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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.

April 28, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Cianbro says CMP fees threaten solar, offshore wind projects

PORTLAND, Maine – Cianbro Development Corp. has told state regulators that a $26 million Pittsfield solar project and the offshore wind farm it is developing with the University of Maine are at “serious financial risk” because of charges Central Maine Power Co. proposed to connect the projects to the grid. Cianbro and biomass plant developer Georges River Energy LLC want the Maine Public Utilities Commission to step in and decide how CMP should bill the power generators. Georges River on April . . .

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April 22, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine wind power developer SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK – SunEdison, a one-time star in the alternative energy field, is filing for bankruptcy protection after years of rapid-fire acquisitions left the solar company in a desperate cash situation. The company, which has permits for five wind farm projects in Maine, filed with the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday. John Lamontagne, spokesman for SunEdison in Massachusetts, said the bankruptcy filing “should have little impact” on wind energy facilities already operating in Maine. The . . .

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April 20, 2016 • Maine, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Large landowner gives up on challenging “opt-out” petition

Wind opponents: market uncertainty “exactly what we’re trying to achieve” (Weld, Maine) One of Maine’s largest private land owners has cited the “uncertainty” of wind power development in Maine as one of the primary reasons it has withdrawn its request to challenge Molunkus Township’s petition to remove itself from the state’s “expedited permitting area.” Attorney Dean Beaupain, representing Lakeville Shores, Inc., notified the Maine Land Use Planning Commission of the change of heart in a letter dated April 19th. Lakeville . . .

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April 20, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Need for clean energy spurs wind farm development — and opposition

Southern New England’s need for clean energy to meet ambitious clean energy goals set by each state is driving new wind power investments in Maine. But it’s also generating renewed grassroots opposition from Maine rural communities who don’t want to see dozens of 50-story wind turbines spinning on scenic hills and mountains. A new development in that scenario is the looming risk of bankruptcy facing SunEdison, an international solar-and-wind-power developer that owns six wind farms in Maine worth more than . . .

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April 14, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

LePage giving ‘serious thought’ to challenging King for US Senate seat

During a speech to the Orono-area business community, Gov. Paul LePage lashed out Tuesday night at independent U.S. Sen. Angus King, accusing the former governor of using Maine politics as a stepping stone to increasing his personal wealth through investments in wind energy. LePage later told MPBN that during his weekly town hall meetings across the state, more and more Mainers are urging him to challenge King for the seat he now holds in 2018. And LePage said he seriously . . .

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April 12, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield chairman denies lying during March 28 selectmen meeting

DIXFIELD – The contentious issue of developing wind power on the Col. Holman Mountain ridge took another turn Monday night when Board of Selectmen Chairman Hart Daley read a statement in response to comments made by the developer’s project coordinator. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 last month to place an amended wind energy facility ordinance before voters June 14. The ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing wind turbines . . .

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April 10, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

What a SunEdison bankruptcy would mean for Maine

PORTLAND, Maine – If SunEdison goes bankrupt, the company and industry experts say it won’t mean much for the wind developer’s existing projects, but it raises questions about the fate of other wind farms SunEdison has in the works. John Lamontagne, a spokesman for SunEdison, said the operating projects will continue to operate under long-term power purchase contracts, which he said means they can keep making local community benefit payments and pay taxes. “For projects that are in construction but not . . .

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April 8, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power opponents vow to fight potential project on Misery Ridge

A nonprofit group that opposes wind-power development in the Moosehead Lake region says it will fight any plan to erect turbines on Misery Ridge amid fears that project developer SunEdison might file for bankruptcy. The Moosehead Region Futures Committee also is fighting to allow to small townships and unorganized territories near the lake to withdraw from a development zone that fast-tracks wind project permitting, according to a news release from the group Thursday. “We felt it was important to get . . .

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April 6, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Embattled developer of Maine wind projects sued over finances

TerraForm Global Inc. on Monday sued its controlling shareholder, SunEdison Inc., accusing the cash-strapped solar and wind power developer of diverting $231 million of the company’s cash to pad its balance sheet rather than to finish important projects in India. TerraForm Global said SunEdison claimed the money would be used to finish nearly completed renewable energy projects in India. In return, TerraForm Global would receive SunEdison’s equity interests in the deals, according to a lawsuit filed in a Delaware court. . . .

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April 2, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

After wind proposal, Temple buys time with a moratorium

A moratorium on industrial development approved by Temple residents last month is intended to give the town more time to compile a comprehensive plan. The moratorium, approved by voters at Town Meeting on March 14, is a mechanism for the town to keep out industrial development while the Planning Board works to develop the plan, which will clearly define the town’s zoning specifications on development, Selectmen Kevin White said. Presently the town does not have a complete comprehensive plan or . . .

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