The $2 million University of Maine wind turbine experiment, the state's only wind experiment that actually measures electricity, continues to fail the data test, not to mention the viability test.
When this grossly wasteful and expensive experiment began, great promises were made by the University about openly sharing data on electricity production and how much in supposed cost savings (ha!) could be truthfully attributed to the turbine.
It's been about a YEAR since real live data has been reported as promised.
The University continues to post the tired snippet below about fixing the data reporting. Ha!
But what is new is a reference to having produced 164,808 KWH over the past three months. If we assume this figure to be accurate, a straight line projection (12 months / 3 months x 164,808 KWH) results in an annual projection of 659,232 KWH.
Except for one thing - that the last three months are some of the windiest of the year in Maine and during large stretches of the year there is hardly a breeze? So what is the actual projection - 500,000 KWH annually at best?
And what about the inevitable long periods of future breakdowns?
If 500,000 annual KWH is about right, that would equate to about a 10% capacity factor, give or take. MISERABLE. No other word for it.
So when will the University share the true learning, painfully experienced first hand - that wind power absolutely, positively doesn't work as promised? As the Kool-aid soaked era of Baldacci administration wind boosting recedes into the past, it is high time that the University announces the real lesson learned about doing one's homework and not blindly following feel good dogma du jour -- with the same fervor that went into promoting this future pile of rusting junk.
The suffering citizenry is relying on the University to do its job and deliver the truth. Loudly. A single courageous act of telling the truth could stop the transmogrification of Maine and suffering of its people. It's your duty.
Related reading: The University of Maine's $2 Million wind turbine experiment (PDF)
and for an article that tells it like it is, please read the following masterpiece on Maine wind power by Alan Farago.