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Comment by Dan McKay on April 3, 2018 at 6:49am

The economic boost derived from wind energy projects include the jobs created in the police department, the fire department, the utilities and various university staff.

Comment by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 12:22pm
Comment by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 12:13pm

UMPI Quietly Revises Its Wind Turbine Goal

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/umpi-quietly-revises-it...

Funny how they quietly dropped their annual KWH estimate from 1,000,000 to 700,000 with absolutely no fanfare, but were otherwise never shy about boasting of the turbine far and wide. They even did a roadshow to boast, accepted some sort of award for it and saw a movie get made about it. But when the 1,000,000 went to 700,000 KWH, not a peep. All the while, their projected $100,000 in annual electricity savings never changed. How does that math work again?

Comment by Long Islander on April 2, 2018 at 11:13am

Read about the disaster that is the UMPI wind turbine and the university cover up of the failure at the link below. It's high time the University of Maine keeps its promise and share full details of this experiment with the public. To know that the wind power it so fervently publicized failed and then decide not to report on the failurde is malpractice on the part of supposed educators. So educate us. Show us the money. Show us the electricity. Show us your math. Show us who decided to keep the public in the dark all these years. Show us who will be held accountable. The Maine PUC commissioner Kurt Adams, who jumped to First Wind, gave UMPI $50,000 for this. The PUC thus has a full right to conduct an investigation.

Otherwise, we learn nothing and repeat our mistakes.

UMPI%20Turbine%20Backgrounder_8-3-11.pdf

Comment by Dudley G. Gray on April 2, 2018 at 10:40am

So, what we need to know is just what the total cost to taxpayers is from this University boondoggle.

I'd like to see a bonafide financial statements so we can find the only entities who made money on the project.

As I said once before when I was in Presque Isle in 2012 it seemed like the windmill was built in a depression and what wind blew in went over the top of the turbine, hence miserable performance resulted.

D.G Gray

Comment by Frank Haggerty on April 2, 2018 at 10:34am

University of Maine at Presque Isle

2 hrs · 

We want to make sure our campus and community are aware of the fire in our wind turbine last night that caused a power outage on campus. Safety has been our top priority throughout this situation. We want everyone to know that no one was injured and crews helped to quickly get the fire under control and restore power. The cause has not been determined yet and a damage assessment is underway. We’ll provide updates as we know more. Thanks to everyone—PI Fire Dept., PI Police Dept., Emera Maine, and our Facilities crew for their quick response!

https://www.facebook.com/umpiowls/photos/a.210916155634269.49735.19...

Comment by Gary Campbell on April 2, 2018 at 10:33am

Assuming this is not an April Fool's joke...

The article says "The 600 kilowatt turbine was installed in 2009 at a cost of $2 million. The turbine can generate roughly 700,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year — enough to power about 65 average American homes — and is estimated to save UMPI approximately $100,000 annually in electricity costs."

Doing the math, we see that UMPI assumes a capacity factor of 13.49%. Anyone know what cap factor they were promising prior to the turbine's installation?

UMPI has not provided output figures since Feb 12th, so the public has no way of confirming or refuting their figures. But here they say the wind turbine is saving the University $100,000 in electricity costs annually. They also say the it cost $2 million to install. So, their looking at a 20 year payback ASSUMING those savings are constant over the 20 years. Everyone knows the turbine has sat idle for many months at a time due to breakdowns. Those who sold the idea of this turbine as a cost saver need to be brought to account.

Comment by Frank Haggerty on April 2, 2018 at 10:23am
University of Maine Presque Isle’s wind turbine fire April 2, 2018 

https://thecounty.me/2018/04/02/news/umpi-wind-turbine-catches-fire...

Comment by arthur qwenk on April 2, 2018 at 10:03am

Please UMPI, leave it up as a daily reminder of how useless wind energy is everywhere it goes!

A failed experiment indeed, with ignorance and lack of science as its base.

It never did what is was supposed to and has been a maintenance nightmare from day one.

Comment by John F. Hussey on April 2, 2018 at 10:03am

Nothing in BDN or PPH..... hiding from bad news?

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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