The weather this January was just plain bad.
It seems like the worst one that we’ve ever had.
It was lousy for driving, stinky for biking, crappy for walking, and nasty for hiking.
The rain was so cold, that sometimes it froze. It would stick to the pavement and frost up your nose.
But the wind was the worst, it made everything chili, except for that contest which is always quite silly.
The only concession I find in this cold, is the energy made by this group that is bold.
When I think what we’ve all done together I boast, and one day we must all raise a glass in a toast.
I’m all out of rhymes but I’m still pretty psyched about the fact that BOTH E series turbines set records this January and everyone else made juice by the ferryboat load. Don’t be fooled by the Kohlberg number as it was read a bit late
February was off to a slow start but now seems to be making up for lost time this past week.
Kathryn and I are currently working in Italy and quite happy to be away from the snow, especially knowing that our trusty little S series is working hard for us at home.
By my calculations, as a group we have offset the burning of 4,248 tons of coal! Thats about 42 rail cars full of coal that weren’t mined, weren’t transported by boat to fall river and didn’t get burned and settle out over our land and water.
We Finally had some good fall winds in November. After a lackluster October, November filled in nicely. Appears to have been an average November but far better than last year. All turbines did well this month, though there was no report for two machines so they are showing zero for the time being. December started off slow but seems to be making up for lost time so I am looking forward to the year end report.
Comparing October 2011 & 2012 to 2013 it is clear that this year we had little wind in October. That said, all machines are running nicely and ready for a cranking November. Halloween brought some nice warm wind and it looks like the next couple of days will bring some strong winds to generate some juice as well.
I loved going to the pumpkin festival at Morning Glory and seeing hundreds and hundreds of people milling about, listening to music, eating, dancing and having a great time, all the while e11 spun along in the background doing what she does best, keeping it green!
While May wasn’t really a great month for wind , we still outpaced May 2012. The background photo for the monthly comparison chart is of the Snider’s Eoltec Scirocco being raised at its new home on the Bristol Community College campus. It will be used as an educational tool for their new renewable energy program. Stay tuned for the June report which is going to be a nice change of pace. My guess is that June 2013 will be a record setter for energy production in what is usually a fairly quiet month.
Out like a lion? December was a good month for wind energy on MV and we finally had a month that wasn’t well below average wind speed. We had better wind than last december but not quite as good as 2009 and 2010.
Allen Farm finished its first full year producing well beyond expectations with a total of 132,577 kW hours of Juice! 132 Megawatt hours!
Morning Glory is at 222,268 total and made 85,763kWh in 2012. While it pales in comparison it shines considering the surrounding trees and still beat our predicted output on a very low wind year.
I will say the same for all the other machines as well. We may be small but together we have generated a lot of clean energy, advanced the clean energy cause and continue to help a couple small wind manufacturers improve their products. It feels like we are taking baby steps sometimes but at least it is forward progress.
Notice the background photo for the Comparison Chart! Thats the Allerton Farm after a new year snowfall. The shot was taken by their nephew Sam Green. Gorgeous!
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