Wind Power News: Maine
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BINGHAM — Pam Jollotta moved here about 20 years ago seeking the peace and quiet of a small town. For the most part, she has enjoyed exactly that from her home on U.S. Route 201 and the Scenic Byway Laundromat, which she operates across the street. But Jollotta and some other residents surrounding a temporary cement plant say that for the last several months, their neighborhood has been disrupted by the constant low rumbling at Sargent Materials, which was erected . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — Southern New England states want to buy more renewable energy, and wind developers in Maine are lining up to sell it to them. Maine has New England’s biggest pipeline of wind projects in the works, and developers of nine projects have asked for long-term contracts with utilities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The projects altogether would add another 2,140 megawatts of wind power capacity in Maine. That’s about 3.5 times the capacity of Maine wind turbines . . .
How about taking a step back and simply looking at how our government has crushed us. For example, for starters and in no particular order: 1. The Maine senate president Justin Alfond is caught red handed conspiring with the wind industry to pass the laws they want. It is documented by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. 2. Former Governor (and now US Senator) Angus King gets a $102 million DOE loan guarantee enabling his project to go forward; . . .
A wind power project originally proposed for land in Fort Fairfield moved a mile north in its final iteration, on 100 acres of farmland in Limestone. The wind power project is from Shamrock Partners, led by Freeport resident Sue Jones. Jones had proposed and won pilot project approval for the Fort Fairfield site, but that plan was essentially killed, she told the BDN last fall, by an ordinance for wind projects that established a one-mile setback from landowners not involved in the project. That project would receive 8.3 cents per kilowatt hour and still requires a local resolution of support. The project is expected to come online by at least late 2018.
PORTLAND, Maine — Utilities Emera Maine and Central Maine Power Co. on Thursday put forward a joint bid to sell new wind energy from Maine to southern New England states. The companies joined competition for a massive collective purchase of new renewable energy capacity backed by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The companies said winning the bid for their 150-mile transmission proposal would bring money into Maine, as states to the south would shoulder the cost of the transmission work. . . .
Thursday is a big day for the future of renewable energy in Maine and around New England. Bids are due for massive, long-term contracts for renewable energy to serve southern New England — potentially worth billions of dollars. Proposals are expected that could significantly increase the number of wind turbines in Maine, while adding miles of new transmission lines needed to move that energy south. Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts plan to meet their clean energy goals by banding together . . .
With less than 70,000 inhabitants but many miles of sunny, windy hills, Aroostook County has a bright future in renewable energy, in the eyes of Emera Maine executives Steve Sloan and Alan Richardson. Emera, northern Maine’s power utility, is focusing on the reliability of the region’s aging grid and preparing for upgrades while studying future options, including the potential of wind and solar power, said Sloan, transmission manager, and Richardson, the president of Emera Maine. The two executives were speaking . . .
About 600,000 so-called “smart meters” installed in homes and businesses by Central Maine Power pose no credible threat to health and safety, the state supreme court ruled Tuesday. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court concluded that smart meter critics wanted an “impractically high” standard for safety and that the Maine Public Utilities Commission properly concluded that the public’s health is not at risk from the smart meters in use across the state. The approach of smart meter foes “would require an . . .
DIXFIELD – The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday evening to present an amended Wind Energy Facility Ordinance to voters in June. It will include the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s decibel limits. The board also voted to schedule a public hearing for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3 for residents’ opinions on the latest amendment. The ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing 13 turbines on leased land on . . .
DIXFIELD — For the third consecutive meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted Monday to postpone a vote on whether to place the amended Wind Energy Facility Ordinance on the annual town meeting warrant in June. Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the vote was postponed to Jan. 25 because Selectman Norman Mitchell was unable to attend Monday’s meeting. “The board decided that they’d prefer to make the vote on this issue when they have a full board,” Puiia said. “They also . . .