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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.

September 24, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind turbine parts arrive at Clifton site

A 14-foot diameter, 60-ton base of a Vestas V90-1.8 megawatt wind turbine is hauled up the access road to the Pisgah Mountain wind farm site in Clifton Friday morning. This is the first of 45 pieces that will be trucked from the port in Searsport to the site in Clifton over three weeks. Developer Paul Fuller said that the five turbines need to be in place before Oct. 15 to meet a deadline required as part of the Public Utility . . .

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September 24, 2016 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Are we selling our birthright?

I note with concern the Sept. 16 article by Tux Turkel, “New owner arrives amid fight over wind.” My concern is that the 26-turbine wind power project extending from Parlin Pond east along Misery Ridge, described in the article as going forward with a new developer, is only one of two massively disruptive projects under development in this unspoiled region of our irreplaceable forestlands. The second proposes to place another 26 wind generation towers overlooking Indian Pond. Anyone who has . . .

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September 22, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Turbine critics weigh in on proposed rules for future wind power development

BANGOR, Maine – As the state considers a new set of regulations for future wind power projects, Mainers worried about how turbines might affect their scenery and property values have more opportunity to air concerns and offer potential solutions. Janet Chasse of Greenville is concerned that potential turbines in the Moosehead Lake region would hurt the views that drive locals and tourists there. She and groups of other locals have been fighting possible industrial wind power projects ever since developers placed . . .

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September 19, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Despite energy deal loss, huge wind farm is still on track in Aroostook

Despite the termination of an electricity purchase agreement, plans for what would be the largest wind farm in the state proposed for Unorganized Territory of central Aroostook County are still on track, according to the company behind the project. “We are still pursuing Number Nine. It is one of the best, most mature energy projects in New England,” Katie Chapman, project manager with EDP Renewables, said. While the estimated 119 turbine Number Nine Wind Farm originally was slated to come . . .

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September 16, 2016 • Maine, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Public workshop on the Wind Energy Act standards for scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits, and decommissioning

Date: September 21, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor, Maine Contact: Mark Margerum, 207-287-7842 On Wednesday, September 21, the Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a workshop and presentation on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act. In July the Department provided stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on a pre-rulemaking draft that the Department intends to propose as Wind Energy . . .

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September 15, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

New wind project owner arrives amid fight over proposed site in Moosehead region

NRG Energy, a large power company headquartered in Texas and New Jersey, is set to acquire the assets of SunEdison’s solar and wind projects in several states, including a wind proposal in Maine that has attracted strong opposition. But whether the Maine wind farm, called Somerset Wind, actually gets built any time soon depends in part on the outcome of a selection process for renewable energy proposals being conducted jointly by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The three states are . . .

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September 14, 2016 • Maine, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

NRG Energy wins auction for SunEdison for proposed Maine wind farm

Houston-based NRG Energy Inc. has won the auction for bankrupt renewable power plant developer SunEdison Inc.’s wind and solar projects in multiple states, including Maine, with a $144 million bid, according to a court filing. The sale is one of several that SunEdison, once the fastest-growing U.S. renewable energy company, is holding since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April after an unsuccessful debt-backed acquisition drive. Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan will hold a hearing to approve the NRG . . .

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September 7, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Rome board gets more time to develop wind energy ordinance

ROME – The Planning Board received an extension to develop a wind energy facility ordinance for the town Tuesday night. The board had previously asked for a moratorium to allow it time to develop the ordinance. The board needs more time to finish, said Chairman of the Selectboard Richard LaBelle, so it asked for another moratorium that would give it an extension of 180 days. The town held a public hearing on the proposed extension. No residents attended the meeting . . .

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September 6, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

TIF informational meeting in Carrabassett Valley Wednesday

The second informational meeting on proposed amendments to Franklin County’s tax increment financing agreement with TransCanada Maine Wind Development will be held Wednesday in Carrabassett Valley. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Carrabassett Valley Library. A sparsely attended meeting was held on the changes in Farmington last month. The meetings are meant to brief county residents on the proposed changes and gather their input in advance of a formal public hearing on Oct. 4. The proposed . . .

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August 28, 2016 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Moosehead region no place for wind farms

‘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 . . .

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