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.
AUGUSTA – After several years of trying, a group of citizens from the state’s rural Unorganized Territories (UT) have won their fight to pass legislation that could give them greater say in the siting of large, industrial wind turbines in their communities. On Monday, Gov. Paul LePage, in the midst of vetoing almost every bill sent to him by the legislature, signed L.D. 828, legislation his administration supported since its introduction earlier this year. The bill allows citizens in certain . . .
DIXFIELD — A recount of votes on the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance on Tuesday afternoon means the 2012 ordinance stands, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said. The recount was 359-390 against repealing the 2012 ordinance and replacing it with the Planning Board’s draft. The June 9 vote was 377-372 in favor of repealing the 2012 ordinance and replacing it with the Planning Board draft. Several citizens petitioned for a recount after the close vote June 9, he said. “There were four . . .
DIXFIELD — A recount of the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance vote June 9 will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, in the Town Office conference room. Town Manager Carlo Puiia said at Monday evening’s selectmen meeting that the Town Office would be closed during the recount, but the entrance would remain unlocked, since the recount is open to the public. The referendum asked residents if they wished to repeal the current Wind Energy Facility Ordinance and replace it . . .
The Maine Legislature passed a bill Monday that would give residents of the state’s vast Unorganized Territory a chance – one chance – to have their communities excluded from the area of Maine designated for large wind power projects. The House and Senate each unanimously enacted the proposal to give those residents the right to petition the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to pull out of what’s known as the expedited wind permitting area, a region designated in Maine’s 2007 . . .
OSBORN, Maine — The state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has taken at least some of the wind out of the sails of a planned SunEdison commercial wind farm in Hancock County by opposing the project out of concern for bats and birds. The proposed Weaver Wind farm would consist of 23 turbines, each nearly 600 feet tall, eight of which would be in Eastbrook and 15 of which would be in Osborn. Studies of the proposed project site . . .
In late 2008, I began working with the Friends of Lincoln Lakes on their resistance to the Rollins Ridge industrial wind facility. My, how naïve we were in those early days! I have represented community groups, and individuals who were opposing various inappropriate industrial developments in their communities, including the terrible proposed LNG facilities in Washington County. While Downeast LNG is still plugging along, trying to get through various levels of federal and state approval, the awful Quoddy Bay LLC . . .
The names suggest far-flung places few in Maine will ever see: Saddleback Ridge, Bingham, Oakfield. For opponents of wind farms, the names are symbolic of a David-and-Goliath battle to protect ridges and prevent costly and ineffective developments that enrich a few. For supporters of wind power, who candidly confirm that they have the law on their side, the names are locations where Maine can make its mark in one of the most visible forms of renewable energy. Chris O’Neil, public . . .
Mike Gosselin, a disabled Navy veteran from the Viet Nam War living one and two thirds mile from the Mars Hill Wind Project, has built himself an insulated bunker in his garage to escape the sound of the wind turbines. He said the sound is like an airplane trying to take off and never making it, similar to aircraft doing touch-and-go exercises on an aircraft carrier or the airfield. It keeps him awake at night and gives him headaches (October . . .
It was a wind project that received federal funding based on the use of new technology to prevent turbulence, but the development certainly stirred up a political windstorm. Eight years ago, then-former-governor, now U.S. Senator Angus King partnered with Rob Gardiner, the former president of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, to form Independence Wind. What would follow would be a wind development that attracted fierce criticism from local critics as well as from a Republican committee and ultimately was built . . .
AUGUSTA – Residents in Maine’s unorganized territories may soon have more say in the location of large wind projects following a vote in the House on Thursday. But they won’t have the final say in projects in their area. The bill would allow citizens in unorganized territories to petition the state to be removed from the expedited wind permit area established in 2007. But the measure was amended before it passed on a 75-74 vote to put the final decision . . .