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.
In 2008, then-Gov. John Baldacci worked with a very cooperative Legislature to craft a special zoning and permitting process that significantly aided developers seeking to capitalize on Maine’s rural resources for large-scale wind power projects. Developers promised massive “green” benefits for Maine’s energy generation, a huge economic impact with hundreds of high-paying jobs, all while showering small rural towns and unorganized territories and county governments with millions of dollars through the Wind Power Law’s Community Benefits provision. These enticements lured . . .
In 2008, Governor John Baldacci worked with a very cooperative Legislature to craft a special zoning and permitting process that significantly aided developers seeking to capitalize on Maine’s rural resources for large-scale wind power projects. Developers promised massive “green” benefits for Maine’s energy generation, a huge economic impact with hundreds of high-paying jobs, all while showering small rural towns and unorganized territories and county governments with millions of dollars through the Wind Power Law’s Community Benefits provision. These enticements lured . . .
Dozens of sparsely populated areas across Maine have won special protections that could pose a hurdle to companies looking to build wind power turbines in some of the state’s windiest areas. The designations come years after Maine under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci set an ambitious target of 3,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2030. That’s enough to power perhaps 675,000 homes each year if produced by wind turbines on land. To reach that target and promote job creation, lawmakers accelerated . . .
A consumer subsidy for renewable power in Maine may be ending – or at least changing. It’s called the Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standards program, and many stakeholders, including environmentalists, say it’s ready for reform. Your electric bill pays for a lot of things: the electricity itself, the poles and wires that get it to your house and some extras, such as assistance for low-income electricity users and renewable energy. That last charge allows electricity generators powered by solar, wind, hydro . . .
The Maine Land Use Planning Commission has voted 5-2 to keep Milton Township in the “expedited” area for wind development. The decision means any applications for wind projects can bypass a rezoning step with the Land Use Planning Commission, but would still be reviewed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Some local residents have opposed the expedited designation, arguing they should have more opportunity for input during the review process. Concerns about impact on scenic views, recreation and wildlife . . .
If I killed a bald or golden eagle, both of which are considered “protected,” I would be subject to fines of up to $100,000 and jail time of 10 or more years. Yet, the misguided White House has given wind farms a 30-year window to kill them without penalty. “This is not a program to kill eagles,” John Anderson, the director of siting policy at the American Wind Energy Association, said after that announcement in 2013. “This permit program is . . .
Ten years ago, Stephen Conant came to Maine to outline his company’s plans for a multimillion-dollar, high-voltage transmission line that would ship renewable power to Boston. Coursing through an undersea cable from Wiscasset known as the Maine Green Line, the power would be turned on by 2013, said the senior vice president at Anbaric Transmission in Wakefield, Massachusetts. But as 2017 approaches, the Maine Green Line exists only on websites and in PowerPoint presentations. The same is true of 10 . . .
PORTLAND, Maine – Developers of one of the largest wind projects ever planned in Maine pulled their request for a state permit, after struggling to connect to the grid and find buyers for their power. In a Nov. 21 email, EDP Renewables notified state regulators that it was withdrawing its application for the 119-turbine Number Nine Wind Project, located about 9 miles west of Bridgewater in Aroostook County. Kellen Ingalls, a project manager with EDP, wrote in the email that the . . .
I have been vacationing and now living in Maine since 1949. The lure of The North Woods was ingrained in me from my earliest memories. Our family came every summer from wherever we lived at the time. Alabama, Ohio, New York, Maryland, New Jersey . . . . none of them had the draw we had to this beautiful, wild wilderness. We brought a number of families with us over the years to experience Maine, and every one of them . . .
EDP Renewables, which proposed to construct the largest wind power development in Maine, a 119 turbine facility with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts in unorganized townships in Aroostook County, has withdrawn its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. EDP had also proposed a 51.6 mile transmission line. However, the company has faced a gauntlet of troubles. In July, EDP’s power purchase agreement with two Connecticut utilities, signed in 2013 to line up customers for the project, was . . .