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Wind power in Maine

In a detailed article for EV World, YEEC member Suzanne Sayer makes the case for wind energy in Maine and highlights one of the pioneers in this effort, the late Matt Simmons.

When Matt Simmons retired he undoubtedly realized that of the fifty states, Maine was the most highly dependent upon petroleum for its energy needs. Over 75% of Maine’s households heat with fuel oil, no doubt he found we were completely dependent on others for our energy needs. Simmons established the Ocean Energy Institute (OEI) and brought his expertise and contacts in the off-shore oil industry to jump start a renewable energy industry in Maine. This state, settled by people who used wind and water for their transportation and trade, has a tremendous wind resource. Looking at wind maps of the continental US, the proximity of abundant offshore wind resources to densely populated areas is clearly evident.

Sayer challenges one of the main arguments against wind power — that the inconsistency of wind is a major drawback.

The NEWIS study, as well as other studies, laid to rest the myth that wind generation needs to be backed up 100% by spinning reserves. To the extent that some people still believe that 100% backup is required, I refer them to this study. . .

The article also notes that the U.S. Department of Defense is making big strides in deploying alternative energy as a part of its goal to significantly reduce energy usage.

The US Navy has an aggressive renewable energy goal, because each gallon of petroleum we save will be one less gallon we have to pay for in blood and treasure. They installed three (now four) wind turbines at Guantanamo, saving the taxpayer many thousands of gallons of diesel fuel for generators. The Navy’s 2015 goal is to reduce the non-tactical petroleum use by 50%: their 2020 goal is to have 50% of their shore-based energy requirements come from alternative energy resources. It is widely reported that the cost of diesel in combat areas such as Afghanistan is well over $100/gallon, and most of that fuel is used for electrical power generation.

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