It never ceases to amaze how the pro-“rape the planet” groups will throw any attack at all at the people working for solutions. No matter how insane. In this case, Maine Gov LePage uncovers the “truth” about renewable energy.
At the end of long rant against the wind power industry, filled with claims that the renewable resource doesn’t create jobs and leads to higher electricity rates, LePage took aim at one wind turbine in particular.
“Now, to add insult to injury, The University of Maine, Presque Isle – anybody here been up there to see that damn windmill in the back yard? Guess what, if it’s not blowing wind outside and they have somebody visiting the campus, they have a little electric motor that turns the blades. I’m serious. They have an electric motor so that they can show people wind power works. Unbelievable. And that’s the government that you have here in the state of Maine,” said LePage.
Notice that this is after a rant about higher electric rates and not creating jobs? That is so the pure unfiltered batshit crazy can distract you from the slightly crazy. But lets ignore that and really enjoy the raw crazy coming out of the tap…
LePage would like you to believe that it makes more sense that a University would use electricity to turn a wind turbine than to think they would use it for the traditional “making electricity from wind” scenario that we usually see. Why? Advertising!
His evidence? If it isn’t blowing outside… Has he been to see to turbine? Does he see how it stands above the surface?
Does he know that it can be pretty common to have significant air movement just a few dozen feet above where he is standing while complaining about the lack of wind? That air speed increase as tower height goes up can often more than double the power generation if you double the height? Did he ask at what wind speed that tower starts generating?
Yeah, I doubt he did.
This was the first mid-sized turbine installed by a university in the state, has a 600 kilowatt capacity, and has produced 680,000 kwh worth of clean electricity in its first year. That’s $100,000 off the University of Maine at Preque Isle’s utility bill, and 572 tons of CO2 not burned into the atmosphere.
And that is after they subtract the electricity wasted powering the motor to turn it when the wind isn’t blowing!
It is bad enough that tasteless morons like Donald Trump spend time complaining about off shore wind farms that his failing eyesight wont even be able to see through his orange hair. But at least there is some sense in the complaint that you will have to see a wind farm. They are not yet (nor should they probably ever be) invisible. Intelligent people would weigh the cost of seeing them on the horizon against the benefit of having electricity that doesn’t destroy the planet. Not Donald, sure. But intelligent people would.
However making the claim that a wind turbine isn’t making power, and that it is a giant advertisement that they use power to turn to lie to people, that takes a special level of WTF.
However the university that runs the turbine, when not literally laughing out loud at LePage, will let you see the turbine data live.
Between the higher generation in the winter, and the open space around the turbine not dedicated to sports, I can’t help but wonder if they should ask MIT to come grow some new virus grown solar cells to mount around the thing. It would be nice to see the two compared for the same area.