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Comment by alice mckay barnett on December 18, 2010 at 8:32am

getting closer to a real power sucking status.

so  even -1 kw an hour adds up...

Let us watch the sub zero temps and see how much kw is needed to heat these things.

thank you Harrison.  I am hoping we can keep this task force on track of this very shady business.

We cannot give up.

Comment by Harrison Roper on December 17, 2010 at 11:02am

   I monitor the UMPI wind turbine website at least once a day. The UMPI turbine is rated at 600kw; First Wind's typical turbines are rated at 1.5 mw. 

  Right now (12/17/10 at 10:30am) there is little wind, and theUMPI website is reporting: local wind 5 mph; wind at rotor 4.3mph; turbine power output  MINUS  1.7 kw; rotor rpm 28 rpm; total  (net) power produced since May 2009 commissioning: 986424 kwh.  

  In times of low wind I have observed various minus power figures. The most common is minus .3kw. ;minus .6 kw is also common. The highest minus figure I have observed was -6.4 kw, at 5:30 pm  Nov. 24, 2010).

 Since the UMPI turbine  sells power (when it is producing some) to the grid, I presume it and First Wind's turbines are connected to the grid at all times and they draw power from the grid when it is needed.

  Stetson has 55 turbines; Mars Hill 38; all are rated at 1.5 mw.

Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth

Comment by Allen Barrette on December 9, 2010 at 7:08am
Working with satellite television dishes and other signal based sciences there is a need for trickle voltage to power elements to keep Ice from forming. Even in parts of south of Virginia there is a need for heaters. I know how much a trickle feed is to heat a dish, But Can First Wind give us an answer on there equipment and I don't want to review the manufactures name plate specs I want real meter readings just there are no mistakes about the lies that are told.
Comment by Mary Elen Marucci on November 28, 2010 at 2:41pm
Hum, Electric wind turbines, new clients for the electric grid! to what extent will the Electric industry go to get new customers!! Of course in the works are electric cars, so no need to look much farther. But then the intermittent suppliers ( wind and solar) can be diverted to the cars. I wonder if we will ever be free of centralized control of the energy grid, never a public service but always has been a private enterprise, solely to generate debt and get it paid off through its customers and their governments.
Comment by freemont tibbetts on November 27, 2010 at 11:30am
The Citizen"s have the right to know, and it is up to our New Maine Gov. to learn the Real Fact about the Industrial Wind Mill"s, and if they don"t know the Real Fact on Industrial Wind Mill's, they should put a State of Maine Moratorium on to stop Industrial Wind Power in this Great State of Maine . Just plain OLD FASHION COMMON SENSE BIG TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Freemont Tibbetts , 37, BRUCE TIBBETTS DR , Dixfield Maine.
Comment by alice mckay barnett on November 27, 2010 at 8:21am
okay who has a right to know? and can get real facts?
I heard about 20kw each turbine, so 25 turbines (Mars HiLL) is 1/2 mw an hour.
at 3kw x 17 x 10 hours =1/2+MW
These are drastic numbers.
Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on November 26, 2010 at 6:26pm
According to: http://www.aweo.org/windconsumption.html

Energy consumption in wind facilities

Large wind turbines require a large amount of energy to operate. Other electricity plants generally use their own electricity, and the difference between the amount they generate and the amount delivered to the grid is readily determined. Wind plants, however, use electricity from the grid, which does not appear to be accounted for in their output figures. At the facility in Searsburg, Vermont, for example, it is apparently not even metered and is completely unknown [click here].* The manufacturers of large turbines -- for example, Vestas, GE, and NEG Micon -- do not include electricity consumption in the specifications they provide.

Among the wind turbine functions that use electricity are the following:†
yaw mechanism (to keep the blade assembly perpendicular to the wind; also to untwist the electrical cables in the tower when necessary) -- the nacelle (turbine housing) and blades together weigh 92 tons on a GE 1.5-MW turbine

blade-pitch control (to keep the rotors spinning at a regular rate)

lights, controllers, communication, sensors, metering, data collection, etc.

heating the blades -- this may require 10%-20% of the turbine's nominal (rated) power

heating and dehumidifying the nacelle -- according to Danish manufacturer Vestas, "power consumption for heating and dehumidification of the nacelle must be expected during periods with increased humidity, low temperatures and low wind speeds"

oil heater, pump, cooler, and filtering system in gearbox

hydraulic brake (to lock the blades in very high wind)

thyristors (to graduate the connection and disconnection between generator and grid) -- 1%-2% of the energy passing through is lost

magnetizing the stator -- the induction generators used in most large grid-connected turbines require a "large" amount of continuous electricity from the grid to actively power the magnetic coils around the asynchronous "cage rotor" that encloses the generator shaft; at the rated wind speeds, it helps keep the rotor speed constant, and as the wind starts blowing it helps start the rotor turning (see next item); in the rated wind speeds, the stator may use power equal to 10% of the turbine's rated capacity, in slower winds possibly much more

using the generator as a motor (to help the blades start to turn when the wind speed is low or, as many suspect, to maintain the illusion that the facility is producing electricity when it is not,‡ particularly during important site tours) -- it seems possible that the grid-magnetized stator must work to help keep the 40-ton blade assembly spinning, along with the gears that increase the blade rpm some 50 times for the generator, not just at cut-in (or for show in even less wind) but at least some of the way up towards the full rated wind speed; it may also be spinning the blades and rotor shaft to prevent warping when there is no wind§

Could it be that at times each turbine consumes more than 50% of its rated capacity in its own operation?! If so, the plant as a whole -- which may produce only 25% of its rated capacity annually -- would be using (for free!) twice as much electricity as it produces and sells. An unlikely situation perhaps, but the industry doesn't publicize any data that proves otherwise; incoming power is apparently not normally recorded.

Is there some vast conspiracy spanning the worldwide industry from manufacturers and developers to utilities and operators? There doesn't have to be, if engineers all share an assumption that wind turbines don't use a significant amount of power compared to their output and thus it is not worth noting, much less metering. Such an assumption could be based on the experience decades ago with small DC-generating turbines, simply carried over to AC generators that continue to metastasize. However errant such an assumption might now be, it stands as long as no one questions it. No conspiracy is necessary -- self-serving laziness is enough.

Whatever the actual amount of consumption, it could seriously diminish any claim of providing a significant amount of energy. Instead, it looks like industrial wind power could turn out to be a laundering scheme: "Dirty" energy goes in, "clean" energy comes out. That would explain why developers demand legislation to create a market for "green credits" -- tokens of "clean" energy like the indulgences sold by the medieval church. Ego te absolvo.

(One need only ask utilities to show how much less "dirty" electricity they purchase because of wind-generated power to see that something is amiss in the wind industry's claims. If wind worked and were not mere window dressing, the industry would trot out some real numbers. But they don't. One begins to suspect that they can't.)

*There is also the matter of reactive power (VAR). As wind facilities are typically built in remote areas, they are often called upon to provide VAR to maintain line voltage. Thus much of their production may go to providing only this "energy-less" power.

†Much of this information comes from a Swedish graduate student specializing in hydrogen and wind power, as posted in a Yes2Wind discussion. Also see the Danish Wind Industry Association's guide to the technology. The rest comes from personal correspondence with other experts and from industry spec sheets.

‡An observer in Toronto, Ontario, points out that the blades of the turbines installed at the Pickering nuclear plant and Exhibition Place turn 90% of the time, even when there is barely a breeze and when the blades are not properly pitched -- in a region acknowledged to have low wind resource.

§"In large rotating power trains such as this, if allowed to stand motionless for any period of time, the unit will experience "bowing" of shafts and rotors under the tremendous weight. Therefore, frequent rotating of the unit is necessary to prevent this. As an example, even in port Navy ships keep their propeller shafts and turbine power trains slowly rotating. It is referred to as "jacking the shaft" to prevent any tendency to bow. Any bowing would throw the whole train out of balance with potentially very serious damage when bringing the power train back on line.
"In addition to just protecting the gear box and generator shafts and bearings, the blades on a large wind turbine would offer a special challenge with respect to preventing warping and bowing when not in use. For example, on a sunny, windless day, idle wind turbine blades would experience uneven heating from the sun, something that would certainly cause bowing and warping. The only way to prevent this would be to keep the blades moving to even out the sun exposure to all parts of the blade.
"So, the point that major amounts of incoming electrical power is used to turn the power train and blades when the wind is not blowing is very accurate, and it is not something the operators of large wind turbines can avoid.
"[In addition, there is] the likely need for a hefty, forced-feed lubricating system for the shaft and turbine blade assembly bearings. This would be a major hotel load. I can't imagine passive lubrication (as for the wheel bearings on your car) for an application like this. Maybe so, but I would be very surprised. Assuming they have to have a forced-feed lubrication system, given the weight on those bearings (40 tons on the bearing for the rotor and blades alone) a very robust (energy sucking) lubricating oil system would be required. It would also have to include cooling for the oil and an energy-sucking lube oil purification system too."
--Lawrence E. Miller, Gerrardstown, WV, an engineer with over 40 years of professional experience with large power train machinery associated with Navy ships.
Comment by Harrison Roper on November 26, 2010 at 2:53pm
When there is little to no wind, UMPI's 600kw turbine draws as much as 2.8 kw. The most common negative power reported is -.3kw, in a dead calm. When that is the case, as it frequently is, the (net) power drops by one kwh every three hours or so. I presume the negative power is being drawn from the grid. Power produced is reported on a net basis.
Harrison Roper Houlton/Danforth
The turbine uses power for various functions all of the time. It is even necessary to keep the rotor turning to avoid having a warped shaft.


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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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