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?