Summertime, and the living is breezy --- NOT.

Just as the air conditioners are starting to crank up in earnest, the wind turbines stop turning. They hardly produce any electricity in the windier winter. And they produce almost zero electricity when Maine turns on its air conditioners. Brilliant, simply brilliant.

UMPI's $2 million (and counting) wind turbine experiment is clearly elucidating the gross failure of wind power in Maine. In the last three days, this folly of academia has produced a whopping 2,877 KWH, or only 959 KWH per day.

In the 39 days that have elapsed since the UMPI monument to lemmingdom started its second year on May 14, 2010, the Kool-aid soaked project has produced only 57,752 KWH of electricity, or a scant 1,481 KWH per day. That annualizes to only 540 thousand KWH, just 54% of the much publicized goal of 1,000,000 KWH a year.

Let's also take note that the 1,000,000 KWH per year goal was a ridiculously low goal to begin with, equating to a foolishly low 19% efficiency factor. The only way an electricity generator survives at 19% efficiency is by being artificially propped up in a phony unsustainable world of heavy big government subsidies - otherwise known as our tax dollars.

Well, despite the absurdly low 1,000,000 KWH a year 19% goal, in the first 39 days of Year 2, the UMPI money waster has been at an efficiency factor of only 10%. Kind of like putting 20 gallons of gas in the tank and finding out later you only really got two.

Can the cash-strapped University of Maine system really afford to offer this $2 million spinning class?


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Comment by Art Brigades on June 22, 2010 at 10:30am
I don't know. Just based upon their inability to produce a competitve electron, my guess is Maine's will be rusting and abandoned by 2020. The industry typically predicts 20 years. (But you know how they sugar-coat things.) Here are two links that are useful:

http://www.dex.com/News/ar_081209.html

http://library.witpress.com/pages/PaperInfo.asp?PaperID=17822
Comment by alice mckay barnett on June 22, 2010 at 10:16am
where are the stats on life expectancy of 12 years?
Comment by Art Brigades on June 22, 2010 at 10:06am
On a scale of 1-100, UMPI gets a 54.
Umm, Dr. Zillman...What grade would a student with a 54 average get?
Comment by Art Brigades on June 22, 2010 at 9:40am
At today's market rate of 15 cents per KWH, this means (generously) that UMPI is getting $81,000 worth of electricity per year. That puts the turbine on schedule to break even in 25 years...assuming that maintenance, labor, and replacement parts will be free. Also assuming that electricity prices in the market stay at 15 cents over the next two decades. Don't these silly machines only have a life expectancy of 12 years? There's no such thing as a "failed" experiment if the experiment teaches something. This experiment teaches UMPI students that wind power is a failure. Stop throwing (public) money at it.
Comment by Karen Bessey Pease on June 22, 2010 at 7:09am
How refreshing, to FINALLY have some real and live data! How to get this information out to more Maine citizens? This is the REAL story, which needs to be told! Thanks for reporting!
Kaz

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/

 

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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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