Article

Snow puts off skiing; Power outage delays opening of slopes at Jiminy Peak

Jiminy Peak and its 1.5-megawatt wind turbine were shut down yesterday morning by weather-related issues, delaying the ski resort's opening by two hours. But the mountain also reported 8 inches of fresh snow to close out a busy holiday season. ...National Grid reported lost power that affected the ski resort and about 84 customers in North Adams. The outage caused the $3.9 million wind turbine - known as Zephyr - to lose its juice. ...The 236-ton, 386-foot-tall turbine was installed in August and is expected to provide about 60 percent of Jiminy Peak's power and to pay for itself in seven years. But it can't run by itself. "If there's no power on the grid, there's no power to the turbine. It can't spin," said Katie Fogel, a spokeswoman for Jiminy Peak.

Snow turned out to be the best friend and worst enemy for the area's largest ski resort yesterday.

Jiminy Peak and its 1.5-megawatt wind turbine were shut down yesterday morning by weather-related issues, delaying the ski resort's opening by two hours. But the mountain also reported 8 inches of fresh snow to close out a busy holiday season.

Although the resort's power is monitored by National Grid, it receives a feed from Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

At approximately 4:50 a.m., WMECO began receiving reports of outages resulting from fallen trees downing wires. At 6 a.m., National Grid reported lost power that affected the ski resort and about 84 customers in North Adams.

The outage caused the $3.9 million wind turbine - known as Zephyr - to lose its juice.

When functioning properly, the turbine is supposed to generate enough energy to reduce 7.1 million pounds of greenhouse gases a year, while saving the equivalent of 383,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. The 236-ton, 386-foot-tall turbine was installed in August and is expected to provide about 60 percent of Jiminy Peak's power and to pay for itself in seven years.
But it can't run by itself.

"If there's no power on the grid, there's no... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Snow turned out to be the best friend and worst enemy for the area's largest ski resort yesterday.

Jiminy Peak and its 1.5-megawatt wind turbine were shut down yesterday morning by weather-related issues, delaying the ski resort's opening by two hours. But the mountain also reported 8 inches of fresh snow to close out a busy holiday season.

Although the resort's power is monitored by National Grid, it receives a feed from Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

At approximately 4:50 a.m., WMECO began receiving reports of outages resulting from fallen trees downing wires. At 6 a.m., National Grid reported lost power that affected the ski resort and about 84 customers in North Adams.

The outage caused the $3.9 million wind turbine - known as Zephyr - to lose its juice.

When functioning properly, the turbine is supposed to generate enough energy to reduce 7.1 million pounds of greenhouse gases a year, while saving the equivalent of 383,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually. The 236-ton, 386-foot-tall turbine was installed in August and is expected to provide about 60 percent of Jiminy Peak's power and to pay for itself in seven years.
But it can't run by itself.

"If there's no power on the grid, there's no power to the turbine. It can't spin," said Katie Fogel, a spokeswoman for Jiminy Peak.

Shortly after 10 a.m., power was restored and the mountain opened. The resort, which had planned a twilight ski event and New Year's Eve celebration, said it was not daunted by the incident. Instead, it advertised an "end-of-the-year/power-outage special" on all lift tickets.

 


Source: http://www.berkshireeagle.c...

DEC 31 2007
http://www.windaction.org/posts/12580-snow-puts-off-skiing-power-outage-delays-opening-of-slopes-at-jiminy-peak
back to top