Wind power not best answer

Angus King spoke to the Bethel Chamber of Commerce early on Oct. 12. One of his first statements, “Eighty percent of Maine’s energy comes from oil,” is an out-and-out lie.

On March 31, the Wall Street Journal published a chart of renewable energy by state. That chart, based on research done by the Energy Information Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, shows that Maine is one of five states in the United States having 50 percent or more of its energy produced from renewable sources. Maine happens to fall right at 50 percent.

In Maine, looking at the sources of that 50 percent of energy as a renewable source, hydropower accounts for 51 percent of the renewable source picture and wind accounts for a whopping 3.67 percent of the renewable picture.

Therefore, looking at energy consumption in Maine as a whole (renewable and non-renewable sources), wind provides less than 2 percent of the state’s total energy, while oil obviously comes in at less than 50 percent.

Maybe King gets his inflated numbers from his good friends at First Wind.

Approximately 200 wind turbines (littering the landscape) provide less than 2 percent of the total energy used in Maine. Plus, wind is not a constant, so gas-powered plants are backup for wind power.

Wind power is not as green or as energy-efficient as many would like people to believe.

Let’s get the figures straight.

Merrylyn Sawyer, Wayne

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Steve  Dosh's picture

Wind power not best answer ?

. .umm. .. Sure beats solar ( the wind blows @ night :) , and coal ( dead miners ? black lung ¿ ) , and oil ( C02 and climate change ? http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ) , nuclear ? ( Fukushima Japanese nuclear meltdown holocaust -- six [6] months ago now )
Hydropower makes more sense ( the St. Johns River ) for ME and la Canada ?
You are correct Merrylyn Sawyer , Wayne , ME . It is not the best . Geothermal is • http://www.punageothermalventure.com/ <- In My Back Yard <-- We <3 ( love ) it . Iceland's got so much electrical power they are smelting aluminum . ....today
Alo'ha from Pahoa , Dr. Dosh and ohana ƒlyday

Steve  Dosh's picture

Wind power not best answer ?

. .umm Sure beats solar ( the wind blows @ night :) , and coal ( dead miners ? black lung ¿ ) , and oil ( C02 and climate change ? http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ) , nuclear ? ( Fukushima Japanese nuclear meltdown holocaust -- six [6] months ago now )
Hydropower makes more sense ( the St. Johns River ) for ME and la Canada ?
You are correct Merrylyn Sawyer , Wayne , ME . It is not the best . Geothermal is • http://www.punageothermalventure.com/ <- In My Back Yard <-- We <3 ( love ) it . Iceland's got so much electrical power they are smelting aluminum . ....today
Alo'ha from Pahoa , Dr. Dosh and ohana ƒlyday

Wayne,Wayne,Wayne

Wind can be more than it is if people like you would let it happen. And while you are helping it to happen make sure that this renewable energy stays in Maine and the excess sold to those others states. But ,maybe your an oil man and you don't went electricity to over run you. Then make sure that the state regulatory commissions don't allow increases. Then Maine can really reap the benefits of wind. Old time attitude and not putting your energies in the right place.

Joe Morin's picture

Frank

Do some research and even better just think about the process start to finish that it requires to fabricate, transport and install the wind turbines. I'm all for renewables that work, who in their right mind wouldn't be? The problem is that some folks want turbines to be our saving grace so bad...man do they want it be true, that the data coming from these turbines is disregarded or skewed. You may be able to will yourself out of bed in the morning but you can't will turbines to be practical. Lets find a realistic alternative for fossil fuels and then I'll get behind it 100% because I too, like many Mainers fill an oil tank and see my finances strained in the winter. Problem is that I choose to reside in Real-Ville and there wind turbines are large, expensive to produce, near impossible to transport and are inefficient in the task they are posed with.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Those in favor of wind power

Those in favor of wind power should set up their turbines in Augusta, close to the State House. All sorts of constant wind there.

Penny Gray's picture

Changing horses in mid-stream

Former Governor Angus King has certainly changed his tune from this short speech he gave on protecting Maine's scenic viewsheds back in 1995.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK2wOmoCEaQ

GARY SAVARD's picture

Government subsidized rape of

Government subsidized rape of natural resources to enrich a few people and keep several large companies busy = Wind Power. In the end, this will be proven out but by then the rich will be richer and the damage done. Life in America today.

Not So

If communities stike agreements to allow greater benefits for them and keep the rich from getting richer but continue to make some profit but not big extremes of profit. We have to create a way of change that discontinues greed of the rich while getting our needs met at same time.

Joe Morin's picture

Problem is...

That so many people are invested financialy & emotionaly in windpower that they don't want to recognize the empirical data...technologies like this only survive through subsidies & mis-information. If required to stand on its own merits there wouldn't be any wind turbines.

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