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.
BINGHAM — A proposed 62-turbine wind farm that would be the largest in the state if built has received preliminary approval from the Department of Environmental Protection. The draft decision, issued Wednesday by Patricia Aho, commissioner of the department, means that the department could issue a final decision on the project as early as Sept. 5. The deadline for a final decision is Sept. 8, according to department spokeswoman Jessamine Logan. Blue Sky West, a Boston-based developer and subsidiary of . . .
DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen on Monday continued discussing revisions to the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance, especially whether Sugarloaf Mountain, Webb River Falls and Colonel Holman Ridge should be included as scenic resources. The ordinance was approved in 2012 and the revisions began in January 2013. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing 13 wind turbines on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. The corporation has been conducting research on the ridge, including . . .
Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently announced that it was abandoning its Seneca Mountain Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Seneca joins unsuccessful Eolian wind projects in Antrim, New Hampshire, and Frankfort, Maine. Eolian has a history of failure and a history of rewriting history. The company’s latest revision is that it dropped the Seneca project because it lacked community support. Observers in the Kingdom don’t think that Eolian gave a hoot about community support. They say that . . .
DIXFIELD — Residents voted 89-7 Thursday evening to enact a six-month moratorium on wind energy projects, giving selectmen time to finish revising the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance. The ordinance was approved in 2012 and the revisions began in January 2013. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing 13 wind turbines on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. The corporation has been conducting research on the ridge, including wind tests, bird studies and environmental impacts. . . .
The Production Tax Credit allows owners of wind projects to take a tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of a project’s operation. Many wind development companies admit that without this and other taxpayer subsidies, their projects would not be viable. Consequently, developers like First Wind and Iberdrola and powerful lobbying groups such as the American Wind Energy Association have applied pressure to see that these subsidies are kept alive. These programs cost taxpayers dearly . . .
Thomas Dillon, president of the Skowhegan State Fair, said he wasn’t sure whether the fair would use wind power again, but that so far there have been no glitches. “I have had a lot of questions about it,” he said. “People keep asking me where the windmill is, but there isn’t one.”
CANTON — A Carthage woman has filed an administrative appeal with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection of the eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain. Alice McKay Barnett, an anti–wind power advocate, submitted seven documents of supplemental evidence on July 17 that mostly concerns turbine noise adversely affecting health. The DEP approved the nearly $50 million, eight-turbine Canton Mountain wind project in May. Canton Mountain Wind LLC is owned by Patriots Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass. The Canton project is . . .
DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Monday evening to approve a warrant for a special town meeting where residents will vote on whether to enact a 180-day wind energy facility moratorium. Selectman Mac Gill was the lone dissenting vote. Since January 2013, the Planning Board has been revising a wind power development ordinance that was approved by voters in 2012. The revised version will be placed before voters at a later date. During the June 16 board meeting, . . .
Re: “Our View: Maine lost opportunity by rejecting Statoil” (July 20): I am a member of Maine’s Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power and Saving Maine, two well-informed organizations that advocate responsible, fact-based assessments of wind projects. We are not NIMBYS, or, as you stated, “conspiracy theorists and climate change deniers.” Wind developers resort to name-calling because they cannot defend their position with facts. It is laughable that representatives of the wind lobby in Maine have even claimed that we’re . . .
TRESCOTT, Maine — Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of a global utility business, has leased thousands of acres in two coastal communities and is gathering data to assess the feasibility of a wind energy project there. Atlantic Wind has leased a little more than 7,200 acres in Washington County, including about 4,200 in Whiting and 2,900 in Trescott, according to Paul Copleman, a spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, the parent company of Atlantic Wind. He declined to say how much the company . . .