TerraForm Power, Inc., disclosed to SEC First Wind’s projects suffer from an array of problems


'Hawaii Wind Farm, Failing, for Sale'

H. Sterling Burnett

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland research fellow on environmental policy and managing... (read full bio)
email- hsburnett@heartland.org
February 11, 2015
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"An SEC filing required as a condition of the potential sale of windfarms from Hawaii’s largest wind farm developer, First Wind, to TerraForm Power, Inc., have revealed a number of difficulties the subsidized windfarm has faced in meeting its terms of operation with regard to generating and delivering reliable power to the grid.

As reported in the Hawaii Free Presss (Feb. 8), the SEC filing paints a company in trouble, even before the sale is approved. In the filings TerraForm acknowledged:

We have limited experience in energy generation operations. As a result of this lack of experience, we may be prone to errors .... We lack the technical training and experience with developing, starting or operating non-solar generation facilities. With no direct training or experience in these areas, our management may not be fully aware of the many specific requirements related to working in industries beyond solar energy generation. Additionally, we may be exposed to increased operating costs, unforeseen liabilities or risks, and regulatory and environmental concerns associated with entering new sectors of the power generation industry, which could have an adverse impact on our business as well as place us at a competitive disadvantage relative to more established non-solar energy market participants. In addition, such ventures could require a disproportionate amount of our management’s attention and resources. Our operations, earnings and ultimate financial success could suffer irreparable harm due to our management’s lack of experience in these industries.

Equipment Problems" 

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Additional Information about Clipper Wind Turbines and Xtreme Power mentioned in the above article 'Hawaii Wind Farm, Failing, for Sale' under: "Equipment Problems"-

SEE: Deval Patrick & Paul Gaynor: Crony Capitalism At First Wind


RE: Forced into bankrupty-Clipper Wind, formerly-"Cash-strapped-Clipper", founded by chairman emeritus of Enron Wind Corp James Dehlsen-


"...Kahuku Wind Power, a subsidiary of First Wind, plans to build and operate the wind farm near the site of a previous wind farm built in the 1980s. First Wind expects to begin construction in 2010. Plans call for the wind farm to consist of 12 Clipper Liberty wind turbines each having 2.5-MW capacity..."


Nixon Peabody law firm Trade Secret request regarding Clipper Wind Liberty 2.5 MW wind turbines to be used in Hawaii by First Wind: (this trade secret pertains to $117 million stimulus grant for failing wind turbines).

Dear Records Access Officer

On June 2, 2009, representatives of First Wind Energy, LLC (Michael Alvarez, President and Chief Operating Officer) and Clipper Windpower, Inc.

("Clipper")(Robert Gates, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations), met with Staff of the Department of Public Service. During that meeting, we provided to Department Staff a presentation labelled "Confidential", providing an overview

of the root cause analysis undertaken by Clipper regarding the blade skin crack, an update of the resolution relating to gearbox timing, structural blade remediation, as well as other data regarding Clipper's Liberty turbine.

"...This information is not publicly available, and would, if disclosed, cause Clipper substantial competitive injury. As a result, we would ask that this information be treated as a trade secret or information which, if disclosed, could cause injury to Clipper's competitive position pursuant to Public Officer's Law Sections 87.2(d) and 89(5) and 16 NYCRR Section 6-1..."


Xtreme Power-

(Patrick Wood III served as Xtreme Power Director and as Director for First Wind).

Xtreme Power is backed by former MA Energy Secretary Ian Bowles' Sail Capital.  This was after Ian restructured the MA energy market seven times (to force the public to fund and purchase renewables), with the help of former First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor, by former Governor Patrick's appointment.   

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bowles’ new firm plans slew of cleantech investments

WindSail Capital Group, a year-old Boston firm co-managed by former state energy and environmental secretary Ian Bowles, expects to fund a dozen cleantech services companies in the next two years, Bowles said in an interview.


A Kyle, Texas company that makes utility scale power storage systems, Xtreme Power, nabbed a $29.5 million, series C round of venture funding the company announced today. The investment was co-led by Bessemer Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of The Dow Chemical Company and clean tech investors SAIL Venture Partners > (Sail Venture Partners formed by Ian Bowles former MA energy Secretary)


AUSTIN, Texas and SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, and Xtreme Power, a privately held Austin, TX company, today announced that they have been selected by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) to install a 1MW/1MWh Lithium Ion based Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) system at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas as part of a Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP). The $27 million demonstration project jointly funded by CCET partners and the US Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 managed by CCET. The SGDP is known as Discovery Across Texas, Technology Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT.  BESS will be owned and operated by South Plains Electric Cooperative (SPEC) as one of several project technologies to serve the SGDP objectives of wind integration.

Xtreme files for Bankruptcy protection-

Sail Capital

With $100 Million+ Pipeline, Xtreme Power Seeks Strategic Acquisiti... - 02/01/14


A US company backed by investors SAIL Capital Partners, Xtreme Battery, asks for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. 

(Ian Bowles portfoliol)

Xtreme Battery is part of the portfolio of SAIL Capital Partners LLC, with founder and Managing Partner Walter L. Schindler.  According to Sail Capital, the company was “chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to co-lead with Deutsche Bank the U.S. Trade Mission on Clean Energy to Germany and to participate in the first Impact & Sustainable Trade Mission to Europe with investor meetings in Zurich, Amsterdam, and London”.

A must see...Sail Capital Ventures Team-


Kahuku Battery Storage building Xtreme fire(s) (3), the last...

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Comment by Barbara Durkin on April 19, 2016 at 9:24pm

Pelosi's husband bought shares in SUNE just before First Wind purchase by SunEdison?  Thanks, Gary!  I'm glad this scam is getting national attention. 

Sleuth "Alice" from upstate New York sends encouraging news, informed comments, like this one about the DOJ subpoena, and alleged employee wrongdoing:

I'm an attorney too. Do a lot of federal practice. Sounds like FCPA violations and straight Fraud both criminal and civil. Maybe RICO as well.

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Comment by Gary Campbell on April 19, 2016 at 6:49pm
Comment by Barbara Durkin on April 19, 2016 at 2:38pm

Correction of my comment below in response to Penny-

Said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.[STOP continuing, Alicia Barton states], please note that Alica Barton left office as CEO of MassCEC to join SunEdison as Chief of Operations, Global Utility, EPC and Asset Management at SunEdison.  

Comment by Barbara Durkin on April 19, 2016 at 2:34pm

Penny, Are you willing to throw in a Pig 'n a Poke, Xtreme Power Back-Up Battery System, to sweeten the "deal"? 


But wait....Xtreme has filed for bankruptcy protection (from us!). 

While former MA undersecretary of Energy has a new battery solution for Hawaii.  Phil Giudice's company, "AMBRI", is Hawaii's wind factory battery storage PLAN B.: 

From Hawaii Free Press-

Playing with Fire: Kahuku Windfarm to Install Molten Magnesium Batt...

(clever edits of Governor Deval Patrick Joins Ambri for Opening of Manufacturing Facility News Release from Ambri, Marlborough, Mass., Nov. 7, 2013 are by the editor of Hawaii Free Press Andrew Walden)-


One of Ambri's first prototype systems produced in Marlborough will be installed at the Joint Base Cape Cod (thanks, Obama), where it will (not)enable the base to reduce electricity costs (even if it works), improve power quality and grid resiliency, and integrate additional onsite renewable generation (or it might catch on fire and burn the base down, but hey.) That deployment will be funded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's InnovateMass Program (Ca-ching!).

"Massachusetts is home to over 5,000 leading clean energy companies like Ambri that are working (making campaign contributions) each day to drive innovation and grow the Massachusetts clean energy sector, which now employs 80,000 workers," said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.[STOPcontinuing, Alicia Barton states:

"We're proud to celebrate this milestone with Ambri and look forward to seeing their first prototype deployment go forward right here in Massachusetts, a true home for innovation."

Ambri also announced today plans to deploy another prototype energy storage system in Hawaii next year (if we can build the first prototype, that is). That system will be deployed in partnership with Boston-based renewable energy developer First Wind, with funding from the Hawaii Energy Excelerator, (ca-ching!) which is sponsored jointly by the Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research (thanks, Obama).

"Consumers in Hawaii are plagued by high electricity prices because their generation system is based primarily on diesel fuel. Wind and solar resources paired with energy storage can (not) completely replace the diesel infrastructure, resulting in lower (higher) electricity prices and a more (less) reliable electricity grid," said Phil Giudice. "We are excited to work with First Wind and the Hawaii Energy Excelerator team to make this (transfer of your tax dollars) happen."

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Comment by Penny Gray on April 19, 2016 at 2:01pm

Anyone want to buy a wind farm in Hawaii?


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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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."


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