Saco Wind Turbine Debacle Now in Press Herald

Saco takes down decade-old wind turbine that never lived up to its promise

The turbine broke and the manufacturer went bankrupt, and it never produced the energy that was promised in 2008.

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/30/saco-takes-down-decade-old-w...

Saco removes wind turbine (Change for the sake of change fails again)

Roy said city officials are working with the Energy and Sustainable Committee to determine a better use in the future for the piece of land, which is located on Main Street at Saco Island. In the meantime, the site will be the location for the community’s Christmas tree.

https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/front-page/down-wind-saco-r...

From 7/19/10 - a time when the wind turbine seller offered Saco a $130,000 buy back which Saco rejected

Saco City Councilor Eric Cote says the wind turbine in town, to him, represents "a promise."

 "I think they have the potential of working very well," Cote says. "Some locations they work great. I think it's a technology that we should continue to work with."

 Cote says that the Saco Island turbine has generated more power than realized because of a faulty meter. He wants to put bigger blades on the turbine -- something that Jim Heath, former owner of Entegrity has offered as an alternative to buying back the turbine.

 "I understand the manufacturers are willing to upgrade the blades, that would be done the end of 2011 -- I'd like to see how that goes," Heath says. "Because the turbine has been performing, at least in part, as promised and I'm not sure what it's produced in electrictiy. So I think we should give it a longer test period."

http://maineenvironews.com/Home/tabid/97/nnpg628/7/cmd628/arch/arch...

One purpose was simply to promote wind power, i.e., change for the sake of change?

Another purpose is to promote wind power by allowing residents to learn about the technology and get comfortable with it. Eric Cote, a councilman, said he hopes the the structure will dispel the idea that windmills are noisy and pose a hazard to birds and bats.

http://www.sunjournal.com/saco-approves-purchase-wind-turbine/

12/7/2011

Elegant symbols for clean power that rise above the skyline, Saco's turbines have been unbeatable as advertisements for wind energy. In addition to attracting public interest, the windmills have also helped spur local business growth: Two entrepreneurs here have recently launched renewable energy businesses.

http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20080616/CURRENTEDITION/306169990/l...

10/24/13

“The council didn’t want to spend $10,000 for a wind survey study. But what we have is iconic, and it sends a message about our community: we are embracing the future, we are recognizing that we must wean ourselves off fossil fuels.”

https://randyseaver.com/2013/10/24/mark-johnston-rocket-man/

12/1/16

“It does show a good symbol for the city in its energy type things"

http://courier.mainelymediallc.com/news/2016-12-01/Front_Page/Saco_...

Maine's Public Turbines

http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/maine-s-public-turbines

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Comment by Gary Campbell on November 30, 2018 at 4:53pm

You would have thought that back in 2010 someone would have seen the red flag when the Jim Heath, former owner of Entegrity said:

"...the turbine has been performing, at least in part, as promised and I'm not sure what it's produced in electrictiy..."

HELLO???? 

Comment by Penny Gray on November 30, 2018 at 4:38pm

How many times have I heard, "It doesn't matter if they don't work, they're a symbol of what we should be doing."

 

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

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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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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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