Ponder the ramifications of this, if you will. Iím going to start a power company in Ira. I will source a yearís worth of the projected power required from a dam set up on a currently dry drainage that comes down off Herrick Mountain.
I am quite sure that we will get one good storm this year, which will create a torrent that when harnessed for a day will meet our power needs for the year. We will keep track of the power produced and in essence pay forward the cost of power that we require from the grid for the rest of the year.
You might question if the torrent of power that we produce on that day will actually get used. Nope. Our grid manager wasnít completely sure this power was coming and thus didnít scale back the big base-load producers of energy. This doesnít matter to me: My power company will take the credit for this unused energy and use that credit to keep Iraís lights on for the rest of the year.
Who pays for energy we used over the rest of the year? Not Ira. We have a credit. You know who pays ó everybody else. Did you know that common sense and legal precedent donít allow other generators to get away with this type of operation. Hydro-Quebec couldnít. Vermont Yankee couldnít. They have to be available 24/7/365 to sell their power into the market. They are required to be reliable, forcastable and stable.
Then there is industrial wind, which works just like my sham of a dam up on Herrick. Wildly unstable, variable and inefficient, but for some ratepayer rip-off of a reason, regardless of the time of day or the need for energy, itís always first to sell power that wonít get used into the market. If you canít trust a wind turbine enough to shut down the other generators, you are not using the wind.
Crazy? You bet, but weíre destroying mountains and neighborís lives for this debacle.
Four wind projects are already shamming the Vermont ratepayer (Sheffield, Lowell, Georgia Mountain, Searsburg). Windham/Grafton, Deerfield, Grandpaís Knob and Brighton/Newark/Ferdinand are in the works.
Donít leave this to someone else. Call your reps and tell them it is time to support the moratorium on industrial wind in Vermont.
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