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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.

May 22, 2015 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Vote ‘yes’ to say ‘no’ to wind power

Will wind power benefit Dixfield? Wind turbines would permanently destroy Colonel Holman and the Common. Towns across Maine are regretting what they have done. Maine’s landscape is being destroyed. Roxbury residents hate the noise and the ugly towers. Wind power is not worth the destruction. The electricity is exported to Connecticut but the local environmental damage is huge. Wind power is not green and is not a sustainable business model, relying on government subsidies. Wind power will not create local . . .

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May 21, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Long-term wind deal closer with preliminary nod from Maine regulators

Maine utilities regulators want more out of a long-term agreement to buy power from a wind project in Somerset County, but are nearing a deal in the case that sparked controversy from wind industry advocates. Maine Public Utilities Commissioners David Littell and Carlisle McLean agreed a deal was near with NextEra and ordered the PUC staff to continue negotiations, particularly over risk-sharing terms commissioners said were new to such a long-term contract. The decision comes after renewed review of an . . .

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May 18, 2015 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power isn’t making the big impact its champions claim

The Maine Renewable Energy Association recently released information from a white paper to clarify the 2013 benefits of wind power in Maine and predict future benefits in 2020. Unfortunately, the association’s press release touted at least one simplistic conclusion: Wind power theoretically offset the CO2 emissions from 94,000 vehicles in 2013. If only wind power could offset vehicle emissions. To state the obvious, wind power never will offset emissions from vehicles, though that would be helpful because much of the . . .

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May 18, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

A tempest of conflicts swirls within Maine anti-wind nonprofit

Rand Stowell and Chris O’Neil had a decision to make. It was January 2014, and the two men – the driving forces behind the nonprofit wind opposition group Friends of Maine’s Mountains – had been fighting a Massachusetts firm for four years over the development of a wind farm in the western Maine mountains. They could continue to challenge Patriot Renewables, even though almost all options had been exhausted and they couldn’t find an attorney willing to take the case. . . .

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May 14, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

High Court reverses decision against DEP in Fox Island Wind case

Vinalhaven — The Maine Supreme Court May 7 sided with the Department of Environmental Protection, ruling the commissioner’s decision to weaken noise restrictions for an island wind project was based on evidence and within the agency’s discretion. The court reversed a 2014 Kennebec Superior Court decision that ruled DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho was in error when she weakened noise restrictions for Fox Island Wind on Vinalhaven. Justice Michaela Murphy ruled in March 2014 that Aho failed to provide evidence or . . .

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May 9, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

State high court overturns ruling, clears DEP in island wind case

VINALHAVEN, Maine — The state high court overturned a lower court ruling Thursday that had chastised the Department of Environmental Protection’s commissioner for loosening noise requirements for the island’s wind turbines. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that DEP’s decision to enter into an agreement with Fox Islands Wind rather than push for more conditions was supported by substantial evidence and was within the agency’s discretion. The ruling was a blow to neighbors who had complained that the three nearly . . .

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May 8, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield residents speak to pros, cons of wind development at public hearing

DIXFIELD — More than 50 residents met Thursday evening at Dirigo High School to express their opinions on whether to approve a revised Wind Energy Facility Ordinance and repeal the prior ordinance. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing a 20-megawatt wind turbine project on the Col. Holman Mountain ridge. Residents approved a wind development ordinance in Nov. 2012, and in early 2013, selectmen voted to have the Planning Board strengthen it. The . . .

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May 8, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Orland Planning Board members affirm they’re not trying to slow wind applications

ORLAND — For the last couple months, the town Planning Board has been reviewing the controversial wind power ordinance originally adopted by voters on March 15, 2011. Now, its members have agreed any changes they propose for the ordinance won’t retroactively affect any complete wind power applications they’ve previously received. Such an agreement doesn’t carry much weight, since the selectmen — who appoint Planning Board members — would still have to take any proposed changes to the voters. The selectmen . . .

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May 7, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield voters to discuss amended wind ordinance draft at May 7 public hearing

DIXFIELD — For the third time in three years, residents Thursday will discuss whether to approve a revised Wind Energy Facility Ordinance and repeal the prior ordinance. The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. May 7 in the community room of Dirigo High School. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing a 20-megawatt wind turbine project on the Col. Holman Mountain ridge. Residents approved an wind development ordinance in November 2012 and . . .

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May 6, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine lawmakers consider taking away wind power’s expedited permits

AUGUSTA — Critics of the wind energy industry urged lawmakers on Tuesday to gut the 2008 law that encouraged development of wind power projects, a move that opponents warned would cost jobs and undermine one of the bright spots in Maine’s economy. The bill, L.D. 1329, would eliminate the “expedited permitting” that industry supporters say has been key to making Maine the top wind power state in New England. Critics contend, however, that the law has forced Maine taxpayers to . . .

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