May 31, 2014 (Ocotillo) – Last month, our article, “Was it fraud?” raised serious questions over whether Pattern Energy exaggerated wind capacity factor claims to pocket federal subsidies for its Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility. That story revealed that in calendar year 2013, the facility produced less than half of the 34% capacity factor promised by the developer.
Now the results are in for the first quarter of 2014, with equally dismal results. From January through March, the Ocotillo wind site produced only 17.97% capacity factor. That includes March, traditionally one of the windiest months of the year in the Ocotillo region.
Specifically, the wind production figures were:
January 13,632 MWh
February 37,724 MWh
March 51,715 MWh
Total 103,071 MWh