EDPR claims its proposed site in Maine would provide a GREAT wind resource for RI and have a small footprint

This is a short video where a representative from EDPR (Energias de Portugal Renovaveis), Kellen Ingalls, is speaking to a softball pitching local Rhode Island reporter. This is likely part of an effort to convince the state of Rhode Island to select their project, Number Nine Wind "Farm" for Rhode Island's clean energy RFP.

Info on the RFP is here:




Watch the short video here:


Sample statements from EDPR in the video:

Source of YouTube video:

Published on Feb 5, 2019

China Three Gorges halts talks on EDP takeover



From Wikipedia. Note ownership by the government of China.


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Comment by Penny Gray on March 6, 2019 at 12:58pm

That guy talking about Number 9 windfarm is about as full of it as any I've heard yet.  Wow.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 11, 2019 at 12:59pm

No. 9 in Chinese Culture

Besides 6 and 8, Chinese people like 9 very much as 9 has the same pronunciation with 久 (Jiu, meaning everlasting). On the Valentine’s Day, a man usually presents his lover 99 or 999 roses to symbolize the eternal love. Similarly, according to the traditional Chinese marriage custom, the bridegroom has to give a Red Packet to his bride’s family, in which CNY 9,999 or CNY 99,999 is enclosed to bless a long-lasting marriage of the couple.

Since Nine, the highest single-digit number in base ten, stands for completeness and eternity, many emperors in the ancient China love the number a lot. ‘Nine Continents’ is used to describe the large territory of an empire. The emperors wore Nine-dragon Imperial Robes, ordered to construct Nine-dragon Walls and other buildings with relationship with number 9 in the imperial palaces, to show their great power, hope for longevity, and eternal reign of their empire.

The world-famous Forbidden City in Beijing is a representative palace of Nine. In this magnificent imperial palace of China’s Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) Dynasties, the total number of the rooms is 9, 999 and a half. The three major halls - Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserved Harmony - are all of a height of 9 Zhang and 9 Chi (about 108.2 ft; Zhang and Chi are both ancient Chinese length unit). There are 81 doornails in nine rows and nine columns on each gate. The number of almost all the stairs is nine or a multiple of nine. Apart from the Forbidden City, the construction of the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven are also based on number 9.

Thanks to the special propitious meaning, number 9 and its multiples are also liked among Chinese folk. The Nines of Winter (Shu Jiu) is a popular folk song recording the weather changes during the nine periods of nine days each following the Winter Solstice. Besides, the 36 (9*4) Military Strategies from ancient China, the 72 (9*8) Metamorphoses of the Monkey King and the 81 (9*9) Tribulations in the Journey to the West are all widely-known stories in China.


No. 4 in Chinese Culture

In the eyes of the Chinese, 4 is generally disliked by people just as 13 is in the western world. This is because Four is pronounced Si in Chinese, the same as 死 (death). Therefore, many buildings, especially hotels don not set the fourth, fourteenth and twenty-fourth floors and other floors with 4. When choosing the telephone numbers and the vehicle identification numbers, many people would avoid number 4. Anyway, Four sounds like the pronunciation of “water” in Zhejiang area’s dialect, in which case it has neither the commendatory nor the derogatory meaning. While in the musical scale, Four is pronounced Fa, the same sound with 发 (fortune) in Chinese. Therefore some people regard 4 as the propitious and lucky number in this case  and there is an old saying in Chinese - 四季发财 (be wealthy all the year round).



Comment by Willem Post on February 11, 2019 at 11:34am

This is a low of bull manure.

Wind and solar proponents claim one MWh of wind displaces one MWh of fossil generation, and therefore fossil generation is “equivalent” to wind and solar. That is very far from the truth.


In fact, there is no operational and cost equivalence, because wind and solar could not even exist on the grid without all sorts of support structures capable of providing almost all of electricity demand 24/7/365, because large areas of the US may temporarily have near-zero wind and solar.


High levels of wind and solar, say 40% to 80% of US grid annual load (the rest supplied by other sources), could not ever stand on their own, without the US grid having:


1) Gas turbine plants and

2) Reservoir and run-of-river hydro plants, and

3) CSP plants with at least 12 hours of storage and

4) A US-wide HVDC overlay grid (as above described), and

5) Energy storage of about 100 TWh (at 40% wind and solar) to 250 TWh (at 80% wind and solar).

6) Weather prediction systems to more accurately predict likely wind and solar conditions.


The first 5 items would quickly vary their outputs, as needed, to compensate for:


1) The quickly varying outputs of wind and solar, including very low outputs of wind and solar, which occur at random at least 30% of the hours of the year, according to minute-by-minute generation data posted by various grid operators, including ISO-NE.


2) The minute-by-minute varying electricity demand throughout each day.


Any owning and operating costs associated with any of the above six items likely would not be charged to owners of wind and solar, so they would be able to continue to claim the popularized fantasy "wind and solar are cost competitive with fossil".


This article shows wind and solar prices per kWh would be at least 45% higher without subsidies, and they would be even higher, if the costs of the above six items were properly allocated to wind and solar.



NOTE: The plants of items 1 and 2 typically provide the peaking, filling-in and balancing on grids with wind and solar less than about 30%, as in Germany, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, etc. In addition, these countries have robust connections to nearby grids to export/import electricity, as needed, to help balance their grids.


NOTE: During high winds,

Turbine rotor blades are feathered when winds exceed allowable speeds.
The turbine output would be maintained at about 95% of rated output.
Such conditions are very rare in most US area, may be up to 100 to 150 hours per year.
The average output of all US wind turbines is about 33%; it varies with the windiness of the year.


NOTE: In Ireland, the gas turbine plants that vary their outputs 24/7/365 to compensate for the variation and intermittency of wind, instead of operating at an average efficiency of about 50% without wind, end up operating with an efficiency of about 41% with wind, due to increased part load operation, increased up/down ramping operation, increased hot synchronous standby operation, increased start/stop operation. As a result the predicted reduction of gas consumption is much less and the predicted reduction of CO2 is much less. See URL



Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 11, 2019 at 9:57am

Has she got Parkinsons? Very distracting!

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."



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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