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.
By a vote of 32-6, voters passed an exhaustive set of rules for wind turbines Nov. 17 including setbacks that would have blocked the three-turbine wind farm on Beaver Ridge had they existed in 2008. The 40-page Town of Freedom Wind Energy Ordinance notably requires setbacks of 13 times the turbine height for three larger classes of windmills, which translates to close to a mile for a 400-foot industrial wind turbine. The document is identical to one narrowly rejected by . . .
DIXFIELD – The Board of Selectmen is expected to decide Dec. 14 how to proceed with bringing a Wind Energy Facility Ordinance to voters next June, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Tuesday. It would be the fourth time in over three years that residents have cast ballots on the measure to regulate wind power development. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing 13 turbines on leased land on Col. Holman Ridge. The town . . .
A global energy company that abandoned plans two years ago to build a $120 million demonstration wind farm off the Maine coast following opposition from Gov. Paul LePage is moving ahead with a similar project in Scotland. The decision is inviting an examination of what Maine may be losing in terms of jobs and private investment, as well as its ambitions to become a center of global research in an evolving, clean-energy industry. “What we lost was the opportunity to . . .
Adam Gavel’s Nov. 5 BDN letter to the editor implies that a wind power company with lots of money employs his environmental consulting group. I suspect Gravel’s group was asked to write this letter to keep their jobs. As a wildlife biologist for more than 55 years, I have worked on many wildlife projects across the country with many of the wildlifers around. I have been involved with environmental consultants and have too often found them to be lacking in . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — Developers of a 14-turbine wind farm that cleared multiple court and regulatory appeals have won approval to sell the project to renewable energy giant SunEdison and an investment group that backed Summit Natural Gas’ expansion in Maine. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the sale Tuesday. The 40-megawatt wind project in Grand Falls Township is scheduled to begin operation in December, delivering power to the New England grid through a long-term contract with the Western Massachusetts Electric . . .
The $3.7 million federal award announced Monday to finish design work on Maine’s experimental offshore wind project will keep the state in the running for a new clean-energy industry, but obstacles remain to actually building a floating, deep-water wind farm. The biggest hurdle is for the state to win a full $47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, which would help it attract enough private investment to construct a pilot project with an estimated cost of $100 million. . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Maine consortium developing a floating offshore wind turbine design will receive another $3.7 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding to develop a project to prove its concept can work, at a site near Monhegan Island. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King on Monday announced the additional money for the project, which is an alternate in the running for a second $40 million federal award. “With this additional investment of $3.7 million, the . . .
An experimental offshore wind turbine being developed by a University of Maine-led consortium has won a $3.7 million federal award, Maine’s two U.S. senators will announce Monday, reviving ambitions that the state could be the home of a floating, deep-water wind farm and a new clean-energy industry. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King learned last week that the Department of Energy is committing the additional money to the Maine Aqua Ventus project. Maine Aqua Ventus had been competing with demonstration . . .
In 2008, many rural Mainers found their communities abruptly rezoned for industrial wind development without their knowledge or participation. This year, the Legislature passed a law creating a process that allows residents in the Unorganized Territories to remove themselves from the “expedited permitting area” where industrial wind development has been fast tracked. Unorganized Territories residents only have six months to take advantage of this opportunity. After June 2016, the opportunity will be gone. If Unorganized Territories residents want to regain . . .
As winter approaches, Congress is being overrun by wind industry lobbyists (again). Their annual year-end money dance has become routine as we have seen the 1992 energy production tax credit die more deaths than the proverbial nine-lived cat. Just as routinely, we have become accustomed to picking up the newspaper on New Year’s Day to read that in the cold, dark holiday night, Congress has revived the production tax credit (again). Over time, most of Maine’s congressional delegation has supported . . .