Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are a new source of noise in previously quiet rural environments. Environmental noise is a public health concern, of which sleep disruption is a major factor. To compare…Continue
Added by Lyle on November 27, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments
Systematic studies find a causal link between annoyances and sleep
disturbance. It is plausible that annoyance and sleep disturbance will lead to other
symptoms, such as stress or psychological distress, inner ear…
Added by Lyle on November 26, 2012 at 8:55pm — No Comments
Wind farm noise causes “clear and significant” damage to people’s sleep and mental health, according to the first full peer-reviewed scientific study of the problem.
Wind farm noise does harm…
Added by Lyle on November 26, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments
The UMPI turbine website now has a webcam which shows the actual turbine, with a new image about 45 times a minute. So, if you are wondering if it is turning, you can look and see. It is barely visible at night, but very clear in the day time. Google "UMPI Turbine" and click on the new little box on the home page. Thank you UMPI. Standard working speed of the blades is 28.5 rpm.
Added by Harrison Roper on November 25, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments
Capacity Factor (CF) is a standard and meaningful way of measuring a generator's actual power production over a period of time. The UMPI wind turbine has an installed capacity of 600 kW, which means in a full day with perfect wind it will generate 14,4OO kWh.
Northern Maine has just experienced a notably calm 10-day period, November 14-23, and the UMPI turbine website reports net power…Continue
If you use download Google Chrome to look at the UMPI turbine website, you will see the wind speed, rotor rpm, and generator rpm data changing every ten seconds. The wind is very changeable.
Harry Roper Houlton/Danforth
Added by Harrison Roper on November 19, 2012 at 4:51pm — No Comments
As the battle for the PTC heats up again, so does the blogosphere
Added by Ellin Beltz on November 19, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Where are the groups that protect birds in our quest to end the industrialization of our mountains and, in particular the ridges and wetlands in northeastern Maine, from wind turbines? Maine Audubon continues to promote wind turbines with the discredited concept that climate change and pollution are greater threats to birds than wind turbines. That might be true if wind turbines actually produced enough reliable electricity to not require fossil fuel back up all the time and wind power…Continue
Added by Brad Blake on November 17, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments
The following is a letter sent to Congress, signed by 88 organizations that oppose the extension of the Production Tax Credit. Pick a few lines from this to send in your own letter!
Dear United States Senators and Representatives:
The principal federal support for wind energy, the so-called Production Tax Credit (PTC), is scheduled to expire at the end of this year. The undersigned…
Added by Brad Blake on November 15, 2012 at 12:19am — No Comments
Three years ago UMPI promised the public a turbine website that would report its output in ten-second intervals. Today I noticed (for the first time) that the software for that function is ACTUALLY WORKING!
For five minutes, at 10;25 am today (11/12/12) I watched wind speed and power changing every ten seconds, and I wrote the changes down as fast as I could: (wind speed in mph/power produced in kW) 12mph/86kW; 14/117; 12/69; 12/72; 11/91; 13/91....... I think that represents one…Continue
IN THE SUMMER OF 2009 , STEVE THURSTON AND I MET WITH JAMES CASSEDA AND ANDREW FISKE, THEN DEP DECISION MAKERS FOR WIND PROJECTS , EXPOSING THE DEVASTATING SCENIC EFFECTS THE 22 RECORD HILL TURBINES WOULD HAVE ON THE SCENERY OF THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS .
CASSEDA TOLD US THAT LD 2283 PREVENTED THEM FOR USING THAT ARGUMENT AS RECORD HILL DID NOT FIT IN ANY EXCEPTION MADE FOR AREAS OF STATE OR NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE AS PER THE …Continue
Patriot Renewables has ruined the northeastern ridge of Spruce Mt. in Woodstock with 10 turbines, each…Continue
BEP-12-137 Friends of Maine's Mountains et al. v. Board of Environmental Protection