100 Days of the UMPI Turbine in Year 2 - 8.89% of nameplate capacity achieved

We just hit the 100 day mark of the second year of the UMPI turbine and for these 100 days, only 8.89% of nameplate capacity has been achieved.

That's pretty far from the 100% nameplate figures and related stats that the wind industry constantly touts.

Since this is the only official state-sanctioned in-the-field active data providing experiment with a technology that could destroy much of Maine's core essence, perhaps it is time to investigate all electrical production data of wind turbines in the state before another one goes up. Start with UMPI and then all the commercial wind farms.

If wind farms do not produce anywhere near what they promise, perhaps we need to rethink the harm they cause within the context of such facts. The state should not make such far reaching transformative decisions lightly, based on promises by special interests when they are contradicted by the hard facts. So now that we have this new piece of the puzzle called 15 months of damaging data, it is time to stop and reassess.

That would be called a moratorium - which the Governor has rejected out of hand.

Kurt Adams, when he was head of the PUC, launched the University of Maine's turbine with a $50,000 grant. See attachment or

PUC Commissioner Adams said at the time:

“It will serve as a demonstration project that can educate Maine communities on the value and cost-effectiveness of harnessing natural resources for clean electricity.”

Well, now that the project is at 8.89% efficiency for its most recent 100 days and an overall 11.01% efficiency for its 15 months of operation, is this $ 2 million expenditure of very scarce university funds a demonstration of cost effectiveness?

And how is it that the University of Maine can proclaim this a "Great Decision", in light of the gross failure? See: http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/143872.html

And how is it that the long time much touted goal of 1,000,000 KWH per year is now mysteriously absent from the UMPI website? Please see: http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/umpi-quietly-revises-it...

I believe that the University of Maine needs to more carefully oversee all of its involvement with wind power, both terrestrial and offshore before Pied Pipers of Hannibal Hamlin Hall lead our children into the river.

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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."

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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