Here we go again, as usual! We are in the midst of a heat wave, with the highest demands of the year on the New England grid. We need to dispatch more power as demand soars far beyond base load. To what source do we turn? Gas fired plants--maxed out. Crank up the oil fired Wyman plant on Cousin's Island, fouling Maine air with the largest single point of air pollution in the state--GRRR!!! Prices soar as ISO-New England searches the spot market!
But what about wind power? Not a single megawatt all week! The wind is still or feeble at best during these hot days, so when the New England grid needs more power, wind is a total failure. WIND POWER CANNOT BE DISPATCHED TO THE GRID WHEN NEEDED! It is, at best, a fickle trickle source of intermittent, unpredictable, unreliable electricity that wouldn't even exist except for unduly favorable subsidies (per MWH). It is a scam and a scourge on Maine's natural and scenic resources.