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.
Chris O'Neill, a spokesman for the anti-wind power group Friends of Maine Mountains told the committee the bill is the step in the right direction to review Maine's wind-energy policies that he said aren't benefiting the state or its residents. "We don't ever foresee a time, at least as things stand today, in which the benefits of wind power will exceed their impact," he said.
A deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind faces an uncertain future following a state supreme court ruling, the chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday. The court ruled Tuesday that regulators must re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind’s Northeast project portfolio. Emera is the corporate parent of Emera Maine, which includes the former Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. . . .
Mars Hill, Spruce Mountain, Kibby Mountain, Record Hill, Stetson, Rollins, Fox Island, Beaver Ridge, Bull Hill, Lee. These places all have something in common: wind turbines. Maine is losing its beautiful mountain views every time a wind turbine is raised. If this trend continues, they will be lost forever. The largest owner of wind farms is First Wind with five of the 10. It owns 28 turbines in Mars Hill, 55 at Stetson I and II in Washington County, 40 . . .
HALLOWELL, Maine — A 2012 deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to expand wind energy projects across the Northeast was dealt a blow Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that a state agency’s approval of the complex deal was invalid. The transaction included prominent wind developer First Wind, Maine utility companies Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service, and Nova Scotia-based electric utilities owner Emera Inc. The Public Utilities Commission had approved the proposed transaction in April . . .
The Maine Public Utilities Commission was wrong to allow the owner of two northern Maine electricity-distribution companies to start a joint venture with a wind power-generating company, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday. The court said the joint venture runs afoul of the state’s electricity industry restructuring law, adopted in 2000, which required utilities to operate as either power transmission companies or power generators, but not both. The court agreed with the PUC that some of the language in . . .
In a recent mailing, the Maine Renewable Energy Association asks recipients to notify their elected officials of their opposition to the passage of LD 616. Supporters of the bill are described as a “small but vocal minority,” intent on denying to all Mainers the benefits of industrial wind development. Readers are told that “bills like LD 616 … seek to squeeze out new wind projects with bad policies.” The “bad policies” are not explained, and for good reason. When the . . .
In a Feb 28 BDN OpEd, Paul Williamson extolled “Maine’s obligation to wind power.” He got one thing right: “Wind energy is highly visible.” And that is precisely why inland wind power is not a good investment for Maine. Maine has an equal obligation to its scenic resources. According to a Maine State Planning Office report from 2006, Maine’s largest industry is tourism, generating 140,000 jobs and over $10 billion in sales of goods and services. Sightseeing is the largest . . .
A 2012 deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to expand wind energy projects across the Northeast was dealt a blow Tuesday by the Maine supreme court, which ruled that a state agency’s approval of the complex deal was invalid. The transaction included prominent wind developer First Wind, Maine utility companies Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service and Nova Scotia-based electric utilities owner Emera, Inc. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) had approved the proposed transaction in April, 2012. In June, . . .
Unorganized territory (UT) residents in Maine have set their sights on legislators’ positions on a bill coming up for a vote that if passed would restore their right to public hearings through a rezoning process for large‑scale wind energy developments. A group of concerned residents joined together in Edmunds on February 23 for a third meeting to discuss LD 616, An Act to Amend the Expedited Permitting Area for Wind Energy Development under the Jurisdiction of the Land Use Planning . . .
Anti-wind group Friends of Maine Mountains, which is backing the governor’s bill, contends that officials didn’t realize the amount of push-back wind projects would receive when the goals were written. Several proposed projects have been challenged by citizen opposition groups who’ve raised concerns about the impact on the scenery and on wildlife. The bill introduced by Republican Rep. Lance Harvell of Farmington on behalf of the governor faces an uncertain future in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. But it has bipartisan support with Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash as a co-sponsor.