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Facts on power production show wind has tiny effect  

Credit:  The Portland Press Herald, www.pressherald.com 3 March 2011 ~~

Electricity suppliers in Maine are required by law to provide fact sheets called “uniform disclosure label.” The Central Maine Power fact sheet that recently arrived at my residence shows the following contributors to our electric power supply:

Hydro, 30.2 percent; natural gas, 29.7; nuclear, 25; coal, 8.6; oil, 3.9; wind, 0.5; other (biomass, solar, etc.), 2.1.

The promoters of wind power and other so called “green energy” sources use “reduction of foreign oil imports” as one of the justifications for their product.

The above data show that the amount of our energy supplied by oil (foreign or otherwise), is so far down the list that building windmills in Maine (or any other part of the country) is a waste of our money.

This waste is compounded by the fact that wind energy production can be “justified” only by large taxpayer subsidies.

Engineering economic analysis shows that wind power as an energy source is prohibitively expensive, despite the fact that the wind itself is “free.”

Allen Bingham
Scarborough

Source:  The Portland Press Herald, www.pressherald.com 3 March 2011

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