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.
‘You see that view? That’s my business,” says Ruth McLaughlin, co-owner of Blair Hill Inn in Greenville, as she points to the scenery overlooking Moosehead Lake and the Moose Mountain range. She explains how people come from all over the globe to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises, the undeveloped mountains, pristine waters and the unusual wildlife in a natural setting that doesn’t exist where they live. She is among many business and property owners who are worried about how mountaintop . . .
Maine’s quest to become a leader in wind power – producing enough megawatts to light up more than a million homes – has gotten pushback from rural residents who say they want a greater voice in proposals that now bypass them and go directly to the state for review. Maine’s Unorganized Territory has about 400 townships with some 9,000 year-round residents and no incorporated municipal governments. To accommodate then-Gov. John Baldacci’s plans in 2008 for Maine to generate 3,000 megawatts . . .
PORTLAND, Maine – The renewable energy giant SunEdison has asked a bankruptcy judge to approve its sale of various wind projects, including a proposal near Moosehead Lake that has generated local opposition. SunEdison wants to sell the proposed 26-turbine project on Misery Ridge as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and it has asked a court to allow the renewable energy division of the Houston-based NRG to serve as the starting bidder, or stalking horse. NRG has agreed to place a . . .
DIXFIELD – The moratorium on wind power projects came to an end at Monday evening’s selectmen meeting when the board voted 3-1 against extending it for another 180 days. Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the moratorium expired at midnight Aug. 10. Selectman Norman Mitchell voted in favor of extending the moratorium, while Selectmen Aaron Jamison and Eugene Skibitsky and Chairwoman Norine Clarke voted against it. Selectman Hart Daley was not at the meeting, but Puiia read a letter from Daley in . . .
DIXFIELD – The Board of Selectmen will decide tonight whether to extend the moratorium on wind power projects for another 180 days. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of Ludden Memorial Library. It would be the fifth moratorium extension in four years. The moratorium extension would give voters more time to act on the latest amended wind ordinance, which will ask townspeople in November if they want to rescind the 2012 wind ordinance and adopt the state’s governance . . .
John Lamontagne, Senior Director of Communications for SunEdison, said there are three Massachusetts utilities that have contracted to receive the energy from the project, National Grid, Unitil and Eversource. “The approximate cost of the project is about $420 million to develop and build the project,” he said. “There are a number of financial organizations who have financed the project.” SunEdison conducts extensive environmental studies when citing a wind project, according to Lamontagne. “We conducted bird and bat studies to ensure . . .
WOODSTOCK – Representatives of a Pennsylvania wind company met with selectmen and residents Monday evening to discuss wind energy development efforts in neighboring Milton Township. EverPower Wind Holdings of Pittsburgh has been working on the project for over two years. Last year, it received approval from the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to erect a 197-foot meteorological test tower on a 350-acre parcel to collect wind data. According to a resident on Bryant Mountain in Milton, seeing wind turbines when . . .
The price that electric consumers in Maine and New England pay to make sure there’s enough power to meet future demand will more than double next June and more than triple in June 2018, before easing in 2019. For a typical Central Maine Power home customer who uses 550 kilowatt-hours a month and has a bill of roughly $70, paying for adequate capacity adds roughly $4 to their current bill. That will rise to $10 or so in June 2017, . . .
A lack of transmission infrastructure in New England is stifling onshore wind development and tilting the playing field towards offshore, says an official at the region’s grid operator. A big pipeline of onshore wind projects is under development across northern New England, particularly northern Maine, with Iberdrola, EDP Renewables (EDPR) and NextEra hoping to tap the growing demand for renewable power in population centres such as Boston. In Maine alone, 3.6GW of onshore projects are in the interconnection queue, more . . .
Even on the calmest of days, the wind is blowing. It’s a fact those in the wind energy industry say people have a difficult time understanding. Thousands of wind turbines around the country, including here in Maine, work to catch that wind and turn it into electricity that powers our homes, businesses and even some of our cars. The brightest minds in the wind industry – among them, Sen. Angus King – are in town for a two-day American Wind Energy Association . . .