July 31, 2010

A Post Facto Rival

Justin Katz

Don't these people realize the work that Rhode Island's leaders have already put into handing a lucrative government contract to a particular wind farm developer?

A Canadian company that says it can provide Rhode Island with renewable power at a cheaper price than Deepwater Wind is urging state regulators to stop their review of a long-term contract involving the offshore-wind developer.

TransCanada Power has filed a motion to dismiss a case before the state Public Utilities Commission for a power-purchase agreement between National Grid, Rhode Island’s main electric utility, and Deepwater, the New Jersey company proposing an eight-turbine wind farm in waters off Block Island. The PUC will hold a hearing on the motion Tuesday morning.

Sheesh. It's as if TransCanada thinks this ought to be relevant to the process of providing Rhode Islanders with power:

The total price of energy from the Kibby project would be lower than 11 cents per kilowatt-hour, said Tucker. At that price, the power would be less than half the cost of power from Deepwater's Block Island wind farm.

No, no, and no again. Rhode Island is going to become the wind-energy hub of the universe no matter how much it hurts our residents or economy, and no Maine project providing the same product for half the price is going to stop us!

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Sorry to go OT, but I thoight this would be of general interest.

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Posted by: Warrington Faust at July 31, 2010 7:42 PM

There is a new technology out there called BLEF...Bumpy Leading Edge Foil. It will completely transform the way we look at leading edge lift devices.(airplane wings, fans, propellors, etc. In tests, they have demonstrated the ability provide a 25% increase in lift (more generation of power) and nearly as much percentage reduction in decibal levels. If RI is going to do this, it would be thrilling see us daring to go right to the edge of the technology envelope and utilize BLEF.

Posted by: Jim Haldeman at August 1, 2010 12:42 AM

"No, no, and no again. Rhode Island is going to become the wind-energy hub of the universe no matter how much it hurts our residents or economy, and no Maine project providing the same product for half the price is going to stop us!"

That's the spirit! Who cares that man's tiny (6%) contribution to greenhouse gases plays little or no role in global warming?? What matters is being green, no matter the cost.


Wow, that sounds like great stuff, Mr. Haldeman. Can we use it to help with our state and local budgets?

Posted by: Monique at August 1, 2010 8:17 AM

I am wondering if BLEF has any application to a propeller that is not driving, but is being driven by the wind. This delves into a technology with which I have little understanding, what I do understand fails to show me the advantage.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at August 1, 2010 1:56 PM

Mr. Faust,
That is a very good point and I must default by saying that I fly airplanes, I don't build them. With that being said however, back in 2008 timeframe, I sat in at a URI symposium where the aeronautical engineers gave a fascinating and detailed presentation of BLEF. I emphasize on the words 'engineers' and 'detailed'. I know how to fly the airplanes to the edge of the envelope. These guys built the envelope in which I must fly. But that day was a profound revelation for me in that a significant change in the theory of the Bernoulli principle as I knew it was being challenged through this new discovery of BLEF, then being successfully tested and even utilized in small capacities throughout the world. More importantly, as far as this topic goes, BLEF was in fact being used as the leading edge foil on a wind generator. How successful it is, I do not know. Please allow me some time to locate the professors at URI and I'll perform a fact finding mission and I'll get back to you with some hard answers.

Posted by: Jim Haldeman at August 2, 2010 10:51 PM
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