Environment
4:04 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Providence Wind Turbines Generating More Energy Than Expected

The three wind turbines at Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Providence are generating more energy than originally projected.

Credit RIPR

Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the state. It treats about 50 million gallons of wastewater from the greater Providence metropolitan area and may treat up to 200 million gallons a day during intense storms.

Officials with the Narragansett Bay Commission projected the wind turbines would power about 40 percent of the facility’s energy needs. Jamie Samons, public affairs manager for the Commission, said the turbines are actually exceeding expectations.

“We are up at about 42 percent or 43 percent of our energy needs here,” said Samons. “Over the past year, those turbines haven’t even been operating at full capacity. They are 1.5 megawatt turbines, but they have been operating at about 900 kilowatts.”

In the coming year, Samons expects the wind turbines will produce even more energy once they’re operating at full capacity.