Tick, tock, tick tock. The sad performance of the $2 million (and counting) UMPI industrial wind turbine continues.
Yesterday at 7:02 AM UMPI had achieved 690,542 KWH after 422 days. At 10:17 AM, 27 hours later, achievement stood at 690,588, a gain of only 46 KWH. At the same time, yesterday was a sweltering day and air conditioners drew plenty of power to keep us cool.
The capacity factor is a miserable 11%. There should be fireworks that so much money is being thrown at this feckless power source that maims our countryside and turns upside down the lives and dreams of so many Mainers - now that the University of Maine has proven that onshore wind does not work in the state's only experiment to date. Of course the state's study is corroborated by the municipal studies of wind done in Kittery and Saco, where wind has also failed miserably. Why is it that the only three public data sources of wind in Maine all show that wind in Maine is a total failure, but Governor Baldacci continues to proclaim it a success? Why is the state ignoring the state university's findings? Why is the media not all over this?
Performance to date is abysmal, yet the media have called this a "great decision". http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/143872.html If a student at UMPI achieved 11% on an exam, would he or she be called a great success? With all of the wind subsidies and borrowing coming out of our children's futures, what kind of message are we sending them when we pronounce an achievement of 11% a "great success". Wouldn't that fetch them an "F" at UMPI?
Tick, tock, tick, tock.
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