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  • Anonymous

    Hopefully once the R&D money dries up the gap will be bridged so these things are sustainable, unfortunately at this point this is still something not economically viable.

    • Anonymous

      That is one of my concerns about ORPC mentioned in the article.   I have come across nothing indicating anything but grant money for this venture.  I hope they succeed,  but if they have investors —then that info should be on their site.   I have not seen any evidence so far of investors.   Anyone with info regarding this would be welcome to post that info.

  • Anonymous

    Maine doesn’t really have a brain drain trend…Northern, Eastern, and Western Maine have a brain drain trend. There are plenty of bright people willing to live in SOUTHERN Maine and commute to work in Mass. It is becoming a suburb of North Boston

  • Rosie

    Congratulations to this hard working Mainer!  I find it particularly heartening that he is working on tidal energy, which is much more reliable than wind energy and might be more economically feasible.  Let us hope that tidal energy replaces wind turbines which have caused so many problems in terms of noise, health issues, real estate values, and mountain top removal in our state.   Good luck to him and his new company!

  • I hope he and his wife consider “the quality of life” Maine offers and his inventions stop Mountain top GRID scale WIND from destroying our “quality of Life.”

  • Patten_Pete

    As I understand it, one can predict tides with a good degree of certainty. Wind on the other hand is unpredictable.  There are tide tables, but no wind tables.

    Being perhaps 50% predictable does not cut it for the grid operator. It’s like being half pregnant. It’s either fully predictable or not at all.

    Without the requisite predictability, wind cannot legally be considered for purchase in the day-ahead electricity market when lining up supply to meet forecasted demand. So sure-fire sources like hydro and natural gas are bought. By the time the wind blows, if it does at all, it’s not needed.

    The grid operator ignores it. On the rare occasions he tried to use it, he must cut back and ramp up a source like natural gas to meet wind’s wild fluctuations. This creates net pollution due to the gross inefficiency of repeatedly ramping up and down.

    This is what happens when government legislators and bureaucrats get involved in areas they know very little about. And it’s also what happens in particular when they turn to those among their ranks who have some knowledge like Rep Stacey Fitts (EUT Committee) who works for a company that benefits from wind power. Or when they listen to a PUC commissioner like Kurt Adams who went to work for First Wind after getting $1 million in stock options from them while still on the job at the PUC.

    Read all about it at:

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