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.
Let’s face it, Maine is a poor state. That is a big advantage for some industries, and a big disadvantage for our population. Most people living here are not expecting to drink from the money stream that flows in and around Washington, D.C., and other power centers, but to exist in a pleasing, relatively unspoiled natural environment. Independence is a valued characteristic in Maine, despite its having been co-opted by politicians who are anything but. Regardless of whether one believes . . .
A well informed and vocal group of citizens have made their feelings known about the new Dixfield wind ordinance, expressing their views to the Dixfield Select Board for the past five to six board meetings and it is all about a possible wind plant development along the ridgeline facing the Common Road. I will not mention the name of the possible developer because it doesn’t matter. Any ordinance writer knows regulations are fact-based documents, not political mandates written to accommodate . . .
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection will meet this week to consider an appeal of the Bingham Wind Project by the anti-wind group Friends of Maine’s Mountains, although a draft order on the appeal has preliminarily dismissed the group’s complaints. The group alleges that Blue Sky West, the company proposing to build a 56-turbine commercial wind farm in Somerset County, has not met required state standards for proving financial capacity or decommissioning plans. Their appeal also criticizes the Department of . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — The statewide wind power opposition group Friends of Maine Mountains will have to shut down if it can’t restructure its five-member board of directors within four months, as part of a settlement with Maine’s attorney general. Chris O’Neil, public affairs director for the group, said the process of replacing board members — including himself — is under way and said the group will not shut down. “The measures that we agreed to are largely things that improve . . .
HALLOWELL, Maine — The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday to take a second look at the terms of two long-term wind purchasing deals the three-person commission approved in December. The makeup of the commission has changed since the December approval, with Carlisle McLean joining the panel in place of former chairman Tom Welch, who retired early at the end of 2014. Wind industry officials said reopening the process sends a bad message to investors and the developer of one . . .
Pointing to recent changes in the power markets, the Maine Public Utilities Commission decided Wednesday to take a second look at term sheets approved in December for power purchase agreements from two wind farms. PUC Commissioner David Littell, who voted against the move, said reopening previously approved agreements could keep generators and power suppliers from trusting the commission’s solicitations for energy supplies. About a year ago, the PUC issued an RFP for renewable generation and two months ago approved the . . .
OSBORN — Voters overwhelmingly, but not unanimously, approved a plan Saturday that will see the town receive almost $2 million over 20 years in exchange for more than a dozen industrial wind turbines that will be located here. Residents split 12-1 in favor of a $1.87-million community benefits agreement between SunEdison, a Missouri-based company that purchased First Wind in January, and the town. First Wind proposed building a wind farm known as Weaver Wind in Osborn and Eastbrook, and SunEdison . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — Staff of the state’s environmental permitting appeals board have recommended upholding a permit for a proposed western Maine wind farm that would be Maine’s largest wind power project to date. The Board of Environmental Protection, an appointed citizen oversight panel, will consider the Bingham Wind permit appeal at a March 5 meeting and hear oral arguments before taking up a draft order that would uphold the permit for the 62-turbine wind farm. The Maine Department of Environmental . . .
A federal judge has rejected challenges to federal permits for a 50-turbine wind farm in Oakfield that broke ground in September and shipped components to Searsport on Monday. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy on Monday ruled in favor of the wind project developers, SunEdison, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others, denying motions for summary judgment from environmental groups and people who own camps in the area. Those plaintiffs argued the Army Corps of Engineers made mistakes in approving . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — The decision to place two long-term wind power contracts in regulatory limbo has sparked conflict among wind industry advocates, Maine’s major electricity providers and political leaders. The Maine Democratic Party on Monday chided Republican Gov. Paul LePage for “meddling” in the business of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, based on a Dec. 8, 2014, letter in which LePage urged the commission to reconsider long-term contracts for two wind projects that have not yet been built. PUC spokesman . . .