Monday, November 26, 2007

It WOULD be Prudent: Bush Sr. Installs Wind Turbine

A 33-foot high wind turbine has gone up at the home of former President George Bush Sr. in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The turbine is a Skystream 3.7 model (see photo) manufactured by Southwest WindPower. It will start producing electricity once wind speeds reach 8 miles per hour and can produce up to 400 kilowatts (kw) of electricity per month with higher wind speeds of 12 mph. The average U.S. home uses about 600 kw, and judging by the photos of the Bush complex they must certainly use quite a bit more than that.

However, during the winter months when no one uses the home but the wind still blows, the wind power will feed directly back into the grid. Essentially, the Bushes are selling that electricity back to the utility, Central Maine Power Company. A representative of the company that installed the wind turbine explained that the Bushes will likely have a "substantial" credit on their electrical bill at the start of the summer when they return.


Anonymous said...

Do you think the Bush family might have an inkling that energy is going to get more expensive...

Maria Surma Manka said...

Yes that appears to be one of the reasons. Specifically, Bush's personal aide said they chose wind power for "financial and environmental reasons."