Wind Power News: Maine
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Somerset County Commissioners plan to vote Monday on whether to approve the creation of a tax increment financing district, or TIF, for a proposed wind farm in the unorganized territories. The proposed TIF district would provide tax relief for First Wind, the company proposing the Bingham Wind Project in Bingham, Kingsbury Plantation and Mayfield Township, while also allowing the county to retain some of the tax revenue generated from the $398 million project. A similar agreement was approved by voters . . .
A year ago, the governors of the six New England states agreed to pursue a coordinated regional strategy, including more pipelines and at least one major transmission line for hydropower. The plan called for electricity customers in all six states to subsidize the projects, on the theory that they would make up that money in lower utility bills. But in August, the Massachusetts Legislature rejected the plan, saying in part that cheap energy would flood the market and thwart attempts to advance wind and solar projects. That halted the whole effort.
Since Maine’s wind energy act became law in 2008, the energy playing field has been tilted sharply in favor of wind developers and against the state’s citizens and the environment in which they live. Every effort to modify that law has been rebuffed by the Maine Legislature. Dan Remain of Cushing wants to do something about it and has mounted a campaign for a citizens initiative that would repeal or amend sections of the law to level the playing field . . .
U.S. Sen. Angus King will serve on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during the 114th Congress. The Independent senator made the announcement Friday. He says the appointment will give him “the opportunity to fight for Maine’s energy future,” as well as to push for the use of cleaner energy and the protection of natural resources. The committee is responsible for national energy policy and national parks and federal lands. King helped found a wind power company after . . .
The Malloy administration’s high-profile plan to buy clean energy from a wind farm in northern Maine has survived a legal challenge that argued that the nearly $1 billion contract violated federal energy laws. In September 2013, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced it would buy power and renewable energy credits from two planned clean energy developments: a 20-megawatt solar array in Connecticut and a 250-megawatt wind farm in Maine. The wind farm’s distance from Connecticut and its . . .
Regarding the Dec. 9 BDN article about equipment damage on Pigsah Mountain, the investigating trooper said the meteorological tower had fallen, but “there’s no evidence at this time that any crime was committed … We don’t know if [the bolts] just gave way or somebody actually loosened them.” But Paul Fuller, the tower’s co-owner, believes the slender 196-foot tall metal structure was downed as an act of vandalism. He suspects: “The nuts and bolts from one [support] cable had been . . .
MANCHESTER – One week ago, circuits tripped in Quebec, plunging 188,000 Canadians into darkness for hours and cutting off thousands of kilowatts of electricity imported by New England, putting the region’s power grid on alert during the first real cold snap of the season. At about the same time, a series of complex pricing rules went into effect, designed to prod New England power generators into better dealing with the region’s soaring electricity prices caused by a bottleneck in natural . . .
Owner says collapse of meteorological tower at site of proposed Clifton wind farm an act of vandalism
CLIFTON, Maine — Paul Fuller of Bangor and his business partner Mike Smith went to Pisgah Mountain on Sunday to cut down Christmas trees to decorate their homes for the holidays and discovered a meteorological tower on the hilltop Fuller owns had collapsed. “The nuts and bolts from one [support] cable had been removed on one side and dropped it,” Fuller said Monday, after filing a report with Maine State Police Trooper Tucker Bonnevie. “It’s a $30,000 piece of equipment . . .
National Grid has joined with a Boston developer of transmission lines in seeking to build an undersea power line that would combine Canadian hydropower with Maine wind power and bring it to Boston – even as another partnership moves ahead with a huge power line beneath Lake Champlain in Vermont that would bring Quebec hydropower into New England. These two separate projects, each of which would cost at least a billion dollars and not be ready until 2019 at the . . .
National Grid has partnered with the electricity transmission developer Anbaric Transmission to propose an undersea cable that would bring Maine wind power and Canadian hydroelectricity to Massachusetts. Anbaric first proposed the 1,000-megawatt transmission line, called the Green Line, several years ago. On Tuesday, it said that it had struck up a business relationship with the electric utility National Grid, which Anbaric chief executive Ed Krapels said would bring “the capital and resources to help us finish it.” “The need for . . .