UMPI wind turbine catches fire Easter night

Anthony Brino • April 2, 2018

UMPI

Wind turbine catches fire Easter night

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — An investigation is underway into what caused a fire in the motor of the University of Maine Presque Isle’s wind turbine, which led to a brief campus power outage Sunday.

Around 10:45 p.m. April 1, the Presque Isle Fire Department responded to a fire at UMPI’s wind turbine. The fire occurred in the turbine’s nacelle, the covered section that houses the motor, generator, gearbox and other mechanics, according to Rachel Rice, UMPI community and media relations director.

“It appears that the turbine motor caught on fire and the overload from it subsequently tripped the campus breakers,” Rice said in a statement. “This caused most of campus to lose power, though with help from Emera, power was restored at around 1:30 a.m.”


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Comment by Long Islander on April 3, 2018 at 3:57pm

Wind turbine fire risk: ten times higher than the industry admits

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/wind-turbine-fire-risk-...

Comment by Long Islander on April 3, 2018 at 2:01pm

Here's a treasure trove of information on wind turbine fires:

http://www.windaction.org/posts?search=fire

Comment by Frank Haggerty on April 2, 2018 at 2:19pm

These gearbox driven wind turbines hold around 200 gallons of transmission fluid similar to that in a Volkwagon transmission called mineral oil --This fluid when heated is inflammable.  

Gearbox wind turbines heat up and leak as they wear out. The lifespan of a gearbox is 5 to 10 years.

We can expect many more gearbox failures and fires in the future-- When these turbines do catch on fire the wind industry is stupified how the fire started --- 

These turbines are a fire hazard and there is NO fire department in the world that can put out transmission fluid and fiberglass on fire 300 feet in the air 

It's time to stop the insanity now !

Comment by Frank Haggerty on April 2, 2018 at 1:35pm

Presque Isle Maine Fire Department responded to wind turbine fire at Univesity Maine Presque Isle campus. 

 
Comment by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 12:22pm
Comment by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 12:12pm

UMPI Quietly Revises Its Wind Turbine Goal

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/umpi-quietly-revises-it...

Funny how they quietly dropped their annual KWH estimate from 1,000,000 to 700,000 with absolutely no fanfare, but were otherwise never shy about boasting of the turbine far and wide. They even did a roadshow to boast, accepted some sort of award for it and saw a movie get made about it. But when the 1,000,000 went to 700,000 KWH, not a peep. All the while, their projected $100,000 in annual electricity savings never changed. How does that math work again?

Comment by Pineo Girl on April 2, 2018 at 11:32am

Thank you Gary Campbell for providing an overview and history of the UMPI turbine! And of course, thank you Harry Roper for diligently keeping track of the production of the turbine during its 8 years of operation.  I'm not a mathematician, but I thought Id try to run those numbers...It looked like this:

UMPI turbine cost was $2 million. It was supposed to produce 700,000 KWH a year when installed in 2009, and was supposed to save $100,000 a year.  Instead it was only 13.4 % efficient, and ended production in February 2017, running for 8 years.

So UMPI turbine actual production was around 93,800 KWH a year. Using an average retail price of 11 cents a KWH, that energy would have cost $10,318.00, or $82,544 over the 8 years it produced power. So the turbine that cost $2,000,000 minus $82,544 in electrical energy cost savings equals a loss of  $1,917,45.00 on the turbine! That’s a lot of money that could have gone to scholarships or free tuition for students.

Comment by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 11:13am

Read about the disaster that is the UMPI wind turbine and the university cover up of the failure at the link below. It's high time the University of Maine keeps its promise and share full details of this experiment with the public. To know that the wind power it so fervently publicized failed and then decide not to report on the failurde is malpractice on the part of supposed educators. So educate us. Show us the money. Show us the electricity. Show us your math. Show us who decided to keep the public in the dark all these years. Show us who will be held accountable. The Maine PUC commissioner Kurt Adams, who jumped to First Wind, gave UMPI $50,000 for this. The PUC thus has a full right to conduct an investigation.

Otherwise, we learn nothing and repeat our mistakes.

UMPI%20Turbine%20Backgrounder_8-3-11.pdf

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on April 2, 2018 at 10:49am

The link provided by Member: John F. Hussey may not work for some users. A short phone video clip >>  https://www.facebook.com/hallett.brooke?hc_ref=ARRu1VMoF3ct2I7WOTeB....

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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