WOW!!! I HAD NO IDEA! More Lies from our Wind Friends

I can't begin to tell you how slanted this article is that will make the uninformed citizen of Maine think Wind is one of the biggest contributors to cleaning our atmosphere, providing 4,200 jobs, (not permanent) using nameplate outputs, not the usual 25% actual outputs, and telling us it will make big changes in the quality of the air in the SECOND cleanest state in the union.I sure wish we could get one of our writers to get so believed by the biased media.  Though we already do so much, and have clean air, have other sources that would be a lot cheaper and more reliable (hydro), we pay some of the highest electricity rates in the Union thanks to wind.

https://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/27/opinion/contributors/maines-... 

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 9:40am

As to Maine's clean air, we, by our location on the northeast portion of a continent being in a unique position to have air flow from all directions will always have cleaner air than most of the nation, however the pollutants from the west and midwest and sometimes from our northern neighbors that drop with each raindrop such as sulphur for one (acid rain) will be our major environmental undoing. Yes we use a lot in fossil fuels in transportation, and contribute in that way to the global CO² situation, however we are also credited to the contribution by the fact that we import such fuels to generate electricity which is not used in Maine, but exported across the grid. We take the Carbon hit for them. They reap the benefits of being viewed as Greener. Though burning our forests as biomass is counterproductive, as it detracts from the absorption of CO² while contributing to the problem. Burning of wood contributes the same as coal,  pound for pound, though does not contribute as much in other toxins such as heavy metals such as lead, and many other minerals.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 9:26am

As for the Name Plate rating, I highly doubt that each and every one has been tested for its capacity rating as required before commissioning. This NamePlate rating, is stated as per the design to perform, not actual performance.  By design it is suppose to, but will it? This is called Load Testing, and can only be achieved under actual conditions. Did they or have they ever tested with the Maximum Wind speeds? Have we even had those wind speeds sustained long enough to do the testing? Theory is not the requirements to be met for commissioning, which is suppose to be done turbine by turbine, not as a farm. Imagine the output if this test had been done simultaneously, if possible!

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 9:16am

Unfortunately, the misconception that it even creates 4,200 jobs is highly not realized even in the United States, let alone Maine. Some of these jobs are just continuance of employment for such jobs as making the nuts and bolts, the jobs that support that manufacturing, the jobs that pump the diesel fuel for the transportation, the jobs that China has for their contributions, or Colorado and others. The jobs for the executives of the corporations. These are Indirect jobs, those that they speak of, which are not new jobs, but continued employment.

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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