Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for December 14, 2010

Items of interest:

1-Joe Manchin fails first major test:

Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amdt. to Senate Amdt. with Amdt. No. 4753)

Manchin (D-WV), Yea

2-“The contracts are virtually risk-free — the province guarantees that Ontario consumers will pay the sky-high rates even when the power produced is surplus to their needs, such as in the middle of the night or other periods of low demand. In fact, to deal with the growing amount of surplus wind and solar power that the developers are producing for non-existent Ontario customers, the province is giving away the power to the Americans or actually forcing Ontarians to pay Americans to take the power off our hands.”

How to renege on egregious green contracts – Financial Post

3-By speaking for Maine, Mr. Perkins speaks for all of us.

Wind power grows dirtier since export from Europe – Kennebec Journal

4-Commentary by Lisa Linowes:

Cape Wind: Spreading the Pain – MasterResource

5-“… the frontier for now is in the same place it’s always been — in the mountains of Western Maryland — where the region’s winds and coal and natural gas reserves are drawing prospectors.”  Hmmm!  Prospectors wasn’t the first work that came to my mind.

Western Maryland wrestles with energy future – Baltimore Sun

Oh, and by the way … “Maryland‘s first two industrial-scale wind “plants” are on the verge of generating power atop the state’s highest mountain in Garrett County.”  What are the odds Constellation Energy and Synergics Wind Energy will actually publish the dismal production rates from these giant erector sets?  They could, you know … in a format similar to the IESO folks in Canada.

Why is it that the wind folks blow the horn about how much they will contribute to the energy supply when they want permission to put their contraptions in the middle of the migratory flyway, but grow so quiet about actual hourly performance against nameplate capacity, once the project is up and running?  You see … they know … but maybe they don’t want to make it easy for you to know.

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