OUR OPINION: Loss of Statoil stings as Scotland project advances

Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel opinion piece that is very slanted toward the Wind side of the argument saying that LePage sent StatOil packing and continues to fight for hydro from Quebec.  They still maintain that wind is priced comparable to hydro, coal, gas, etc.  How do we let these liars and fabricators keep spewing the mis-facts they do?  Offshore wind is going to be extraordinarily expensive to get up and running.


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Comment by Barbara Durkin on November 30, 2015 at 10:16pm

I'm surprised the Editorial Board is so poorly informed about offshore wind cost and benefits, excessive and non-existent. There should be no envy or remorse. Tax and ratepayers weren't committed to this money-for-nothing-pit. That's a good thing.

Presently, idle wind turbines are drawing operating by diesel fuel in the marine environment to stall corrosion and to keep the lights on.

in Germany

'No Wind in Its Sails? Offshore wind farms in crisis'

In cities like Bremerhaven, the offshore wind power industry is in crisis. Just a few years ago, the city was still drawing major companies like Areva, Weserwind and Powerblades. Nearly 4,000 new jobs were created over a decade. But with orders languishing, the companies are now cutting back.


SeeNews Renewables, February 23, 2015:

'Dong's Anholt offshore wind farm shuts down due to new cable fault'

RENEWS Jan 27, 2015: 273 faulty blades must be repaired or replaced after
only 6 years (Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm in Denmark)

RENEWS Dec 29, 2014: Nuon has shut down the nearshore wind farm, Lely, in the
Netherlands after the rotor head and blades fell off.

Germany’s flagship offshore wind project Bard 1 offshore wind farm is “a faulty total system” Breitbart 9/14

Offshore wind is plagued with expensive and unanticipated technology problems, and project failures.

Sweden: offshore wind project to be dismantled after only 13
years of operation "Vattenfall said only one of the (5) turbines is currently operational."


Gallery: Vattenfall's Yttre Stengrund decommissioned

19 September 2014 by David Weston

SWEDEN: Vattenfall has decided to dismantle the 10MW Yttre Stengrund, its first Swedish offshore wind project, after 13 years of operation.


Spiegel: 'Germany’s Large-Scale Offshore Windpark Dream Morphs Into An Engineering And Cost Nightmare'

By P Gosselin
on 11. September 2014

The print 35/2014 edition of Spiegel magazine focuses on the growing failure of Germany’s first ambitious offshore wind energy project, BARD Offshore 1, which
aims to be a model for the world in providing clean, green energy on a large



German Offshore Wind Farm Project Humiliated by Technical Faults’

Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has been described as “a faulty total
system” as technical problems continue to plague the project, casting major
doubts on the feasibility of large scale offshore projects.


Spiegel International

'Turbine Trouble: Ill Wind Blows for German Offshore Industry'


Telegraph UK World News
‘Germany's flagship green energy policy 'in tatters'


Wattsupwiththat 8/26/3014

‘Bearings: The Achilles Heel of Wind Turbines’

August 26, 2013


Siemens citing bearing failures as part of the reason for a substantial fall in profit;


http://www.geartechnology.com/newsletter/0112/drives.htm (an attempt to make direct drive turbines, to reduce
bearing wear)

“… More accurately, it is typically the bearings within the gearbox that fail,
in turn gumming up the gearbox, but that’s a story for another time. …”


“… During summer 2010 Siemens decided to change the blade bearings on all 25
turbines as a pre-emptive measure after corrosion was found in blade bearings
found on other sites. …”


‘Germany has a $412 Billion Renewable Energy Money Pit
Lesson For Ontario’

Germany, the model for Ontario’s wind and solar developments, now regrets its spending spree

Brady Yauch — Financial Post — August 12, 2014


Spain's Green Disaster a Lesson for
America – CBN News


‘High costs are the Achilles’ heel of offshore wind farms’


Date: 01-08-2014

Wall Street Journal

Sector Hopes for Sea Change


“Siemens, the world’s largest
manufacturer of offshore wind turbines, and its partners concede they
underestimated the challenges behind offshore wind. The financial fallout from
these challenges was highlighted on Thursday, when Siemens said it booked €128
million ($171 million) in new charges related to connecting offshore wind farms
to the power grid. It blamed unexpectedly high costs for shipping, installing
and starting up grid components.”


Comment by Penny Gray on November 29, 2015 at 4:02pm

The levelized costs of wind generated power, including transmission costs, need to be made clear to the rate payer.  The media shouldn't be allowed to get away with the figures they're using.

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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