The temperature is headed for close to 90 degrees today. Of course at a times like this when the air conditioners go on, the wind doesn't tend to blow very much. But heck, why get bogged down in such details?
Speaking of details, we're into the second half of 2011 so perhaps it's a good time to summarize what we've been seeing in the way of data reporting this year from the UMPI wind turbine, the state's only quantitative experiment with wind power electricity production.
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As you will see, the University of Maine has had some major problems with the turbine and the data reporting all year.
Good News, Bad News
The good news is that things should be fixed THIS WEEK. The bad news is they've been saying that most of the year. How about at least typing in the paltry KWH to date next to the words "this week"? The University of Maine promised transparency and total sharing of information.
The State's Only Experiment with Wind Power's Electricity Production
For all the ridge top, mountain top destruction by turbine, for all the wholly unneeded mega-transmission required by wind and its attendant expense, for all the assault on property values, tourism, our constitutional rights and our well being -- the only justification for all these negative impacts are electricity production and CO2 numbers spewed by the wind industry and yet unchallenged by the state.
Why not use the state's only empirical experiment and start challenging all of the wind industry's wholly overblown claims? "This is what we the state has observed, your claims are very different - explain the difference please".
UMPI president Donald Zillman's interpretation of the experiment as "an 11 on a 1-10 scale" needs to be challenged. The University of Maine is a great school and it's our school. But they should not be exempted from criticism.
There's lots of public money here ranging from the PUC grant handed to UMPI by then PUC chairman and now UMS trustee Kurt Adams to taxpayer financed federal subsidies. They owe us.
What do you think?
University garners MPUC renewable resources grant
Maine Public Utilities Commission Chairman Kurt Adams announced on Oct. 24 that the University will receive a $50,000 Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund (VRRF) grant for a wind power project that will save the University more than $100,000 annually in electricity charges.
"We are thrilled to receive this grant as we begin the hard work of finding and then installing a turbine on our campus to reduce our energy costs and meet our carbon neutral commitment," President Don Zillman said. "We are pleased that this grant funding will help us in achieving those goals."
The VRRF was established by the Legislature in 2000 and is supported by voluntary contributions made by consumers on their electric bill. The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which operates the VRRF, offers grants of up to $50,000 to qualifying Maine-based nonprofits for the development of a project utilizing renewable resources like wind, water, sun, wood, tides, trash-to-energy, fuel cells and geothermal energy.
The grant to the University of Maine Presque Isle will go towards the construction of a 400 to 700 K W wind turbine that will produce one million kilo watt-hours of electricity per year. Once fully operation, the turbine will save an estimated 572 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year - the equivalent of removing 123 cars from the road. It also will serve as a demonstration project that can educate Maine communities on the value and cost-effectiveness of harnessing natural resources for clean electricity.
Adams said that the VRRF is awarding a total of $362,889 to ten organizations this year, seven involving solar energy, two-wind power and one tidal power.
"It is encouraging to note that of the ten successful grant applications this year; four are from educational institutions ranging from middle school to College level with students actively involved in the grant writing process," he said. "This shows that Maine's students are learning about the importance of alternative energy sources, something that is vitally important because they are the ones that will be living with the consequences of energy decisions we now make. The earlier we get our students focused on the issues and what they can do, the better the outcome will be for Maine and the World."
Bloggers note: Back in 2010, UMPI quietly removed the 1,000,000 KWH a year goal from its website. In fact, it has barely gone past the 1,000,000 KWH figure after more than two years.
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