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UMPI's draw on the grid

The UMPI turbine website has a report on "power", which means net power produced, in kilowatt hours (kWh) since a vague date about three years ago.  For the past three days this net power has been a…Continue

Started Jul 15, 2013

UMPI turbine

The UMPI turbine kept working for just about the whole month of February, which included two blizzards and 12 days with essentially no wind at all. The total power generated was 66,117 kWh, a…Continue

Tags: turbine, UMPI

Started Mar 1, 2013

Maine wind power production
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I have finally found some information on Maine wind power production - on the FERC website, which has quarterly reports on industrial wind farms: First Wind's Stetson I& II (capacity  82.5MW …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Willem Post Dec 5, 2011.

LURC, Stetson II, and infrasound testing
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 Interested citizens: In the March 4, 2009 LURC hearing in Bangor,  staff remarked that the proposed permit for Stetson II there is a clause that requires First Wind to submit to LURC a PROTOCOL FOR…Continue

Tags: II, -???, Stetson, at, testing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanne Moore Apr 8, 2010.

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Stetson and Mars Hill power output

  On Friday 12/17/10 the third quarter FERC power output summary data on Stetson and Mars Hill were finally posted on the internet. Stetson produced  approx. 15% of its installed capacity; Mars Hill produced approx. 32.75 of its installed capacity.  The "approximate" is because the summary data are reported rounded to thousands of mWh.

  Mars Hill sells all of its power output to the grid at a set price,  $49/mWh. Stetson sells in a complex auction market, and prices have varied from time to time from zero to hundreds of dollars per mWh.

  UMPI's turbine production averaged 1941.5 kWh per day 12/2 thru 12/11, which was 15.6% of installed capacity.

December is supposed to be a windy month. 

Harry Roper - Houlton/Danforth

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  The term "installed capacity" refers to the amount of power an industrial wind facility would produce under ideal wind conditions; but such ideal wind conditions rarely (if ever) occur.    

  Wind Farm Proposal and Permits usually refer to the ratio of actual power to be produced compared to this production ideal as "an expected capacity…


Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

September's power production from the UMPI turbine was unsurprisingly low: it averaged 1190 kWh per day, Capacity Factor .082.  The solar array generated 60 kWh per day. Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danfo…

September's power production from the UMPI turbine was unsurprisingly low: it averaged 1190 kWh per day, Capacity Factor .082.  The solar array generated 60 kWh per day.

Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

UMPI summer months - power actually generated

According to its public website, the UMPI turbine generated 63873 kWh in June, July, and August 2013. Its installed capacity is 600 kilowatts, or 14,400 kWh per day;  it actually  averaged only 701.9 kWh per day, a Capacity Factor .051. This is 1/20 of its installed capacity, or 1 hour and 10 minutes of good wind per day.

   If your mind shuts down in such a blizzard of figures, you are at the mercy of the wind promoters. You…


Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:13am

UMPI turbine in doldrums

  The UMPI turbine had pretty poor wind for the first ten days of June. It generated just 11,621 kWh. If there was a perfect wind, if would generate 14,400 kWh in just one day (600 kW X 24  hrs)!

  But the wind lately has been far from perfect; in fact, the UMPI turbine actually consumed grid power on June 7 (-10 kWh) and June 9  (-8 kWh).     …


Posted on June 11, 2013 at 3:30pm

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At 9:47am on February 17, 2012, Whetstone_Willy said…

Please note that a screening of the powerful movie "Windfall" is scheduled for next month in Island Falls:

Snowmobile Club

473 Houlton Road

Island Falls, ME  04747

Friday, March 30, 2012 -- 6:30 pm


Please spread the word to everyone in Houlton who loves Mattawamkeag and Pleasant Lakes.

Watching this movie may change the way that many people think about industrial wind factories in their communities.

At 1:03am on January 18, 2012, Long Islander said…

I just checked the UMPI website and the sad story continues. Still no real data reporting. When will they tell us of the real learning -- that their wind turbine demonstrates that Maine has a very substandard wind resource?



At 5:58pm on December 24, 2011, Long Islander said…

12/24/11 and more of the same ... nothing.

At 1:07pm on November 12, 2011, Long Islander said…

November 12, 2011

From the UMPI website. When will the University do its job and report on the undebelly of the slick wind hype machine and help save Maine and Mainers from this Enron-inspired scam? When the University research is not fairly assessed and broadcasted, it is essentially scandalous. 


Time to declare this sole state experiment into onshore wind power the outright failure it is and pronounce all wind industry claims going forward guilty before proven innocent.


For university personnel to simply look the other way is very, very wrong. 




At 9:13am on November 8, 2011, Long Islander said…

11/8/11 - Just checked the site and the same message persists:


At 9:04am on April 9, 2011, Long Islander said…

It's now 50 days since the wind turbine produced power. Other than the note on the website advising "the turbine is down for repairs", nothing else is known. Turbines break down all the time in commercial wind complexes, but this goes largely unnoticed as others continue to turn. But over time, the percentage of potential power lost is the same, i.e., a 40 turbine complex will experience breakdowns 40 times as often as a single turbine.


At 3:22pm on February 26, 2011, alice mckay barnett said…
sorry just found requests oops
At 11:46am on November 14, 2010, Leola R. Ballweber said…
Thank- you Harrison, I have sent the info on to Rufus and he should find it tomorrow morning. Keep up the good work leola
At 4:29pm on June 22, 2010, Karen Bessey Pease said…
Hey, Harry. How nice to 'see' you! As an aside, I see you are from Houlton... the 'city' of my birth (a long, loooong time ago!)

I think it's important that these UMPI numbers get some honest attention and dissembling by the media, and I wish I knew how to put that in motion. The last piece I read (on the anniversary back in May) sounded like a PR ad for Industrial Wind. Grrrr...
At 8:08pm on December 27, 2009, Brad Blake said…
Harry, welcome to the Citizens TFWP. We welcome your input on Stetson I & II and other goings on in Arrostook County!


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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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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."


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