Kevon Martis speaks about Wind Turbines to NBC25's Brett Dickie, with mention of Vestas and Iberdrola

Published on May 9, 2013

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"For every wind turbine brought online, a more stable backup power source must be found." 

-  Michael Milstein, Bonneville Power Administration, Oregon Public Broadcasting, June 11, 2009

The net capacity factor of a power plant is the ratio of its actual output over a period of time, to its potential output if it were possible for it to operate at full nameplate capacity continuously over the same period of time. To calculate the capacity factor, take the total amount of energy the plant produced during a period of time and divide by the amount of energy the plant would have produced at full capacity. Capacity factors vary greatly depending on the type of fuel that is used and the design of the plant. The capacity factor should not be confused with the availability factor, capacity credit (firm capacity) or with efficiency.

One reason for reduced capacity factor is that a plant may not have the fuel available to operate all of the time. 
When the sun isn’t shining, solar PV cannot produce electricity.  When the wind is not blowing, wind turbines cannot produce electricity. Solar PV and wind turbines have a capacity factor limited by the availability of their “fuel”, sunshine and wind respectively.

Wind energy is not reliable despite what the industrial wind industry promotes. To prevent a power outage, there must be a stable back up power plant available to pick up the generation that is lost when wind fluctuates. The back up power must be regulated — revved up or down — in sync with the wind causing inefficiency and adding to operating costs.

On average, wind energy facilities operate at just 30 percent of their capacity and must be backed up by more reliable forms of energy such as natural gas and even hydro. New York State is no different...  New York State Wind Energy Generation by Project: 2009-2018

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Current abundant, efficient and green, hydro electricity generated locally. The planned industrial wind development will be perpetrating a green energy swap.

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