Saturday, January 21, 2012

The piddling contribution of wind power in New England

ISO New England: Seasonal Claimed Capability (SCC), Jan 2012 report

Total New England Claimed Capability (MW)
Winter (March):  34407.889;  125.964 (0.366%) from WIND
Summer (August):  31766.431;  50.735 (0.160%) from WIND

The SCC of Intermittent Power Resources generator assets are determined using the median of net output from the most recently completed Summer Capability and Winter Capability Periods across the Summer (HE 14-18) and Winter (HE 18-19) Intermittent Reliability Hours, respectively.

The ISO-NE report lists 34 wind-powered generators, only 26 providing any winter and 24 summer capability (two of which because they are still under construction or not yet connected and therefore deleted from the list below).

generatorcapacity (kW)wintersummer
MA:
BARNSTABLE_DPW_ID154520080 (40%)14 (7%)
BARTLETTS OCEAN VIEW FARM WIND25000
BERKSHIRE WIND POWER PROJECT150006988 (46.6%)1704 (11.4%)
CITY OF MEDFORD WIND QF10000
HOLY NAME CC JR SR HIGH SCHOOL60000
HULL WIND TURBINE II1800458 (25.4%)52 (2.3%)
HULL WIND TURBINE U5660180 (27.3%)46 (7.0%)
IPSWICH WIND FARM 11600342 (21.4%)125 (7.8%)
JIMINY PEAK WIND QF150000
MOUNT ST MARY-WRENTHAM MA WIND1004 (4.0%)2 (2.0%)
NATURE'S CLASSROOM WIND QF10000
NM-STONE6006 (1%)0
NOTUS WIND I1650500 (30.3%)187 (11.3%)
OTIS_AF_WIND_TURBINE1500199 (13.3%)125 (8.3%)
OTIS_WT_AFCEE_ID169215001200 (80%)1200 (80%)
PRINCETON WIND FARM PROJECT3000582 (19.4%)157 (52.3%)
RICHEY WOODWORKING WIND QF60000
TEMPLETON WIND TURBINE1650401 (24.3%)74 (4.5%)
TOWN_OF_FALMOUTH_WIND_TURBINE1650133 (8.1%)6 (0.4%)
ME:
BEAVER RIDGE WIND45001240 (27.6%)466 (10.4%)
FOX ISLAND WIND4500159 (3.5%)0
KIBBY WIND POWER13200034590 (26.2%)13375 (10.1%)
ROLLINS WIND PLANT6000020860 (34.8%)6207 (10.3%)
SPRUCE MOUNTAIN WIND 190009000 (47.4%)4500 (23.7%)
STETSON II WIND FARM255006740 (26.4%)2602 (10.2%)
STETSON WIND FARM5700015725 (27.6%)7056 (12.4%)
NH:
LEMPSTER WIND240008518 (35.5%)2457 (10.2%)
RI:
NE ENGRS MIDDLETOWN RI WIND QF10000
PORTSMOUTH ABBEY WIND QF66000
TOWN OF PORTSMOUTH RI WIND QF1500159 (10.6%)178 (11.9%)
VT:
SEARSBURG WIND (listed in Mass.)6600900 (13.6%)202 (3.1%)
SHEFFIELD WIND PLANT4000017000 (42.5%)10000 (25.0%)
TOTAL WIND459420125964 (27.4%)50735 (11.0%)


Note that several of these figures are obviously bogus, with round numbers and summer values an even fraction of the winter value suggesting developer reports rather than actual data, and the 80% claimed capacity for one of the Otis Air Force Base turbines is clearly impossible.

Therefore, the ISO-NE report of 0.37% of its power in winter and 0.16% in summer is an exaggeration of the true situation. That piddling contribution includes the output from nine very large wind energy facilities, all on mountain ridges that used to provide important forested habitat.

(Note that the 42-MW Mars Hill Wind Farm in Maine is not included here, because it is outside of the ISO-NE network. And according to the New England Wind Forum of the U.S. Department of Energy, there are two other large facilities currently under construction — Record Hill Wind Project [50 MW] in Byron and Roxbury, Me. and Kingdom Community Wind [63 MW] in Lowell, Vt. — and five more that have been permitted — Cape Wind [468 MW] and Hoosac Wind Energy Project [30 MW] in Mass., Spruce Mountain [19 MW] in Me., Granite Reliable Power Windpark [99 MW] in N.H., and Georgia Mountain Community Wind [12 MW] in Vt.; the Hoosac and Granite projects are in fact under construction, and the Record Hill project is operating.)

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