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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.


February 21, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Bill to protect Monhegan’s iconic scenery would effectively ‘kill’ offshore wind pilot project

Legislation proposed by Maine Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, to prohibit The New England Aqua Ventus 1 project from building two 6-megawatt wind turbines two-and-a-half miles off Monhegan Island could kill the University of Maine-led effort. For now, it is now one of only two projects still in the running for Department of Energy funding. Dow’s bill, LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines roughly 585 feet tall – . . .

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February 19, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Behind LePage’s energy policy lurks a foe of solar and wind

Maine’s most-contentious energy policy battle in recent years took place last spring, when Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a wide-ranging solar bill and the Legislature failed to override the veto by two votes. Many politicians and lobbyists sought to influence the governor on this issue. But the voice he heard most clearly may have come from a 63-year-old, self-taught refrigeration technician, whom LePage met at a Bangor radio station when he first ran for office seven years ago. “The governor called . . .

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February 15, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project eyed for Columbia area

A new wind energy project could mean 30 wind turbines placed over a 9,000‑acre spread in the Columbia, Cherryfield and townships 18 and 19 area of Washington County. Downeast Wind, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy of Virginia, is exploring a wind energy project, with company representative Paul Williamson expected to attend the February 9 Washington County commissioners’ meeting to discuss the project scope. County commission Chair Chris Gardner says that the commissioners will “take a listen and see what . . .

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February 8, 2017 • Maine, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Senator Dow Submits Legislation to ‘Protect Monhegan Island’

AUGUSTA – Senator Dana Dow (R-Lincoln) has submitted legislation to protect the heritage of Maine’s iconic Monhegan Island, which has long been known as a place of rugged beauty, free from commercial development and the distractions of modern life. LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines forecasted to be 585 feet tall – within 10 miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. This measure is critical . . .

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February 4, 2017 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Greenwood not the place for wind towers

For years, I have considered myself to be pro-environment. Yet, I am now in strong opposition to commercial wind towers. Greenwood is a proposed CWT site, with 17 towers, each 600 feet tall. Electricity generated would be sold to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It is not for Maine. I oppose CWT because Western Maine has an established tourist economy. Tourists come here to ski, snowmobile, hike, fish, hunt, ATV, boat and enjoy outdoor activities. Many residents earn their livelihoods . . .

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January 31, 2017 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Maine DEP marches toward rulemaking on its wind energy standards rule

Expecting to initiate a formal rulemaking in March of this year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited final public comment on its pre-rulemaking draft Wind Energy Standards rule at a workshop held on January 27, 2017 in Farmington.  The Wind Energy Standards rule will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act that are not addressed in current DEP rules.  DEP held a similar workshop and received written comments during the summer of 2016 on the initial draft . . .

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January 31, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

An aging Maine power plant and nearby battery illuminate New England’s energy challenges

The situation is apparent from the types of energy generators asking ISO-New England for permission to connect to the grid. About half are powered by natural gas. A little less than half are powered by wind, where the stakes are high for Maine. On land, 97 percent of that wind power is proposed for Maine, which still requires significant power line improvements to get electricity from wind-rich areas to population centers. The same goes for getting Canadian hydropower into the New England system.

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January 14, 2017 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A deflating benefit

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 . . .

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January 7, 2017 • Editorials, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind power promises failing

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 . . .

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December 28, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dozens of rural Maine townships opt out of fast-track wind power zone

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 . . .

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