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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.

July 30, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Carthage anti–wind power advocate appeals Canton wind project approval

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 . . .

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July 29, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield selectmen approve warrant for town meeting on wind energy moratorium

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, . . .

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July 27, 2014 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Editorial disparages, dismisses well-founded criticism of wind power

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 . . .

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July 26, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy utility leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East

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 . . .

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July 26, 2014 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Fairness, competition ease high energy costs

All Mainers are environmentalists, even business owners, that is why we live here and work hard to make this a better place for all of us. Maine has a lot of things going for us. We’ve got good people, good food, and unprecedented natural beauty, just to name a few. But when you combine the highest freight costs in the nation with wrong-headed and unfair energy regulations, it’s a losing formula for Maine’s small businesses and working families. As a . . .

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July 22, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

State utility regulators approve giant wind deal — again

HALLOWELL — A deal to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into construction of wind energy projects in Maine and across the Northeast has been approved by Maine’s utility regulators. Tuesday’s vote by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was the second time the agency approved the deal to create a joint venture owned by First Wind and Nova Scotia energy giant Emera, and also involves Emera-owned utilities Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service. The first approval came in April 2012, . . .

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July 22, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

After legal challenge, Maine utility regulators again OK $333 million partnership between Emera, First Wind

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow Emera Maine’s parent company to invest $333 million through a joint venture with wind farm developer First Wind, a deal that was sent back to the commission for further review after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision. Deliberations in the case Tuesday centered on whether the financial relationship would create favoritism of any kind between the power-generating entity and the Maine transmission and distribution utility Emera Maine, which is owned . . .

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July 22, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine Public Utilities Commission approves wind-generation joint venture

The Maine Public Utilities Commission once again granted its approval to a multimillion-dollar joint venture to develop wind-generation projects after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned its initial approval and sent the case back for reconsideration. During deliberations Tuesday, PUC Chairman Thomas Welch said he did not see any reason why the joint venture between First Wind, Maine’s largest wind-power generator, and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, an energy distributor that owns two utilities in northern and eastern Maine, does . . .

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Transmission projects aim to tap Canadian hydroelectricity

Across the Canadian border, massive dams generate a seeminglyendless supply of hydroelectricity — a source of power that could help New England replace its closing coal and nuclear plants while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. But there’s a big problem: getting it here. At least five major transmission projects — some estimated to cost more than $1 billion to build — have been proposed to connect New England to this plentiful power source to the north. . . .

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July 21, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Reception iffy as towns tackle adding towers for cell coverage

When Don Day needs to use his cellphone, he heads upstairs to the front bedroom of his Scarborough home. It’s the only place the salesman can make business calls – and only if he’s getting reception that day. “The cellphone is a way of life today. I do everything on it,” Day said. “I’ll try to call customers and the call is dropped or they can’t hear me.” It’s a common problem in Scarborough, where large sections of the town . . .

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