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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.

May 20, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind project near Moosehead Lake still on despite new law

A proposed 26-turbine wind farm near Moosehead Lake won’t be affected by a change in zoning regulations in the area that allow communities to opt out of a fast-track wind development zone, according to the company proposing the wind farm. Energy company SunEdison, which filed for bankruptcy in April, is still determining the next steps for its proposed Somerset Wind project in the Misery Ridge area near Moosehead Lake, SunEdison spokesman John Lamontagne said Thursday. On Tuesday, landowner Weyerhaeuser, a . . .

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May 20, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Portion of US Route 201 to be closed Friday for turbine removal

A portion of U.S. Route 201 in northern Somerset County will be closed for most of the day Friday as workers remove a wind turbine tower and the tractor-trailer that was hauling it, which have been by the highway since the rolled over Monday. The wreckage is by the side of the road in Johnson Mountain Township, about halfway between The Forks and Jackman. Removal, which will be overseen by state police, will take most of the day, Department of . . .

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May 19, 2016 • Maine, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Weyerhaeuser/Plum Creek pull out of petition battle with Moosehead Group

May 18, 2016 Moosehead Lake, ME. This afternoon, the Weyerhaeuser Company instructed the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) to withdraw its request for substantive reviews for the petitions for removal from the expedited wind area for Sapling and Long Pond Townships and Taunton- Raynham Academy Grant – all three unorganized territories were integral to the proposed SunEdison Somerset Wind development planned for Misery Ridge west of Moosehead Lake. Weyerhaeuser was leasing land to SunEdison, who with all of its . . .

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May 18, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Tractor-trailer rollover in The Forks still being investigated

State police on Tuesday continued to investigate a Monday rollover involving a tractor-trailer hauling a wind turbine base on U.S. Route 201 in The Forks. Sgt. Matt Casavant, of Maine State Police Troop C in Skowhegan, said troopers were escorting the loaded truck from the Quebec border to a wind energy project in Bingham when the driver lost control on a corner in Johnson Mountain Township just before 9 a.m. Monday. The truck, trailer and load slid off the road, . . .

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May 18, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Trailer carrying wind turbine overturns

Route 201 has reopened, after a tractor trailer carrying part of a wind turbine overturned Monday in Johnson Mountain Township, near the Canadian border. State Police said they were escorting the base of a wind turbine from Canada into Bingham, Maine when the shoulder of the road gave out. While this was quite a sight and one lane of the road was blocked for a period of time, no one was hurt. Steve McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine Department of . . .

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May 18, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying wind mill tower topples over near The Forks

Traffic is delayed on Route 201 near The Forks, after a truck carrying a wind tower rolled onto its side. It happened in Johnson Mountain Township Monday morning, according to Jackman Town Manager Matt Pineo, who was at the scene. According to Pineo, the rear steering linkage locked up as the truck was climbing uphill, causing the wheels of the truck to go sideways. The truck took out about 400 feet of guardrail, says Pineo, as well as a utility . . .

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May 9, 2016 • Blogs, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Bangor Daily News omits Baldacci wind company vice chairmanship from its energy retrospective

This article, which looks back at recent Maine energy legislative activity, entitled “Who benefits from this year’s changes in Maine energy laws?”, makes no mention of ex-Governor John Baldacci’s connection to this activity. Nor is the heinous LD 1513 mentioned by name. This is the same type of reporting that has allowed scores of wind articles to unfailingly regurgitate the wind industry’s false claims, e.g., “such and such wind project will power 20,000 homes”. WHY DOES THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA CONTINUALLY . . .

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April 28, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Cianbro says CMP fees threaten solar, offshore wind projects

PORTLAND, Maine – Cianbro Development Corp. has told state regulators that a $26 million Pittsfield solar project and the offshore wind farm it is developing with the University of Maine are at “serious financial risk” because of charges Central Maine Power Co. proposed to connect the projects to the grid. Cianbro and biomass plant developer Georges River Energy LLC want the Maine Public Utilities Commission to step in and decide how CMP should bill the power generators. Georges River on April . . .

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Outsourced Ideology: Sending the dirty work of clean energy north

With limited ability to generate large-scale renewable electricity within their own geographies, the three southern New England states are close to assigning large sums of money to more remote regional locations to do what Central Massachusetts has largely been resistant to: install new major energy infrastructure. Starting on Tuesday and lasting until late July, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island will begin awarding contracts to clean power providers inside and outside their jurisdictions who offered to help the states reach their . . .

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April 22, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine wind power developer SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK – SunEdison, a one-time star in the alternative energy field, is filing for bankruptcy protection after years of rapid-fire acquisitions left the solar company in a desperate cash situation. The company, which has permits for five wind farm projects in Maine, filed with the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday. John Lamontagne, spokesman for SunEdison in Massachusetts, said the bankruptcy filing “should have little impact” on wind energy facilities already operating in Maine. The . . .

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