plans to go door-to-door in Emera Maine’s service area around Bangor.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 22, 2015 at 7:36pm

A $3 million turbine at 6.54¢ /kWh would require it to produce 45,871,559 kWh over its life. A 2 MWh (npr) turbine is, deemed at 28% average production, able to produce 4,905,600 per year. After 9.35 years it will break even on the initial investment assuming no dividends are paid to stockholders (especially returning taxpayer funds) Add in the promised funds to communities, various clubs and organizations and on it goes..... So with no visible profit before they could possibly wear out, they would need to charge a higher rate such as near double. After the 9.35 years with the allowed rates having increased, still with community, and organizational payoffs in play, and stockholders demanding money for their investment (ohh... the taxpayers by now have forgotten) they start to make a profit, less any new equipment they may have had to purchase previously, plus wages, salaries, bonuses, and any continuing bribes initially promised. Not that they would have any income taxes paid to Maine, if the LePage plan becomes a reality in the future. By the time a profit is inked to paper, it would be nothing if it were not for the high rates. Rates that will become absorbed into the lower 6.54 of the current CMP rate driving them higher, because the Greenies will not pay for that which they want, a form of Energy that was created from previous to Maine, an intense CO² release in the device creation. Remember, we have to support the profit needs of Spain also. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on July 22, 2015 at 11:04am

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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